News for Employees
EAO Expands Services to Provide Statewide, 24/7 Support
UW–Madison’s Employee Assistance Office (EAO) provides employees and their dependent household members with free, confidential assistance with personal and work-related concerns. EAO is now partnering with LifeMatters to provide support statewide and at all hours of the day or night. LifeMatters counselors are available anytime by phone or text messaging. Appointments can be scheduled to meet in person or by video conferencing. LifeMatters also provides legal and financial resources and will locate experts to assist with adoption, child or elder care resources, travel planning, and more. All services are free, voluntary and confidential. Visit the website at mylifematters.com and sign in with the password “Bucky1.” Call 800-634-6433 to speak with a LifeMatters counselor. For details, go to hr.wisc.edu/employee-assistance-office.
Employee Flu Shots on Campus
University Health Services is offering employee flu shot clinics at various locations on campus in September and October. No appointment is needed. Bring your health insurance card. Many healthcare plans allow for direct processing of payments by your health insurance provider. Otherwise, there will be a $35 fee for the shot (payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard). The employee flu shot clinics are not open to spouses, partners, or children of employees.
Campus Bus Forums Scheduled
All UW–Madison employees, students, and community members are invited to attend informational forums about proposed changes to the campus bus service (Routes 80, 81, 82 and 84) for the 2020–21 year. Open sessions will be held September 16, 18 and 23. After the sessions, presentation materials will be available on the Transportation Services website. A public feedback period will be available. For more information, go to transportation.wisc.edu/busforums2019.
New Policy Will Create More Gender-Inclusive Restrooms on Campus
UW–Madison will create more gender-inclusive restrooms under a newly adopted policy. Gender-inclusive restrooms are defined as single-stall, locking restrooms. The Gender Inclusive Restroom Facilities Policy requires a minimum number of such facilities to be provided in new and renovated buildings. The policy also states that students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests may use the restroom, locker room or changing facility in which they feel safest and most comfortable. Currently the university has approximately 145 single-stall, locking restrooms that can be located using an online campus map. The university expects to add additional facilities over the next several years. The policy was developed by the Gender Inclusive Restroom Facilities Task Force, a shared governance group formed in 2017.
Deadline to Earn Well Wisconsin Incentive Approaching
Employers, retirees and their spouses currently enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance plan are eligible for an annual $150 wellness incentive. The deadline to complete all required activities and submit them to StayWell is October 11, 2019. In order to earn the incentive, you must complete a health screening, the StayWell health assessment, and one Well Wisconsin well-being activity. On-site health screenings are available. To learn more, visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and create or sign in to your account. You may also call the StayWell HelpLine at 800-821-6591.
Coffee and Conversation Series Supports Advancement of Women
The “Coffee and Conversation” series hosted by the UW–Madison Women and Leadership Program has scheduled fall events on September 19, October 3, and November 7, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., at Union South. In September, Sabrina Madison, founder of the Progress Center for Black Women, will speak about discovering one’s potential. Future events will feature topics such as leadership, mentorship, work/life balance, and more. The no-cost events are open to anyone on campus with an interest in the advancement of women. Advance registration is requested.
Mentoring Program Invites Participants
The Academic Staff Mentoring Committee is looking for both mentors and mentees to participate in the 2019–20 Mentoring Program. The program is designed to support personal and professional growth for academic staff at UW–Madison. To express interest in being a mentor, fill out the survey at go.wisc.edu/7m9ckc. To apply as a mentee, sign up at go.wisc.edu/6so929. Survey responses are due Monday, Sept. 9.
Register Now for 2019 Diversity Forum
The 2019 UW–Madison Diversity Forum will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Union South. The opening keynote speaker on Tuesday will be John Quiñones, longtime ABC news correspondent and creator and host of the “What Would You Do?” hidden camera television series. Forum programming will focus on ethics and diversity in higher education and in the broader community. The forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may register for one or both days. For details and registration, go to diversity.wisc.edu/events.
Multilingual HIB Prevention Workshops Coming in September
Hostile and Intimidating Behavior (HIB) Policy and Process Workshops will be offered for employees in multiple languages in September. Each 90-minute workshop will review campus HIB policies and resources, provide information on how to recognize HIB, and explain how to use the HIB website at hr.wisc.edu/hib. The daytime session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1–2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. The late-night session for second and third shift employees is on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at the Health Sciences Learning Center. Both sessions will be offered in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Mandarin, and Nepali. Advance registration is not required for the multilingual workshops, but employees who plan to attend should notify their supervisor.
Regular Hours to Resume at University Dining Markets
Regular hours will resume at the University Dining Markets on Thursday, Sept. 5. All markets will return to regular service, in which diners choose individual food items and pay for what they take, with one exception. At Rheta’s Market only, diners will pay a fixed price for their meal when they enter and take all they care to eat, buffet style. Rheta’s Market is located in Chadbourne Residence Hall at the intersection of Park Street and University Avenue. To see all University Dining locations, hours, and menus, visit housing.wisc.edu/dining.