WHEN: The HR Employee Excellence Awards ceremony is presented each spring during the annual HR Service Awards reception.

WHAT: Annual awards program recognizes HR employees for their exceptional contributions to the department in five staff award categories and one leadership award category. 

HOW: Nominations will be accepted from January 1 to November 30 of each year. HR employees will submit nominations via the Online Nomination Form (login in with Blazer ID and Password). Only HR employees can submit nominations. HR employees can be nominated for any award category, but he/she cannot win two awards in the same category in one year.
A Selection Committee will review nomination submissions and make the final award recommendations to the CHRO; the committee will review all the nominations by category and score them based on how well the nomination demonstrates the specific criteria.

  • Selection Committee will be randomly selected from leadership nominations.
  • Selection Committee will include seven (7) representatives from HR.
  • Selection Committee members will rotate each year.
  • Nomination reviews will be held in December of each year.
  • A rubric/point system will be used by the Selection Committee to determine winners.
  • Award recipients will be determined in December of each year for Annual Awards.
  • Awards will be presented at the HR Service Award Reception in February of each year.
  • If an employee wins an award, he/she is not eligible to win an award in the next year.


Award Categories

Driving Change Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who acts as a champion of change, readily adapting and assisting the internal and external customer with understanding change. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Assisted with implementation of strategies that are in the best interests of HR
  2. Worked toward effective and successful implementation of new services, programs, and/or systems
  3. Taken a proactive and innovative approach toward finding viable solutions to business challenges.
  4. Participated in collaborative problem‐solving, breaking down boundaries and/or creating new relationships to improve the way work gets done

Embracing Innovation Award

This award is given to a staff member who has generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services. The award recognizes creative ideas that have improved HR. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Identified creative solutions, large or small in scope, that have made a significant and positive difference
  2. Suggested new ways to improve the quality of services or programming
  3. Identified novel approaches for completing work more effectively or efficiently
  4. Looked for creative approaches to provide or improve services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost

Doing the Right Thing Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in a particular situation, acting with honesty and integrity at all times. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Sacrificed time and energy for the good of their unit in a specific area or event
  2. Showed willingness to assist beyond normal expectations
  3. Being accountable, inspiring trust by saying and doing what is right
  4. Provided outstanding service to their specific department or division

Collaboration Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who exemplifies collaboration and cooperation. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Developed and encouraged cooperation and collaboration, while displaying outstanding group effort
  2. Consistently offered support, assistance and encouragement to co‐workers, often without being asked to do so
  3. Served as role model to others through positive and productive client and colleague relationships
  4. Worked with others to achieve a shared goal — sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus

Service with Care Award

This award is given to a staff member who has demonstrated concern and commitment to fulfill needs and ensure satisfaction when providing services to members of the UAB community. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Identification of and appropriate reaction to the needs and expectations of the internal and external customer to ensure exceptional service
  2. Familiarity with HR policies and procedures and their impact on the university community, coupled with commitment and ability to educate the community about these policies
  3. Sought ways to continuously improve satisfaction and remove barriers when providing services to members of the university community
  4. Anticipated clients' needs and potential problems before they occurred

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award is given to a member who exemplifies significant leadership skills such as the ability to lead and guide Staff, develop Staff talents and successfully manage an efficient and effective unit at the highest level; has promoted teamwork and collaboration across HR and the UAB community; has worked quietly behind the scenes to improve his or her unit and HR as a whole; and who has consistently done so with a positive attitude. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Initiative, Responsibility, Resourcefulness
  2. Outstanding skills and service within or outside the department
  3. Develops trust and credibility through open, respectful communication and demonstrating accountability
  4. Provides a sense of purpose, vision and mission for their co‐workers and/or staff
  5. Cultivates and motivates staff
  6. Positively influences others to build consensus in group, departmental or organizational settings
  7. Manages and/or champions change effectively through formal or informal leadership
  8. Helps others develop by investing time and effort in coaching and/or mentoring
  9. Demonstrates a high degree of financial responsibility coupled with sound judgment; acts as a guardian of HR resources by implementing more efficient or cost effective practices


Affirmative Action
The Office of Human Resources is charged with the development and implementation of the Affirmative Action Program and its overall effectiveness at UAB. 

BLAZE Leadership Program
The goal of the BLAZE leadership academy is to prepare high potential faculty and staff to take on positions of senior leadership and become the stewards of UAB’s future. BLAZE does this by providing an intensive leadership development program that combines:

  • Team projects
  • Case studies
  • Skill building
  • Expert speakers and panels
  • Peer to peer consultation
  • Networking Opportunities

Employee of the Month
The UAB Employee of the Month/Year Program seeks to recognize and reward those staff members whose contributions best exemplify these traits. In doing so, we not only show appreciation for outstanding individual achievement, but more importantly, we communicate to all, publicly and consistently, the significance of these values to the University.

Employee Perks
The UAB Employee Perks Program offers great deals and discounts from a number of local businesses and franchises. All discounts are for current UAB staff and faculty and you must present your UAB Employee Badge at time of redemption for most vendors. Other vendors may require additional information (discount code, email address, etc.) to verify employment at UAB. You can find specific details about each discount in the listings in each category.

The AWARE Program (Always Working to Advocate, Retain & Employ) provides disability-management services when an employee’s job is affected by a physical, mental, or emotional impairment. Through a unique partnership between UAB and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), the AWARE Program assists current employees and their departments, job seekers going through the application process, and employees returning from long-term disability or medical leave. In addition, the AWARE Program coordinates requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).