Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Rewards and Recognition program serves to highlight the excellence that exists in all areas and job functions across the Institute. 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 2014 MIT Excellence Awards and the presentation of the Collier Medal took place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Kresge Auditorium. View the 2014 video here.
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.
The Collier Medal was created to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier. On April 18, 2013, Officer Collier was shot and killed while protecting and serving MIT. Through the Medal, Officer Collier will live on as a lasting part of the MIT community. Sean had a passionate curiosity that led him to learn and experience life in a way that energized others and created invaluable community connections.
Visit the website to learn more about the award. The Collier Medal will be awarded annually to a member or group of members of our extended MIT community who have not previously received the Medal.
The first award was given on February 25, 2014 at the MIT Excellence Awards to the MIT EMS team.