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UK Appreciation Week 'Recognize and Recharge' Events Scheduled

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2020)  Did you miss UK Appreciation Day this past spring? How about Well-being Week? Like nearly all events this past spring and summer, both events were canceled to help ensure the health and safety of University of Kentucky employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the pandemic continues to reshape the ways in which we connect, UK Staff Senate and Human Resources teamed up to offer something special for everyone to enjoy this fall and beyond.

“Recognize and Recharge” events will run the week of Oct. 5-9 and a new community quickstarts webpage features a book raffle and year-round tools for appreciation, belonging and self-care.

“Recognize and Recharge” events invite everyone — faculty and staff — to pause and emerge stronger and better individually and as a community. Among the 15+ events, you’ll find these community-wide opportunities:

  • Outstanding Staff Awards;
  • Moment of Appreciation Unity Meditation;
  • Staff Senate Main Body Session with the Office for Institutional Diversity; 
  • professional development workshops;
  • wellness experiences including yoga and a kitchen scavenger hunt; and 
  • Real Talk Roundtable.

Whether you’re on campus, another UK site or remote, you are welcome to join these online events to “Recognize and Recharge” with the campus community. The university appreciates all your dedication and contributions to make the University of Kentucky a member of the 2020 Great Colleges to Work for Honor Roll.

The book raffle is now open and will close Octo. 9. Simply enter to win the book of your choice from these options:

  • "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace" by Gary Chapman and Paul White;
  • "We Can’t Talk About That at Work! How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and other Polarizing Topics" by Mary Frances Winters; and 
  • "The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition" by Brené Brown.

You’ll find more information about the events and books on the community quickstarts webpage, which serves as a single place on the HR website to find tools to more easily activate community.

As a response to survey results about appreciation conducted in July, the university created tools to make it easier to show appreciation to peers, leaders and your employees.

As a reminder of existing tools, community quickstarts also shows several employee networks in one place, including affinity groups, the UK working parents’ group and the UK Women’s Forum. Additionally, workshops and resources for diversity, inclusion and equity are offered by HR and UK Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education, including sessions for teams by request.

These tools and events, available no matter your location, contribute not only to helping create resilient individuals, but also to a university community that will stand stronger and better over time.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.