The workplace, on-site and remote, can inspire and create communities connected by common work goals, interests or backgrounds.
We and colleagues throughout the university offer a variety of ways to strengthen communities and work teams. These quickstarts, including tools and events, invite each of us to more easily express gratitude, cultivate belonging and practice self-care — contributing to a university community that stands strong over time.
How to give and receive appreciation in 5 languages
Tools for each appreciation language
Appreciating your co-workers
Choose from many ways to say and show you care about them and their contributions.
Tools for peers
Appreciating your leaders
Find ways to communicate your appreciation to your direct supervisor and upper leadership.
Tools for employees
Appreciating your direct reports
It's important to show them your gratitude for their work and who they are as a person.
Tools for leaders
How to recognize work in your area
How to strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity
HR Trainers will host a workshop just for your team. Learn about all the dimensions in which individuals are different and how to create an environment that encourages belonging not biases.
There are several employee groups to help you make connections with colleagues beyond your direct co-workers.
From the Office for Institutional Diversity Affinity groups
Affinity groups play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. They can provide a collective voice for faculty and staff with common interests.
UK Women's Forum
This group offers professional development events, a scholarship opportunity, an annual conference and an annual award.
UK Working Parents Network
HR Work-Life hosts meetings, book clubs and lunches, and a Teams chat to connect with each other throughout the week.
Events for your interests
When you’re interested in your personal well-being or your professional development, you’ll find many events on these topics.
You can filter our calendar by your interests.
Featured events For building communities
In addition to events for self-care, we also host events to cultivate more connection.