EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION WEEK

JUNE 10 - 14

This week is meant to honor all that you have accomplished at the University over the past year. We hope that you will celebrate yourself, your colleagues, and what it means to be a Blue Hen. All events are free and open to all employees.

Monday, June 10: UDid It Picnic- Trabant Multipurpose Rooms and Dining Area

11-1:30p.m., The annual tradition continues! Join your colleagues on The Green for lunch to celebrate another successful year at UD. There will be food, music, and yard games to kick off this week that is all about YOU!

*Please note this event has been moved indoors due to the weather.

Tuesday, June 11: Self-Care Day

11a.m.-2p.m., The North Green (near Main St.) *rain or shine
With all of the hard work you have put in this year, this day is meant to help you unwind, connect with colleagues, and participate in activities that will help you feel your best. 
Join us on the Green!
  • PAWS for People, a local, nonprofit organization, will be on The Green with their certified pet-therapy dogs from 11 a.m.-1p.m. for you to pet and play with.
  • Outdoor Yoga classes will be held from 11:30 a.m.- 12p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Register Here
  • Free Chair Massage will be offered from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The certified massage therapists will offer 5 minutes massages. Appointments are strongly encouraged, as this is very popular and often fills up fast! Register Here
  • Self-Care Table:  Meet with Employee Health & Wellbeing to learn how you can lower stress and increase happiness every day. Mental Wellbeing resources will be provided.

Wednesday, June 12: Cultivating Connections Day

Each week you spend a significant amount of time with your colleagues and building authentic relationships in any team is key.  The goal of this day is to cultivate a more caring and supportive atmosphere at work and it doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Invest your time in connecting with your colleagues through non-work related conversation. Find out about their family, their favorite UDairy flavor, or their plans for summer. Investing in conversation can build better relationships, better trust, and allow for a more productive and enjoyable workplace. This is great for emotional wellbeing.
A simple gesture of appreciation can go a long way in making a coworker feel valued. Identify ways that you and your team can extend gratitude- whether it be a formal recognition system or simply thanking one another for your hard work on a project, come up with ways to show appreciation and gratitude for your team.
Pick up bagels on your way to work, organize a pot luck lunch, or coordinate a team activity over your lunch break. These simple niceties and treats every now and then go a long way in creating a positive team culture.
Take a fitness class together (employee fitness classes are free in June!), organize a team lunch, take a planet walk around The Green, see a movie together, or even have office show and tell! There are unlimited options to have a bit of fun at work, bringing your team closer together and keeping your culture positive.
Creativity can fuel our relationships and our work. Create a family showcase where you dedicate a wall to family and pets where employees can put up a photo of their pet or family to share with everyone, hire a caricature artist to come in and create pieces of the employees for them to keep and lighten the mood, or bring in board games for the lunch hour.
Studies consistently show that volunteering or getting involved with community groups can improve your sense of purpose and decrease stress. Identify a University or community organization that you and your team can get involved with. Spending this time with one another will also strengthen your bond as colleagues.
 

Please note- the employee talent show has been canceled.

Thursday, June 13: Spirit Contest & Gratitude Day *Event moved to the Tower at STAR

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Tower Atrium, The Tower at STAR
Spirit Contest Returns: Let’s see that blue and gold! Snap a photo of your team and email it to wellbeing@udel.edu. Visit the UD Employees Facebook Page to view all of the teams who have sent in photos. The team with the most likes on Facebook by Friday, June 21 will receive a day of wellbeing for their team. There will be a photo booth in the atrium with props to help make your photo fun!
Gratitude Day: Visit us in the Tower Atrium from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. to participate in interactive stations. You will be able to build your own bouquet of flowers, visit a gratitude station, and build yourself a nutritious snack!

Friday, June 14: Employee Appreciation Night at White Clay Creek *SOLD OUT*

5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Carpenter Recreation Area @ White Clay Creek State Park
UD Employees and their families are invited to a night out at our beautiful, local state park. We will have food prepared, as well as food trucks for additional purchase. There will be lawn games, nature walks, and live music in the band shell. We hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, please register here: http://www.udel.edu/006043