Background: The West Visayas State University (WVSU) drafted a Program on Awards and Incentives for service Excellence (praise) and obtained Civil Service Commission approval for implementation on April 26,2004. The WVSU Medical Center (WVSUMC) has been granting loyalty incentives to permanent and contractual employees since 1992. Starting 2006, employees with 20 years of continuous service received 18 karat gold rings.This study may guide policy makers in the evaluation and implementation of PRAISE provisions and guidelines.The study may also serve as baseline data in investigating employees motivation, job satisfaction and organizational performance.
Objective: The study aimed to determine the utilization and appreciation of the loyalty ring among WVSUMC awardees.
Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted at WVSUMC fROM September 1 to October 30, 2009. Included in the study were all recipients of the loyalty ring award.Excluded were awardees who have resigned, retired or on leave of absence.Stratified random sampling was used wherein the population was first divided into year awarded (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009) and then a sample was randomly selected from each year stratum. Participants were interviewed at their work station by two researchers using an interview schedule written in English with Hiligaynon translation. The participants' wearing of the loyalty ring was observe during the interview. Secondary data was obtained from the Human Resource Management Office. Data were entered and analyzed using Minitab statistical analysis software. Results were described using frequency and percentages.
Results: A total of 104 employees qualified to receive the loyalty ring. There were 78 employees who were interviewed. During the interview, only 26.9% wore their loyalty rings. However, 68% stated that they usually wear a ring other than the loyalty ring and most (74.4%) wore the ring only occasionally or rarely. One of the reasons was Interference review fees, and incidental household expenses. Almost all (95%) claim they were proud to wear the loyalty ring and that the loyalty ring was an appropriate award. If given other options, only 34.6% would have chosen to receive the loyalty ring. The awardees recommend that in the future, tokens other than the 18 karat be given for 20 years of service.
Conclusions: The WVSU awardees wear the loyalty ring only occasionally or rarely. They are proud to wear it but prefer other tokens