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Recognition

UConn Health is committed to acknowledging and appreciating the great people of our organization. In keeping with this commitment, Human Resources offers a cohesive employee recognition program that enables us to acknowledge and recognize employees for their outstanding commitment and contribution to UConn Health.

When our staff and faculty are personally engaged, our organization is stronger, healthier and more productive. We invite you to join UConn Health's efforts in encouraging a culture where great work is noticed and appreciated. Start now. Who have you recognized today?

Our Programs

Recognition is most effective when it happens on a regular basis, by a variety of people in a many ways. To make the recognition authentic, it must be aligned with the organization’s culture. At UConn Health we offer a variety of opportunities for co-workers, peers, and leaders to participate in genuine recognition and encourage that can be customized in order to meet their needs.

WOW AWARD

Informal, on-the-spot recognition for a colleague's positive actions and building a culture of excellence.  Learn More.

TEAM AWARD

Formal recognition of a team effort that furthers the mission of UConn Health by demonstrating Togetherness, Effort, positive Attitude and Motivation. Learn more.

PAWS AWARD

Formal recognition of a colleague consistently exhibiting being Part of a team, an Awesome attitude, a Wonderful Work Ethic, and Superior Service. Learn more.

SERVICE RECOGNITION

Formal, annual recognition of staff and faculty attaining a 5-year service milestone for career commitment and dedication. Learn more.

HUSKY HERO AWARD

Formal recognition designation of a colleague earning a total of four PAWS Awards. Learn more.

DR. PETER J. DECKERS EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION AWARD

Formal, annual recognition of one outstanding employee consistently demonstrating specific attributes in support of the UConn Health mission. Learn more.

Individuals, leaders, and departments are encouraged to create their own spontaneous awards in the form of thank you notes, or a small token of appreciation not to exceed a value of $100 per individual, per year. Remember, authentic recognition should be immediate, meaningful, supportive, and reinforcing UConn Health’s mission.

WOW Award

The WOW award is an informal way to show appreciation to a fellow staff member, student, faculty member, or even a patient for going that extra mile. The WOW Award is redeemable for a coffee or a snack at any of the UConn Health cafes.

To send someone a WOW Award, complete a WOW Award Nomination Form.

PAWS Award

The PAWS award is a formal recognition of faculty, staff or volunteer who consistently performs above and beyond the expectations of the job, exhibiting being Part of a team, an Awesome attitude, a Wonderful Work Ethic, and Superior Service.

PAWS Recipients are recognized at a PAWS reception where they receive an embroidered PAWS Sticker, a Certificate of Recognition and a five dollar lunch ticket redeemable at any of the UConn Health cafes.

To nominate an individual, complete the PAWS Award Nomination Form.

Husky Hero

The Husky Hero designation is a formal award that a faculty, staff or volunteer earn when they are awarded four PAWS, Recipients are recognized at a PAWS reception and receive an embroidered PAWS sticker, a mounted certificate, a “Hero PAWS” pin, a $50.00 gift card, and UConn gear. Their name is engraved on the Husky Hero perpetual plaque.

TEAM Award

The TEAM award is a formal recognition of a team effort that furthers the mission of UConn Health. During the process, the team demonstrates Togetherness, Effort, positive Attitude and Motivation. A specific outcome must have benefited the UConn Health’s mission such as but not limited to programs which had a positive impact on education, patient care or research. Teams may consist of special work groups, cross-functional work groups, task forces, special project teams, department or committees.

To nominate a team, complete the TEAM Award Nomination Form, obtain two endorsement letters from individuals who can speak to the criteria and senior leadership signature approval.

Awardees are recognized at a PAWS reception and receive the TEAM Trophy, individual certificates, and PAWS for each member of the team. The trophy is held by the team for two months and then passed along by a member of the team to the next TEAM awarded.

PAWS RECEPTION DATES, 9:15 A.M. – 10 A.M. LOCATION NOMINATION DEADLINES AWARDEES
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room December 30  Awardees
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room February 24  Awardees
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room April 28  Awardees
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room June 30  Awardees
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room August 31  Canceled
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Onyiuke Dining Room October  23  

Service Recognition

Proudly, UConn Health has a long-standing tradition of honoring employees years of service for career commitment and dedication. Each calendar year faculty and staff are recognized when attaining a 5-year service milestone. Service recognition milestones are based on UConn Health service which is adjusted for breaks in service but is not pro-rated.

5, 10, 15 and 20 Years of Service honorees are recognized at an annual fall employee celebration.

25, 30, 35 and 40 Year of Service honorees are recognized at an employee event hosted by the Executive Vice President for Health.