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Yale Service Recognition

Congratulations to all staff members who are celebrating their service anniversary milestones this year!

In 2011-2012, Yale will honor staff members who are celebrating their five, ten, fifteen and twenty year service anniversaries. The University values their contributions to making Yale such a special place and helping to achieve its mission and vision.

This year, these staff members will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation from President Richard Levin in honor of their contributions to the University.

Five-Twenty Years of Service Award Program

Frequently-Asked Questions for Yale's Service Recognition Program

What is the gift selection for staff members celebrating a 5-year milestone anniversaries with the University?

This year, a new selection of high-quality gifts will be presented to appeal to a wide range of tastes and to provide choice to all honorees beginning with the 10-year milestone and for every five years thereafter. Some of the traditional gifts will continue to be offered including a Bulova gold-plated watch for 25-year honorees and a Yale chair/rocker for 30-year honorees.

When will I be notified about my gift selection?

Honorees will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and gift ordering instructions at their campus address in the month preceding the anniversary date.

How long do I need to work at Yale before I am eligible for a Yale chair or rocker?

Staff members who have been at Yale for 30 years or more may select a Yale chair or rocker as a long-service gift. Honorees can also order a chair or rocker on their 35th, 40th, 45th and 50th anniversaries.

How long does it take to receive a gift?

Gifts will be shipped via UPS and will typically take 4 to 6 weeks to be delivered to the honoree's home address.

What do 5-year staff members receive?

Five-year honorees will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the University.

Where can I find the link to order my service milestone gift?

You will receive a link to the online gift order website in the gift ordering materials that are sent with your Certificate of Appreciation. We will also e-mail you the link on your anniversary date.

Am I eligible for a Certificate of Appreciation for a previous service milestone that occurred prior to Certificates of Appreciation being included in the University’s Service Recognition program?

We began the certificate distribution process on July 1 2008; going forward, anyone who has reached a milestone after this period is eligible to receive a certificate. 

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding Yale’s Service Recognition program?

Please contact us at hracomm@yale.edu.

Where can I find my anniversary date and years of service?

Please contact Human Resources Records at 203-436-4241 for this information.

Does Yale offer the exact same gifts every year for service milestones?

No.  There is no guarantee that the gifts will remain exactly the same each year as it is our desire to keep the program fresh and exciting. However, we do try to maintain some of the traditional Yale gifts from year to year such as the gold Yale watch and the Yale rockers and chairs.

I am not interested in receiving a gift. Can I opt out of the Service Recognition program?

Yes. You will have the option to decline a gift. Instructions for doing so will be included in the gift ordering materials you receive with your Certificate of Appreciation.

In the past I received a large gift ordering packet in the mail. Is there any way to reduce the amount of paper I receive on my next service milestone anniversary?

Yes.  Yale has eliminated the automatic mailing of gift ordering catalogs and recommends using an online ordering approach.  This will dramatically reduce paper consumption while helping to meet Yale’s sustainability goals. 

I do not use e-mail frequently; is there any way that I can receive a packet in the mail?

Yes.  There is contact information included in your gift ordering materials if you would like to receive a catalog in the mail.

Will supervisors be notified of their staff member(s)' anniversary date?

Yes. Supervisors will receive individual e-mail notifications for each staff member celebrating a five-year milestone anniversary a few weeks before the actual anniversary date. At this time, supervisors are encouraged to create an e-mail that will be automatically sent to the honoree on the anniversary date. Tips for honoring staff members are also included in the notification.

Will there be a reception for 5, 10,15, and 20-year staff members?

Due to low participation, the reception has been eliminated for 5 to 20 year staff members. Instead, all honorees celebrating these milestones will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the University thanking them for their service.