Percipio Professional Development Pick

Percipio is an UMSL’s professional development resource that is available to all faculty and staff.  We understand that our employees work hard, juggle many different tasks and focus on results. This month we are showcasing a professional development course that might give you more tips and tricks. Check this audiobook out in Percipio!

Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking by Rich Horwath

According to a study published in Chief Executive Magazine, the most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. However, more than half of all companies say that strategic thinking is the skill their senior leaders most need to improve. Elevate provides leaders with a framework and toolkit for developing advanced strategic thinking capabilities. Unlike the majority of books that focus on strategy from a corporate perspective, Elevate gives the individual executive practical tools and techniques to help them become a truly strategic leader.

Percipio Professional Development Pick

Percipio is an UMSL’s professional development resource that is available to all faculty and staff.  We understand that our employees work hard, juggle many different tasks and focus on results. This month we are showcasing a professional development course that might give you more tips and tricks. Check this course out in Percipio!

Maximize Your Productivity by Managing Time and Tasks

The amount of time available to you is constant- you can’t buy more and you can’t save it for later. However, by managing your time, you can increase your productivity. And the better you understand your own personal productivity, the easier it will be to manage your time effectively.

In this course, you’ll learn about how you can use task management to maximize your productivity. You’ll discover the benefits of using time management and assessing the value of your tasks. You’ll learn about benefits of setting goals and how productivity is tied to your ability to assess time and set priorities. And you’ll also learn about the process of “chunking” your time and how to use different types of to-do lists effectively.

Annual Enrollment for Benefits

Annual Enrollment for benefits will be from October 25-November 5, 2021. You can make changes to your insurance elections for the 2022 plan year during this time period.

Just like it is important to get your health checked annually, the same annual “benefit check-up” is important to help you make choices that support you and your family in the coming year. There are a few steps you can take now to research the plan choices that are right for you:

Applications Accepted for UMSL Next Step Internship Program: Deadline is June 21st

Next Step is taking student applications and department submittals for Fall 2021 now through June 18th.

Next Step is an on-campus paid internship that bridges the college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery. Next step focuses on developing the students’ core competencies, including: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

To apply please visit our webpage: https://www.umsl.edu/services/hrs/careers/nextstep.html

For more information please contact Megan Hemann at jakelm@umsl.edu

Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award Nominations!

Each year the Chancellor awards $1,000 each to three outstanding UMSL staff members for the Chancellor’s Excellence Awards. These awards are intended to recognize their contributions to the University. One recipient comes from each of the three staff categories:

• administrative/professional
• office/technical
• service/maintenance

A committee, appointed by the Chancellor, reviews nominations and recommends one individual from each category to receive an award. All staff members, except those who have won the award in the past three years, are eligible for nomination.

Complete and submit the online nomination form by August 6, 2021. Recipient’s will be announced at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address.

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION AND SELECTION
Please nominate employees who consistently demonstrate professionalism and reflect our core values:
Trust/Integrity – Respectful interactions, serving others, building goodwill, transparency, and accountability.
Inclusion- Intentionally creates an inclusive, equitable community.
Innovation- Drives change for the purpose of the greater good.
Access- Keeps our campus accessible and removes barriers for individuals that makes the environment better for all of us.
Success- Inspires and empowers others to reach their goals, break through barriers and achieve their goals.
Engagement- Open minded, inviting and solution-oriented. Forges collaborative partnerships on campus and in the community.
Recipients of the 2020 Chancellor’s Awards are (top row, from left) Harry Harris, Pamela S. Stuerke, Mary Edwin, DeAnn J. Yount, Dale W. Huston, (bottom row, from left) Beth Huebner, Kristopher East, Alina Slapac and Mark Hauschild. Uma Segal received the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Cross Cultural Engagement. (Collage by August Jennewein).

The deadline to nominate an outstanding Staff member for the Chancellor’s Excellence Award is Friday, August 6th!

If you need assistance, please contact Human Resources at umslhr@umsl.edu.

Return to Campus and Remote Work

Louie Masks Up!

Return to Campus
Being responsive to students and creating a lively campus experience is the primary goal in planning our return to campus.  Supervisor training sessions for Return to Campus have been well attended and very successful. College, School and Division leaders are currently developing their return to campus plans, which may contain plans for remote work to expand service hours, improve the student experience and/or accessibility.  When remote work is part of the plan, it will be guided by the UM System Telework Policy.   

Each employee working remotely (full or part-time) after August 1, 2021, will need to complete an online telework agreement which will be approved by their supervisor. Employees should first meet with their Supervisor to discuss the plan and the terms for their remote work schedule before completing the online form.  Supervisors have been asked to make approve remote work agreements for a maximum of the end of the Fall semester, though they are subject to change prior to that at the supervisor’s discretion.  Therefore, the telework agreements will expire and need to be renewed after the end of the fall semester.