News for Employees
Student-Employee of the Year Nominations Open
The Offices of Student Financial Aid and Student Employment are hosting the second annual campus-wide Student-Employee of the Year competition this fall. The top three winners will receive scholarships for the spring 2020 semester, and the first-place winner will go on to compete for the Midwest Regional Student-Employee of the Year. Students must be nominated by their supervisors to be eligible for the award. For details, visit studentjobs.wisc.edu/student-employee-oty. Nominations should be submitted by November 22nd.
November 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 November Forums will provide an update on manager and employee engagement, and introduce the UW job library and new standard job descriptions. There will be time for questions and answers. Five sessions will be held at various campus locations during the week of November 11, and there will be an online forum on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Multilingual sessions will be offered in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Mandarin, and Nepali. TTC is a campus-wide initiative to attract, reward and retain university employees by creating a market-informed pay and benefits structure. For specific forum details and to learn more about the TTC Project, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.
New Accident Insurance Plan Offered for 2020
UW-Madison employees who are eligible for State Group Health Insurance can choose to enroll in a new Accident Insurance plan that provides coverage for accidents and catastrophic events. This plan, administered by Securian Financial, helps cover unexpected expenses by providing a lump sum payment for illness or injury due to accident. Examples include fractures, stitches, and hospitalization. The plan also includes identity theft coverage and benefits for accidental death and dismemberment. Coverage is available for employees, spouses and children. Monthly premiums start at $3.26 for an employee only. Eligible employees who wish to enroll in the Accident Insurance plan may do so during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period, which ends on October 25, 2019. For details on this and other benefits options, visit wisconsin.edu/abe.
Register Now for Leadership Conference
Leaders and potential leaders will gather for a full day of professional development and networking at the Leadership and Management Development Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. Breakout sessions will help participants develop skills in areas such as improving workplace performance, change tolerance, group dynamics, decision-making, influence without authority, and balancing life, family and career. The keynote session by Dr. Amy Climer, “Leading Deliberate Creative Teams,” will consider how teams can drive innovation. The conference is open to faculty, staff, and community members. Participants do not need to be in formal leadership positions to benefit from the conference. The $125 fee includes lunch. Register by Friday, Nov. 1 to secure your seat at the conference.
Re-Enroll to Continue Certain Benefits in 2020
The Annual Benefits Enrollment period is currently underway and will end on October 25, 2019. Even if you do not want to make any changes in your benefits elections for 2020, some plans require that you enroll each year to continue your participation. Be sure to enroll if you wish to participate in the Flexible Savings Account (FSA) in 2020, including Health Care FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, and Dependent Day Care FSA. You must enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA) each year if you choose a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). If you wish to decline health insurance, you must opt out every year to participate in the State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive Plan. Visit www.wisconsin.edu/abe for details, or watch a recorded benefits seminar at benefits.wisc.edu/2020.
Registration for Wellness Symposium Closes Friday
The registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 11 for the UW–Madison Wellness Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Union South. At this event, employees can explore different aspects of well-being at work, find tools and resources for stress management and resilience, define their wellness goals, and connect with others who are interested in wellness. Free, 30-minute credit report reviews will be available by appointment. Attendees can come and go throughout the day. The $35 registration fee for UW–Madison faculty and staff includes breakout sessions, the keynote presentation, and lunch. For details, visit hr.wisc.edu/wellness-symposium.
Workplace Workouts Offer Lunchtime Fitness
Recreation & Wellbeing (Rec Well) is offering 45-minute lunchtime workout classes to UW–Madison employees. Classes meet once a week for seven weeks at Memorial Union, Union South, and the Space Science and Engineering Center. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome, and you do not need to be a Rec Well member to participate. There is a $35 fee for each class series. Registration is now open for sessions starting at the end of October.
Upcoming Fair Serves Those Involved in Research
The Researcher Regulatory Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Union South. The fair will bring together a number of campus departments that help researchers navigate regulatory and compliance issues. Anyone involved in research, including faculty, post-docs, graduate students and administrators, is welcome to attend. Free refreshments will be available, and Bucky Badger is scheduled to appear. Advance registration is not required.
Employee Benefits and Resource Fair Helps You Understand Your Options
The Employee Benefits and Resource Fair will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Union South. All UW–Madison employees are encouraged to attend. You can attend a seminar to learn about your benefits options for 2020 and meet with benefits representatives. Get help enrolling in benefits using Self Service (eBenefits). A variety of campus resources will be featured at the event, and presentations on personal finance and retirement topics will be offered. On-site flu shots will also be available for UW–Madison employees; remember to bring your insurance card. The event is free and on a drop-in basis, so you may come and go throughout the day as your schedule permits. No leave needs to be taken to attend this event.
TTC Project to Host Open Q&A Sessions
The Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Team is holding open question-and-answer sessions at the Employee Benefits and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8. TTC representatives will be available in the Marquee Theater on the second floor of Union South from 11 a.m. to noon and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Employees are invited to drop in and get answers to their questions regarding the TTC project. TTC is a campus-wide initiative to attract, reward and retain university employees by creating a market-informed pay and benefits structure. To learn more about the TTC project, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.