For Your Benefit News

Retire Ready: Increase Your Contribution by $25


The Tennessee Treasury Department and RetireReadyTN, the state’s retirement program, encourage all employees to take one small step toward better retirement prep by contributing just $25 more a month to deferred compensation plans.

Have You Taken the Survey Yet?


The 2014 Employee Engagement Survey is well underway and the UT Space Institute and UT Foundation are leading the state for participation rates.

Employee Engagement Survey Underway


All UT employees who work at least 50 percent time should have received an e-mail invitation on Monday to take the 2014 Employee Engagement Survey.

Don’t Forget: Open Enrollment Ends November 1


There are just eight days left in the state’s annual enrollment period for health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, optional special accident insurance, and flexible benefits. The open enrollment period for all state employees will close on Saturday, November 1.

Have a Question? Ask the Human Resources Call Center


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.

Save the Date for Picnic on the Plaza April 8

Jimmy G. Cheek

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.