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Benefits Corner
A Healthy Living Success Story

After five months with our new healthy living HMOs, we are getting feedback from some of you who are enrolled in the plans.  This is one of your stories.

An OU employee signed up for the healthy living HMO this year knowing she and her husband would need to complete the on-line Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) and visit their PCP for a physical exam.  The employee was used to making her annual trip to her doctor, but her husband, a heavy smoker, had not had a physical in close to 20 years.  She figured the new medical plan was a good way to encourage him to get the physical. 

With the healthy living plan as an incentive, her husband scheduled his physical.  The exam went well showing him to be in good health.  Based on his age, his doctor scheduled him for a colonoscopy which revealed no problems.  Then to top everything off, after 40 years, he has decided to quit smoking.  Sometimes a little encouragement will help us to make healthier choices.

If you would like to share your story, either a positive one like this or a challenge that you experienced, send an email to Staff Benefits at

Michigan went smoke-free on May 1, 2010

Are you ready to go smoke-free?

Workplaces, restaurants and all public places in Michigan went smoke-free as part of the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Act on May 1, 2010. That means new rules for where you can smoke … and where you can't!

Today, one of every five people in Michigan smoke. To help with the change to a smoke-free Michigan, Priority Health has free tools available on their website.

How to start?

Quitting is a challenge, but you can get help.
  • Nicotine patches or gum will help you deal with withdrawal symptoms.
  • Joining a support program may be helpful.
  • You can request prescription drugs from your doctor to help control your urge to smoke and reduce side effects.
Begin by throwing away ashtrays, cigarettes, cigars, chew tobacco and lighters. Keep lots of sugarless gum, carrots, celery, straws or toothpicks around to keep your mouth busy. And you can jumpstart your progress by talking to others who have successfully quit.

Once you quit

When you stop smoking, your body begins to heal. In the days, months and years after your last cigarette, your breathing and lung capacity get better, you have more energy and you have less risk for lung cancer and heart disease.

For more information, visit Priority Health's website and let them help you quit!  Members of Priority Health can also log in and track their progress.
Staff Member News
Performance Management Process for Non-Bargained Employee Groups
As the calendar pages roll from the end of May and into June, progress on the annual review for non-bargained employee groups should be well underway. By now employees should have completed their sections of the evaluation by logging their accomplishments of job duties and summary of performance. In addition, employees should comment on goal attainment under the end of cycle section. In keeping with the suggested timeline, by now supervisors should have accessed the evaluation and completed their employee's rating on job duties, commented on their end of cycle goal attainment, and provided an overall rating and comments. Supervisors and employees should meet to discuss performance by mid-June.

Supervisors are reminded to change their user types to Evaluation Reviewer when accessing their employee's evaluations. Please note that we are experiencing difficulties with the email notification system as some emails are being directed to the spam file. You can access the evaluations by logging into the system HERE.

Be sure to access the Performance Management information from the UHR web site.

Performance Review Process for OUPSA and OUCMT Employees

University Human Resources has conducted introductory training sessions on the new Performance Review Process for OUPSA and OUCMT employees and their supervisors. A total of 19 sessions were held on various days of the week throughout the spring. While the seating capacity allowed for over 860 participants, only 55% of the targeted audience – 292 employees and supervisors attended the sessions. "I had hoped that we would reach a higher number of participants for this very important new process." Said Gail Ryckman, Manager of Employment Services. Additional classes will be held in the fall closer to the end of the actual review period. Also, the presentation is now available on the UHR website or by clicking HERE.

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

Jonathan Mann - Office Assistant III - Advising Resource Center
Lisa Montgomery - Administrative Secretary - Human Resource Development Department
Patricia Gillespie - Administrative Coordinator - School of Medicine
Ryan Mostiller - Help Desk Technician - School of Medicine
Leslee Rogers - Office Assistant II - Educational Leadership Department 

Cora Hanson, Manger, Environmental Health & Life Safety, has been with Oakland University for 9 years.

Read about Cora'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.
Training Update
Manger Training: Leading and Engaging Employees

Shelley Riebel from Michigan Business Consultants will be conducting manager's training on Leading and Engaging Employees here at OU on June 15.  There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. All managers are invited to attend, but enrollment is limited to twenty-five participants per session.  Please click HERE to enroll.

Employee retention and motivation is a key issue in today's highly competitive and ever changing market.

Supervisors will learn how to develop greater trust, cooperation, understanding and acceptance with employees. They will also discover the different goals and drives of employees and apply the knowledge to motivation, communication, team building, conflict resolution, and maximizing employee performance.

Come prepared to have fun and learn by participating in discussions, role-playing, and other interactive activities.

Coming Soon: CareWorks FormBuilder Module Training

UHR is working with the Web development team to roll-out a training on using the CareWorks system to create forms, surveys and polls that are accessible and collectible on our OU websites.  Examples of these types of forms would be "Contact Us" forms, enrollment forms, satisfaction surveys, and interest polls. 

We are hoping to have this training available later this summer, with test group training later this month.  An example of a simple comment form is available HERE.  Feel free to fill it out and tell me what you think of the newsletter!!

Departmental Time Entry (DTE) for Student Timesheets

The "Go Live" dates are approaching for Departmental Time Entry-Student and many Timekeepers and/or Approvers have not been trained. Additional training sessions have been added to the University Human Resources Training Database. Click here to sign up as soon as possible.

Registering for a second session is allowed and recommended, if needed. A helpful reference manual is available on the payroll website for your convenience.

Please note that in addition to training sessions, there will be Open Lab Sessions, where Timekeepers will be able to enter the actual hours worked by their students for the:

2010 ST #12 pay period with an ending date of 6/6/2010. This is the "go live" date for the nine departments that were part of the Testing (Pilot) Group.

2010 ST #13 pay period with an ending date of 6/20/2010. This is the "go live" date for the rest of the campus.

Approvers can also attend the Open Lab Sessions to approve the hours their students worked. Payroll Personnel will be available at the Open Lab sessions (not the Payroll Office) to assist with any questions or issues. Timekeepers and Approvers can stay as long as needed; however, it is recommended that you sign up for one of the sessions to help ensure that computers are available.

Click here to enroll in lab sessions if you are part of the Pilot Group
. (Lab dates are 6/4/2010 and 6/7/2010)
The rest of the campus can click here to enroll in lab sessions. (Lab dates are 6/18/2010 and 6/21/2010)

Online Learning
Sometimes working within groups makes people frustrated, and annoyed. This course helps refresh your memory on how to handle team members and become a positive contributor.

Being an Effective Team Member
(Skillsoft>Business Skills>Team Building>Optimizing Your Performance on a Team)

A truly effective team is equal to more than the sum of its parts. And it takes the dedication of every member of the team. Effective team members go beyond themselves and their personal desires and goals. If you want to be an effective team member, your challenge is to put the team first, which means maximizing your contributions to help the team accomplish its purpose.

This course covers strategies and techniques to help you become an effective and valued member of your team. Specifically, you'll explore ways for adopting a positive approach to being on a team, like recognizing the benefits of working on a team and learning to tolerate team member differences. You'll also learn how to work proactively and collaboratively with members of your team as you achieve your team's goals.

Adopt a Positive Attitude: identify the strategies for adopting a positive mind-set about working on a team

Be Proactive: recognize how to be a proactive team member

Be Tolerant: recognize strategies for demonstrating tolerance of teammates

Collaborate with Others: use strategies for being an effective team member recognize examples of the strategies for working collaboratively with others

Click here to learn more about SkillSoft, or to request a SkillSoft Online Learning account.
Building a Better U
Men's Health Week

June 9 – 15 is National Men's Health Week but we are devoting the entire month to men's health issues. Men's Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Did you know?

  • 29 million men have high blood pressure
  • 50 million men have high cholesterol
  • 8 million men have diabetes
  • One in six men will develop prostate cancer over their lifetime
Overall, the life expectancy of an American male has declined in recent years. Men are procrastinators in making wellness visits to their physician and when they do seek medical assistance, they are more likely to cancel follow-up appointments, more likely to play down the severity of symptoms and less likely to finish prescriptions.

Keys to a Healthy Life
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get moving and exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Get routine exams and screenings for disease prevention
  • Get appropriate vaccinations
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Know yourself and your health risks
  • Be safe – protect yourself from accidents
  • Be good to yourself
Go to: for more information on any of these topics.

Information on Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States but the good news is that it is one of the most curable if diagnosed early.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the cells lining the colon (intestine). The disease takes many years to develop. It begins when cells start to multiply out of control and the extra cells form a tumor.  The tumor can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Colorectal cancer can develop from certain benign growths that protrude from the mucous membrane of the intestine, called polyps.

What are the Risk Factors?

Age – Colorectal cancer is more prevalent in people over 50 years.
Race and Ethnicity – African American men and women develop colorectal cancer more often.
Lifestyle – Eating a high fat, low fiber diet, being overweight, smoking and being inactive.
Family history – If a parent or sibling has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your lifetime risk increases from two percent to six percent. If that relative was under age 45 your lifetime risk increases to 10 percent.
Diseases of the colon – such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis

Early Detection Practices

The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancers should use one of the following screens: flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 yrs; colonoscopy every 10 years; double contrast barium enema every 5 years. Talk to your doctor about which test is best for you.

For more information visit the American Cancer Society at

Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K Run- Time to Register!

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is one of Oakland County's premier quality of life events. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began the Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active. The event is held on October 3, but there are training programs for the summer to get beginning and advanced runners and walkers ready for race day.  The race starts on the beautiful campus of Oakland University and ends at historic Meadowbrook Hall.

More Information and to Register >>
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