Season's Greetings to you on behalf of our entire Human Resources team! This month's issue of Thrive is focused on UK-employee exclusive offerings designed to help you thrive during the holiday season and in the new year ahead.
- UK Career Focus One-on-One Coaching Series - Last month's announcement received a huge response from UK staff, so we're extending the invitation for free expert career coaching from our own Career Development team.
- Top Wellness Apps - Our Health & Wellness team recommends three top smartphone apps to help you lead a more satisfying life.
- UK's own Biggest Blue Loser competition returns - If you know losing weight will be among your New Year's resolutions, why not take advantage of some incredible prize incentives and free support from our team of registered dietitians and wellness pros?
We look forward to working with you in the new year. In the meantime, best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.
Chief Human Resources Officer
UK Human Resources
|Last Chance This Year to Register for UK Career Focus One-on-One Coaching Series
Last month, we reintroduced free consultations for UK staff through UK Career Development's One-on-One Career Focus Coaching series. Because of the tremendous response from UK staff, we've provided additional openings new UK Career Development clients.
UK Career Development
The concept is simple: I (or another UK career coach) will meet with you, confidentially, to discuss your career goals. From the application process through interviewing, we can offer personalized advice and a proven track record of helping UK employees just like you. As an article from Kiplinger recently pointed out, many professionals are paying up to $150 an hour for professional career guidance. As a UK employee, you have access to similar services, absolutely free:
Register by Thursday, December 20 to lock in priority registration for free one-on-one career coaching.
We look forward to working with you!
Diane Kohler, UK Career Development
Weather-Related Delays and Closings: What You Need to Know
With the return of winter weather, All University employees should be aware of their responsibilities in the event of a weather-related delay or closure.
UK Work-Life Supervisor of the Year:
Brian Connors Manke
The 2012 UK Work-Life Supervisor of the Year Luncheon took place on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. More than 60 nominees and five finalists were recognized at this year's event.
2012 Supervisor of the Year
Brian Connors Manke was recognized as the 2012 Supervisor of the Year. Brian, who serves as Hive Assistant Director of Communications and Creative Services, was nominated by his staff for this award on the basis of his ability to engage, motivate and support his team members. Congratulations, Brian! Read more about Brian here.
Health & Wellness Minute: Recommended Smartphone Apps!
Did you know that gratitude has positive effects on your physical and mental health? (Read this New York Times article.) Turns out that thankfulness "has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners."
Start your gratitude practice NOW! Keep it simple with a daily gratitude journal. Or go high-tech and check out these Health & Wellness approved gratitude-encouraging apps:
Happy Rambles will send you an email each day asking you what you are grateful for. Reply with your list of 3-5 items, and the site will store than in your personal account.
Happy Tapper is a simple smartphone app that will allow you to write a few things down each day and store them right on your phone. You can also attach pictures and rate your day overall.
Live Happy is another well-designed app with a few bells and whistles. Take photos and rate your day.
Attention UK Hiring Officials: Behavior Based Interviewing Training
If you are involved in the interviewing and selection process for your department, we have a training session for you! The Behavior Based Interviewing (BBI) 1-Day training has received rave reviews, and participants overwhelmingly agree the session was beneficial and a good use of their time.
BBI 1-Day training is designed to introduce the concept of behavior based interviewing, provide an in-depth understanding of what types of questions to ask, and how to analyze the information gathered to make an informed and legally credible hiring decision. This training session will also identify what's appropriate and inappropriate to discuss during the hiring and selection process by reviewing federal and state legislation as well as University policies and procedures.
Please join us at our next BBI 1-Day training on Thurs., Jan. 31, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., in 220 Scovell Hall, Suite 2. To register please use the myUK Training Center available under Employee Self-Service. If you have any problems registering for the training or would like to offer this training on-site within your department, please contact Carla Braun at 257-8948.
For other helpful hiring and selection tools and resources, please visit the Hiring Enhancement Program website.
Heart Sole & Glove 5K
The annual Heart Sole & Glove 5K Run/Walk will be Sat., Feb. 9, at 10:00 a.m., at Coldstream Park (Newtown Pike and Aristides Blvd.). Entry fee is $20 pre-registration (by noon, Fri., Feb. 8) and $25 on race day. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Safe Kids Fayette County.The event is open to the community. So, challenge your friends and family to join you! Register today.
NEW! All runners will receive a free pair of winter running gloves on race day at the registration table!
Train with us: Need to get prepared? We can help. If you would like to be part of the UK 5K Training Team through UK Health & Wellness, please email Doug by Jan 1. Only UK employees, retirees, and their spouses and sponsored dependents are eligible to join the training team.
Lose BIG in 2013!
Ready for a new year and a new you? Join the Biggest BLUE Loser, a 10-week weight loss competition for Weight Loss Matters participants. It's a fun, healthy way to improve your diet and start exercising. It's your chance to win great prizes. Best of all, it's your chance to get healthier with the help of registered dietitians. You'll have the support and tools you need to lose BIG!
How much will you lose? There's only one way to find out. You must register for Biggest BLUE Loser by Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The cost is $50 to join Weight Loss Matters. Don't procrastinate! Register today.
Parenting Tweens and Teens Support Group is Back on a New Day
Are you experiencing the roller coaster of raising a tween or teen? Attend this monthly support group for UK employees (and their partners) who are caregivers to this sometimes challenging age group! You will be able to share your experiences, gain insight from others and create a lively support network. The group meets at noon the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit this page.
HR Holiday Hours
HR offices in Scovell Hall as well as our HR Satellite office on South Limestone Street will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Human Resources will be minimally staffed during the special holidays Monday, December 24 as well as Wednesday, December 26 through Monday, December 31. Our hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thrive is a monthly e-mail newsletter developed by UK Human Resources.
Melanie J. Sparks