Start Your Year Right with Well ’Canes

The Well ’Canes Incentives Program has added new ways to make earning your $300 incentive even easier in 2015. In addition to all the existing program activities, you can now earn points by getting a flu shot, receiving a skin cancer screening, attending a personal retirement planning session or a free Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar, participating in the Team UM Dolphins Cycling Challenge, and more. Earn your first 500 points of the year by completing Walking ’Canes. Registration for Walking ’Canes runs January 12-16. This 12-week program, aimed at improving your physical fitness by increasing your daily activity, is offered by the Department of Wellness and Recreation at the beginning of each calendar year and is open to all UM faculty and staff.

The  Well ’Canes Incentives Program is offered by HR-Benefits and is open to all faculty and staff enrolled as primary policy holders in the UM/Aetna medical plan. Participants may register for the incentives program at any time. Visit miami.edu/wellcanes to learn more and to register. For more information about Walking ’Canes please click here or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).


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Staff Performance Appraisal Period Now Open

The University of Miami’s Staff Performance Review period is now open for all campuses, including the University of Miami Hospital. Annual staff performance reviews provide supervisors with the ideal opportunity to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely), developmental, and training goals, clarify job responsibilities, and review performance standards and expectations. It is also important to remember that performance should relate directly to merit increase planning. As you begin the performance review process, please remember to reflect fully on the 2014 calendar year, focusing on key competencies and career objectives, while making note of strengths and opportunities. View key dates and reminders here.





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HR Updates Staff Policies

Human Resources has updated the policies for Employment Separations, Eligibility for Rehire, and Discipline. The Employment Separations Policy outlines the procedures for managing voluntary and involuntary separations, considerations for re-employment at the University, and the payment of accrued vacation balances. The Eligibility for Rehire Policy states that former employees may be considered for re-employment at the University if their last performance appraisal reflected a rating of “Meets Standards/Performance Expectations Met” or higher, and at least 12 months have passed between their date of separation and date of application. The Discipline Policy is a new policy designed to provide guidelines for supervisors needing to address misconduct and/or behaviors that conflict with the University’s Values and Behaviors. If you have any questions, please contact your human resources representative at Coral Gables/RSMAS or the Miller School of Medicine.

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Save More on Prescriptions in 2015

If you are a UM/Aetna member, you can save money and avoid out-of-pocket costs by choosing the right medications in 2015 through two new programs. The Generic Choice Incentive Program encourages you to use generic drugs. Most generics are covered under the UM/Aetna plan with a $10 copay. If you fill a brand name medication when a generic is available, you will pay the copay of either $45 or $75 for the brand name drug, plus the difference in cost between the generic and the brand name. Through Rx Step Therapy you have the option to try lower-cost, but equally effective alternatives to your UM/Aetna-covered medications. If the less expensive medication has not been tried, the plan may not cover the more expensive medication. Click here to learn more about the programs and to view the 2015 Rx list. Now is a great time to talk with your doctor about the best medication choices for you. If you have questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or www.miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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Well ’Canes Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Challenge Begins November 3

How would you like to earn 100 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal? Register today and begin participating in the Well ’Canes Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Challenge from November 3 through November 24. This challenge will encourage you to increase your consumption of fruits and veggies by including one serving of each per day for fifteen days during the three-week challenge duration. A 100-point bonus can be earned by logging your weight once a week. Registration begins Monday, October 27.

The 2014 Well ’Canes Wellness Incentive Program allows you to earn up to $300 by earning reward points for completing various preventive health care activities. Learn more and register at miami.edu/wellcanes.

If you have questions about the 2014 Well ’Canes Incentives Program, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online inquiry form at miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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