New online resources available for hiring managers and new employees

By on February 1, 2017

As part of its strategic commitment to preeminence through people, UFHR has launched an online “Hiring Center” designed to support the
UF hiring process as well as a new online “Welcome Center.”  This is a first step toward improving the onboarding experience for new employees which is aligned with UFHR’s larger, long-term goal of helping bring the strongest talent to UF via best practices and strategi

The updated UF Hiring Center includes streamlined navigation, updated information on UF’s current recruitment and hiring practices as well as small but impactful additions including a Hiring Department Interview Guide. A new Recruitment and Staffing landing page also provides links to applicant resources for prospective employees (via as well as information for current employees who may need to make changes to their employee record or need additional information on UF’s employment practices.

The new online UF Welcome Center provides an onboarding resource designed to lead new employees through the time just prior to starting their new jobs at UF, their first few days, their first 60 days and beyond. The website replaces the former new employee guide that had been printed on an annual basis and distributed upon request. The new site provides a more nimble format with regularly updated information for new employees as well as increased links to helpful information throughout the UF community.

In the coming months, UFHR will continue to develop additional resources and tools to assist departments in identifying, recruiting and hiring the best candidates. If you have reactions to the new Hiring Center or Welcome Center—or if you have other ideas you’d like to share with us—please email or

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The Center for Arts in Medicine Presents: The Diversity Project

By on February 2, 2017

The Diversity Project will explore issues of diversity with a focus on race and class through storytelling and theater. The event will provide a safe environment in which participants can share their experiences at UF.

Faculty and Staff Climate Initiative announces action items, introduces data tool

By on February 1, 2017

Over the summer and fall of 2016, the University of Florida held a series of town halls and forums designed to gather reactions to the results of UF’s Faculty and Staff Climate Survey as well as to begin to identify action items and next steps.

Ron Anderson: Expanding UF ombuds program to include staff

By on February 1, 2017

It didn’t take Ron Anderson long after graduating from college to discover that the world of private industry might not be his oyster. Anderson returned to his alma mater, UF, in 1994, and worked his way through the ranks, eventually eventually serving as the UF Ombuds.

UFHR introduces Benefits Appointment Scheduler

By on February 1, 2017

As part of its strategic commitment to ensure HR service excellence and to improve access to HR services, UF Benefits has created the Benefits Appointment Scheduler.

UF Training & Organizational Development launches Leadership@UF website

By on February 1, 2017

UF Training & Organizational Development (T&OD) has introduced a new website to support leadership development at the University of Florida.

Performance appraisal evaluation period runs through Feb. 28

By on February 1, 2017

This month, departments throughout campus begin to prepare for the annual performance appraisal period. The standard evaluation period for all USPS and TEAMS employees is March 1, 2016, through Feb. 28, 2017, with appraisals to be completed and signed by March 31, 2017.

UF All Access textbook program an effective way to save students money

By on February 1, 2017

The program, known as UF All Access, was developed by textbook seller Follett and adapted by UF’s Business Services Division to provide UF students with the correct course materials on the first day of class at the best available pricing.

UFHR undertakes comprehensive competency project

By on February 1, 2017

As part of its Strategic Commitment, and building on the first phase of the UF On Target project, UFHR began work in January on a comprehensive project to identify key competencies and success indicators for each job classification.

President Fuchs issues statement on immigration executive order

By on February 1, 2017

In light of the administration’s executive order suspending the entry of individuals from certain countries into the United States for 90 days, Dr. Fuchs affirmed the University of Florida's support for our international students, faculty and staff.

Windows to Wellness event provided employees with opportunities to support their well-being

By on February 1, 2017

Approximately 300 employees attended the event, which featured a variety of health screenings, ergonomic posture assessments, wellness and retirement planning workshops, and healthy refreshments.

Speaker series confronts subject of death from the humanities’ perspective

By on February 1, 2017

The eight-part series, which is bringing to UF nationally recognized scholars in a range of disciplines, aims to reveal how the humanities can help us understand one of the most integral parts of life—the end of life.

BHAC National Summit to be held at UF in April

By on February 1, 2017

On April 6 and 7, the University of Florida will host the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities’ third summit on best practices in promoting and sustaining wellness in academic settings. A special conference rate available to UF and UF Health Shands employees.

President’s Council on Diversity to host UNC chief diversity officer

By on February 1, 2017

On Friday, Feb. 3, Rumay Alexander, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s interim chief diversity officer, will share her insights on leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusive excellence in academia in a talk entitled “Inclusion, Legitimacy, Equity…They All Matter!”

Has your department inadvertently received a tax credit notice?

By on February 1, 2017

It is important that the Healthcare Marketplace is aware of any employee who was offered coverage through UF, both for the protection of the university and so the employee does not inadvertently receive a premium tax credit that he or she may have to pay back.

IRS Form W-4 “exempt” status expires Feb. 15

By on February 1, 2017

If you claimed “exempt” from withholding tax on your W-4 for 2016 and want to renew your exemption claim for calendar year 2017, you must update your W-4.

Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment Deadline is Feb. 28

By on February 1, 2017

The Florida Prepaid Plan and the Florida Investment Plan (a 529 plan) offer affordable ways to save for your children’s future college expenses.

Double deductions begin for nine-month and ten-month employees’ for state plans

By on February 1, 2017

To ensure coverage for state health, life and supplemental insurance continues during the summer, double-deductions will be collected from nine-month and ten-month employees’ paychecks beginning with the Feb. 3 paycheck and continuing through May 12.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

By on February 1, 2017

The state’s FSAs feature an annual grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from Jan. 1 through March 15.

February is Heart Health Month

By on February 1, 2017

In honor of heart health month, don’t miss this month’s Wellness Wednesday recording, which features Dr. Anita Wokhlu’s talk on “Women and Coronary Artery Disease.”

PPD Town Hall Meeting Feb. 14

By on February 1, 2017

The Physical Plant Division of UF Business Affairs will host a Town Hall Meeting on February 14, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Music Building Auditorium – Room 101, on Newell Drive. If you are part of the College of