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Benefits Corner
Forms Available Online
Online forms are a paperless solution to submitting and routing forms within Oakland University's community. Forms are completed online and when submitted, an email is sent to notify an individual that action is required by them. Routing instructions are displayed on the form to aid in the appropriate electronic approval process and expedite the processing of the request. All transactions that are being done on the paper form can now be done using the online form.
Click here to see the instruction document.

To access UHR's online Change of Status and Personnel Action forms, click here. You will need your NetID information to log in.

Auto and Home Insurance With Liberty Mutual
As an Oakland University employee, you could save money on car and home insurance with Liberty Mutual.  Your local Liberty Mutual representative, Michael Meyer, will be onsite providing coverage evaluations on September 14th, October 12th, November 16th and December 14th in Room 127 of the Oakland Center.  To make an appointment, please contact Michael at michael.meyer@libertymutual.com.

Freedom from Smoking class at OU
The Freedom from Smoking class will meet Thursdays starting 9/29/11 through 11/10/11 from 12pm to 1pm in OC Lake Superior room. There is no charge for this class!
To register, call Graham Health Center at 248-370-2341.

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Oakland University is offering the DreamTrips Vacation Membership exclusively to Faculty, Staff & Retirees. Enjoy hundreds of 4 & 5 Star vacations at 2 & 3 Star pricing! DreamTrips are packed with extra values and amenities. Choose from Cruises, All-Inclusive, Resorts, Weekend Getaways, Sporting Events, Hunting & Fishing Trips and more. Create lifelong memories with your family and friends. Participation in this program requires a monthly membership.

Find out more information by stopping by during your lunch and discuss this program with a DreamTrips representative:
  • September 21st - Room 125 Oakland Center  11:30am – 1:30pm
  • October 12th - Room 125 Oakland Center  11:30am – 1:30pm
View upcoming vacations and enroll today at: www.oakland.ourvacationbenefit.com

Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in August, 2011! 
Daniel Bodene - Unit Marketing Coordinator - Communications & Marketing Department
Karin Chandler - Program Coordinator for the School of Education and Human Services
Russ Cunningham - Men's and Women's Head Golf Coach - Athletics Administration
Jillian Gust - Accounts Payable Manager - Accounts Payable
Sharon Hiller - Director of School & Field Services - Student Teacher Placement for SEHS
Stephanie Jurva - Administrative Coordinator, Student Services - School of Medicine
Ellen Keyt - Psychologist - Counseling Center
Gordon Lindsay - Assistant to the Director for Community Relations & Development - Athletics
Brianna Moyer - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Athletics
Gerriann Reimann - Manager of Accounting - Accounting Office
Michaelyn Sebold - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Athletics
Julie Strong - Office Assistant III - School of Medicine
Erika Walker - Major Gift Officer - University Relations
Grace Wojcik - Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Center - Center for Student Activities

CONGRATS TO AUGUST 2011 EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
MICHELINE WALTER!




Micheline Walter, Data Security Administrator for UTS Data Administration, has been with Oakland University for 35 years.



Read about Micheline'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.

Helpful Hints and Tips from the Employment Services Office
When you are preparing to fill a vacant position be sure the position description is current. If you made changes to the position description you will receive an email indicating that your updates are approved, that is the time to create a requisition which begins the hiring process. Additional instructions for these processes are available on the UHR web site under the link Manager's Toolkit.

Be sure to look for more helpful hints and tips in future newsletters. 
 
Training Update

Departmental Time Entry (DTE) for Bi-Weekly/Hourly (BW) Employees
As part of the Oakland University Lean Initiative, the Payroll Office is currently implementing Departmental Time Entry (DTE) for Hourly/Bi-Weekly (BW) Employees.  This process is similar to DTE for Students, which was implemented in June, 2010.  Phase II of the implementation process will take place in October, 2011 and will include most of the remaining departments.  Notification has already been sent to timekeepers and approvers of departments who employ hourly or causal employees.  If you have not yet received information regarding this process or if you need additional information, please contact the Payroll Office, Tina Tyrer, tyrer@oakland.edu, x3034.

Click here to register for training on this process for Hourly/Bi-Weekly employees.


Training Courses Offered for September, 2011

CareWorks CMS-Web Content Management
9/7/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Overview
9/9/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CareWorks CMS - News and Events
9/14/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CareWorks CMS - WORKSHOP
9/16/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Careworks CMS - Form Builder/Media Gallery
9/21/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
If you have any questions, please contact the training department at x4579.  You can click here to enroll in these and many other courses.
 
Online Learning
Handling Conflict - A SkillSoft Course Review
Conflict is inevitable at times and is something that needs to be handled appropriately and taken very seriously. People come from different backgrounds and have all types of attitudes. Family upbringing and culture can play a significant role in the way we handle conflict so it is important and essential that we respect our differences. Handling conflict is a skill and everyone should master it because it is crucial that we as a society know how to respectfully handle one another.

After taking a SkillSoft course on Handling Conflict, I learned some great techniques on how to do this effectively. The course mentioned different approaches to conflict and detailed when and where each one of these would be beneficial. The main element to keep in mind is the goal and the relationship. Knowing what you look to gain and how you could do that while still maintaining a professional relationship is extremely important; the way we handle conflict reflects on us as individuals and will either build or break relationships with those around us.

SkillSoft is a great online tool that I found beneficial. The pretest in the beginning of the course and the assessments after each module were appropriate and helpful. It was a great tool in measuring how well you retained the information and then would apply it. I had a hard time remembering the specifics in some of the scenarios when the questions came; I wish I would have made some better notes detailing the major points that needed to be retained. Overall though, I enjoyed the courses that SkillSoft had to offer and will use it again in the near future.
Reviewed by Cindy Secondino, UHR Intern

Business Skills > Communication > Conflict in the Workplace > Handling Conflict

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.

**Having trouble accessing SkillSoft?  Contact Dana (dpierce@oakland.edu) or Vicki (larabell@oakland.edu) to help troubleshoot the problem.**
 
Building a Better U
Campus Recreation Contributes To A Healthy OU Community
Looking for a way to get the new year (school year that is) started right?  Look no further!  Opportunities are available right on campus!  The Department of Campus Recreation has a variety of programs and services to help you get your personal fitness on track, keep it on track, or get it back on track!

New Membership Promotions
All new annual memberships or annual renewal memberships are eligible for a $150 or $35 value rewards package when purchasing or renewing.  New annual members can jumpstart their membership with $150 worth of rewards including a fitness orientation and assessment, cardio/strength training 101 sessions, free mind/body classes, and coupons for money off massages or personal training.  Renewing annual members receive $35 worth of jumpstarting including a Fit-Check, money off massages, mind/body passes, personal training, or fee-based educational fitness programs.  
In addition, Hansons Running Shop is partnering with Campus Recreation to provide a 40% discount on a new annual member or annual renewal member's first athletic shoe purchase.  The new membership promotion begins September 1st!  Visit us online at www.oakland.edu/campusrec for more details and membership rates and eligibility.

Preview Day

Thinking about a membership to the Rec?  Join us on Tuesday, September 13 between 5:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for a FREE trial day!  Bring your friends and family and work out, play basketball, swim laps, take a group exercise class, and more! The day will include membership promotions and prizes, and two special events…from 12 noon-1:00 p.m. we will "Pack the Track" with a lunchtime walking clinic and from 5:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m. spice up your workout at our Zumba party!  Other activities for the day will include Hansons Running Shop being on-site between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. to do 3D imaging of your feet, and for 20% off workout apparel purchases.  Table talks by the Personal Training staff and mini chair massages will round out Fall Preview Day.  To view the Preview Day happenings online, visit www.oakland.edu/campusrec.

Weight Watchers

The Rec Center will be the site of the next session of Weight Watchers for OU.  The program will feature the successful Points Plus program and include (4) 12 week sessions.  OU employees enrolled in HAP insurance plans pay only $25 for the four, 12-week sessions or $99 if a repeat participant.  Other insurance plans provide discounts to keep the program affordable.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Sandy Fick at fick@oakland.edu to enroll.  

 
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