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New Years Resolutions at Work

We spend nearly half our lives at work, so in 2011 we should resolve to make the best of those hours that we are here.  Here are some interesting resolutions from the Albany Times Union.
  • I resolve to manage my career better and to be more enthusiastic at work
  • I resolve to read at least one career development book
  • I resolve to improve the balance between my work and my family
  • I resolve to stay in touch with my references
Benefits Corner
Are You Enrolled in an HMO for 2011?
Are you enrolled in one of the following HMOs for 2011?

HAP Health Engagement (Non-faculty)
Blue Care Network Healthy Blue Living
Priority Health HealthbyChoice Incentives

If you and your spouse are enrolled in one of the HMOs listed above, remember that each year you must both complete the on-line health risk appraisal and visit your primary care physician to complete the Qualification Form before the end of March 2011 to qualify for the higher level of benefits. This is true even if you were in the same plan in 2010.

If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact the Staff Benefits office at extension 4207 or stop in to see us at 401 Wilson Hall.

Flexible Spending Account Reminder
If you are enrolled in the Health Care or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts, you had until December 2010 to use your funds. Claims for 2010 expenses for Dependent Day Care must be filed with Meritain no later than January 30, 2011. Claims for the Health Care Account must be filed with Meritain no later than March 31, 2011. Claims forms are available on the UHR website at: Be sure to keep a copy of all claims sent to Meritain for processing. Remember, money that is not used by the end of the year will be forfeited.

Disability/FMLA Administrative Change
Beginning this month, we have changed vendors for the administration of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and disability insurance. CIGNA will now be administering both programs. CIGNA is a well respected company that has been in the business of providing benefits for 125 years. Please visit the UHR website at for information about how to report a disability or Family Medical Leave.

If you have any questions about FMLA or disability, please contact the Staff Benefits office at extension 4207 or stop in to see us at 401 Wilson Hall.
Staff Member News
Please welcome all of the new employees that have joined us in December, 2010! 
Lynn Coughlin - Graduate Marketing & Communication Coordinator - Graduate Study
Colleen Forte - Teacher - Lowry Center for Early Childhood
Angela Jozwiak - Office Assistant III - School of Nursing
Robert Young - Police Dispatcher


Andrew Keyosky, Risk Management Analyst, has been with Oakland University for 2 years.

Read about Andrew's contribution to the University on his 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 for Oakland University Professional Support Association (OUPSA) and Oakland University Campus Maintenance and Trades (OUCMT) Employees
It is now time for supervisors to begin the Performance Review Process for their Clerical/technical and service/maintenance employees. Information regarding the process was sent to both supervisors and employees in November. A website has been established to provide guidance for this process. Following is a suggested timeline:
  • By January 10th supervisors should complete the review form in the TEAMS System and schedule a meeting with their employee(s).
  • By January 21st meetings should be completed.
  • By January 26th employees should complete their comments, certify and send the form back to the supervisor.
  • By January 31st supervisors should submit the form to UHR.
If you have forgotten your password or have questions about the process, call to UHR at x3480 for assistance.


All Employees Should Verify Social Security Number on W2
The Oakland University Payroll Office is requesting all employees verify their Social Security Number on the W2 Form when they receive it at the end of January, 2011.  Please make sure the Social Security Number matches the number on your Social Security Card.  If you discover an error, contact the Payroll Office immediately at 248-370-3034 or
2011 W-4 Form – Federal Withholding Allowances
Employees should review their Federal Withholding Allowances and consider whether or not they may need to make changes for 2011.  If filing status (married or single), exempt status, or exemption allowance qualifications have changed at some point during the past calendar year, a new Form W-4 may need to be submitted to Payroll.  The new 2011 Form W-4 will be accessible on the Payroll Website and the IRS Website as soon as it becomes available.

NOTE:  Any employee claiming "EXEMPT" in 2010 MUST submit a new Form W-4 for 2011 in order for this status to remain active.

Please contact the Payroll Office at 248-370-3472 or if you have any questions.  No action is required on your part if you have not claimed exempt and/or you have no changes in tax status to report.
2011 Tax Rates
The IRS has issued new withholding tax rates for the 2011 tax year.  For more information, please view the 2011 Tax Rate information on the payroll website. Please contact the Payroll Office at 248-370-3034 or if you have any questions.
Training Update
Training Courses Offered for January 2011
Banner Purchase Requisitions
1/13/2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Google Overview
1/20/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1/21/2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Effort Reporting and Professional Commitment
91/25/2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Careworks CMS - Form Builder Module
1/27/2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CareWorks CMS - News and Events
1/28/2011 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.

Professional Development Library
A new year, a new outlook!  Check out our library of books, videos and training programs to find a tool to help you and/or your department shine.  Learn about leadership, change management, conflict resolution, and employee retention, among many other topics.  Contact Dana at to check something out of the library.
Online Learning
Optimizing Work/Life Balance
Do you fill your life with many activities and then find it's tricky getting a good balance between them? Getting the balance right is good for you, and also impacts positively on your family, friends, and coworkers. SkillSoft offers several courses, videos, and simulations on analyzing how your current balance (or imbalance), and gives lots of strategies for getting a handle on your conflicting priorities. From the SkillSoft catalog:

Please click here to enroll in SkillSoft.
Building a Better U
Eleven Great Ways Campus Recreation Can Help You Get Your Year Started Right!
The new year and winter months are upon us! Don't let the cold distract you from your goals. Campus Recreation has many SOLUTIONS for your New Year's Resolutions. Click here for ELEVEN great resources right at your fingertips for getting '11 started right!
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Make a New Year's Resolution to improve your technical skills. Take the Skills Assessment to get a personal evaluation of your current skill level on Word, Excel or Access. Then use SkillSoft to brush up on or learn new skills. For more info contact Nancy Rumph at x3499.

 Click here for the 2011 holiday schedule!

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