Employee Recognition Week November 14-18, 2022

Employee Recognition LogoDuring our week devoted to employee recognition, we will celebrate employees who make a positive impact on others to help achieve our mission. Every day we will focus on an important aspect of excellence and share ways to recognize fellow Warriors. 

Annual Employee Awards

Nominations are now closed. Nominations for FY2023 will open soon! Awards will be announced daily during Employee Recognition Week for the following categories:

  • Warrior Heroes (outstanding service) 
  • Warrior Excellence (outstanding performance)
  • Warrior Trailblazers (outstanding innovation) 
  • Warriors Who Care (outstanding empathy and care) 
  • Warrior Leadership (outstanding leadership) 

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 14:  Warrior Heroes 

This day is all about individuals who proactively accept challenges and willingly help others with a "can-do" attitude and an exceptional commitment to service that enables us to achieve the university's mission.

  • Leaders

    Use this Job Aid to learn more about Warrior Heroes, see examples of how to write a brief description of why they should receive recognition, and determine if you'd like to send a certificate of recognition and/or submit a nomination for an Annual Employee Recognition Award.

    Send a certificate of recognition to an individual and/or team any time you'd like.

    Nominate an individual and/or team for an Annual Employee Award (nominations closed on 1/31/22). Nominations for FY 2023 will open soon!

    Learning Session: Join fellow WSU leaders in celebrating Employee Recognition Week in this interactive session. Learn from others and share resources and tips to recognize your team and Warriors across campus in meaningful ways. 

    Time and Date: TBD

    Celebrate Warrior Heroes today in a way that is meaningful for your team. Share a treat together in a team meeting over stories of how people in your team provide exceptional service.  Send thanks from your team to another team for their service to you. Call out people whose service may be less visible to others, but no less appreciated. What other ideas can your team come up with to recognize Heroes in the coming months?

  • Learning Resources

    Continuum Image of Recognition

     

    • Best Practice Elements: Our reward and recognition strategy purposefully incorporates three elements to build a culture of excellence: encouraging effort, celebrating careers, and rewarding results. Together, these best practice components give us several opportunities to appreciate fellow warriors in meaningful ways to create high levels of job satisfaction and engagement. Download a copy of the Best Practices Elements

    Venn Diagram of Recogntion Elements

Tuesday, November 15: Warrior Excellence

Celebrate Individuals and teams who consistently achieve the highest quality outcomes by going above and beyond the expected and demonstrate an unparalleled work ethic with exceptional character.

Wednesday, November 16: Warrior Trailblazers

Recognize individuals and teams today who create outstanding innovation that positively impacts the Wayne State community by demonstrating the courage to implement new things that result in improved processes and a better customer experience.

  • Leaders

    Use this Job Aid to learn more about Warrior Trailblazers, see examples of how to write a brief description of why they should receive recognition, and determine if you'd like to send a certificate of recognition and/or submit a nomination for an Annual Employee Recognition Award.

    Send a certificate of recognition to an individual and/or team any time you'd like.

    Nominate an individual and/or team for an Annual Employee Award (nominations closed on 1/31/22). Nominations for FY 2023 will open soon! 

    Do a problem-solving activity with your team to brainstorm solutions to a current problem; don't edit initial ideas – look for an ideal state or "what could be" and then identify boundaries or barriers to overcome to make it happen.  Reward and recognize learning and effort that puts someone and/or your team on the path to innovation and creativity – even through mistakes. Ask your team how they would like to be recognized for innovation and then put out a challenge that will earn the desired (valued) recognition when aspects of the challenge are met.

  • Learning Resources

Thursday, November 17: Warriors Who Care

This day focuses on individuals and teams who make a positive difference in the lives of others by valuing all people, demonstrating empathy, concern/care, and supporting others to create a culture of spirit and belonging that helps to set WSU apart.

  • Leaders

    Use this Job Aid to learn more about Warriors Who Care, see examples of how to write a brief description of why they should receive recognition, and determine if you'd like to send a certificate of recognition and/or submit a nomination for an Annual Employee Recognition Award.

    Send a certificate of recognition to an individual and/or team any time you'd like.

    Nominate an individual and/or team for an Annual Employee Award (nominations closed on 1/31/22). Nominations for FY 2023 will open soon!

    Empathy involves being able to understand how others feel and demonstrating compassion toward them. Don't just "stand in someone else's shoes," walk with them! Do something together as a team today to get to know each other better. Join forces for a shared cause. Buddy up as a pair or triad to job shadow for an hour or a day. Come back together to discuss what you learned from each other.

  • Staff

    Visit the Culture of Care website to send a Care Note to a fellow Warrior and find tips and tools with fun ways you can build a culture of celebration.

    For some people, empathy comes more naturally, but there are things anyone can do to improve. Find out 1 thing that you didn't know about someone today. Be a "radical listener" monitor yourself in an upcoming conversation – are you truly present with that person? Identify one habit that you could adjust to ensure that you are listening to others, not just hearing them.

  • Learning Resources

Friday, November 18: Warrior Leadership

Say thank you to individuals who provide outstanding leadership in achieving results through others by motivating them, recognizing their talents, and inspiring them to accomplish goals. Leaders also demonstrate the university's values in the pursuit of personal and professional growth.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ― Maya Angelou