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Kentucky Employee Suggestion System

Earn up to $2,500 for your good ideas! Because our team members know best, the Kentucky Employee Suggestion System (KESS) provides monetary incentives to those who share ideas that will improve the productivity and services offered by the state. Cash awards range from $100 to $2,500.

The KESS Council reviews each suggestion. Awards are provided when a suggestion is approved, and results show either a savings or an improvement to a process or program, public relations, or safety.

Submit a suggestion through KHRIS ESS.

Employee Suggestion System Evaluator Guide

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Employee Discounts

Businesses throughout Kentucky are showing their appreciation by offering Commonwealth employee discounts. Enjoy great perks at retail stores, state parks, resorts and sporting events!
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Career Service Certificates

Many Team Kentucky members have dedicated their career to public service, and they deserve to be recognized. To commemorate and thank them, service certificates are awarded after five, ten, twenty, thirty and even forty years of service. Upon retirement, you'll receive a retirement certificate and letter from the governor.

Contact your human resources office if you have not received your service certificate or to obtain one for a team member.

Public Service Recognition Week

A special week to honor you! The last week in April is devoted to recognizing public servants for their dedication and commitment. Throughout the week, agencies are encouraged to find innovative ways to celebrate and recognize employees for the broad variety of services they provide.

Manager Toolkit  

Poster Contest Details

Poster Contest Winners

PSRW Feature Stories

Poster Contest Awards Ceremony Press Release


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Governor's Ambassador Awards

At Team Kentucky, we celebrate you, your contributions, commitment, and achievements. Team members who have significantly and positively impacted the lives of their co-workers, customers, or community are recognized each year through the Governor's Ambassador Award program. Awards are provided in the areas of customer service, courage, leadership, professional achievement, teamwork or community service and volunteerism.

This year's award recipients were announced on April 27, 2018. 

Meet our winners!

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Employee Recognition Branch

Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award

History, both American and Kentucky, was made in January 1936 when Louisville’s Charles W. Anderson, Jr. raised his right hand to take the oath of office as a State Representative in the Kentucky General Assembly. When Anderson was sworn into office - four months prior to his 29th birthday - he became the first black legislator in Kentucky and in the South since the Reconstruction Era. The Department of Personnel first presented the Charles W. Anderson Award in 1989. Since that time, there have been 67 recipients. Charles W. Anderson, Jr. was a true pioneer and in his honor the Personnel Cabinet is proud to present the Charles Anderson Award for achievements in promoting equal employment opportunities.

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