TO: All University Staff
The beginning of a new calendar year provides an opportunity to share information with you regarding recent activities and improvements from University Human Resources:
The university results from the Working at Iowa – Survey 2012 are posted and reflect positively on the engagement and work experience of University faculty and staff: http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/working/index.html. Thank you for the strong participation (68%) by UI staff. Almost ninety-percent of all respondents report that their supervisor treats them with respect. Ninety-three percent would recommend the University to a friend seeking employment. While the survey is a tool for understanding where we can make improvements, I believe you should also feel good about how the results reflect upon you, as over eighty-five percent reported that individuals within their unit are civil and respectful to each other. The results for individual colleges and organizations will provide a comparison to the University-wide results. Each University organization is responsible for communicating their own survey results. University Human Resources will continue to support organizations and departments as they work to understand the results and identify plans for continuing improvement. I would ask for your participation in support of these efforts as opportunities arise.
Genworth Financial is a new provider of long term care insurance for University faculty and staff. They are offering an open enrollment period until February 15, 2013, to purchase individual policies for you and your spouse/partner. The University does not contribute toward this coverage; however, the access provided by an open enrollment period creates an important opportunity for you to learn about the coverage offered, its cost, and to determine whether their insurance product fits with your personal circumstances. Webinars will be offered beginning on January 23, with in-person campus meetings also available, beginning on January 30. See the University Benefits website for more information: http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/.
During 2013 we plan to raise the awareness of faculty and staff about the importance of adequate sleep. Studies have revealed that people who sleep poorly are at greater risk for a number of diseases and other health concerns. Lack of sleep can also impact our perception and judgment. In the workplace, its effects can be seen in reduced efficiency and productivity, errors and safety risks. Through education, health and lifestyle changes related to the importance of sleep, we believe positive change can impact the health and well-being of University employees. For more information contact: Faculty and Staff Services/EAP at 319-335-2085 or http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/fsseap/sleep/index.html
Finally, another piece of good news for the 2013 year is that there was no increase to our health insurance premiums. While a number of factors contributed to this, including a certain amount of good fortune, it reminds us of the benefit of good health practices, including those related to diet and exercise. Many University staff utilize the resources of the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, as well as the support the staff of UI Wellness can provide to you. I hope you will consider resolutions for the new year that support your personal health and wellness.
In closing, I want to again thank you for your work and contribution toward the success of the University. Whether it is in supporting student success, excellent patient care, research discovery or another aspect of the University mission, you provide a valuable contribution to the success of our University.
Susan C. Buckley
Vice President for Human Resources
Last Updated January 2013