Employee Appreciation Day goes virtual for weeklong celebration

September 3, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

For many, many years, Michigan Medicine has hosted an Employee Appreciation Day (formerly known as the Ice Cream Social) in late summer to recognize the faculty, staff, learners and volunteers who make the organization a great place to work and receive care.

The event, hosted in the UH Courtyard, won’t be able to take place in-person this year due to COVID-19. However, the Michigan Medicine Recognition Program is still here to celebrate you and the incredible work you and your colleagues perform every day.

The team is planning to host a virtual Employee Appreciation Week from Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25. The event will move the once in-person programming to an online and on-demand format for this year.

“While we are saddened to not able to host our annual event in person, with all of our faculty and staff enjoying some time together, the event will go on in a virtual format,” said JoAnn Grantham, Michigan Medicine recognition manager. “We are partnering with groups like MHealthy, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Learning, Wellness Office, our financial planning partners and Human Resources to bring programming that will support our faculty and staff, especially as we continue to navigate our new normal due to COVID-19.”

During the Employee Appreciation Week, all employees are encouraged to participate in as many events as they wish. A full list of events is available on the Michigan Medicine Human Resources website. Employees must register for sessions through the website. Everyone who registers will be eligible to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

After registering, information about how to log in will be provided by email. All sessions will be recorded and made available for future viewing, if you are unable to attend at the designated program time.

“By going virtual, we’ll be able to extend our reach beyond those on the medical campus and provide programming for all of our employees,” Grantham said.

Employee Appreciation Week is also an opportunity to send a special thank you to a colleague in your department, publically recognize a team member who went above and beyond to help with a project, or celebrate a supervisor who continues to lead your team to success.

A new recognition tool will launch in mid-September (stay tuned to Headlines for more information!), but in the meantime, employees can continue to submit Making a Difference awards by clicking here.

“Recognizing the contributions employees make to the organization helps the team to become more motivated, drives better teamwork and gives each individual a sense that they are an integral part of achieving organizational goals,” said Grantham.

More information about Employee Appreciation Week is available on the Michigan Medicine Human Resources website.