On average, phones in the Human Resources Call Center ring about 20,000 times a year—or seventy-seven times a day—and callers frequently have questions about benefits, retirement, policies, and employment. Dan Trentham leads the center, and chances are he’ll be the one who answers when you call.
In its first year, a Facilities Services employee involvement program has been a valuable resource. In the fall of 2013, Facilities Operations Director Bob Caudill created Process Improvement Team (PIT) crews for the division’s Building Services group. The idea behind the creation of PIT crews was twofold—to give employees a platform to speak their minds about day-to-day operations and to gain vital insights from team members.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will be hosting all Knoxville-area employees for an exciting new spring event on Wednesday, April 8, called Picnic on the Plaza. The employee appreciation event on the Humanities Plaza and the Johnson Ward Pedestrian Walkway will feature lunch and plenty of fun activities. More details will be sent to all faculty and staff as the date gets closer. The upcoming Picnic on the Plaza will be held in place of the annual Fall Festival.
The university’s Employee Engagement Survey is just a few weeks away. All regular UT employees who work at least 50 percent time will be asked to participate in the survey beginning November 3. Chancellor Cheek will host an open forum for all faculty and staff from on Wednesday, October 22, in the University Center Shiloh Room.
If you’ve been thinking about enrolling in for-credit courses offered by UT or a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, Human Resources offers a quick explanation of your tuition waiver benefits.
Whether you may be experiencing divorce, loss of a loved one, financial crisis, or other personal issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. The program provides free, confidential counseling to help employees and family members in times of need. All regular UT employees working 75 percent time or more and their spouses and dependent children are eligible to take advantage of services.
The annual enrollment period for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, and optional special accident programs is October 1 through November 1, 2014.
All faculty and staff are required to complete the campus’s international travel registration before traveling abroad on university business. To learn more about the process, faculty and staff are invited to attend one of three information sessions.
The university-wide Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force has been appointed and will begin a series of meetings to examine the critical issues involved in creating a responsive and comprehensive sexual assault and misconduct policy. The task force members encourage everyone with an interest in this issue to attend their meetings and provide feedback about the university’s Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence.
The Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic in the College of Law provides estate planning services to East Tennesseans of modest means, including UT nonexempt staff. Under supervision, students prepare wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and other estate planning documents free of charge for clients who meet certain financial and other guidelines.