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MIT Human Resources receives three industry awards

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This winter, MIT Human Resources was recognized for its work in the areas of rewards and recognition, work-life, and leadership.

“These awards recognize HR’s goal of supporting the MIT community in meeting the Institute's mission ‘to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind,’” says Lorraine A. Goffe-Rush, MIT vice president for human resources.

Rewards and recognition

In January, MIT HR received the 2016 Recognition Professionals International (RPI) award for Best Overall Recognition Program. The RPI Best Practice Standards Awards honor organizations that implement the RPI Best Practice Standards, which are based on knowledge gained from academic literature, professional conferences, and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs. The seven RPI Best Practice Standards are:

  • Recognition Strategy
  • Management Responsibility
  • Recognition Program Measurement
  • Communication Plan
  • Recognition Training
  • Recognition Events and Celebrations
  • Program Change and Flexibility

Work-life effectiveness

Also in January, the MIT Work-Life Center was awarded the WorldatWork Work-Life 2016 Seal of Distinction for demonstrating leadership in workplace strategies that help employees with work-life balance.

The 2016 Seal of Distinction is awarded each year to organizations across North America that support employees at work and at home. It honors the overall strength of an organization’s work-life portfolio along with success in creating a positive work environment. Organizations are evaluated on work-life programs, policies, and practices reflected in:

  • caring for dependents;
  • health and wellness;
  • flexibility;
  • financial support and education;
  • paid and unpaid time off;
  • community involvement; and
  • workforce experience and engagement.

This year, MIT was among 116 organizations recognized for creating a workplace culture that supports work-life balance and for being an employer of choice.


In February, MIT’s Leader to Leader Program (L2L0 was recognized at the Lead2016 conference. equips and certifies HR professionals in the private and nonprofit sectors with best practices, tips, and knowledge to be the best at their game and to develop their career paths and job marketability to increase their own market value.’s community consists of more than 220,000 professionals worldwide.

This year, recognized L2L for:

  • Best Executive Coaching
  • Best Experienced/Senior Leaders Program
  • Best Use of Team Building
  • Innovation in Deployment of Leadership Programs

These are important recognitions for MIT because placed the L2L program among the top leadership programs in private and non-profit companies that are ranked as the best in class in their respective industries.

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