ALEX virtual benefits counselor brings a new spin to exploring benefits at UF

By on August 2, 2017

Beginning this fall, exploring your benefits options at UF will have a different look and feel. UFHR is pleased to present ALEX, an online, virtual benefits counselor designed to make exploring and choosing the best benefits options for you and your family less of a chore.

Rather than sifting through the many plans available to UF employees, ALEX presents a series of questions, all in plain English, which will guide you through the options and to the plan that is best for you and yours.

While aimed at new hires as well as faculty and staff making changes to their benefits during open enrollment in the fall, ALEX can help anyone at the University of Florida become more informed about the benefits choices that are best for them.

Not sure how to answer or need to learn more? No worries. ALEX will often be able to take the time to explain how a plan works, in easy to understand, relatable (and sometimes funny) language.

Too busy to think about your benefits? Going through conversations with ALEX doesn’t take that long, and you can pick and choose which specific benefits you’d like to discuss.

Don’t want to think about benefits at work? No problem. You can do it from home, on your phone or tablet, or anywhere you have an internet connection. The ALEX tool is optimized for mobile and will work on virtually any device.

Is it safe to use ALEX? Absolutely. ALEX doesn’t retain any of your information whatsoever. If you choose to provide your email address, it’s only to give you the option of rejoining your conversation where you left off, if you have to leave for some reason. Your interactions with ALEX are completely anonymous.

ALEX will be available beginning in August. Watch your inbox and UF at Work for more details.

Choosing your benefits at UF is about to get a lot easier, thanks to ALEX.

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Introducing Thrive @ UF

By on August 2, 2017

Thrive @ UF is a professional development program designed with a focus on core skills. Whether you are beginning your career or an established professional, this certificate program gives all employees at the University of Florida the opportunity to build professional skills and maximize performance.

UFHR welcomes new AVP Maureen De Armond

By on August 2, 2017

In July, UF Human Resources welcomed the newest member of its leadership team, Assistant Vice President Maureen De Armond, who shared her early impressions of the University of Florida and a bit more about herself with us during her first week with UFHR.

Is your department prepared in case of a tropical storm?

By on August 2, 2017

Hurricane season is upon us and continues through Nov. 30. In preparing for the start of the fall semester, departments are encouraged to revisit the university’s and their own emergency plans – or, if need be, to put one in place.

Save the Date! Benefits and Wellness Fair is Oct. 26

By on August 2, 2017

UF's Benefits and Wellness Fair will take place at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Champions Club.

Discover ways to cultivate emotional balance and manage stress

By on August 2, 2017

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, UF Mindfulness Project Leader Sabine Grunwald, Ph.D., spoke about how to use mindfulness to enhance work performance by cultivating emotional balance as part of UFHR’s Wellness Wednesday series. Join us for next month’s Wellness Wednesday, Strategies for Managing Stress with Heidi Radunovich, on September 6 from noon – 1pm.

Florida Museum’s free “Discovery Zone” exhibit now open

By on August 2, 2017

1The Florida Museum recently unveiled the “Discovery Zone,” a permanent interactive exhibit. Designed for children 8 and under, the exhibition provides opportunities for families to discover and learn together.

Fall Training registration opens Aug. 7

By on August 2, 2017

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Open Enrollment is coming—is your address up-to-date in the myUFL system?

By on August 2, 2017

Each year, the Benefits Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to elect or make changes to your state and UF benefit plans. This year’s Open Enrollment period will be Oct. 16 – Nov. 3, with changes made effective Jan. 1, 2018. In preparation, be sure your mailing address is up-to-date in the myUFL system.

New international health insurance plan provides coverage for traveling faculty, staff and graduate students

By on August 2, 2017

On Aug. 1, the University of Florida introduced a new international health insurance plan that will provide coverage for UF faculty, staff and graduate students traveling abroad for conferences, research or other job-related activities.

Enhance your tech skills for free with

By on August 2, 2017

Need to improve your skills or learn a new software package for your current position? is an online training program provided free to all faculty and staff with valid GatorLink credentials.

Boost your productivity at work

By on August 2, 2017

Research suggests taking breaks at work can have a positive impact on how you feel and perform at work, so why not make the effort to use your break time to its fullest? Join one or both of the programs below to bring more energy to your day.

Benefits payroll deductions resume for nine- and ten-month employees

By on August 2, 2017

Normal payroll deductions for health, life, optional and supplemental insurance for state and UF plans will resume with the Sept. 1 paycheck to align with the nine- and ten- month appointment pay cycle.

Traveling overseas? Get your passport from UF Mail and Document Services!

By on August 2, 2017

As a Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State, Mail and Document Services offers passport books and passport cards. Currently, processing time for passports is six weeks with expedited service in three weeks.

UF All Access textbook program provides first-day access to course materials

By on August 2, 2017

UF’s All Access textbook program continues to expand for Fall 2017, with nearly 100 courses participating across the university. The program has saved students $5 million since it was created in 2013.

First release of UF COMPASS introduces changes to admissions, student records and data

By on August 2, 2017

The first release of UF COMPASS (the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services) will go live Aug. 7, introducing changes to business processes tied to admissions, student records and the maintenance of registry and biographical/demographic data (citizenship, visa and ethnicity).

Annual training program addresses university-generated “unrelated business income”

By on August 2, 2017

Does your department sell goods or advertising, provide services, and/or rent equipment or space to students, alumni or the public? These are some of the most common activities that can generate unrelated business income for UF.   Conducting these activities may require annual reporting and potential taxation of the income generated.

UF Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester

By on August 2, 2017

Available to eligible UF faculty and staff, this popular program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of more affordable higher education

By on August 2, 2017

The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (TEP) provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS employees) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significant tuition reduction rate. The TEP scholarship application deadline is October 31.

GatorGradCare enrollment deadline is Sept. 14

By on August 2, 2017

Graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants appointed .25 FTE or greater may participate in GatorGradCare health insurance. Please note that GatorGradCare enrollment is not automatic; all eligible participants, including returning students previously enrolled, must submit a 2017-2018 enrollment to participate in the plan.