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Help Enhance the University’s Staff Performance Management Process

In light of current trends, best practices, and requests to incorporate DIRECCT values and behaviors into our daily interactions, the University of Miami will introduce a redesigned Staff Performance Management Process in 2017. To help plan for the change, your input is necessary. By completing this brief, confidential survey, you have the opportunity to provide feedback and make suggestions for process improvement. The survey results will be reviewed by the Performance Management Committee and taken into consideration during the planning and implementation phases of the redesign. If you have any questions, please send an email to the Workplace Equity and Performance team at wep@miami.edu.

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Mindful Living

This seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. This month’s seminar will feature a standing practice, which is simple yet powerful in its expression. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. An employee assistance professional from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will facilitate this seminar.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, February 23, 12 to 1 p.m., Whitten University Center, room 2300H

Miller School campus: Wednesday, February 24, 12 to 1 p.m., Clinical Research Building, room 692

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, February 25, 12 to 1 p.m., Library, Rare Book Room

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through  ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.


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‘Canes Emergency Response Team Hosts Active Shooter Training on February 16

Presented by the Office of Emergency Management, the ‘Canes Emergency Response Team will host Active Shooter Response Training (ASRT) from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 in the Senate Room on the third floor of the Shalala Student Center. The hour-long presentation will incorporate the latest Department of Homeland Security guidance on best practice responses for those who encounter active shooter situations. As an extra incentive, attendees who are enrolled in the Well ‘Canes program will receive 150 points.

The class covers awareness, avoidance, and appropriate actions. Expert instructors will discuss how to respond, what to look for, and how to prepare to survive dangerous situations, such as an active shooter event. They will also discuss both law enforcement’s and the University’s response to various potentially dangerous situations. Topics include the Emergency Notification Network (ENN) Alerts, interacting with first responders, personal preparedness, and other initiatives of the University designed to keep our students, staff, and faculty as safe as possible.

To receive Well ‘Canes points, attendees must sign a Well ‘Canes attendance roster with their C number at the end of the class. Attendance is limited to the first 65 people who sign up for the class on ULearn. Participants can feel free to bring their own lunch.


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Take a Survey to Help Redesign UM’s Performance Appraisal Process

Performance appraisals are undergoing a metamorphosis not imagined several years ago. Fortune 500 companies are getting rid of traditional performance appraisals and performance rankings. They are focusing more on goals and documented dialogue throughout the year.

In light of current trends, best practices, and our culture transformation, the University is asking employees to take a short survey about the current appraisal process, which is now underway, and to help the Performance Management Committee (PMC) design the next-generation performance appraisal.

Assembled by Human Resources, the PMC is a group of 30 UM employees who represent a cross section of the University’s faculty and staff from all campuses and satellite offices. Members are charged with completely revamping the University’s performance management process and the evaluation form.

Created by the PMC, the anonymous survey is the best way for employees to participate in the redesign and provide candid feedback about the overall performance process and evaluation form. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey now.

The PMC also will be conducting Evaluation Transformation Focus Groups across all UM campuses, which will enable employees to provide more valuable information about what our new performance management process should look like.

Thank you for providing your feedback.

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Using a UM Facility for a Camp Program? Be Sure to Complete Essential Paperwork

The University of Miami hosts a variety of camps and programs on its Coral Gables campus. As per University Policy BSF-090 Camps Policy, all camps and programs that use a University facility, whether they are organized by University departments or users external to the institution, must complete:

     1. Camps Facility Use Agreement

     2. Camp Registration Form

     3. Annual Online Emergency Preparedness Training

     4. Any additional forms as may be required by the facility coordinator

Completed forms must be sent by the facility coordinator to the Business Services Office, (Roxana Velazquez, 305-284-9793, contracts@miami.edu ) for University approval.

Camps that do not complete the required forms will not be permitted to utilize any University facility.

PLEASE NOTE: Background checks are required on all camp employees, volunteers, or affiliates working at the University of Miami. This requirement is a material term of the Camp Facilities Use Agreement. The background screening must include a Level 2 background screening as defined by the State of Florida, which includes fingerprint checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the immediate termination of the Camp Facilities Use Agreement.

Please visit www.miami.edu/summercamps for more information.

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