National Payroll Week – September 4-8, 2017
National Payroll Week is a great opportunity to thank your payroll department for their hard work. In addition to ensuring your paycheck is accurate and on time, they work diligently to maintain compliance with the ever-changing federal and state regulations.
Also, have you ever wondered what “HR1” or “SRT” stands for? Check out the new Pay Group and Company Legend on payroll’s 2017 Payroll Calendar.
Connect Computers to JMU’s Wired Network Before Semester Begins
Faculty and staff who have not powered on their JMU-owned computer for an extended period should expect a large number of computer patches and updates to be downloaded and installed after the computer is powered on. Depending on the number of updates, this process could take many hours and require numerous reboots.
Information Technology recommends bringing computers to campus, connecting to the wired network and leaving powered on at least a few days prior to the start of the semester to minimize disruptions.
Classified Employee Performance Evaluations
Now’s the time to work on your non-probationary classified performance evaluations. Completed evaluations and IPDP’s (individual professional development plan) are submitted to Human Resources anytime now through September 30, 2017. To ensure thorough and thoughtful evaluations of employee performance, this is an ideal time for:
- employees and supervisors to receive and provide open and honest feedback on the past year’s performance;
- employees to communicate their perspectives on performance through a self-evaluation;
- supervisors to make any necessary adjustments to the position description through PositionLink.
As outlined in the Salary Administration Plan and Policy 1305-Performance Evaluation for Classified Employees, the following five performance-rating levels are available to choose from, Below Contributor, Moderate Contributor, Contributor, High Contributor and Extraordinary Contributor. Performance ratings are contingent on continued performance for the duration of the performance cycle that officially ends October 24.
*Please note: If rating an employee as an overall Extraordinary Contributor or Below Contributor, the Acknowledgement of Extraordinary Contribution or Notice of Improvement Needed (unless a Written Notice is on file) must be attached to the completed performance evaluation to support these overall ratings. For ratings of “Below Contributor”, contact your HR Consultant prior to the performance meeting for further guidance.
Refer to the Performance Evaluation Process on HR’s website for links to applicable forms, policies and process details.
Additionally, Human Resources will provide the remaining training opportunities available for employees to register for through MyMadison:
Performance Management Information Session TD1181
August 29, 2017: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop TD1152
September 6, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Please contact your HR Consultant with questions you may have regarding performance management and JMU’s evaluation process.
Join us as we Observe the Partial Eclipse Here at JMU
On Monday, August 21 we will witness a rare event as the moon passes in front of the sun creating a solar eclipse that will pass across the length of the United States. Here in Harrisonburg, we should see approximately 85% of the sun will be blocked by the passing of the moon.
For members of the JMU community, the physics department will have a very limited number of eclipse glasses on a first come-first serve basis at the astronomy park on east campus down hill from the Festival lawn. Several faculty and staff from the physics department will be handing these out starting around noon on Monday, August 21. We encourage everyone to share them if possible. Feel free to join us as we observe the partial eclipse here at JMU weather permitting. If you want to view the eclipse on your own, please be sure to be safe. Tips for safe viewing can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
The eclipse is not the only interesting thing that happens in the heavens. Please visit the John C. Wells Planetarium on any Saturday for our public shows or go to the JCWP Facebook page to learn about the regularly scheduled events there.
JMU Talent Development
- Get Noticed and Get Ahead by Being Your Best at Work (TD2190)
- Performance Management Information Session (TD1181)
- Five Choices (TD1699)
- Customer Service When the Customer ISN’T Right (TD1065)
- Legendary Service: The Key is to Care (TD2081)
- Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop (TD1152)
- Leading Others Through Change: A Three-Phase Model for Success (TD2069)
- Greening Your Office (TD1516)
- Student Employment Essentials (TD1464)
- Team Excellence: Creating a Culture of High Performance (TD2076)
Visit Talent Development’s webpage for a listing of all they have to offer!