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Visitors to Human Resources are asked to check in with Michelle or Kristi at the front desk upon arrival.

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You’re Invited

Mark your calendar now for the Wine-Price Open House, Friday, September 16 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Human Resources, Procurement Services, Training and Development and the AVP for HR, Training & Performance invite the university community to visit our new offices in Wine-Price. Tours will be given and light refreshments will be served.

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Krystal Smith  Retires

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Leave Coordinator, Krystal Smith, effective October 2011. Krystal, a dedicated employee in Human Resources for 24 years, will definitely be missed by her co-workers and university customers. She looks forward to the opportunity to enjoy more time with her family. We wish Krystal all the best.

As Krystal transitions out of her role, Julie Byers, Benefits Assistant Manager, is currently the contact for leave inquiries.

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HR Onboard

As a reminder to all departments, when completing the PAR form, also submit the online Onboard request before the employee's first day of employment. Kellie Dovel, HR Onboard Specialist, will schedule the Onboard appointment and complete other required paperwork with the employee.

New and returning employees will find Kellie in Human Resources on the second floor of Wine-Price. Look for the purple signs in front of the building for parking spaces reserved for Onboard appointments.

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Classified Employee Performance Evaluations - Important Dates to Remember

Annual Performance Cycle:  October 25 – October 24

July 1 – September 30

  • Employee completes a self-assessment and IPDP
  • Supervisor prepares and delivers the performance evaluation and signs IPDP
  • Performance evaluation and IPDP are submitted to HR by the last work day in September

September 1

Refer to the Performance Evaluation Process on HR’s website for links to applicable forms, policies and process details.

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Promoting Positivity - Employee Self-Assessment and Why it is Important

It helps the supervisor understand the employee’s perception of his/her job performance.

When done correctly, it communicates that the employee’s input and involvement in the performance process is valued.

The university’s Performance Management Program requires employees to actively participate in the performance evaluation process. Therefore, each employee must be given the opportunity to provide his/her supervisor with a self-assessment.

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Test Your Position Description Knowledge

Question: You realize your employee’s position description no longer accurately reflects what he/she is actually doing. How do you change it? Choose the correct answer from the list below:

  1. Send an email to your HR Representative that it is wrong.
  2. Send a revised hard copy in campus mail to HR at MSC 7009.
  3. Log into PositionLink, update the chief objective and primary purpose, core responsibilities and      measures, knowledge/skills/abilities, departmental values and physical demands; seek approval for the changes from the reviewer; and submit to HR for final approval and update to PositionLink.
  4. Don’t bother changing it. As long as you and the employee understand what needs to be done, there is no need to update the description.

3 is the correct answer.

It is critical that the position description accurately reflects the core duties and knowledge and skills necessary to perform at an entry level. The description is used to develop the job announcement when replacing an employee, to establish essential functions in deciding reasonable accommodations, to determine return to work duties in the event of workers’ compensation claims and to thoroughly and accurately evaluate the employee’s performance over the year.

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Upcoming Faculty/Staff Training Sessions Offered by the JMU Training and Development Department

Retirement 101-Understanding Your VRS Retirement

Performance Management Information Sessions for Supervisors of Classified Employees

Individual Professional Development Plan Workshop

For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator, at 8-4101 or vancesn@jmu.edu.