Employee recognition can be given in many ways—through saying thank you, giving praise, providing opportunity, or showing respect. Many studies on the work place have shown that being recognized for achievements, knowing that one's contributions matter to the organization, and the opportunity for growth and professional development have a considerable impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. MIT supports growing a culture of development for MIT employees.
The 2017 Ceremony
The 2017 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal Award ceremony and celebration took place on March 16, 2017.
Our Three-Part Program
Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis and in a variety of different ways. It is also important that recognition activities be aligned with the culture of the workplace. To this end, MIT provides three different opportunities for acknowledging co-workers and peers and has given each area considerable freedom to customize their own activities.
The Appreciation Awards - Informal, on-the-spot, day-to-day recognition, administered and delivered in local areas.
The Infinite Mile Awards - Typically more formal, semi-annual or annual awards administered and presented in local areas.
The MIT Excellence Awards - Formal, Institute-wide awards presented at an annual ceremony, administered by central HR.
MIT's Recognition Program also includes the Collier Medal. This award was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed on April 18, 2013 while protecting and serving MIT. Officer Collier had a passionate curiosity that led him to learn and experience life in a way that energized others and created invaluable community connections. Through the Medal, Officer Collier will live on as a lasting part of the MIT community.
See How it Works
Watch this short video to learn more about MIT's award-winning Recognition Program.