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Wellness Program Success!!! Since the Wellness Program began in 2015, you’ve helped achieve a steady engagement rate growth, a reduction of over $16 million in costs associated with heart disease, a 70% increase in preventative cancer screening, a 55% increase in other key preventative screenings, an increase of 35% in diabetes treatment compliance. The Wellness Plan has several important benefits. First, it helps you and your enrolled spouse work with your medical providers to get and/or stay healthy. Second, it saves you money on your healthcare. Third, it will save money for the State in the long term by focusing our healthcare dollars on prevention. It’s your choice whether or not to participate, but there are advantages to doing so. Continue reading on page 4.

Telework Challenge Teleworking even just one day a week is a great way to cut down on the time and cost of commuting, improve productivity and enhance overall work-life balance in your office! Supervisors and employees, read the university’s telework guidelines and have a conversation about teleworking. To encourage teleworking among eligible employees, DOTS will host a Telework Challenge from Monday, June 18 to Friday, August 10. Employees who log their telework “trips” in the Smart Commute Platform can earn points that can be redeemed for weekly and grand prize raffles. Log at least six telework days during the challenge and you will automatically earn a Smart Commute t-shirt and be entered into the grand prize raffle for a Microsoft Surface Pro! Read more details on the challenge and learn about UMD’s telework guidelines.

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National Safety Month We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues. Page 2

Generous Interpretation What if we chose to assume the best about others? Page 2

Homeownership Program CPCUP Homeownership Program provides $15,000. Page 5

Professional Development The summer catalog is out and courses are ready for enrollment. Page 7

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June is National Safety Month

Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.

Lunch & Learn

Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards. How can National Safety Month make a difference? We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like: • • • •

Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse Driving, biking, and working safely First aid and emergency preparedness Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Sponsor: National Safety Council

June’s Lunch & Learn will focus on Men’s Health. Take action to be healthy and safe. Encourage men to make their health a priority. Learn valuable information on screenings, disease risk factors, and healthy lifestyle strategies for men. Lunch & Learn will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in 3104 Chesapeake Building from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please register at Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Generous Interpretation What if we chose to assume the best about others? By pausing to reflect on our feelings we can recognize whether we are making a negative assumption about a situation and challenge ourselves to reverse the situation and ask a few questions: “What is the most generous assumption I can make,”? “What am I noticing about my role in this situation,”? or “Why would a reasonable, rational and decent person do this”? Generous Interpretation is something we are challenging you to adopt when it comes to your employees, colleagues, and even in your personal life. Here are a few examples that may help you:



Generous Interpretation:

You are late responding to emails.

You respond to emails 1-2 days later.

You are taking the time to carefully craft a well put together response.

You seem very standoffish.

You never speak to others when passing in the hallway or on the elevator.

You are very deep in thought about the items on your to-do list.

You don’t care to socialize with your co-workers.

You declined to attend all of the afternoon social events in the office (baby showers, birthday celebrations, work anniversaries, etc.)

You have family obligations (for example pick up from daycare/school), requiring you to leave work earlier in the afternoon, which is usually when office social events are scheduled.

You are inconsiderate and passive aggressive.

When I was coming up to the elevator, you closed the doors so that I was unable to get on.

You may not have seen me coming, or you may not have been able to stop the doors from closing in time.

*Learn more about Generous Interpretation by contacting the Center for Leadership & Organizational Change (CLOC)

Participate in Linkage, Inc.’s Purposeful Leadership Journey Workshop What makes some leaders great and others mediocre? Join leadership development consulting firm Linkage -- whose clients include University of Michigan, FedEx, Disney, Toyota, and many Fortune 1000 firms for a 3-day experiential-learning workshop on the behaviors and commitments that make a measurable difference in your leadership effectiveness. What’s unique about the Purposeful Leader model?     

Leadership is a dynamic, social process Leadership strength is a reciprocal, reinforcing relationship Leadership behaviors can be learned Become a leader worth following Model developed from quantitative study of more than 100,000 leaders, informed by work with a million executives and supported by published literature

Who: Mid-level leaders Date: Aug 6-8, 2018 – our three-day workshop with limited space! Where: University of Maryland, College Park Check out our video to learn more!

First come, first served – email today to register!

Stand out as a leader • Inspire • Engage • Innovate • Achieve • Become Sponsored by University Human Resources

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Wellness Plan Activities for 2018 You Save Money by Participating! Employees, Non-Medicare eligible retirees and spouses who are enrolled in a medical plan are eligible to participate. When you and your enrolled spouse complete the wellness activities for 2018, all of your visits to your PCP are free and you could also receive a $5 reduction for your specialist copay until the end of the calendar year! The sooner you complete your activities the sooner you start saving.

If You Do Not Participate in the Wellness Plan If you choose not to complete the healthy activities, you lose out on free PCP copays and/or reduced specialist copays. Note: There is no penalty or surcharge for not participating.

Wellness Activities First select a PCP (if you haven’t already) and then complete the online health risk assessment provided by your medical plan. It’s a good idea to take the assessment every two years to track your progress or to pick up areas for improvement. Within 30-days of completing these two activities you will be able to enjoy free PCP visits for the rest of the year. Please refer to the Wellness FAQ on our website for details on how your plan notifies you that your record has been updated. If you are due for any age or gender preventive screenings, and your doctor recommends it, you enjoy a $5 reduction in your specialist copays for the rest of the year by having the recommended screening(s) done. Keep in mind, the earlier in 2018 you complete the wellness activities, the sooner you enjoy free PCP copays and/or reduced specialist copays. In the event you and/or your enrolled spouse are unable to perform any or all of the wellness activities due to medical reasons, alternative options will be available to receive the rewards. Please contact the Employee Benefits Division for details.

Follow These Easy Steps to Start Earning Your Rewards 1. 2.

Select a PCP (if not already done).


Take the list of screenings with you to your annual physical exam and if your doctor recommends any of the screenings for which you are due, complete the screening(s).

Complete the online health risk assessment. You have a choice between completing your medical plan’s health risk assessment or the State health risk assessment.

Take Advantage of These Wellness Benefits • Reimbursement of weight loss program monthly membership fees. • Wellness coaches – available under all medical plans – to help you reach your nutrition and health

goals. For details, go to our website at:

Get Started! All employees, non-Medicare eligible retirees, and enrolled non-Medicare eligible spouses need to create their own individual online account the first time they visit their medical plan’s website. If you already created an account in the previous year, you do not need to set up a new account.

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The College Park City-University Partnership’s Homeownership Program provides $15,000, in forgivable loans, to full-time, benefitseligible University and City employees purchasing a home within the City of College Park–ultimately reducing commutes, strengthening neighborhoods, and supporting our local economy. Visit the Partnership’s website to read about the homebuyers who have used this program:


Homes sold to date


Former rentals coupled with City New Neighbors program


UMD employees to date


new residents


percent first time homebuyers


percent new employees (0-3 years)


Percent rented in College Park first and decided to stay


Percent indicated they would usually walk/bike/bus to work

12.5 million in home sales

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June 2018 Mon.




Fri. 1

LDI I (2 of 7): Communication Essentials for Supervisors

Lunch & Learn Series





UHR Benefits: New Employee Benefits Enrollment and Q&A

LDI I (6 of 7): Leaders as Trainers

Lunch & Learn Series

Staff Relations: Parental Leave Training




New Employee Orientation & Welcome

LDI I (7 of 7): Performance Management Fundamentals

Performance Review: Process & Tools




Benefits: Get Smarter about Your Finances (2 sessions)

The Hype of Personality Type: A Deep Dive



15 Benefits: Stretch Those Dollars (2 sessions)



UHR Benefits: New Employee Benefits Enrollment and Q&A

UHR has all of this and more! 25




The full catalog

New Employee Orientation & Welcome

**Dates and Times Subject to Change. Please visit the training calendar for up-to-date course listings**

Calling all Trainers… and those who want to practice their facilitation skills, too!

Are you certified in any of these tools? Or…

We are building the 2018-2019 Training Calendar and

Just want to practice your facilitation skills? Or…


Think it is time to showcase your training talents? Or…

you to jump on it!

Have knowledge on specific subjects that you want to share? If you are certified to facilitate one of the above tools or others, great! If you’ve facilitated staff development sessions for your team & are looking for a larger audience, awesome! If you speak multiple languages & can help us out with our sessions and/or materials, cool! Contact us at TODAY and let’s get this ball rolling!

PROFESSI ONA L DEV ELOPM ENT COURSE CA TA LOG Summer 2018 University Human Resources ~ Learning & Talent Development


3rd Annual Admi ni strati ve Professi onals Conference I AM: Innovate, Articulate, Motivate will focus on how Innovation, business skills, and leadership can encourage us to look at who we are and the impact we have in our departments, on campus, and in the larger community. There will be opportunities to network with your peers, including a new ?world cafĂŠ? that will allow you to discuss with your colleagues some of the biggest challenges you face and share resources. Dat es: July 27

Tim e: 8:00am-4:00pm

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union - Colony Ballroom

Lear n in g Fee: $60.00

Advanci ng Your Career at UM D Learn how to navigate E-terp, avoid common mistakes that prevent you from consideration, and put your best foot forward when promoting yourself and your achievements during an interview.

Dat es: July 11

Tim e: 9:00am-11:30am

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union - Benjamin

Lear n in g Fee: $00.00

Banneker A

Cruci al Conversati ons Learn how to have meaningful discussions with your colleagues in a productive and respectful manner. Gain hands on experience through practicing common challenging conversations, and learn how to deliver bad news with finesse! Dat es: July 18

Tim e: 9:00am-11:30am

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union - Benjamin

Lear n in g Fee: $00.00

Banneker A

Blendi ng Our Di fferent Personali ty Types Learn about your personality style and how best to interact with others. In this session you will complete a quick and easy personality assessment to better contribute to your team and individual success and satisfaction. Dat es: July 25

Tim e: 9:00am-11:30am

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union - Benjamin

Lear n in g Fee: $00.00

Banneker A

Desi gn Thi nk i ng Jump in and explore the tools & mindsets of design thinking, a process to help solve your most difficult challenges in an iterative and human-centered way. In this workshop, you'll work in small teams on a mini-project that will guide you through all the steps of design thinking and then debrief on where and how you can apply the same process to your everyday jobs. The workshop is highly collaborative and hands-on and will set you up to boldly experiment and iterate the minute you get back to your office!


Presented by Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE) Tim e: 9:00am-12:00pm Dat es: September 11 Lear n in g Fee: $50.00 Locat ion : Edward St. John - Loft Training Room


Keys to an Engaged & Empowered Work place A three-course series designed for individual contributors (non-supervisors), Keys is a powerful program that gives participants the knowledge and skills to help create an engaged and empowered workplace. Learners are exposed to new ideas and tools which help them recognize that they have the power to create the kind of work environment where everyone feels accepted, appreciated, respected, valued, and connected.

Keys 1: Creati ng a Hi gh Trust Work place

Keys 2: Communi cati on Essenti als

Keys 3: Confli ct as Opportuni ty

Participants gain tools to help create the ideal work environment? a place where everyone feels accepted, appreciated, respected, valued and connected. Learners apply a three-step tool to help them resolve issues in the workplace empowering them to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

The objective of this course is to help participants develop communication skills that build trust and give other people the opportunity to be heard and understood. Participants learn and apply a seven-step communication tool to effectively engage and communicate with other employees, managers or even customers.

This course equips employees with insight, knowledge and skills to resolve conflict in the workplace. Instead of viewing conflict as bad or stressful, we explore how to view conflict as a powerful opportunity for personal and organizational change. Participants learn and apply tools that put conflict into perspective and prepare them to resolve it in a healthy, productive way.

Dat es: July 11

Dat es: July 18

Dat es: July 25

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union Banneker A

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union Banneker A

Locat ion : Stamp Student Union Banneker A

Tim e: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Tim e: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Tim e: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Lear n in g Fee: $50

Lear n in g Fee: $50

Lear n in g Fee: $50

Au dien ce: Individual contributors

Au dien ce: Individual contributors

Au dien ce: Individual contributors

**Please regi ster separately for each sessi on i n the seri es**

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