A survey of more than 20,000 employees nationwide shows the University of Florida ranks No. 9 among public universities in Forbes’ first-ever listing of “America’s Best Employers,” while University of Florida Health is ranked 25th among all health-care providers.
The university was ranked No. 21 in the magazine’s education category, which includes K-12 schools systems and institutions of higher education, and No. 121 overall among the top 500 large companies and nonprofit institutions. UF Health was ranked 154th overall.
Besides UF and UF Health, only five other universities and their affiliated health-care systems made the list.
The rankings, which will be conducted annually, appeared in the magazine’s April 13 issue.
“This is an amazing accomplishment we can all be proud of. We are pleased to know that, as an institution of higher education, the University of Florida ranks among the very best employers in the nation,” said Paula Varnes Fussell, UF vice president for Human Resource Services. “This ranking reflects the importance the university places on the quality of life of its employees.”
Said Dr. David S. Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs for UF and president of UF Health: “Over the past five years we have worked hard to bring people together through our strategic plan and to place the patient at the center of everything we do at UF Health. The fact that our faculty and staff helped put us in the top 500 places to work among all U.S. employers, both for the university and our health system, shows that we are achieving the goals we set out to accomplish.”
To create the 2015 listing, Forbes partnered with Statista.com, which conducted the independent survey of more than 20,000 American workers. Employees were asked whether they would recommend their employer to others as well as their opinions on other employers in their industry.
In addition to the Forbes ranking, the University of Florida has been ranked No. 4 among public universities and No. 7 overall in CareerBliss’ list of “Top 10 Happiest University Employers,” based on the “employee happiness data” the site has gathered. In 2012, the university’s home city, Gainesville made Forbes’ list as the No. 1 “Best Place for Business and Careers in Florida” and has also been named a “Top 10 Small City” by USA Today.
In April, UF President Kent Fuchs announced the formation of a task force to guide a campus-wide goal-setting effort designed to develop the university’s shared priorities for the next five to ten years.
Since the launch of the UF On Target Classification Project in the spring of 2014, 11 workgroups of representatives from throughout the university have met to begin the work of establishing a more meaningful classification system for TEAMS employees.
All non-exempt TEAMS and USPS employees as well as exempt USPS employees may use overtime and/or special compensatory leave through the end of the fiscal year—June 30—but the leave must be entered into the Elapsed Timesheet in the myUFL system no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. If the leave is not entered for use by this deadline, it will be cashed out automatically during the pay period ending June 18 for the payday of Friday, June 26.
If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days. USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days will expire if they are not used by the end of the pay period in which June 30 (the end of the fiscal year) occurs.
Throughout Florida and the nation, tax fraud is a growing component of identity theft. While UF works diligently to protect the personal information of its employees, you can also take steps to protect yourself and your family.
People First, the State of Florida’s benefits administrator, recently announced that its method of accounting and posting health, life, dental, vision and other supplemental plan premiums for state employees and state employers is changing.
A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester. In the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B and C may be covered by the EEP.
The Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers offer a summer camp program to children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade. In addition to its summer camp, the Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers will offer a summer voluntary preschool (VPK) at Baby Gator at PK Yonge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 8 through Aug. 7, except during the week of June 29 through July 3.
The Florida Retirement System (FRS) recently issued a memorandum discussing the use of financial planners not endorsed by the FRS.
The University of Florida’s 2015-2020 Strategic Goals for IT plan is now available online. The goals that form the plan will be used to guide the strategic direction and services undertaken by UFIT over the next five years.
Through “Gator Perks,” University of Florida employees are offered discounts on products and services at businesses serving our employees’ diverse needs and interests.
Find the perfect gift for Mother's Day, graduation or Father's Day with University Press of Florida's Moms, Dads and Grads sale.
Nearly 300 employees gathered at the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom on April 16 for the 2015 Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony.
Dr. Jose Principe of the College of Engineering was recently awarded the University of Florida Teacher-Scholar of the Year award for 2014-2015.
The annual drawing for the University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program was held on March 31 and resulted in 50 eligible applicants being selected to receive the HEO benefit.
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Although the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate to provide affordable health coverage to temporary employees who work at least 30 hours officially began in January of 2015, the State of Florida began implementing changes to its benefits program a year earlier, in January of 2014.
In a recent UF Administrative Memo, Brad S. Staats, interim assistant vice president and university controller, announced that the university has calculated the new proposed pooled fringe rates for fiscal year 2015-16 and has submitted them to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants who meet the eligibility requirements for GatorGradCare and are interested in coverage effective Aug. 16 must enroll online at https://bluebiz.bcbsfl.com/stuenroll/GatorGradCare.do and select the annual enrollment option.
The 2014-2015 fiscal year ends on June 30. The scheduled date for closing the General Ledger for the 2015 fiscal year is Monday, July 13. An early deadline of May 7 has been established for requisitions on appropriated funds for orders above $75,000 that require competitive bidding.
Do you know your numbers—blood pressure, glucose and BMI—and how they compare to recommended guidelines? A free Employee Wellness Event will continue to be available to all benefits-eligible employees, regardless of insurance coverage, through Friday, May 15.
Throughout the months of May and June, the UF-UF Health Shands Wellness Committee and GatorCare will continue to offer information, programs and resources designed to help us all “Stress Less and Thrive!”
Three recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and a fourth study presented at the 2015 International Stroke Conference showed that people who had endovascular surgery to treat stroke were more likely to return to normal life than people who received medical treatment only.
UF Continuing Medical Education will host two conferences in the Jacksonville area this summer. On June 13, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Continuing Medical Education presents the 2015 Update in Nephrology and Hypertension. July 23-26 at the Omni Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, join leading experts in the field for Heart Failure Management 2015.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a wide range of services to employees, including individual employee evaluations and referrals.
The Academic and Professional Assembly will host UF President Kent Fuchs on Tuesday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Alumni Hall.
The 2014-2015 Fine Arts College Council Juried Arts Exhibition features graduate and undergraduate student work in a range of mediums.
Free Admission for Mothers; Ask a Scientist; Blue Star Museums; Science Cafe
Ritmo & Romance will come to the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall on Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. as the culminating performance of the Brazilian Music Institute.