U-M Athletics Named Among Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest

Aug. 17, 2012

WARREN, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department was named to the "Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" today (Thursday, Aug. 16) by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Hundreds of companies throughout Metropolitan Detroit vie for a 101 best and brightest designation, but only companies with the highest quality human resources initiative receive the honor.

"We are relentlessly striving to make Michigan Athletics the leaders and best in every way," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "One of those ways is to be a great place to work. It is terrific to have our efforts to be a strong, high-performance culture recognized in this way. We want to create a workplace environment for our department team members that will motivate us to provide positive energy and the very best support possible for the 880 student-athletes that represent our university and compete at the national and international level. This is a special and meaningful accomplishment for our department. The credit goes to all of our team members who contribute their talents and hard work on a daily basis -- I am proud of them all."

This is the first time Michigan Athletics has ever been nominated and invited to participate in the 101 Best and Brightest. The athletic department will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) along with the 100 other companies on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn.

An independent research firm evaluates each company's entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.

The winning 101 companies also compete for 11 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a "Best of the Best Overall" award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the luncheon.

In addition to the athletic department, the University of Michigan Health System also received recognition on the 101 best and brightest list.

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