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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.

Work teams

Create a culture that builds up your peers, your leader and any direct reports with the help of these services, tools and initiatives.

Speaker request
Appreciation tools
Outstanding Staff Awards
UK HealthCare recognition initiatives
Diversity resources

Common interests and backgrounds

Join groups, events and set your email preferences to get connected.

Affinity groups
Working Parents Network
Women's Forum
Well-being and professional development events
HR email preferences


Recognize and recharge

October 11 "Recognize and Recharge" closes with raffle winners, plus appreciation messages and tools

"Recognize and Recharge" wrapped on October 9, 2020 with a message from UK President Capilouto sharing his deep appreciation for employees. Additionally, tools to cultivate more appreciation among colleagues remain available online, in addition to recorded event videos.
Employees celebrating teamwork

September 21 Staff Senate and HR present events and tools as response to appreciation survey results

As the pandemic continues to reshape the ways in which we connect, UK Staff Senate and Human Resources teamed up to offer "Recognize and Recharge" events and appreciation tools. Plans were developed in response to a survey conducted by Staff Senate in May 2020 about appreciation.

How to give and receive appreciation in 5 languages

Making appreciation personal

Everyone has a language of appreciation. Learn about the 5 appreciation languages to effectively communicate your appreciation of others in the workplace, and how to recognize different forms of appreciation from others.

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

UK HealthCare Recognition initiatives

From celebrating career milestone anniversaries, to using the online STAR program for daily appreciation, to awards for nursing, patient experience and patient-centered care, the enterprise provides many recognition opportunities.

Campus Recognition best practices

Whether you start a recognition initiative on your team, for your entire department, or you participate in nominating your colleagues for existing awards, you'll want to keep these campus considerations in mind.

Recognition tools

Discover easy ways to recognize staff year round and at important milestones.

More tools

How to strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity

HR Training and Development

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.

UK Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education

Use reflection tools, attend workshops and more from the university’s centralized educational unit for expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives — including unconscious bias.

An equity-in-action toolkit is in the works!

Employee groups

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.