Recognition in the Workplace

Recognizing and rewarding colleagues for their contributions and achievements ensures people feel their contributions are valued , and it is an important component of a psychologically safe and healthy workplace. Without the contributions and dedication of faculty and staff, the University of Alberta would not be the institution we are today.

Ways to Recognize 

There are many formal and informal ways to recognize colleagues for their contributions.


An e-card is the perfect way to brighten a day!

Tips for Everyone

How to show appreciation for your colleagues.

Tips for Supervisors

How to create employee engagement

Recognition Awards

side of building

Formal recognition programs celebrate and acknowledge those people who have made an outstanding impact on the university. The following recognition programs are available for nominations.

Recognition Program
Recognition Program Name Nomination Window
Alumni Awards Deadline: December 15
Achievement Award for APOs, FSOs, MAPS and Librarians July 1–September 30
Campus Sustainability Leaders Awards Deadline: First Friday in March
Celebration of Service Ongoing
Excellence in Leadership Award March 1–June 30
Excellence in Learning Support Award March 1–June 30
Retirement Celebration Ongoing
Support Staff Recognition Award July 1–September 30
Wellness Champions Ongoing