Message from Beth Muha, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
2015 is off to a busy start as we head into February. Many of us make resolutions in the New Year but research shows that most people abandon their resolutions by February. I want to encourage you to make time for your resolutions and to take advantage of the many programs that HR offers to assist with your wellness, career, and financial objectives.
To help meet your wellness goals, AhealthyU is helping nearly 200 faculty and staff manage their weight and live healthier lifestyles with the eight-week AhealthyU Weight Loss Challenge which started on January 26. Additionally, the popular group fitness classes exclusively for faculty and staff also began on January 26 and feature yoga and spin classes. A few of these classes are held at remote locations to make them more accessible to everyone, so please check the AhealthyU website for the class schedule.
Other returning AhealthyU programs include Weight Watchers at Work® and the Farmers Market, both held on the main campus. Watch for announcements for upcoming cooking demonstrations, the Couch to 5K program, and other AhealthyU programs.
To help meet your career goals in 2015, enroll in the professional development courses that interest you. By investing time in your development, you can gain new skills and knowledge and open the door for new opportunities.
To help meet your financial goals, personal, one-on-one financial planning sessions are offered on campus by Fidelity and TIAA-CREF. You also can access online financial education videos, tools, and calculators on the AhealthyU site or on the myBenefits Retirement information page.
The Office of Human Resources offers you benefits, tools, and resources to help you be more productive and fulfilled at work.
Please send me your comments and suggestions about our programs.
Human Resources reminds you that in accordance with the IRS' grace period extension, you still have time to submit claims against your 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) balance for any eligible expenses you incur from January 1, 2014 through March 15, 2015. The deadline for submitting claims for 2014 is Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. You may submit your claims via fax or online.
To submit claims by fax:
Fax your claim form toll-free to PayFlex at (866) 932-2567. You also may visit the myBenefits site to obtain a claim form.
The training modules are accessible through AsuccessfulU, American University’s learning management system for faculty and staff. For more information on using AsuccessfulU to take online training and registering for professional development courses, contact AsuccessfulU@american.edu.
The Employee Relations Team in Human Resources can serve as a resource to you when you have questions or issues that arise in your workplace. Contact Employee Relations at x2607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No more than 15 days of earned annual leave may be carried beyond the end of the fiscal year, April 30, 2015. Please work with your supervisor to plan and schedule your use of annual leave. Fifteen-day carry-over means that for employees with a 35-hour work week, the limit is 105 hours of earned annual leave. For employees with 28-hour work week, the limit is 84 hours of earned annual leave. For employees with 40-hour work week, the limit is 120 hours earned annual leave.
How does Your Unconscious Bias Affect Your Decisions and Actions?
We all have natural preferences that influence our decision making every day. It’s called unconscious bias, and it’s a real thing – we all have it, and it’s important to be aware of it. Whether you’re making decisions around hiring, purchasing, promotions, and job assignments, or just interacting with peers and colleagues, your unconscious bias influences your thoughts, actions, interactions, and decisions.
The HR Recruiting Team offers a workshop to provide information and guidance on understanding the decisions we make and the challenges and opportunities we face in the workplace through the lens of our natural preferences.
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To learn more about how your unconscious bias affects your decisions, register for the February 19 session on AsuccessfulU. Questions? Please call Employee Relations at x2607.
AU faculty and staff who need to update their address may obtain a Change of Address form online through the myAU portal at https://myau.american.edu/. Once submitted and processed, your information will be updated in the HR and Payroll systems. All full-time and part-time (non-student status) faculty and staff, must complete the following steps to update your personal information:
For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (202) 885-2591.
AU Students. If you are a student (not full-time employee status) and wish to change your home address, please contact AUCentral at: (202) 885-8000, or email: AUCENTRAL@american.edu to update your personal information with the Office of the Registrar.
AU Alumni. If you are an AU Alumni (no other status) and wish to change your home address, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at: (202) 885-5900, or email: email@example.com to update your personal information.
The AhealthyU Weight Loss Challenge is on for 2015
AhealthyU’s eight-week, team-based, weight loss program for AU faculty and staff members rewards participants for losing or maintaining weight as well as tracking healthy living goals with WELLog. This year’s program runs January 26 – March 19 and has 196 participants registered. There will be chances to win team, individual, and raffle prizes. Encourage your colleagues as they commit to a healthier lifestyle. Visit http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/weight.cfm for program information and updates.
Staff Council is pleased to update staff of shower facilities available in the Katzen Arts Center for use by staff who bike, commute, or exercise to or on campus.
We have received requests from staff across campus who would like access to shower facilities before or after work but are not members of Jacob's Fitness Center. There are two women's and two men’s showers located on the main floor of Katzen.
Please contact Lisa Ager, Facilities and Operations Manager, Katzen Arts Center, at 3884 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.