LOG 6 or MORE TELEWORK DAYS TO WIN PRIZES
Teleworking even just one day a week is a great way to cut down on the time and cost of commuting, improve productivity and enhance overall work-life balance in your office! Supervisors and employees, read the university's telework guidelines and have a conversation about teleworking.
To encourage teleworking among eligible employees, DOTS will host a Telework Challenge from Monday, June 18th to Friday, August 10th. Employees who log their telework "trips" in the Smart Commute Platform can earn points that can be redeemed for weekly and grand prize raffles. Log at least 6 telework days during the challenge and you will automatically earn a Smart Commute t-shirt and be entered into the grand prize raffle for a Microsoft Surface Pro!
Each Monday one employee will win one of the following items:
HOW TO ENTER
NOTE: NON-EXEMPT EMPLOYEES will have the option for telework starting with the ratification of the 2018-2019 UMD Employee Contract. Stay in the loop for opportunities to get involved on our In Action blog and Vote on Jun 5th!
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION FOR UMD COMMUNITY MEMBERS ?
The R.H. Smith Business school sponsors a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site that is ran by graduate students. Through the Master Service Learning Club (MSLC), Smith Master Students, volunteer their time to offer free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
The goals are to help client maintain compliance with the tax law, maximize their tax savings, to educate public about taxes and to provide both a valuable community service and a powerful hands-on learning experience for the accounting students.
APPOINTMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED
Schedule your appointment online (http://www.mslc-vita.org) or contact Susan Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more questions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MARCH 19th -20th!
For the Spring 2018 semester, staff will enjoy Monday, March 19th and Tuesday, March 20th as a day of rest. Mark your calendars.
To the University Community:
Below and attached is an invitation to the Herbs & Other Natural Foods Lunch & Learn hosted by the UHR Office of Employee Benefits and presented by the State Department of Budget and Management Employee Benefits Division on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in room 110U of the Chesapeake Building. The location of the building may be found at http://maps.umd.edu/map/. Seating is limited.
Details of the workshop are included in the invitation. Please go to www.training.umd.edu to register. The link on the invitation below may not be activated.
Locate and hover over the March 7th date, Lunch & Learn title, and Lunch & Learn time. The registration pop-up will appear. In the lower, right corner is the red registration button.
Please call the University Human Resources Office of Employee Benefits at (301) 405-5654 with questions.
Glassdoor is a innovative recruiting site where employees can get a free resume critique, find jobs custom to their interest, evaluate their value or anticipated compensation, and best of all post free and anonymous reviews about their company. Employees of various positions or classifications have been posting their reviews since the site was founded in 2007.
LOOKING FROM THE INSIDE OUT...
Last updated on February 14, 2018, employees rated University of Maryland 4 out of 5 stars- as a "great place to work". Out of the 1,030 reviews, 85% of employees said they would recommend the university to a friend and 83% said they approve of the CEO.
The overall reviews however, don't tell the whole story as a number of employees have express major concerns about working conditions, poor management, and lack of professional growth. When skimming through the reviews of full-time employees, here is what some current workers had to say.
Good Benefits/uncaring overlords
Don't believe the hype
Racist Bullies!! Hostile!
LOOKING FROM ThE OUTSIDE IN...
The frustration of current full-time employees is magnified by former employee reviews. The campus is currently working to improve workplace conditions with the Thriving Workplace Initiative and recently issued a Campus Climate Survey (submission deadline February 28, 2018) to address broader issues with regards to equity and respect throughout campus.
In order to make the university a "Great Place to Work", employees need to feel included personally and professionally. According the the 2017 Thriving Workplace Survey, four points stood out as key influencers for recommending UMD as a great place to work (see figure below).
Comparing the results of the Thriving Workplace Initiative to the reviews on the Glassdoor, it appears that there are diverging narratives about working at the university. Full-time staff have different needs and perspective about campus life, then faculty or students or even part-time staff.
HATE IT OR LOVE IT ?
Some employees aren't aware of issues on campus because they aren't exposed to injustice or poor management practices. Some employees don't care either way as long as they get paid. While some employees love the benefits so much that they are willing to suffer through the growing pains. Whether you choose to engage and participate on campus-issued surveys, AFSCME-issued surveys, or volunteer your feedback on a public site, nothing will change without your involvement.
The University of Maryland Holiday Schedule is maintained by the University Human Resources Department.
UMD CAMPUS CLOSED FROM 12/22/17 - 1/1/2018
Winter Break has been extended by 1 day to now include Friday, December 22nd.
Below is a message from UHR :
Pursuant to authority granted under Board of Regents policy, President Loh has designated Friday, December 22, 2017 as an Administrative Leave day for all regular/contingent II faculty and staff. President Loh would like to express his gratitude for the hard work and dedication of our employees.
The deadline submitting a 2017 professional development day request is Saturday, December 2nd. The request from will be disabled at the end of the semester for winter break. It will be enabled again after January 1, 2018.
APPLY 20 CALENDARS DAYS IN ADVANCE
Since the first ratification of the employee contract at University of Maryland, AFSCME 1072 fought for the right for employees to earn a paid professional development day (PD) day for members of the collective bargaining unit. Many collective bargaining members both AFSCME members and non-members have already taken advantage of this opportunity this year.
If you have not submitted your request for a professional development day please do so today, as they must be requested at least 20 calendar days ahead of time.
The DEADLINE TO INCREASE YOUR ANNUAL ELECTION FOR FSA IS NOVEMBER 15, 2017
What does this mean to you?
If you have already submitted your health care flexible spending account enrollment elections for 2018 thought the IVR, you can go back into that same system and re-elect your health care FSA to the new maximum amount up until the end of the day on November 15, 2017. If you elected less than the maximum and are satisfied with that election you do not have to do anything.
Please note that there is a new limit of $2600.00 for the Health Flexible Spending Account for the 2018 plan year. The Dependent Care FSA remains at $5000.00 for 2018.
To calculate your biweekly Health or Dependent Care FSA payroll deduction, please use the appropriate scenario below.
22 pay (9 month) employees: there are 20 biweekly deductions in 2018. Divide total by 20.
26 pay (12 month) employees: there are 24 biweekly deductions in 2018. Divide total by 24.
Please contact the UHR Benefits Office with any questions.