For the past 41 years, UAB’s Employee of the Month/Year program has recognized outstanding employees for their dedication, hard work and contributions to the university’s success. Now, these awards — the highest honors reserved for staff at UAB — are getting an upgrade.

UAB Human Resources is temporarily pausing the nomination and selection process to build a better one that emphasizes UAB’s shared values in action and also can be submitted online. The changes are prompted in part by feedback about recognition programs provided during the Campus Engagement Survey earlier this year, said Chief Human Resources Officer Alesia Jones.

“Our employee of the month/employee of the year program has been in place since 1978, making it one of the longest-running traditions within HR,” Jones said. “Still, we want to ensure that the program grows and matures along with the university, that it reflects and aligns with our values and makes good use of enhanced technology now available to us.”

The program is scheduled to relaunch in fall 2020.

— Updated Nov. 8, 2019