MIT supports the growth and success of every member of its community, and is committed to providing employees with opportunities to develop in their roles, grow in their careers, engage in MIT’s diverse and inclusive community, and recognize excellence and achievement in one another—and themselves.
Appreciation Awards (aka "on-the-spot" or "spot" awards) are delivered at the time of achievement. These acknowledgments should be relatively small and can be given to individuals, teams, or work groups.
As with all awards, they should be tied to a specific message of recognition for a concrete or measurable goal, achievement, or contribution.
The types of contributions that might be recognized through appreciation awards are:
staying late to help someone prepare a presentation for the next day
volunteering to cover for a co-worker who is out sick
going out of your way to help boost morale or create a positive, inclusive work environment
exceeding expectations for a goal or milestone in a long-term collaborative project
Use Find Your Local Program to locate your organizational area's recognition site. If your area does not have a web site, you can email the key contact listed for your unit and he/she will provide you with the program guidelines.
Visit MIT Infinite Mile Awards to learn about the purpose and goals of the Infinite Mile Award, and how you can nominate a member of your team. Infinite Mile Awards are given to teams and individuals for significant accomplishments in their departments, labs, or centers or in other DLCs with which they collaborate.
The MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by members of our community toward fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the Institute. Find the nomination form and tips for writing nominations.