Recognizing Staff at MIT

MIT has many ways to recognize the exceptional contributions of staff from all parts of the Institute. 

Taking the time to recognize a colleague, team member, or direct report helps to increase engagement, reduce burn-out, and provide motivation – both for them, and for you!

Recognition is a critical part of a culture where everyone feels valued and respected. You can contribute to that culture by taking advantage of the many options to recognize MIT staff through the Institute's recognition program. 

Recognition Right Now

MIT Recognition supports quick opportunities for community members to recognize MIT colleagues for exceptional work, with both public and private options.

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Here's an idea for quick thanks: Pair up team members to share challenges and rewards from a recent project with each other, and then each can share the work of their partner with the team at a group meeting.

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More Ways to Recognize

Nomination-Based Recognition

  • Infinite Mile: Schools and organizational areas at MIT host annual Infinite Mile events to honor staff teams and individuals for significant accomplishments. Criteria for receiving the awards are determined within each DLCI. 
  • MIT Excellence Award + Collier Medal: The MIT Excellence Awards are formal, Institute-wide awards presented at an annual ceremony and administered by central HR. The program also includes the Collier Medal.
  • The MIT Staff Award for Distinction in Service: The MIT Staff Award for Distinction in Service will be given annually to a staff member at MIT whose service to the Institute results in positive lasting impact on MIT's community.
  • The Gordon Y. Billard Award: The Gordon Y. Billard Award is an individual annual award for a staff member, faculty member, or MIT-affiliated individual who has given "special service of outstanding merit performed for the Institute."