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Telecommuting Guidelines: The Next Step Towards Workplace Flexibility

As the world of work rapidly changes, organizations are looking for ways to help employees balance work and personal obligations while meeting business needs. The University of Miami has long offered supervisors and staff the option to create work schedules that align with the needs of their areas. To provide additional assistance and streamline the process to create an alternative work arrangement, the University has launched a new telecommuting policy and guidelines to help employees and their supervisors work together to create a telecommuting arrangement.

“We currently have several departments across the University that have successfully launched telecommuting agreements with teams and individuals, meeting personal and operational needs,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources. “While we all agree about the benefits of an alternative work arrangement, sometimes we need assistance on how to bring that to life. These guidelines and tools will make it easier for employees and their supervisors to take that next step.”

The new guidelines were created based on feedback received from leaders and teams across the University. A committee worked together to benchmark best practices and determine the best solution for staff at UM.

The new Alternative Work Arrangement website includes information specifically on telecommuting agreements and the process for requesting a remote work schedule. Plans are underway to add additional flexible work options, guidelines, and tools to the menu with compressed and flexible workweek next on the work team’s agenda. If you have any questions, please contact your HR Partner.


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UM Reaffirms Support for Transgender Community


UM Reaffirms Support for Transgender Community

GenderneutralIn a statement released on Friday, the University of Miami reaffirmed its support for the transgender community by continuing to encourage students, faculty, staff, and visitors to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

The statement came in response to the federal government’s recent rescindment of its prior guidance providing that a federal law (Title IX) banning discrimination on the basis of sex granted transgender students the freedom to use bathrooms and facilities that corresponded with their gender identity. The statement “adamantly reiterated” UM’s policy of maintaining a campus environment where everyone has the right to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

“Allowing people to be their authentic selves in terms of gender identity and expression is an absolute priority in the University’s ongoing efforts to build a culture of inclusion and belonging,” the statement said.

For more information on campus resources available to the transgender community, including locations of gender-neutral and inclusive restrooms, contact the LGBTQ Student CenterFaculty and staff are encouraged to contact Human Resources for assistance and information on the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and the University’s Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy Statement.

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Children Explore Endless Opportunities on UM Campuses

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TakeChildrentoWork2University of Miami students may learn about sustainability of natural ecosystems, life-saving medical procedures, and advances in architecture from textbooks, but last Thursday more than 230 children, ages 8 to 14, experienced these fields firsthand as the U hosted its annual Take Our Children to Work Day on the Coral Gables, Miller School, and Rosentiel School campuses.

Children of UM employees participated in a full day that provided a glimpse into the many ways their parents and other employees transform lives at the U. The day on the Coral Gables campus kicked off with a warm welcome by special guest Jim Larranaga, UM men’s basketball head coach, at the Shalala Student Center. On the medical campus, parents and children started their day with an energetic pep rally led by Sebastian the Ibis and Hurricane Athletics cheerleaders at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

Once parents returned to their offices and labs, the children were divided into groups to enjoy a variety activities, which included interacting with nursing patient simulators; learning about otolaryngology; practicing their physical wellness with yoga and Zumba; and getting up close and personal with Aplysia, large sea slugs.

Explore the full range of activities the children participated in by viewing a photo gallery of the Coral Gables/RSMAS event and Miller School event.


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New Employees Begin Their Journey at I Am the U


New Employees Begin Their Journey at I Am the U

By Charisse Lopez-Mason
Special to UM News

One by one, the University of Miami’s newest faculty and staff—physicians, patient access representatives, researchers, IT professionals, and more—gathered on an early Monday morning at the Newman Alumni Center for their first day of work.

After a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the occasion, the group of 50 participated in I Am the U, UM’s reimagined new-employee orientation program. Inspired by feedback from University faculty and staff and several months of planning and hard work from the Building a Better U Together’s Global Orientation work team, the new program introduces employees to the University’s common purpose, DIRECCT values, service standards, structure and operations, history, and more.

“The experience was invigorating,” said participant Tamara Long, a patient navigator for Clinical Access.

The highlight for her, was when alumnus Ray Bellamy, a UM trailblazer, popped in to talk to the group.

Bellamy is the first African-American to sign a football scholarship to play for the University of Miami, and the first African-American football athlete given a scholarship to a major university in the Southeastern part of the United States.

“When I listened to his story, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Long. “He said one thing that stood out to me, he said the University of Miami had his back.”

Bellamy, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Education and Human Development, spoke to the group about his UM experience, saying, “You cannot find a better place. UM made a difference in my life, and I promise it will make a difference in yours.”

Throughout the day, a team of facilitators, UM employees who volunteered, auditioned, and trained to lead the program, led the group through a series of hands-on interactive activities that focused on the University’s past, present, and future.

Kesha Grayson, a supervisor of systems and technology at the Shalala Student Center and an I Am the U facilitator, said that participating in the program was a no-brainer. “As an alumna, I innately know what it means when we say, ‘It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.’ I wanted to share that and be a part of welcoming new employees to their new roles,” she said.

Grayson has worked for UM for 13 years and says the best part of the experience has been finding 25 new “besties,” co-facilitators whom she now considers friends.

“I always knew I was a part of a bigger picture,” said I am the U facilitator Sergio Pintado, a patient access supervisor. “But being a part of this program showed me just how bright the future is at the U.”

The new program runs up to three times per week on the Coral Gables campus. It closes with a graduation ceremony and special visit from Sebastian the Ibis, who teaches the group the Miami Hurricanes C-A-N-E-S chant.

“At the end of the day,” said Long, “I realized I was now part of a new and growing family.”

To learn more, visit firstdays.miami.edu.


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Experience I Am the U, UM’s New Employee Orientation Program, at a Pilot Session This Week

i-am-the-u-name-tags2Current faculty and staff are invited to experience I Am the U, a redesigned global orientation program, at a pilot session this week. Debuting later this month, I am the U will give newly hired faculty and staff an interactive and exciting introduction to the University of Miami’s purpose, history, values, and culture on their first day of work. Hosted by Talent and Organizational Development, the pilot sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, but attendees need not stay the whole day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for the session of your preference by clicking on the dates below.

January 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

For any questions or concerns regarding this program please contact iamtheu@miami.edu.

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