Outstanding Supervisor Award

The Outstanding Supervisor Award honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated work/life sensitivity and support of the professional/personal needs of the employees in their unit. The award is significant for the following reasons:

  • The managerial style of a supervisor has a direct impact on the quality of the employees’ work and their loyalty to the University. Any supervisor, at any employment level, from all staff and academic units may be nominated
  • There is a strong “business-case” for offering support and flexibility to enhance employees’ work/life balance. When sincere consideration is given to an individual’s personal responsibilities outside the job, absenteeism may be reduced and morale and productivity are improved
  • By recognizing the “bosses” who do it well, we are setting an example of “what makes a good supervisor.” This will serve as a model for others to illustrate what it means to be “work/life and family sensitive” in hopes of positively impacting managerial practices across campus


To nominate YOUR supervisor, visit: https://worklife.msu.edu/nomination-information


Quotes from past recipients:

When past recipients were asked why they thought their departments nominated them and why they were selected for the award, they said:

 “I care about the well-being of the people I supervise and they know it.”

“I listen and am approachable.”

“I make every effort to create a positive work environment that supports morale.”

“I understand people have lives outside work.”

 “I treat personnel in my unit as I had been, or in one case, wished I had been treated.”

“Flexibility; I recognize that life happens. I include the staff in as much of the decision and planning process that I can so that they have a natural buy in to what we are trying to do.”

“I have hired educated capable personnel…I do not need to manage their time or their jobs…as long as they are getting the work completed in a timely manner, I am happy.”