Professional News

Recognize and Recharge: A Message From the President

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2020) — Recognize and Recharge, the week of offerings from University of Kentucky Staff Senate and Human Resources, inspires us to create communities connected by common work goals, interests and backgrounds.

It is important to remember to express gratitude to one another, cultivate belonging and practice self-care, especially during challenging times. Giving to someone else, whether through a meaningful conversation or a note of appreciation, helps them and increases your own happiness as well.

Faculty and staff at the university have been challenged during the past months to change the way they work, often taking on additional responsibilities with family at home as well. While it may be difficult to find a few short minutes to recognize our co-workers or to personally recharge, it is essential to our well-being.

You can discover ways to accomplish these things on UK Human Resources' Community Quickstarts page. It is a great resource for appreciation ideas, campus connections and self-care opportunities. And if you missed the self-care events held this week, many are still available online.

Please view the video above from UK Presdient Eli Capilouto who relays his appreciation to UK employees and his hope that you will "Recongnize and Recharge."

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 four 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 five 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.