November 15, 2021

Celebrate a Warrior during Employee Recognition Week, Nov. 15-19

The five new “Employee Recognition” awards (based on WSU values) are: Warrior Heroes, Warrior Excellence, Warrior Trailblazers, Warriors Who Care and Warrior Leadership.

Celebrate Wayne State University’s inaugural Employee Recognition Week by shining a light on those who make a positive impact and help WSU achieve its mission. From Nov. 15-19, each day will focus on an important aspect of excellence and share ways to recognize fellow Warriors.

“We all play a role in building a culture of recognition, celebration and engagement,” said Carolyn Hafner, associate vice president and WSU’s chief human resources officer. “Taking a moment to say ‘thank you’ is one of the simplest, yet most important ways we can make a positive impact on others.”

The five new “Employee Recognition” awards (based on WSU values) are: Warrior Heroes, Warrior Excellence, Warrior Trailblazers, Warriors Who Care and Warrior Leadership. Those in leadership positions are encouraged to nominate individuals or teams for the awards and incorporate other activities in ways they can recognize these individuals “front and center” with their team during the week (and beyond).

“Each day during Employee Recognition Week, we will highlight an attribute that aligns with one of Wayne State’s values through activities, learning, tools and meaningful ways to tell someone how much they are appreciated,” Hafner said.

Staff are encouraged to share ideas on how to make recognition more valuable to them and send a care note on Thursday, Nov. 18 from the Culture of Care website, to someone who makes a positive difference in their day. The entire campus community is also invited to join a Candlelight Vigil at 1 p.m. Nov. 18 to remember and honor Warriors who have passed away over the last 18 months.

Nominations will be accepted through January 2021 for consideration for the Employee Recognition Ceremony. One winner in each category will be selected and presented with their award at the annual ceremony in April along with the retiree and milestone years of service honorees.

“Along with the Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, we hope this inaugural Employee Recognition Week will become a tradition to foster a culture of recognition at WSU,” Hafner said. “As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, this is one way we can come together to share the many ways we show gratitude for one another, as leaders and members of the Wayne State community.”

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