Greetings and salutations! By the time we publish the next edition of HR Today, thousands of happy IU graduates across the state will have moved their tassels and tossed their caps. This May, nearly 20,000 students systemwide will receive diplomas. Congratulations and best wishes to every graduate! Speaking of scholarly achievements, now is prime time to apply for the IU Tuition Benefit for yourself, spouse, or dependent in order to have it processed for the Fall 2016 semester.
Today, we’re excited to start a new series about ways to increase employee engagement. You can look forward to reading about all the creative ways Indiana University employees stay motivated and committed in their work and to IU. Our first spotlight features leadership women of IU Kokomo. We think you’ll enjoy their story and we hope to publish one of yours!
Gabby VanAlstine, human resources director at IU Kokomo, along with several IUK colleagues, recently started a new group on campus: The Women’s Leadership Book Club. HR Today interviewed Gabby about this new venture and why she started it. Gabby hails from Pittsburgh, PA and joined IUK in January 2015.
Great news! Indiana University now provides all employees with the opportunity to save for retirement through the IU 457(b) Plan. Do you receive IU compensation reported on IRS Form W-2? Then you are eligible! This includes adjunct faculty, part-time employees, and student employees.
There must be something about this time of year that makes people wish for an early retirement deal. Given the promise of spring and all that it holds, we can see how this might be the case. Nonetheless, we must set the record straight and officially announce:There are no plans to offer a new Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) today, tomorrow, or in the foreseeable future. The current 2013 ERIP plan is still in effect for existing participants.
If you’re dreaming of retirement, take steps to turn that wish into a reality by making an appointment with a counselor through our Individual Retirement Planning services. You may first want to visit Retiree benefits to learn about IU Retiree eligibility and available benefit options in retirement.
In the last issue of HR Today, we reported about a new applicant tracking system, PeopleAdmin, that replaced the previous OnLine Application (OLA) system. Both new and old users will want to visit PeopleAdmin to create an account and upload their application documents. OLA is scheduled to retire on June 30, 2016.
Human Resources’ strategic initiative, HR2020, is on track with its mission to build a team that will positively impact how to meet the changing needs of employees and the institution. At an upcoming university-wide, day-long meeting of the HR community we’ll be rolling up our sleeves for a major work session. The next issue of HR Today will provide details about what we’ve learned and accomplished over the past year. We’ll also share the HR strategic priorities and objectives for 2016-18, as well as the new HR mission and vision.
The 24-Hour Nurse Line is a useful service any time of the year, but it can be especially valuable during summer when outdoor activities present risks of heatstroke, food poisoning, dehydration, bee stings, and Lyme disease.
All IU Travel Assistance programs offer similar types of services to assist you before and during your travels.