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Employee Appreciation Week

September 28 - October 2, 2020

It's been said time and time again: 2020 has been full of unexpected and unique challenges that have impacted all of us. This year's Employee Appreciation Week is the perfect time to thank those who have helped you get through 2020 so far in a personal and meaningful way - whatever that looks like for you. Whether you want to organize a team appreciation event, or just send an individual note of appreciation, Employee Appreciation Week should be celebrated by everyone.

At the Office of Human Resources, we are reminded every day of the resilience, compassion and excellence of our fellow Seahawks - especially during these challenging times. To show how much we value and appreciate YOU, the Employee Leadership, Learning & Engagement Team, along with some of our campus partners, have put together a series of virtual events, resources and ideas for each day of Employee Appreciation Week. 

Click through the tabs below to learn more about our suggestions and events for this year's Employee Appreciation Week.

Sept. 28: Meaningful Monday

We’re kicking off this year's Employee Appreciation Week with Meaningful Monday - a day during which we challenge you to focus on the things that bring meaning and value to your work and your colleagues.

Take Action

Take Action

Set aside some time to share a cup of coffee (virtually) and catch up with a colleague.

Take a photo of your coffee chat and share on social media with the hashtag #UNCWEAW!

Join Us

Virtual Coffee Hour | 9-10am on Zoom

UNCW Employees Got Talent  | Noon-1pm on Zoom

Talent Entry Sign Up

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you make this Monday meaningful:

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Sept. 29: Team Teal Tuesday

Day two of Employee Appreciation Week is Team Teal Tuesday. Today, take time to celebrate and appreciate what makes your team great - all while rocking a little teal. Go Seahawks! 

Take Action

Take Action

Put on your favorite teal and UNCW gear! Take a selfie or a team photo and post to social media with the hashtags #teamtealtuesday!

Join Us

Seahawk BINGO | 4-5pm on Zoom

Sign Up

Go Further! 

Fall Update Forum
Join campus leaders for this one-hour virtual forum for updates on the ways UNCW is continuing to adapt to the ongoing challenges the coronavirus pandemic presents. This webinar is open to staff and faculty, and takes place from 11am-noon. Sign up using the link below!

Register Today

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you celebrate and recognize your team:

"Finding a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever." - Amy Poehler

Sept. 30: Well-Being Wednesday

Day three of Employee Appreciation Week is Well-Being Wednesday - a day to focus on your well-being and the well-being of those around you. From physical and emotional to intellectual and occupational, take time today to reflect on what well-being looks like for you for the rest of 2020. Consider starting by joining a Virtual Community!

Take Action

Take Action

Take some intentional time for yourself today. Whether it's 10 minutes or an hour, make time for your own well-being - maybe start with a walk outside! We've included a list of local walks below. 

Take a photo of what well-being looks like to you and share on social media with the hashtag #UNCWEAW!

Join Us

Meditation | 8:30-9am on Zoom

Yoga | Noon-1pm on Zoom

Deskercise | 3-4pm on Zoom

Sign Up

Go Further! 

UNCW's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) presents Mindfulness: The State of Science, a free webinar from 5:30-7:30pm featuring Dr. Nick Barr. Click the button below to learn more and sign up!

Register for the Webinar

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you find and share well-being this Wednesday:

"Self-care is giving the world the best of you instead of what’s left of you" - Anonymous

Oct. 1: Thankful Thursday

Our penultimate day of Employee Appreciation Week is Thankful Thursday. Today, make time for sharing your gratitude and thanks with those who have had a positive impact on you. 

Take Action

Take Action

Send a thank you (handwritten or email) to someone who has helped you be successful.

Consider sharing your shoutout on social media - don't forget to use the hashtag #UNCWEAW!

Join Us

Staff Senate Scavenger Hunt  | 2-3pm on Zoom
Staff Award for Excellence | 3-4pm on Zoom

Sign Up

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you give thanks this Thursday:

"The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement." - Charles Schwab

Oct. 2: Fun Friday

Let's finish Employee Appreciation Week with a little bit of fun – Fun Friday, to be exact! Today is all about finding joy, laughter, and fun in your work and sharing it with those around you. 

Take Action

Take Action

Do something silly with your favorite Seahawks! Share a funny GIF, try a virtual game with your team, or even host a virtual dance party.

Take a photo of your Fun Friday and share on social media with the hashtag #UNCWEAW!

Join Us

Virtual Dance Party | Noon-1pm on Zoom

Sign Up

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you have fun this Friday:

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." - Mary Poppins