Transportation Employee Engagement

The Transportation Department has a multipronged approach to recognize employees. Through our Employee Engagement Program, we help them to understand the impact of their work in our community and facilitate understanding with the values we hold collectively.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Project
Transportation-Gives-Back Days
Each quarter, we offer events to give employees the opportunity to step away from their regular day-to-day work and give back to the Mesa community. This year, we’ve helped pack 1000 emergency food boxes at the United Food Bank, painted the Family Center building at the House of Refuge, and helped pack 70 boxes (15,120 meals) at
Feed My Starving Children. We’ve had over 50 volunteers participate, with approximately 115 service hours given back to Mesa in 2022.
Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Project

New Employee Kits
Items included – Drawstring bag with pockets and logo, safety vest, safety gloves, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, blue cooling towel with logo, gray microfiber cloth, COM Employee Values card, signed letter from RJ, and public transportation brochures (Traffic Calming, Maintaining Mesa’s Streets, Road Hazard Response, Monsoon Ready, Neighborhood Calming & Speed Control Measures, Pedestrian Safety, Storm Sandbag Pickup Locations postcard, Report Graffiti App card, Monsoon numbers magnet, Transportation Key numbers card).

Leadership Summit
Leadership Summit will be held on October 19th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Golf Course. Supervisors will be given The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White. Each book comes with a survey code. Supervisors are required to complete the survey to determine their top two preferred languages of appreciation and their lowest. Presenter Eileen Rogers will be facilitating a workshop with the team focused on recognition efforts vs. appreciation in the workplace. Eileen is a leadership coach, facilitator, and business advisor, a certified coach, Brené Brown Dare to Lead facilitator, and an Integrative Enneagram practitioner. After the workshop and lunch, supervisors are encouraged to stay to participate in the Dobson Ranch Toptracer Course.

Birthday Cards
In addition to birthdays listed in the newsletter (Transportation Talk), supervisors are given cards signed by the Transportation Department Director for employees celebrating a birthday each month. This gives the supervisor the opportunity to have their teams sign and recognize each individual once a year. It’s one small way we aim to make people feel seen and valued on our team.

Newsletters - Transportation Talk
Each month, we send a newsletter for the department which includes important updates, highlights teamwork within the department, and offers monthly safety tips. Recognition is also given to team members who participate in citywide events like Celebrate Mesa or Merry Main Street.
  • March: Traffic Studies Analyst Highlight
  • April: Admin Staff Highlight
  • May: Ray P. and ITE/IMSA Conference Highlight
"The city gets hundreds of requests each year from residents looking for ways the city can put in a stop sign on the corner or a speed hump in the road, among other things. 
It's our Traffic Studies Analysts that coordinate the studies to get those projects approved. This position works with the public, with our Traffic Engineer teams and Field Ops teams to put these types of projects into motion, making the City of Mesa a safer place to work, play, and live. 
Randi D. has been a Traffic Studies Analyst for over 20 years. She loves her job because there's always something different to do and a new problem to solve. She says she likes the diversity of working with different groups of people, and having a balance between working out in the field and in the office each week."
"Holly S. was hired November 2020, and since then she has formed great professional relationships within Transportation and throughout the City! Citizens have even called in to praise her customer service skills! She's always cheerful and gets along well with everyone she communicates with.
Daniele D. has been a Mesa employee since 2005. She's fiscally responsible, always looking for ways to save money. Daniele has a wealth of knowledge about the department and the City! She was responsible for coordinating our recent department holiday party, and with Holly’s assistance, the function was a huge success.
Thank you! You're an essential piece to helping our department run smoothly everyday."
"This month, Ray received an unusual request from an IMSA member who recently moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania, John M. His father reached out to see if he could visit our office for a behind the scenes look at Mesa's traffic signals operations. Though John M. isn't neurotypical (autistic), he is fascinated with traffic signals technology and has earned his certification with the support of his father, who accompanied him on the tour. Ray said that he was happy to give John M. the opportunity and he even learned a few things himself from John - a reminder that everyone has something to teach us when we're open to it.
Special thanks to Tricia, Mike and others who took a little time to give John M. the VIP experience."

Word on the Street Lunch
Each quarter, we invite a small group of employees that have been noted for their outstanding work in Transportation to lunch. The idea is to have face-to-face time with the Director and Supervisor. It gives the team an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and allows the leadership an opportunity to get feedback in a casual setting. In addition, Transportation Department Director, RJ Zeder, periodically visits with employees in their field of work and encourages supervisors to do so as well, to better understand day-to-day tasks and challenges.