REMINDER: Benefits Open Enrollment ends November 30th
Please remember our annual open enrollment period ends this Friday, November 30th. This is the one time of year you are allowed to change your benefit elections.
If you participate in medical or dependent care flexible spending, you must go through the online enrollment process to re-enroll.
This year we are also offering a one-time open enrollment opportunity for supplemental life insurance which will end on Friday, November 30th and will not be offered again in the future. To take advantage of this one-time offer, you must enroll online.
Please remember once you have made election changes, you need to confirm those elections. If you do not confirm them, they will not process.
If you need assistance with your enrollment or have questions, please feel free to contact Jana Johnson, Stacy Koehler or Jim Mulholland at Ext. 4818.
Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2013
Effective 1/1/2013 the mileage reimbursement rate for Grinnell College business use of a personal vehicle will be 56.5 cents per mile.
Performance Management Training for Supervisors of Staff
(repeat sessions from April/June)
Repeat sessions have been arranged for Monday, December 17th in Room 1203 (Old ICN Room) in the Old Glove Factory. If you were not able to attend the sessions in April and May this year or if you are a new supervisor, please register on the HR website. These training sessions will not be offered again. Thank you!
Driving and Reinforcing Performance
Monday, December 17, 2012
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 1203, Old Glove Factory
During this session, supervisors will identify how to manage the performance management process to improve the effectiveness of the workforce. Supervisors will identify how to collaboratively discuss and establish aligned objectives with employees, providing focus and a sense of employee ownership within a SMART Goal environment. Also covered is how to conduct effective on-going performance discussions, both formal (year-end appraisals) and informal (feedback), designed to ensure success.
Coaching for Success – Preparing for and Holding Great Coaching Conversations
Monday, December 17, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 1203, Old Glove Factory
During this session, supervisors will better understand and apply the concepts of effective coaching in their role as managers/leaders. Using a Coaching for Success model as the framework, individuals will learn how to identify coaching opportunities, effectively use listening, questioning, and acknowledgment skills when coaching others, and build confidence when preparing for and coaching through difficult situations.
Balancing Work & Family
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Room to be determined
Presenter: Jul Bruns, CEAP, LMHC
The demands of work and family share importance in our lives and we must learn to budget our time accordingly. Individuals lead healthy and productive lives when they are able to balance duties and relationships more effectively. This involves a concentrated effort to determine priorities and maintain assertiveness.
The facilitator uses lecture, group discussion and skill building tools to guide participants.
- Learn how effective life skills help individuals make informed decisions and manage their reactions to stress
- Develop a blueprint for time management to help sort out what is and isn't important
- Use the Wheel of Life as a tool to restore balance in everyday living
- Know how to be assertive with others who place demands on your time
About the Trainer: As a Workplace Services Consultant, Jul provides EAP companies with coaching, consultation, training and crisis response services. In her role as a trainer, Jul has presented on a number of wellness topics including: stress management, resiliency, conflict and communication, personality differences and team building. Jul also has specialized training in mediation, motivational interviewing and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Her previous experience includes working as a therapist in private practice with a specialty in solution-focused brief therapy. Jul earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in Counseling from Northern Illinois University.
Register on the HR website.
Faculty/Staff Connect Lunches
Ever wonder what the people across campus or down the hall are like, or what they care about? Join your colleagues for the weekly Faculty/Staff Connect lunches. These informal lunches give you the opportunity to meet people from across campus, to chat with close colleagues, and to help improve the community at the College.
Faculty/Staff Connect meets every Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:00 pm. in the Marketplace Pavilion (the "whale room" at the West end of the dining hall). Pay regular Marketplace rates at the door or stop in the Dining Services office (JRC 2nd floor) to purchase five meals (with cash or personal check) for only $25 ($5 for each meal!). Feel free to join us weekly, monthly, or whenever you find it convenient!
Access Your TASC FlexSystem account(s) while on the go!
Get the MyTASC Mobile App today for faster and easier access to your remaining FSA funds before the end of the Plan Year! Download the free app from Apple iStore and Android Market for your smart phone or tablet. Read more at www.tasconline/mobile.
The features of the new app are:
- Securely Log-In with MyTASC user information (username and password)
- Quickly view your Account Balances in real time
- Request a Reimbursement from your mobile phone
- Upload Receipts using your phone camera
- Review your Contributions & Elections
- Review Plan Information & Eligibility Dates
Employees on the Move
- Jim Howard, Director of Major and Planned Giving, Development and Alumni Relations, November 1
- Sarah Anderson (Eagan) '98, Director of Internal Communications, November 5
- Helen Morgan, Bookstore Assistant, Pioneer Bookshop, November 6
- Lila Turnbull, Catering Staff, Dining Services, November 9
- Danny Van Tomme, Plant Custodian, Facilities Management, November 19
- Dean VanderLeest, Presentation Cook, Dining Services, November 19
- Joy Murphy, Development and Alumni Relations Receptionist, December 3
- Harriett Dickey-Chasins, Director of Student Health & Counseling Services and Lead Psychologist, November 5
- Deb Shill, Assistant Director of Student Health and Counseling Services and Lead Nurse, November 5
- Stephanie Brown, Director of Student Health and Counseling Services and Lead Psychologist, November 2
- Rod Schultz, Associate Director of Major and Planned Giving, Development & Alumni Relations, November 2
- Jamie Leonard, Chef de Cuisine, Dining Services, November 15
- Richard Cleaver, Grant Writer, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations, November 16
- Kathleen Peterson, Library Assistant-Serials, November 30
Internal Job Posting Notice for Staff and Faculty:
The Office of Human Resources has posted an internal only job opportunity for the campus community to review and consider. The position of Grant Writer is available in the Corporate Foundation and Government Relations office. This position was previously held by Richard Cleaver and reports to Karen Wiese, the department director.
When a position is posted for internal candidates only, we acknowledge that the requisite skills for the position are likely found within our institution. The link below is specific to our campus and the job opportunity will not be found in a search of jobs on our website. We encourage all interested internal candidates to apply.
If you have questions about the position or the salary, please feel free to call the Office of Human Resources at ext. 4818