Recognize Excellence; Nominate Now!

The HEART and Spot Award Program recognizes the excellence that exists in all units and job functions at Haas. Any member of the Haas community may submit nominations at any time. The HEART and Spot Award Committee at Haas then reviews nominations and recommends HEART and Spot award distribution.

The committee reviews nominations every two weeks. To nominate a colleague for a HEART or Spot award, please complete the Nomination Form

PPSM (PSS and MSP), employees in the Clerical (CX) bargaining unit and student employees are eligible to receive Spot Awards. Represented employees in bargaining units (other than the Clerical bargaining unit) are eligible for HEART awards.

Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task. Spot Awards are generally for a special contribution accomplished over a relatively short time period. A Spot Award lets employees know that someone has noticed their noteworthy contribution. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at UC Berkeley. The award funds may not be supplemented by department, division or college funds.


The Berkeley “Achieve Together” criteria are the criteria for the Spot Awards. Staff participate in activities throughout the year that contribute to the mission of the university and the goals of their units. In some cases, the activity rises to the level of a major achievement as part of a big project, in other cases, a staff member engages in a sustained effort to take responsibility for professional development in an area that adds value to his or her work and results in a significant improvement in their unit or contributed to the unit’s achievement of a broader goal.

Whatever the contribution that is being recognized, it should reflect at least one of the Achieve Together Criteria:

  • Collaboration – Enhances individual work by soliciting contributions from others and enhances others’ work by contributing to their success to more effectively meet unit goals.

  • Goal Accomplishment – Achieves individual goals that contribute to unit priorities.

  • Inclusion & Belonging – Demonstrates respect for people and their differences, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, country of origin, cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations. Understands the benefits of a diverse workforce, is trusted and respected by others, includes and welcomes others, and works to understand the perspective of others.

  • Innovation – Uses knowledge, skills, and professional experience to seek efficiencies and improve work outcomes.

  • Job Mastery – Demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities that result in high performance and contributions within the scope of the employee’s job description.