July 2014 Communications to SEIU, AFSCME, Merit Exempt, and Confidential Staff


University Human Resources works to support your talent and development, engagement, health and well-being.  You may be interested in knowing some of the most recent developments in University Human Resources:

Over 99% of University staff received an annual performance evaluation by the March 31, 2014 deadline.  This is important because the practice of conducting reviews at least annually supports individuals in meeting performance expectations and developing professionally.  A number of strategies are currently being used to continue to improve the quality of performance feedback individuals receive, both at their annual evaluation and throughout the year.  This includes the introduction of an online tool to record goals and conduct performance reviews for non-bargaining professional and scientific staff.

The University recently received national recognition for some of the programs that support our employees.  The Work-Life Seal of Distinction award received from the World at Work Alliance for Work Life Progress recognizes the resources and programming provided to University faculty and staff.  This initiative is working to recognize best practices in supporting employees in areas such as health and wellness, paid and unpaid time off, workplace flexibility, caring for dependents and community involvement.  Balancing work and personal demands remains an ongoing challenge, but it is reassuring to know that our efforts are being nationally recognized as leading in the support available to our employees.

MyQuickCoach, the on-line learning resource available through Self Service, has had over 3200 individual users in the first year of its introduction to our campus.  To put this in perspective, this is four times the utilization of our former online resource, SkillSoft, in the previous year.  The short, video lesson format is easy to use and contains a wide range of topics to support both you as an individual and your work at the University.  If you have not explored what is available in My Quick Coach, I would encourage you to do so.

Earlier this year, we introduced a new tool making it easy for individuals to sign up for Voluntary Retirement Savings Programs and to manage those accounts online.  The combination of this tool and the more recent TIAA-CREF financial quiz promotion have resulted in positive results in the number of participants and dollars saved toward the individuals’ retirement income.

Finally, in order to better safeguard your personal employment information, all staff with security access to the University’s Human Resources Information System are now required to utilize the Duo Two-Step Verification program, made available by Information Technology Services.  While all faculty and staff are encouraged to enroll in Duo for use with Self Service, we want to make sure that those working with sensitive Human Resources information are always utilizing this additional level of security.  By enrolling in the Duo Two-Step Verification, you are also able to fully access your Self Service functions from off campus locations.

University Human Resources will again be conducting the Working at Iowa survey in October 2014.  Please watch your email for more information and participate when you have the opportunity; it is quick, confidential and your opinion matters.  It is important to get your feedback through this survey so that we can continue to provide the services and resources that support the productivity and effectiveness of our extraordinary University community.


Susan C. Buckley, Vice President for Human Resources