Service & Retirement Recognition Programs
Service and Recognition Tool Kit
Welcome to our virtual recognition tool kit, provided by Human Resources to help you celebrate the great work and many contributions of our colleagues.
Each year, the University honors employees who are celebrating five, 10 and 15 years of service; individuals celebrating milestones over 20 years; and, of course, retirees.
Here you will find many ways to salute your colleagues and direct reports and to applaud them for a job well done.
Directions: Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Professional, go to tools, select edit PDF, select the area you would like to personalize and type your text. Save the PDF to your PC; you can choose to print the letter or attach the letter to an email and send to the recipient.
- Host a Zoom Recognition Event
- Announce Employee Milestones during team meetings
- Post on Your Social Media Channel using #WorkingAtUD
About the Service Recognition Program
The Service Recognition Program honors employee service to the University of Delaware at five year intervals when employees may select from a special gift collection. The University honors our recent retirees with a gift from the Retirement Collection.
Service Recognition milestones are:
Service Recognition Gifts
I just had my 5 year (10, 15, etc.) anniversary. Do I get to choose a Service Recognition gift right away?
No, the Service Recognition gifts are awarded once a year. You will choose your gift in the spring.
Does my time as a student or miscellaneous wage employee count?
No, since work as a student or miscellaneous wage employee is not considered benefits-eligible employment.
I took a sabbatical leave last year. How does this affect my Service Awards eligibility?
Sabbaticals are a recognized part of faculty positions. Employees on sabbatical leave are considered as on-going employees of the University and their benefits-eligible status is maintained. Therefore, sabbatical leave is not considered a break in service for the purpose of the Service Recognition.
I am a part-time employee hired 10 (15, 20, etc.) years ago. Am I eligible to receive a 10-year (15, 20, etc.) Service Recognition, or is my time prorated?
Service Recognition is designed to recognize total length of time as a benefits-eligible University of Delaware employee, regardless of full-time equivalency. Total amount of time in a benefits-eligible position should be calculated the same: based on actual years, whether part-time, full-time, or a combination during your years of service.
I joined the University fifteen years ago, but took a one-year leave of absence. Am I still eligible for my 15 year recognition this spring?
Unpaid leaves of absence do not count towards Service Recognition.