Faculty and Staff: HR News

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Open enrollment for 2022 has begun

Open enrollment for 2022 has begun

​Benefit-eligible employees have two weeks to make any changes to their DePaul benefits. Benefits elections will be made through BlueSky. New elections and changes for 2022 benefits must be made by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

Virtual Health and Benefits Fair is open

Virtual Health and Benefits Fair is open

​Benefits-eligible employees, it is time to start planning your benefits needs for open enrollment, set for Oct. 25 through Nov. 5. To help, the virtual Health and Benefits Fair offers information about the 2022 benefits available to you.

Get ready for Health and Benefits Fair, open enrollment for 2022 benefits

Get ready for Health and Benefits Fair, open enrollment for 2022 benefits

​​The annual Health and Benefits Fair will launch Monday, Oct. 18, in advance of the open enrollment period that will take place Oct. 25 through Nov. 5.

Staff: Enter 2021-22 performance goals into BlueSky

Staff: Enter 2021-22 performance goals into BlueSky

​With the 2020-21 performance appraisal process completed, you can now enter into BlueSky your 2021-22 performance goals that you developed with your manager and are currently working on. The timeframe for these goals is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Coming soon: Open enrollment for 2022 benefits

Coming soon: Open enrollment for 2022 benefits

​Every year, benefits-eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll in or make changes to their DePaul benefits during the open... read more

Use your vacation by the end of December

Use your vacation by the end of December

​Do you still have unused vacation hours? If you do, now is the time to figure out how you will use your vacation time and discuss it with your manager. Any vacation time in excess of five days that is not used by Dec. 31, 2021, is forfeited.

Searching and applying as an internal candidate for DePaul staff positions

Searching and applying as an internal candidate for DePaul staff positions

If you are i​nterested in viewing and/or applying for a staff position as an internal candidate at DePaul, BlueSky is your resource.

Benefits-eligible employees: Take advantage of enhanced caregiving support options

Benefits-eligible employees: Take advantage of enhanced caregiving support options

Through the ​end of 2021, benefits-eligible faculty and staff have access to enhanced benefits for caregiving services offered through Bright Horizons.

Payroll State Tax Checkup

Payroll State Tax Checkup

In BlueSky, state tax withholding are based on the home address. Therefore, Payroll is asking all employees to check their home address in BlueSky to make sure it reflects the state from which the employee is providing services for DePaul.​

Planning for a return to campus: DePaul’s Hybrid Work Guide

Planning for a return to campus: DePaul’s Hybrid Work Guide

In preparation for DePaul students returning to campus this fall, more employees will begin returning to work on campus starting Monday, July 19. While some employees may perform their work fully on-site or fully off-site, many employees will work a hybrid of on-site and off-site during their work week.​

Annual Staff Performance Appraisal Reminder

Annual Staff Performance Appraisal Reminder

​With the 2020-21 staff performance appraisal period having ended on June 30, now is the time for employees and managers to ensure that the performance appraisal is completed by Sept. 1 and to set goals for 2021-22.​

Pay and benefits information about Stress Relief Days Program

Pay and benefits information about Stress Relief Days Program

The Stress Relief Days Program provides two days of paid time off for full-time, benefits-eligible employees, to be used between June 20 and Sept. 22, 2021. These hours must be used as whole days and must be recorded.

Unconscious bias course for managers hiring staff employees

Unconscious bias course for managers hiring staff employees

The Talent A​cquisition team in the Office of Human Resources is including a training for all managers within the staff employee hiring process, beginning in June.

Staff performance appraisals open June 1, due Sept. 1

Staff performance appraisals open June 1, due Sept. 1

​As with other human resources applications, the university's annual performance appraisal forms are now in BlueSky. If you haven't already, you can enter your goals now through the "Career and Performance" tile on your BlueSky homepage. Your performance appraisal form will be available on June 1 and should be submitted by Sept. 1.

Summer hours program for full-time staff

Summer hours program for full-time staff

​As shared previously via email, DePaul's Summer Hours Program for full-time staff begins on Friday, June 18 and runs through Friday, Sept. 3. For the College of Law, the Summer Hours period will extend from Friday, May 28, through Friday, Aug. 20, due to the college's semester schedule.​

What you need to know about DePaul's 403(b) plan transition in July

What you need to know about DePaul's 403(b) plan transition in July

​As was shared previously, effective July 21, 2021, Fidelity will become the single service provider for receiving contributions and providing plan services for DePaul's 403(b) Retirement Plan. The university will host two more virtual meetings on May 11 and 13 where faculty and staff can learn more.

Waived co-pays for child, adult caregiving begin May 1

Waived co-pays for child, adult caregiving begin May 1

​​Beginning May 1, usual co-pays that apply to back-up care services provided by Bright Horizons will be waived, meaning you can reserve care for your child or adult loved one at no cost. As a reminder, you have access to 15 days/uses of back-up care per year.​

Attend webinar about upcoming 403(b) plan change

Attend webinar about upcoming 403(b) plan change

​​DePaul will transition to a more focused approach for the university's 403(b) plan this summer. The university will host informational webinars to support employees through this change in April and May.

Paid time off guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations

Paid time off guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations

Employees receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, or who experience side effects from the vaccination, can use paid time off.

Transitioning to a more focused approach for the 403(b) plan

Transitioning to a more focused approach for the 403(b) plan

​Effective on or around July 1, Fidelity will become the single service provider for receiving contributions and providing plan services for DePaul’s 403(b) retirement plan. All future contributions to the plan will be made to accounts at Fidelity, including employee pre-tax deferrals as well as the university matching contributions.

Build your talent profile in BlueSky

Build your talent profile in BlueSky

​If you think you may be interested in a new opportunity within DePaul, take the time now to complete the skills and qualifications section within BlueSky. This "talent profile" creates an internal resume viewable to you and your manager. It also will serve as your internal application for any jobs you apply to at the university.

Unemployment fraud issue: IDES sends letters in error

Unemployment fraud issue: IDES sends letters in error

​DePaul was recently informed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security that overpayment notice letters were sent in error. These letters went to anyone who has recently reported fraud or is in the system but has not applied for or received unemployment benefits recently.​

Enter performance goals into BlueSky

Enter performance goals into BlueSky

​​​Although you've been working toward your 2020-21 performance goals since July 1, now is the time for staff to enter those goals into... read more

Use BlueSky to plan your vacation time in 2021

Use BlueSky to plan your vacation time in 2021

​The best way to ensure you maximize your vacation benefit is to make a plan early in the calendar year on when you will take time away from work. Managers are encouraged to ask their employees early in the year about vacation plans to get a general idea of workforce availability. ​​

Unemployment fraud continues to be on the rise: Here's what you need to know

Unemployment fraud continues to be on the rise: Here's what you need to know

​Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic and increase in unemployment, there has been a significant rise in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims being filed across the country and in the State of Illinois. 

Transition to BlueSky: Thank you for your patience

Transition to BlueSky: Thank you for your patience

​​​The university is now two weeks into the transition to BlueSky, DePaul's new system for all finance and human resources applications.... read more

BlueSky is here

BlueSky is here

​Accessing information and completing tasks related to human resources and finance at DePaul have officially transitioned from PeopleSoft to BlueSky, a cloud-based system that offers employees improved self-service, increased mobile access and more customized data for decision making.​​

How you can get ready for BlueSky

How you can get ready for BlueSky

​​​​Over the past several weeks, the entire university community has been taking action to support DePaul's system upgrade to BlueSky,... read more

Caregiver support for eligible DePaul employees

Caregiver support for eligible DePaul employees

​​​The end of the year can be hectic. Unexpected realities brought on by COVID-19 can make it even more challenging when it comes to... read more

Now is the time to use your vacation hours

Now is the time to use your vacation hours

​​​​Now is the time to plan with your manager and use any vacation hours you may have. Any vacation time in excess of five days that is not... read more

Make your open enrollment elections by Nov. 6

Make your open enrollment elections by Nov. 6

​All benefits-eligible faculty and staff have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to make desired changes to their benefits elections. Changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.​

Paid time off for voting

Paid time off for voting

​DePaul observes the Illinois procedural voting law that allows employees two paid hours off work to vote in person. In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul will expand the paid hours for in-person voting in the 2020 election.

Update on Healthy Vincent's wellness program

Update on Healthy Vincent's wellness program

​There is a new online form to record your activities for the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program for the 2020 program year.​

St. Vincent's Health Fair and 2021 open enrollment

St. Vincent's Health Fair and 2021 open enrollment

​ Each year, DePaul's Office of Human Resources holds the St. Vincent's Health Fair to support the annual benefits open... read more

New Year, new system: BlueSky (Oracle Cloud) coming in January

New Year, new system: BlueSky (Oracle Cloud) coming in January

​The BlueSky team -- including Information Services, Finance and Human Resources -- have continued to make progress and are on target to have the new system in place in January 2021.​

Opportunities available for staff through DePaul's Talent Share Program

Opportunities available for staff through DePaul's Talent Share Program

​The program offers a solution in this difficult time where the university has slowed down its hiring for positions due to the financial impacts of the current pandemic; and where some current staff have had their schedules reduced because of remote operations. ​

Training course now available for DePaul’s phased return to campus

Training course now available for DePaul’s phased return to campus

​It is important that all members of the DePaul community are familiar with the basics of COVID-19, as well as the current safety protocols implemented at the university. To this end, DePaul has created an interactive online training course.​

Supporting DePaul's working parents in response to grade schools' switch to remote learning

Supporting DePaul's working parents in response to grade schools' switch to remote learning

​Since many of our employees are parents of school-aged children, DePaul realizes the significant impact this decision will have for our workforce. DePaul's leadership team is encouraging managers and employees to partner in the development of workable solutions -- many of which will be temporary arrangements during this pandemic.​

Deadline extended for performance appraisals

Deadline extended for performance appraisals

​The deadline for the 2019-20 staff performance appraisals has been extended to Oct. 1. This decision was made in collaboration with Staff Council and in response to hearing that pushing the due date back to Oct. 1 for one more year would help alleviate some stress given our current situation. 

Return to campus survey results inform planning

Return to campus survey results inform planning

​As part of gathering research and recommendations to support DePaul's approach to re-opening campus, the university administered a survey in June. The purpose of the survey was to engage our faculty and staff so their perspectives could inform the university's planning efforts.  ​

Tips for successful performance appraisal meetings

Tips for successful performance appraisal meetings

​DePaul's window for completing annual staff performance appraisals for the performance period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, is now in progress. Completed forms are due to the Office of Human Resources by Sept. 1.​

2020 summer hours program begins

2020 summer hours program begins

​DePaul's Summer Hours Program beganins on Friday, June 19, and will continue through Friday, Sept. 4, for eligible employees. 

Talent Share Program launches

Talent Share Program launches

​Since the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the majority of our university operations to remote work, some areas of DePaul have been experiencing a very high or normal volume of work while others have experienced a reduction in work. In an effort to address these different impacts on workloads, the Office of Human Resources recently launched the DePaul Talent Share Program.​

Annual Performance Appraisals for FY19-20: Open June 1, due Sept. 1

Annual Performance Appraisals for FY19-20: Open June 1, due Sept. 1

​At DePaul, the opportunity for formal performance discussions and documentation take place during the university's annual performance appraisal process, which begins June 1. The process is the same as last year, although your review meetings will now be held virtually. ​

Reimagining vacation time

Reimagining vacation time

​It may seem strange to ask for time off when many of us are now at home all the time. However, the need for down time during the week is still needed. Although the university is in a remote operations mode, eligible employees are still accruing vacation time. 

Employee Assistance Program: Supporting You through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employee Assistance Program: Supporting You through the COVID-19 Pandemic

​The employee assistance program offers convenient, confidential support for personal issues that affect your work, health and family. This resource is also available to your immediate family members.

Virtual brown bag discussion for managers: “Manage Like Vincent (Remotely)”

Virtual brown bag discussion for managers: “Manage Like Vincent (Remotely)”

​Join the Office of Human Resources and the Division of Mission and Ministry for a virtual brown bag discussion on April 22 to explore what works, what's challenging and your creative solutions to managing like Vincent in our current remote work reality.

Health and caregiver benefits to support you during COVID-19

Health and caregiver benefits to support you during COVID-19

With uncertainty about the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul wants to make sure faculty and staff have support in place to meet their healthcare and caregiver needs.​

Employee Assistance Program offers COVID-19 webinar series

Employee Assistance Program offers COVID-19 webinar series

​To offer guidance and best practices to help you navigate the unique situations that you may encounter over the coming weeks, DePaul's Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych Guidance Resources, has designed several webinars., b​eginning March 31.

Pay and benefits statements available

Pay and benefits statements available

​Faculty and staff can now access their 2019 pay and benefits statement. This tool is a personalized and confidential statement that communicates the overall value of the compensation and benefits package you have received while working at DePaul during the 2019 calendar year.​

Stand out as an internal applicant at DePaul

Stand out as an internal applicant at DePaul

​Through the Staff Career Development Workshop set for April 16, full- and part-time staff will gain knowledge, skills and coaching to empower participants to achieve their career goals at DePaul. Participation is limited to 25 participants, and RSVPs are required.

Plan early for vacation in 2020

Plan early for vacation in 2020

​If these dark and dreary days of Chicago’s winter have you dreaming of warmer locations, now is the time to start plotting a course for using your 2020 vacation time. ​

Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program 2020 kicks off

Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program 2020 kicks off

​We all need a little encouragement when it comes to making healthy decisions. When you work at DePaul, you have the advantage of the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program to keep you on track.​

DePaul Loves SMART Goals Challenge

DePaul Loves SMART Goals Challenge

T​he Office of Human Resources is launching a “DePaul Loves SMART Goals” Challenge. All areas of the university that achieve a 100 percent rate of completion for entering and approving 2019-20 performance period goals into the ePerformance tool by Friday, Feb. 7, will receive a sweet surprise in February from the Office of Human Resources.

Add saving money to your 2020 to-dos

Add saving money to your 2020 to-dos

​As we enter into a new decade, it is a great time to make sure that you are making your DePaul benefits work for you.

DePaul loves SMART goals

DePaul loves SMART goals

​It is time to start entering your goals for the 2019-20 performance season. We encourage you to enter your goals into the ePerformance tool as soon as you can and no later than the end of January 2020.

Blue Sky project update: Moving from PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud

Blue Sky project update: Moving from PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud

Given the scope and complexities of converting DePaul's customized PeopleSoft system, the original Jan. 1, 2020, "go-live" date for the new Blue Sky project has changed. A revised "go-live" date will be announced in the near future.

Promote an attitude of gratitude and boost employee engagement

Promote an attitude of gratitude and boost employee engagement

​For many of us, November means planning Thanksgiving menus or booking flights to visit family and friends. Even if Thanksgiving is not a holiday that you celebrate, the reminder this holiday offers to give thanks is valuable for all of us. We encourage you to think about how you can express an "attitude of gratitude" in your workplace at DePaul.

Benefits open enrollment for 2020 has begun

Benefits open enrollment for 2020 has begun

​The annual benefits open enrollment period begins today, Oct. 28. Benefits open enrollment is a once-a-year opportunity for faculty and staff to evaluate their needs and enroll for benefits. New elections and changes must be made by Friday, Nov. 8.

Get ready for this year's health fair and open enrollment season

Get ready for this year's health fair and open enrollment season

​The 2019 St. Vincent’s Health F​air​ will take place from Oct. 21 – 24. It's a one-stop shop for many of your health and wellness needs, including flu shots and biometric screenings. Information also will be available at the fair, ranging from 403(b) retirement accounts to discounted gym memberships.

Keep up with a changing workforce with DePaul's educational resources

Keep up with a changing workforce with DePaul's educational resources

​​School is back in session. While Blue Demons return to the classroom and younger children once again hop on the bus, perhaps - as a DePaul employee - you should take advantage of the learning and development options available to you. The university offers a variety of courses and training.

Use summer to reach your Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program goals

Use summer to reach your Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program goals

​Eligible DePaul faculty and staff can take advantage of the summer months to earn points in the Healthy Vincent’s Wellness Program. The wellness program is part of an ongoing initiative to promote the health, safety and productivity of DePaul’s faculty and staff. All eligible employees can earn a $300 incentive for accumulating 100 points through participation in healthy activities through Oct. 31, 2019. ​

DePaul to transfer PeopleSoft applications to Oracle Cloud

DePaul to transfer PeopleSoft applications to Oracle Cloud

​Over the next few months, DePaul will transition its human resources and finance PeopleSoft applications to a cloud-based system called Oracle Cloud. Currently, PeopleSoft is the system for financial and human resources transactions for the university. ​

Spring forward to a healthier you

Spring forward to a healthier you

The 2019 Healthy Vincent’s Wellness Program is designed to encourage good habits that promote overall health and well-being.  Let spring be the time to schedule appointments and plan for a year of healthy living.  Get your teeth cleaned.  Set up a DePaul 403(b) financial planning session.  Set up that annual checkup with your doctor.  ​DePaul Human Resources is committed to helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle.​ Read on to learn more about how to earn your wellness points.

Employees share why they love DePaul this Valentine's Day

Employees share why they love DePaul this Valentine's Day

​In honor of Valentine's Day, the Employee Engagement team asked various employees across the university to share why they love DePaul. Read on to see some of the team's favorite responses.

Faculty and staff: Plan a trip in 2019

Faculty and staff: Plan a trip in 2019

​Winter in Chicago often provides motivation for planning your next getaway. Each January, the Office of Human Resources likes to remind faculty and staff about the university's vacation policies in hopes of employees getting the most out of their vacation benefit. 

Faculty and staff: Updates from compensation and benefits

Faculty and staff: Updates from compensation and benefits

​As we approach the end of 2018, the Office of Human Resources would like to highlight some upcoming changes in benefits and compensation, including match increase and updates on the salary planning process.​

Faculty and staff: Set your 2018-19 goals

Faculty and staff: Set your 2018-19 goals

​As​ we approach the holiday season and look forward to spending time with loved ones, the Office of Human Resources would like to remind faculty and staff to enter their goals into the ePerformance system before leaving for the winter break.

Faculty and staff: Recognition matters

Faculty and staff: Recognition matters

​Over the last few months, the Office of Human Resources reviewed feedback from surveys and focus groups, and discussed strategies to increase efforts on non-monetary recognition at DePaul. Read one to learn some key takeaways and what HR has planned for the coming months.

Staff: Participate in staff career development workshop

Staff: Participate in staff career development workshop

​Are you thinking about the next steps in your career at DePaul? If so, the Office of Human Resources invites you to participate in the sixth Staff Career Development Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 13. 

Faculty and staff: Early close for Thanksgiving holiday

Faculty and staff: Early close for Thanksgiving holiday

​To ease holiday travel, the university will close early for the Thanksgiving break at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Read on t​o learn more about time reporting for the holiday break.

Faculty and staff: Learn about open enrollment and updates to DePaul health plans

Faculty and staff: Learn about open enrollment and updates to DePaul health plans

​The Open Enrollment period for 2018 will take place from Oct. 29 - Nov. 9. Changes made during this time will become effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read on to learn about important updates to DePaul medical plans.

Get ready for the 2018 St. Vincent’s Health Benefit Fair

Get ready for the 2018 St. Vincent’s Health Benefit Fair

​It’s time again for the St. Vincent’s Health Benefit Fair. Taking place Monday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 25, the fair is a one-stop shop for many of your health and wellness needs. Available at the fair will be everything from information regarding 403(b) retirement accounts to discounted gym memberships to flu shots. ​

Staff: Performance appraisals due Oct. 1, HR is here to help

Staff: Performance appraisals due Oct. 1, HR is here to help

​Performance Appraisals for all full- and part-time staff are due to HR by Monday, Oct. 1. ​Members of the Office of Human Resources are available to help with any questions and concerns staff may have about the process. 

Aligning efforts to support a fair and equitable DePaul

Aligning efforts to support a fair and equitable DePaul

​F​ollowing a recommendation from a recent organizational review, the university formed the Employee Engagement and Equal Employment Opportunity office, housed in the Office of Human Resources, on July 2, 2018.

How to stay active this summer, earn wellness points

How to stay active this summer, earn wellness points

​Wellness is a year-round activity, but warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get active. As we approach the warmer months, plan some outdoor activities to earn points toward your wellness incentive. ​

Faculty and staff: How to thrive in times of change

Faculty and staff: How to thrive in times of change

​Although fluctuations in our work environment can be disconcerting, adjusting to change doesn't need to be daunting. As DePaul faculty and staff, our continued capacity to adapt to change will help to ensure the university's ongoing success in the coming years. ​

Faculty and staff: A quick guide to Healthy Vincet's Wellness Program

Faculty and staff: A quick guide to Healthy Vincet's Wellness Program

​Faculty and staff - the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program is back again in 2018 and better than ever. There are more ways to earn points and more chances to be proactive about your health. Learn more about how to get on the fast track to earning your 100 points. ​

Share your ideas on non-monetary recognition with HR

Share your ideas on non-monetary recognition with HR

​The Office of Human Resources is working with fellow DePaul staff members to find the best ways to recognize good work. A non-monetary recognition survey will be distributed to all staff on Feb. 9.​

Make the most of your vacation benefit in 2018

Make the most of your vacation benefit in 2018

​As we settle into the winter quarter, it's a good time to start planning ahead for vacation. Perhaps 2018 is the year to escape to a far-off land or find relaxation somewhere close to home. The Office of Human Resources can help you make the most of your vacation benefit. ​

HR hosts holiday photo contest

HR hosts holiday photo contest

​The Office of Human Resources is holding a holiday photo contest. All DePaul faculty and staff are encouraged to submit holiday-themed photos through Jan. 4. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to the DePaul Barnes and Noble bookstore.​

How to improve your changes as an internal hire at DePaul

How to improve your changes as an internal hire at DePaul

​Internal applicants at DePaul have some distinct advantages, but it's important not to take your candidacy for granted. Read on to learn HR's tips on how to prepare for a new position or promotion at the university. ​

Giving thanks; HR seeks staff input

Giving thanks; HR seeks staff input

​In an effort to learn what types of recognition DePaul employees would appreciate most, the Office of Human Resources will host a focus group sessions for staff on Nov. 16 and 17, and Dec. 5 on DePaul's Loop Campus.​

Open enrollment is right around the corner

Open enrollment is right around the corner

​The Open Enrollment period for 2017 will take place from Oct. 30 – Nov. 10. Changes made during this time will become effective Jan. 1, 2018. Now is a great time to review your benefits prior to this year’s Open Enrollment period. ​

DePaul hosts 10th annual St. Vincent's health fair

DePaul hosts 10th annual St. Vincent's health fair

​From flu shots to earning points toward the Healthy Vin-cent$ Wellness Program incentive, the Office of Human Resources encourages employees to take full advantage of everything the fair offers.​

Never stop learning: Programs offered to DePaul employees

Never stop learning: Programs offered to DePaul employees

​A new academic year is a good time to consider taking a class or obtaining a certification. DePaul makes it easy for its faculty and staff to continue learning with a variety of affordable and convenient ways to prepare for an ever-changing professional landscape. ​