We’ve Simplified the Performance Management Program (PMP) Year-end Appraisal
We heard you. In an effort to reduce the amount of writing and time to complete the year-end process, the PMP Redesign Team has simplified the 2016-2017 Year-end Appraisal form and it is now faster and easier to complete. Ratings are still required for each goal and competency but now you only have to summarize your performance against goals in one comment box and summarize your competencies in one comment box. This allows you and your manager more time to prepare for and have a meaningful discussion.
To Access the Updated Year-End Appraisal Form:
Log on to the myAU portal
Select "Work@AU" from the top navigation
Click on "AsuccessfulU" from the dropdown menu
Click the blue button "Go to AsuccessfulU"
Under "Home," select "Performance" from the dropdown menu
Click on "Year-end Appraisal Form 2016-2017" to access the updated form
If you have not entered your goals for the 2016-2017 PMP cycle, we recommend setting 3-6 goals in AsuccessfulU that are entered under the Goals tab. You can also record notes in your individual goals in the Goals tab and they will be captured in the year-end form. Take some time to reflect on this year and identify areas where you can strengthen and grow your skills and experience.
We encourage all staff and managers to discuss progress towards goals, celebrate successes, identify obstacles, and find opportunities to explore professional development.
Please complete your self-review, have your discussion with your manager, and allow your manager time to complete their part of the process by July 31. Your overall performance rating as determined by the Year-end Appraisal is one of the factors considered in the 2016-2017 merit award process awarded in September.
For more information, see resources on AsuccessfulU. If you have any further questions regarding the Year-end Appraisal or PMP Redesign, please email
TIAA Wednesday, July 12
Wednesday, July 26
Wednesday, August 16
Wednesday, August 30
Call 800-732-8353 to schedule.
Employment Verification Online with The Work Number® by Equifax®
Are you moving into a new home, applying for a new job, or maybe applying for a loan? You may be asked to provide employment verification to prove your income status and that you are employed.
You can now complete your employment verification online with The Work Number®, Equifax's® online employment database of payroll records. The Office of Human Resources has partnered with The Work Number to offer a fast and secure way to provide proof of employment or income. Available to current and former employees of American University, this service simplifies the verification process and accelerates credit decision with verifiers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To provide proof of employment and/or income, provide your verifier with your social security number and American University' employer code "18527". Advise your verifier to visit www.theworknumber.com and register inside the verifier area. The printable worksheet for your verifier is available below.
On May 22-26, 2017, the Office of Human Resources held the annual Staff Appreciation Week to celebrate AU staff members and their contributions. The week featured favorites such as the staff picnic, AthankU for Your Thyme, the staff volleyball tournament, the Staff Performance and Years of Service luncheon, and the 20-Year Club Celebration. New this year, staff took a tour of the East Campus, livestreamed financial wellness classes online, and viewed the
20-Year Club Inductee video.
The Staff Appreciation Week committee would like to thank its many partners including AhealthyU, Recreational Sports & Fitness, Staff Council, AU Auxiliary Services, and AU Dining. Their events and support helped to make the week successful and fun.
Most of all, we'd like to thank our staff members for the work that you do each day. We're happy that so many participated in this year's activities and we look forward to another great year.
Staff Appreciation Week Event Highlights
Staff Appreciation Week Volleyball Tournament
This year the staff volleyball tournament was delayed a week and held on Friday, June 2, 2017 due to inclement weather. It was a close game between reigning champions from Athletics, but we crowned new champions in staff volleyball!
Congratulations to FASS and Furious (from The Washington College of Law), the 2017 Staff Appreciation Volleyball Tournament Champions.
Team FASS and Furious
"The biggest take away was that we played well as a team. Everyone was very supportive and positive, which helped our new volleyball players," said FASS and Furious Team Captain, Mihn Nguyen.
Other Main Event Highlights
Cookie Bake-Off Winners:
Best Overall Samantha Guthrie - Madeleines Albright
Most Creative Ariadna Figueredo - Paint Your Own Unicorn
Fan Favorite Amy Marrion - Oatmeal Caramel Chai Tea Cookies
Trivia in the Tavern 1st Place Team: What is 'Tom Sawyer' by the Band, Rush?
Ethan Goss Alexander
AU Honors the 2017 Staff Performance Awards Winners, Years of Service Honorees and 20-Year Club Inductees
Each year, AU honors staff for their outstanding performance that goes above and beyond their normal duties to create an excellent customer experience and move the university towards achieving its strategic goals.
The 2017 Performance Award winners have exceptional stories and achievements. Please click on the links to read their citations.
The Workplace Learning and Development Team Name Has Changed to Talent Development
The Workplace Learning and Development (WLD) team name has recently changed to Talent Development. In effort to better serve and engage AU faculty, staff, and students, we are shifting the focus from a "workplace" only environment to a more inclusive learning environment.
As Talent Development, we aim to foster engagement and learning on a larger scale and emphasize that anyone, faculty, staff, or student, can have the opportunity to grow at American University.
We still offer our training and development services such as the:
Importance of Keeping Your Beneficiary Designations Up-to-Date
Named beneficiaries on insurance policies and retirement accounts generally supersede instructions in wills, which is why it is important to keep your beneficiary designations up to date.
This means that even if your will and other estate-planning documents are current, your best intentions can be undone if your beneficiary was named long ago. For example, if you had named your parents your beneficiaries before you were married, your parents - not your spouse - can inherit your life insurance benefit. Or a former spouse could inherit your 403(b) retirement account if you don't update your beneficiary designations after a divorce.
By periodically reviewing your beneficiary designations for your AU life insurance and retirement plans, you can be assured that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. Review Your Beneficiary Designations It's important to review beneficiary designations whenever you experience life changes - such as marriage, divorce, death of a spouse, or birth of children or grandchildren. Additionally, we recommend that you periodically check your beneficiaries because life happens and you may not realize that you have forgotten to update your beneficiary information.
How to Check Your Beneficiaries
Review your AU life insurance beneficiaries on the myBenefits site:
Log in to the myAU portal;
Select Benefits: myBenefits under the Work@AU navigation;
Click the red button "View your current benefits details and beneficiaries" on the right side;
Select "Important Documents" on the far right side. Click on "Employee Detail Report," to view current designations.
To make changes to your life insurance beneficiaries:
Perform steps 1-3 above, then scroll down to the "Benefits Snapshot" section. Select "Additional Benefits."
Click on the pencil icon next to "Beneficiaries" to add or edit your beneficiaries.
Check your retirement account beneficiaries by calling or visiting your investment service provider online, depending on which plan(s) you are enrolled in.
If you have a Fidelity account, to review or update your beneficiaries, call 800-343-0860, or log onto your account at www.netbenefits.com/au and click on "Profile" at the top of the page.
If you have a TIAA account, to review or update your beneficiaries, call 800-842-2776, or log onto your account at www.tiaa.org/beneficiaries.
Making a proper beneficiary designation is an important part of your estate planning. We recommend that you consult with a legal advisor and/or an estate planning professional if you have questions regarding your beneficiary designations.
Join AhealthyU Summer Group Exercise Classes- Now Complimentary for Off-Campus Locations!
Stay active this summer with AhealthyU's group exercise classes now – August 11, 2017. AhealthyU makes staying active easier with the addition of two new group exercise classes (Barre and Yoga Bootcamp) and complimentary group exercise classes for off-campus locations (4401 Connecticut Avenue, 3201 New Mexico Avenue, Spring Valley Building, and Washington College of Law).
More About AhealthyU's New Group Exercise Classes
Barre This summer, AhealthyU is offering a Barre group fitness class which focuses on isometric strength training, using body weight to help strengthen and tone your body. High repetitions with small hand weights and exercise balls are incorporated into this invigorating new fitness class. Join us on Tuesdays from 12:05 -12:45pm at Cassell Fitness Center.
Yoga Bootcamp Yoga Bootcamp is also a new addition to the summer group exercise classes which combines yoga flow with core work and cardio bursts, all in one 40-minute class. Join us on Thursdays from 12:05 -12:45pm at WCL, Tenley Campus Library Room N100B.
Exclusive to faculty and staff, AhealthyU's group exercise classes are no cost to AU Recreational Sports and Fitness members, off-campus locations, and participants of the 2017 Steps to AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge. The drop-in fee is $5 for non-members who attend classes at Cassell or Jacobs Fitness Centers (you must bring your AU ID for access to the fitness centers). As a reminder, the drop-in fee allows access to the class only. Fitness center shower and locker room access is not available for drop-in participants.