Office of the Executive Director
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Congratulating and Recognizing Efforts

How to Redeem Your C.A.R.E. Points

C.A. Short, a national award and recognition company, has been selected to support our employee recognition program. We invite you to browse through the online catalog or see your supervisor for a hardcopy of the catalog. Please visit to explore the wide array of items available. To access the online catalog, please refer to your welcome letter for your login and password. If you have not received this information at your mailing address on record, please contact the company directly at 1-800-535-5690 for immediate assistance.

You can order online by following the directions on the website. Those without computer access can order by calling C.A. Short at 1-800-535-5690. For questions about your order, item availability, or delivery time, please call C.A. Short customer service at 1-800-535-5690 for immediate assistance.

You may also redeem your CARE points at the UM Computer Showcase. If you wish to do that, please use the process outlined here.

Please note that University of Michigan guidelines state that program points may not be redeemed for any item considered to be a weapon or an accessory to a weapon (hunting knives, gun scopes, etc.).

We're very pleased to be able to offer this high quality program to you. Please let us know what you think! If you have any questions, please call the FSC at 647-2059 or email the Plant CARE Team at Plant Operations CARE Team (get address) (

Awards Developed to Date:

Award Recognition:

Attendance Recognition

Other information:

C.A.R.E. Team Members


The C.A.R.E. Team began as an initiative by the Director of Plant Operations, and the Lead Team (comprised of department managers) to create a program to encourage excellence among Plant Operations employees. The team, all volunteer, began meeting on November 7, 1996. Each of the departments in Plant Operations was represented on the team. After conducting focus groups with managers and employees to determine what kind of conduct should be recognized, and what type of awards would be perceived as valuable, the C.A.R.E. team developed criteria for each award and a coupon redemption process for rewarding employees.

C.A.R.E. Team charge from the Plant Operations Lead Team:

Identify and recommend appropriate forms of employee recognition.

Mission Statement:

To create and administer a variety of recognition programs designed to validate the contributions of Plant Operations Division employees, and support the Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles of the Organization.

Vision Statements:

Taxation of CARE Award Items

Employees of Plant Operations do NOT pay any taxes on items received through the CARE Employee Recognition program. Since 1999, when the CARE program began, Plant Operations has paid the tax liability for goods received by its employees. Employees who do incur a tax liability, however, for items totaling more than $99 in the twelve month period from December 1 of the previous year through November 30 of the current year, will notice a “gross up” adjustment on one of their December paystubs. As of 2013, the gross up formula is calculated by taking the total value of the item(s) divided by .6309 (25% Federal withholding tax, 4.25% State withholding tax, 6.2% Social Security and 1.45% Medicare).

Contact Us: Plant Operations CARE Team (get address) (

Content modified: Aug 25, 2017