Downtown employees recognized at annual Appreciation Week

Downtown Ithaca held its annual Employee Appreciation Week last week with five-days of activities that focused on health and wellness, generosity, and teamwork.
 
Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) hosts the event each summer as a thank you to the 3,000 downtown Ithaca employees for their hard work and dedication.
 
One of additions to this year’s Employee Appreciation Week was a two-day session Monday and Tuesday titled Refresh Your Routine: Sustainability & Wellness Pop-Up. Monday’s session concentrated on helping employees create a refreshing work environment and gain a fresh outlook on the daily grind, according to DIA Special Events Director Tatiana Sy.
 
Participants were provided with an opportunity to donate and/or purchase new office furniture from the Ithaca Reuse Center, receive workplace health tips from the Finger Lakes Fitness Center’s trainers, and attend a session on thankfulness led by Michelle Courtney Berry who is an expert on wellness and stress management.
 
Tuesday’s Pop-Up focused on giving back. The Women’s Opportunity Center collected toiletries and women’s professional clothing that will be used to help low-income women prepare for employment. Participants were also able to receive career tips from Tompkins Workforce New York.
 
Additional weekday events included “Morning Boost” in Press Bay Alley where attendees could dance, practice yoga, have breakfast and a coffee, and learn Zumba; lawn games and refreshments at DeWitt Park during the Farmers’ Market; draft beer discounts at Thursday’s Summer Concert Series; and an ice cream social at the Rothschild’s Building.
 
The week-long celebration concluded with the Office Olympics, an office-workers showdown that included competitions such as the staple pull, paper wad toss, rubber band archery, the water cooler relay, and the dreaded late for work sprint. Trophies and prizes were awarded.
 
“The Olympics is always a great time because it’s a light-hearted event that inspires camaraderie and networking, bragging rights, and prizes,” Sy said.