Nominees are being sought for the annual Staff Impact Awards, which celebrate staff who champion volunteerism and service at the University of Michigan.

The awards, which also feature the President’s Staff Awards of Distinction, honor those who go above and beyond by taking on challenges, collaborating across units, supporting workplace flexibility, and finding solutions to make the workplace better for all.

Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 16, 2020. Regular staff from all university campuses and Michigan Medicine are eligible.

Project Healthy Schools received the 2019 team President’s Staff Award of Distinction in May, honoring accomplishments that have shown innovation. The award has led to increased recognition, inclusivity and team-building opportunities.

“In such a big organization, to get this kind of recognition is something you don’t expect, so it was really a great feeling,” said Jean DuRussel-Weston, program manager of Project Healthy Schools. “For the team it’s very gratifying. To be recognized for something that you love to do just doesn’t happen that much, so it’s special.”

Individual Staff Impact Award winners will receive $1,500, and $2,500 will go to teams that demonstrate excellence in collaboration, volunteerism, workplace flexibility and effectiveness.

President’s Staff Awards of Distinction winners will receive $2,000 for the individual award and $3,000 for the team award. That award emphasizes innovation. 

The awards were developed from a Voices of the Staff committee recommendation, and created as part of the university’s bicentennial celebration to recognize staff who do exemplary work and build positive culture.

The awards are co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Recipients will be announced in spring 2020.

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