Human Resources newsletter

Message from the Director

We recently wrapped up the annual push for UIS civil service and academic professional performance evaluations.   I would like to thank everyone who participated in this process.  We received 99.6% of the civil service evaluations and 98.7% of the

Supervisor with Employee

AP evaluations.  Our results may have been slightly higher this year because we had a linkage to the salary program.

The evaluation program is designed to achieve optimum employee performance by facilitating two-way communication between the employee and the supervisor. The most frequent employee complaint I receive normally goes something like this, “I didn’t realize my supervisor was having any problem with my performance until the day we sat down to discuss my annual evaluation.”  There should be NO surprises for the employee during the actual formal evaluation session. The process is a continual process and feedback should be given throughout the year.  

Some supervisors try to balance the good with the “not so good” at the annual evaluation discussion.  If the employee is hearing the negative news for the first time, theoretically balanced with some off-setting good comments, all he or she will remember is the bad news.

The most frequent excuse I hear for not having periodic performance discussions is “I don’t have time.”  Do we have time to allow continuation of subpar performance which must be corrected, re-accomplished or explained to a disgruntled client?

Making time for periodic or continuous review and discussion allows for performance improvement and saves time in the long run by correcting issues before major problems arise.

Bob Lael

Depressed Woman

Magellan Health Services

Magellan Health Services is a health care management company that puts a strong focus on improving the health of colleagues within a workplace.  They provide informative webinars and materials on everything from financial stress to workplace issues and people management.  Magellan Health Services announced their campaign for 2012 and they have tailored each month's webinar around improving the health of employees!  The first webinar is on Family Financial Well-Being January 11,2012 from 1-2pm. Be on the look-out for emails from Human Resources on how to register and future themes!

 

Shared Benefits

For those who are not familiar with the Shared Benefits program, it is a pool that has been established which will provide eligible employees who have exhausted all accumulated sick leave and, if applicable, vacation leave with the opportunity to receive additional leave days when a disability claim is pending before the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) or when experiencing a catastrophic injury or illness.  Employees must donate to the pool in order to be eligible to receive days from the pool.  In the 2010-2011 academic year, a total of 751 days were donated to the Shared Benefits program.  During this same time period, 293 days were used by participants. 

This program allows employees to help each other in times of need.  To donate to the pool, please go to https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/cf/leave/index.cfm?Item_ID=1358&rlink=1194 for detailed instructions.  Questions can be directed to Joy Thibadeau at 206-7015 or jthib2@uis.edu

etiremt and Investment Planning, Upcoming
mnars

Individuals with 5 years until retirement (Registration Required)...

Thursday, September 29

Pre-registration in the following seminars is required. Please visit https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/cf/benefits/index.cfm?Item_ID=139 to register.

Ø SURS: Preparing for Retirement

Presented by SURS for individuals with approximately 5 years until retirement. This seminar covers a variety of topics including, but not limited to, retirement calculations, service credits (qualifying to purchase additional service), service for sick leave, salary averages, qualifying for insurance, and return to employment.

Thursday

September 29

10:00am – 11:30am

Public Affairs Center, Conference Room C/D

These seminars are approved events under Civil Service Policy and Rules, Rule 11.12. Employees may be released from work to attend these events, University operations permitting, and subject to prior approval from their supervisor.

September 2011

Office of Human Resources

Upcoming Events

  • HOLIDAY PARTY - Friday December 16, 2011

Announcements

Special Open Enrollment

October 10 through October 28, 2011. This is limited to health carrier changes only. Postcards will be sent to members notifying them of the timeframes and a special form will be available on the Benefits website.

Congratulations

Shining Stars

Shining Star award at UISView our most recent Shining Star, Neville Patkus ,
who was caught in the "specific act of going above and beyond normal expectations."

Service Recognition

View the list of fellow employees being recognized for their length of service this quarter.

Employee of the Month

Read about recent recipients including Tyler Tanaka (March), Raymond Barnett (April), James Burgdorf (May), Brian Truter (June), Lindsey Feger (July), Marsha Neposchlan (August); or make a nomination.

Welcome

Join us in welcoming new employees to the UIS community.

Best Wishes

Wish these colleagues Goodbye and Good Luck.

Our Mission

To be a dedicated partner with the campus in its goal to become, and remain, one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the nation.