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UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT HAS OFFICIALLY MOVED!

We are located on the 4th floor of Wilson Hall. We are all settled into our new offices so please feel free to stop by. Please note that our phone extensions will remain the same, and our staff directory will reflect our new office addresses.


Benefits Corner

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW HMO PLANS?

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions documents below:
HAP Health Engagement HMO (Non-faculty only)
BCN Healthy Blue Living HMO
Priority Health HMO


CHANGES TO UHR WEBSITE

For your convenience, the Human Resource Forms page on the UHR website now includes Benefits forms.  These forms are still located in their original locations as well.

ONE ON ONE CONSULTATIONS

Don't forget to schedule a personal one-on-one consultation with your 403(b) representatives from Fidelity Investments or TIAA-Cref.  You can find out when they are on campus by visiting the Vendor One-on-One Consultation webpage on the UHR website, or clicking on the logo below.

   

 
Staff Member News

Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in March, 2010! 

Vernon Evans, Library Assistant II, Kresge Library
Thomas Kavanagh, Development Officer-School of Engineering & Computer Science, University Relations


 CONGRATULATIONS TO March 2010 EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH JOAN A. LOVE!

Joan A. Love, Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director, has been with Oakland University for 18 years.

Read about Joan's contribution to the University on her Employee of the Month page.


 Nominate a shining star for Employee of the Month! 

  Click on the Nominate link to complete the online form.


PERFORMANCE REVIEW PROCESS TRAINING

University Human Resources is introducing a performance review process for clerical/technical and service/maintenance employees. The performance review is to encourage dialogue between employees and hiring supervisors which will serve as a tool for job effectiveness, progress and growth. 

The review process will foster mutual understanding of job requirements and employee contributions, lend insight into what motivates optimal performance, and provide an opportunity for feedback regarding development and other career interests.

This annual process will follow a calendar year cycle. As such, 2010 performance reviews, which consist of a one-page online form, will be due in January 2011. The same form will be used for probationary reviews.  This process will be maintained using the TEAMS (Total Employee And Management Source) system with the same login information as required for the non-bargained evaluation process and applicant tracking.  

Training sessions are being held during the next few weeks.  These sessions will provide supervisors and employees with an overview of the TEAMS system, a detailed look at the performance review process and strategies to facilitate positive, interactive discussions.  

Additional system training will take place this fall as we move closer to the actual review period.  Login information for employees new to the system has been established and will be shared during fall training sessions.

UHR looks forward to making this a productive and beneficial process for everyone involved.

There are separate trainings for Employees and for Supervisors:

 If you are an OUCMT or OUPSA Employee  click here to enroll.

 If you Supervise OUCMT and OUPSA Employees please click here to enroll.


 ATTENTION FACULTY AND FACULTY ADMINISTRATORS

Effective 4/1/10, Academic Human Resources will be centralizing I-9 services for academics on campus.  For academic new hires to the campus, this will mean that new employment paperwork other than the I-9 will still be collected at the College/School level, and that those offices will work with Academic Human Resources to have the new hire visit our offices to have their employment eligibility validated prior to starting work.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Academic Human Resources Office at x2195.

 
Training Update
LEAN THINKING WEBINARS 

The Pawley Learning Institute is offering a Lean Thinking webinar to Oakland University Faculty and Staff. The Lean Thinking Webinar is a basic theoretical introduction to lean. For those looking for some general background on what lean is, this webinar provides an overview to answer those inquiries. It includes three areas: an introduction to lean and its history, an introduction to three philosophies of lean and an introduction to five organizational practices of lean. You may access this training through portadm.oakland.edu. For more information about the Pawley Institute, visit www.oakland.edu/lean.

Course offerings for April:

CareWorks CMS - Web Content Management System  4/13/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - Workshop 4/15/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events 4/20/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview 4/22/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007  4/27/2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Please visit our website to enroll in training.

SKILLS AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT

As part of our move to Wilson Hall, the University Human Resources department has acquired a workspace that will facilitate one-on-one training.  We'll be happy to review your current job duties, assess your current skills, and set you up with courses and trainings that will help you manage your job responsibilities with more skill and professionalism.

Call or email Dana Pierce at x4579 (dpierce@oakland.edu) to talk about one-on-one training to meet your technical and professional training needs.

Also, the Skills Assessment area will be available for testing for anyone bidding on clerical positions. Please contact Nancy Rumph at x3499 to schedule testing.

 
Online Learning
WORKING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE SERIES

Aggression, whining, complaining, procrastinating, arrogance, negativity... these characteristics in our coworkers make for a difficult work environment.  Unfortunately, you can't change others, you can only change yourself and the way you deal with others at work (and at home).

SkillSoft (OU's free online courseware) offers a series on Working With and Managing Difficult People. Here is an example of one of the six courses available.

Working with Difficult People: How to Work with Negative People
For some people, nothing is ever good enough. They complain nonstop about everything from their latest project to the weather. Others may whine or place blame where it may not belong. Negative people contribute to an unproductive work environment and tend to make the people around them feel negative as well. To limit the adverse impact negative people can have in the workplace, you need a set of tools and techniques at your disposal suited to the particular type of negative person you may be dealing with.

This course delves into the characteristics of some common types of negative people you may encounter within the workplace, and it also discusses strategies you may use to help you deal with their behavior.

You can find these courses under the Business Skills curriculum in the Communication folder.


WINDOWS 7 IS HERE

Windows 7 is the latest evolution in the Windows workstation product line of operating systems. Windows 7 builds on the accomplishments of Windows Vista and adds enhancements to create an increasingly user friendly environment.  Skillsoft now includes four online courses dedicated to helping users acclimate themselves with the new environment.  Look for them under The Desktop Curriculum in the Microsoft Windows 7 folder.

Visit www2.oakland.edu/skillsoft for more information or to request an account.
 
Building a Better U
Wellness Wednesday March 31st - Turmoil to Tranquility: Tools for Increasing your Focus Part 1 w/ Laura Rolands, Attention Coach
Continue on your journey of learning to harness your focus and implement strategies to keep you on track throughout your day. Register for this program at www.oakland.edu/training This program is open to all OU community

Visit http://www.oakland.edu/campusrec/ or http://www2.oakland.edu/wellness/ for more information.
 
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