Wellbeing and Engagement

Employees enjoying UD's annual UDid It! Employee Appreciation Picnic

Tools that support your physical and mental health, strengthen community bonds and help you stay engaged in the work that you do with purpose and meaning. 

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Recognition Programs

Regular gratitude practice strengthens relationships, creates positive emotions and contributes to overall resilience and health for all parties involved. Even informal gestures of gratitude have the power to increase feelings of happiness, so in addition to the below programs, consider how you can let your colleagues know that you value their contributions.

Sending scoops of UDairy is an HR favorite strategy!


Up high, down low – it's never too late to show your appreciation with a Hen High Five. Why a high five? The high five, which is often used as a gesture of greeting and celebration, is an instantaneous way of telling a person that they are important and deserve to be recognized, which can strengthen connections between colleagues, improve workplace engagement and boost wellbeing for both the giver and recipient. So, what are you waiting for?


Send a Hen High Five

Take five to share your appreciation of a colleague!

Service Recognition



The Service Recognition Program honors employee service to the University of Delaware at five year intervals. Employees may select from a special gift collection and are invited to a celebratory event.  

The University honors our recent retirees with a gift from the Retirement Collection.


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Staff Excellence Award Program



The Staff Excellence Award program launches this Fall to recognize staff members' contributions to the University of Delaware community with monetary awards. Three individual awards of $2,000 and one team award of $4,000 will be distributed each Fall and Spring to staff who exeplify UD values.

Monetary award levels, a careful selection process and community recognition activities have been developed with consideration of peer institution and UD faculty award best practices in mind. The program will be supported by a diverse committee of UD community members.


Wellbeing Programs

Wellbeing goes beyond health: purpose, support, connection, safety, growth and joy. We want our employees to thrive holistically, function optimally and actualize potential in both personal and professional lives.

In 2023 Employee Health and Wellbeing programs were integrated into Human Resources and Campus Recreation portfolios.

We invite you to learn more about fitness classes and recreational opportunities by visiting Campus Recreation.


UD Mental Health First Aid Directory

These faculty and staff are certified in Mental Health First Aid, and open to connecting with members of the UD community to offer support. These individuals are trained to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.

View the Directory

You may email these individuals directly at any time, or find additional resources on our Mental Health Resources Flyer




Walktober is UD’s annual 6-week online physical activity challenge that will inspire and motivate you to move more this Fall. As you accumulate steps/activity minutes, you will virtually travel the world and explore scenic autumn locations, browse through fall images, receive weekly wellness tips, and have access to a library filled with healthy recipes.

Registration opens September 5, 2023





Our campus partners offer a variety of resources and tools to support your physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. 

Host fitness classes like Yoga and Spin for your team through Campus Recreation’s “Fitness 2 U” program. Learn More



Mental Health



Mental Health First Aid Trainings 
Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. At the end of this all-day course, you will receive a certification that is good for 3 years.
Class schedule and registration


QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Class schedule and registration


SKY Meditation Retreats 
The SKY Happiness Retreat is a nationally acclaimed 9-hour well-being, breathwork and meditation retreat offered at more than 100 campuses across the country. This retreat is a deep immersion in evidence-based breathwork and meditation practices, social connection, emotional intelligence, and mindful leadership. The cornerstone practice of SKY Breath Meditation uses cyclical, rhythmic patterns of breath to easily bring the mind and body into a state of meditation. Research has shown that SKY significantly reduces depression and anxiety while increasing feelings of well-being, optimism, mental focus, and positive emotion.
Class Schedule and Registration


Team engagemnt



Reach out to us at talent-dev@udel.edu for more information about workshops and trainings for your department or work unit:

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Trainings

  • Custom team-building workshops