Employee Recognition

Staff members are honored and recognized throughout the year for achieving various lengths of service, as well as for service excellence when going above and beyond their regular assignments. Here is information about each program, as well as details on how to recognize your fellow employees for their service.

Length of Service Recognition

Staff members who have dedicated many years of service to Northwestern are those whose knowledge, expertise, and mentoring is sought out, and they deserve gratitude and recognition.

Northwestern staff members receive a gift for every five years of continuous service. At the monumental milestone of 20 years of service, and every five years thereafter, staff members are recognized publicly at the Staff Service Recognition Luncheon held annually. 

Employee of the Year

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 one hundred and thirty-two honorees were recognized at the 41st Annual Staff Service Recognition Luncheon along with the 2018 Employee of the Year winner and finalists. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Workshop: Writing Compelling Employee of the Year Nominations

Coming February 2019:

HRD545 Writing Compelling Employee of the Year Nominations

Is there someone in your department who goes above and beyond his or her normal duties, is dedicated and effective, and deserves to be recognized? Has he or she worked full time at Northwestern for three or more continuous years? If you've answered yes to both those questions, then this class is for you. In one lunch-time session, you will learn how to write an Employee of the Year Nomination that is both specific and meaningful. By the end of the class, you will be able to:

• Make sure your candidate is qualified
• Identify what makes a successful submission
• Use concrete examples to make your case
• Write a clear, concise, and compelling submission

If you have any questions regarding Employee of the Year, please email hremployeerecognition@northwestern.edu.


Collaborator of the Year 


Service Excellence Awards

For times when "thank you" just isn’t enough - when a staff member went above and beyond the call of duty outside the day to day job responsibilities to complete a task or meet a goal - there’s the Service Excellence Award. Any member of the University community may nominate an employee for the award. The supervisor reviews the nomination form to confirm that the award is deserved. A staff member may be recognized numerous times, even in a single year, and many have been.

Quarterly Service Excellence Luncheons 2018

Service Excellence Luncheons are held quarterly throughout the year to recognize award recipients. The next Service Excellence Luncheon will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

To nominate a staff member, download a Service Excellence Nomination FormMS Word Document and email it to hremployeerecognition@northwestern.edu.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email hremployeerecognition@northwestern.edu.

Excellence in Sustainability Awards

As Northwestern University pursues its commitment to leadership in sustainability, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Office of Human Resources – Employee Recognition to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in greening our campuses and our curriculum. Students, faculty, and staff members are eligible for the Excellence in Sustainability Awards and will be recognized at the Quarterly Service Excellence Luncheons.

Visit the Office of Sustainability website to learn more about the awards and nomination process.