News for Employees
Forums to Update Employees on TTC Project
All UW–Madison employees are invited to attend an informational update on the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project. New information will be shared, so those who have attended previous forums are encouraged to participate. The February Forums will provide an update on the project timeline, official title notification letters, and the appeals process. Sessions will be held February 11–26, with an online forum on Weds., Feb. 26. Multilingual sessions will be offered in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Mandarin, and Nepali. To learn more, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.
Registration Open for Employee Career Conference
The UW–Madison Employee Career Conference, “Construct Your Career at UW,” is scheduled for Weds., March 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. The conference supports the career development of employees at every stage of the career life cycle. Sessions will equip employees to meet their career goals while remaining employed at UW–Madison. The keynote speaker, Ellen Bartkowiak, will discuss her six principles of career management. The conference fee is $25 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is February 28.
W-2 Forms Now Available Online
Current UW–Madison employees can find their 2019 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement online at my.wisc.edu. Go to the Payroll Information module and click on the Tax Statements button to view your W-2 form. Please note that you must be logged in to a UW network (either by connecting directly or connecting remotely using VPN) in order to access your W-2 Form. Employees will receive a paper copy of the W-2 form in the mail by Jan. 31, 2020. Employees who elected “electronic consent only” by Jan. 15, 2020, will not receive a paper copy in the mail. Some employees will receive additional tax forms from the university.
Diversity Forum Call for Proposals
The annual UW–Madison Diversity Forum will take place Oct. 27-28, 2020, at Union South. The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement is inviting proposals for breakout sessions. The goal of the Diversity Forum is to update attendees with the latest knowledge and research in the diversity and inclusion fields, educate them about perspectives and best practices for equity and social justice, and activate attendees so they go on to make positive changes in the world. Breakout sessions will be 75-minutes long and can be workshops, panel discussions, or lectures. Session proposals are due March 11, 2020.
Nominations Open for Regents' Academic Staff Excellence Awards
Nominations are now being sought from UW–Madison for the 2020 Regents’ Academic Staff Excellence Awards. Across UW System, there will be two individual recipients, and a third award to honor an outstanding program. The Regent awards committee will screen nominees based on four criteria: excellence of performance, personal interaction, initiative and creativity, and outstanding achievement. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. All nominations must be submitted through the application website. If you have any questions, please contact Jake Smith at email@example.com or 263-2985.
Coffee and Conversation Series Offers Spring Events
The “Coffee and Conversation” series hosted by the UW–Madison Women and Leadership Program has scheduled spring semester events on February 6, March 5, and April 2, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., at Tripp Commons, Memorial Union. On Feb. 6, Erri C. Hewitt will speak on “Preventing Professional Burnout: Putting Wellness Research into Action.” Coffee and light refreshments will be served and networking is encouraged. The events are offered at no cost and are open to anyone on campus with an interest in the advancement of women. Advance registration is requested.
Pre-Tax Deduction for Parking Fees, Vanpool, and Bus Passes
Effective in January, payroll deductions for parking fees, vanpool, and bus passes will change from a post-tax deduction to a pre-tax deduction. This is a result of recent federal tax law changes. Employees who are paid monthly will see the pre-tax deduction on their paycheck dated Jan. 31. Those who are paid biweekly will see the pre-tax deduction on their paycheck dated Jan. 30. UW System is working with the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) on approval and possible re-implementation of the Parking & Transit Accounts through ConnectYourCare (CYC). Information will be shared with employees as it becomes available.
Next Gen Network Discovery Sessions Invite Participants
The Next Gen Network project team needs faculty, staff (including IT staff), and students to participate in an exercise that will help UW–Madison develop a modern, business-relevant network strategy. The team wants to know how the UW community uses the network now and plans to use it in the future. The input from these sessions will be used to make decisions regarding networking projects, teams, and investments. The goal is to create a secure, contemporary campus infrastructure for UW–Madison’s wired, wireless, and cloud enterprise network that will serve the university’s needs well into the future. Sessions are an hour-and-a-half long and will be offered at various campus locations in January. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Snacks will be served.
Managing Stress and Finding Vitality at Work
Thrive@UW–Madison is offering a new course, “Managing Stress and Finding Vitality at Work.” In this course, participants will explore sources of stress, reconsider counterproductive stress reducers, explore strategies to regulate the central nervous system, and reframe thoughts. Thrive@UW-Madison courses are available to all employees at no cost. Thrive@UW participants develop skills to navigate times of change, actively listen to others, build trusting relationships, contribute to an inclusive work environment, and solve challenging problems. To learn more about Thrive@UW courses and register to attend, visit go.wisc.edu/k5z59z.
Workplace Workouts Offer Spring Sessions
Recreation & Wellbeing (Rec Well) is offering lunchtime Workplace Workouts at The Union and the Space Science and Engineering Center. Classes meet once a week for seven weeks. The fee is $40 per seven-week session. All fitness levels are welcome; no Rec Well membership is required. Learn more at recwell.wisc.edu/workplaceworkouts.