September 17, 2020

1. Updated Staff Performance Evaluation Form and Supporting Documents

Evaluating employee performance is one of the most important tools that affect employee engagement. When managers share significant feedback with employees it allows them to continue or adjust their performance appropriately. The UTHSC performance evaluation process period occurs each year between January and March, with all staff being evaluated on their performance from the previous calendar year.

The staff evaluation tool consists of five key elements where managers rate employees. The Office of Equity and Diversity, along with the Office of Human Resources, has modified one of the key elements to align with one of our UTHSC strategic priorities – diversity and inclusion. Please join us for a webinar Friday, September 18, at 10:00 am, as we share the rationale, new form element, and descriptions to support the evaluation process.

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If you have any questions, please email
2. Job Family Compensation Project Update

Since June 2017, a systemwide human resources team of compensation experts has been engaged in a comprehensive job family compensation project, aiming to improve processes, classifications and pay structures. The project team has developed new job families, roles, and levels that will replace the current job title structure for many regular staff positions.

The updated job families, which are classifications grouped by similar types of work and required training, skills, knowledge and expertise, are now available to view on the Compensation Project website.

Compensation Project Overview will be held virtually for UTHSC employees on Friday, Sept. 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT for any questions or concerns. Please register via the hyperlink above or button below.

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3. FREE Biometric Screenings at UHS

University Health Services (UHS) will be providing FREE biometric wellness screenings of your height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose (sugar) levels from now through November 13, 2020!

Learn more here about why you should get a biometric screening.

UHS is located in the 910 Madison Building on the 9th floor. If you come to UHS for a biometric screening, you will receive an iHealth Wave Wireless Swim, Activity, and Sleep Tracker to be used with the iHealth App!

Please be advised that you will not incur any work penalties and you are not required to use sick or annual leave for your biometric screening at UHS. The same applies when you schedule a follow-up appointment to receive your results. UTHSC cares about you and your health!

To schedule an appointment, call 901.448.5630 or request an appointment via the patient portal link at UHS is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and closed daily from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
4. Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair

Open Enrollment begins October 1. Prepare yourself with a greater understanding of your benefits by attending one of these virtual sessions:

MetLife (Dental and STD)
September 17, 2:00 pm
Register Here

New Vendor: Optum (FSA/HSA)
September 21, 10:00 am
Register Here

ActiveHealth (Wellness Program)
September 21, 2:00 pm
Register Here

Empower Retirement (401k/457)
September 22, 10:00 am
Register Here

Lincoln Financial Group (LTD)
September 23, 2:00 pm
Register Here

Cigna (Medical and Dental)
September 24, 10:00 am
Register Here
5. Masks Required On Campus

Following the CDC’s recommendation to wear masks or face coverings in public settings, all UTHSC employees, students, patients, contractors, vendors, and anyone else who comes to campus for any reason are REQUIRED to wear face protective gear.

Per the CDC, cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Please note that gaiters (pull-up neck scarves) do not meet the campus mask guidelines.
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