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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 customization.

eWOW & eRecognition

Informal, on-the-spot recognition for a colleague's positive actions or recognizing a special moment in their life all in effort of building a culture of excellence.  Learn More.


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


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


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


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


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 Appreciation

A UConn Health WOW is a great informal way to show peer to peer appreciation in support of UConn Health's values of leadership, innovation, teamwork, excellence, and for going above and beyond and achieving potential. Now, sending a WOW is even more effortless because it is online.

Take a moment to let a colleague know that you notice and appreciate their hard work —  Send an eWOW

Life Event Recognition

Today, more than ever, it is critical to support each other as we drive our UConn Health mission forward. By forging lasting connections with our colleagues, we can reinforce the behaviors and actions that drive our success. Use this powerful tool often to celebrate and support your colleagues who make a difference at UConn Health, every day.

Let your colleague know you care — Send eRecognition

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.

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


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.

Individual and TEAM PAWS Recipients are recognized at a PAWS award ceremony, held twice a year. The 2021 Spring PAWS Awards will be Thursday, May 13. Visit the PAWS Awardees page for event and nominee details

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 ceremony and receive a certificate of recognition, UConn gear, and their personal “Hero PAWS” pin.

Service Milestone 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. Career 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. 2020 5-20 Years of Service Honorees.

25, 30, 35 and 40 Year of Service honorees are recognized at an employee event hosted by the Executive Vice President for Health. 2020 25-45 Years of Service Honorees.

Pumpkin Palooza 2021

Our ever-popular Fall pumpkin decorating contest will return this year. More details will be posted in the coming months.



Spring 2021  PAWS and TEAM Awards

May 13
WebEx and Media Site


Pumpkin Palooza 2020

October 27, 2020
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Center Courtyard & Online


Employee Career Service Recognition 
25, 30, 35 & 40 Years

December 16, 2020
6 p.m.
Virtual via Webex


Recognition: 5-20 Years of Service Milestones
5, 10, 15 & 20 Years

Monday, November 23, 2020
3 p.m.


Dr. Deckers Employee Appreciation Award Ceremony

Wednesday, December 22, 2020
12 p.m.


Unda the Tunda

To Be Announced