Human Resources

Rethinking Race - Face-2-Face Discussion

As part of the University’s Rethinking Race events, Human Resources will be leading a discussion on March 5 at 11:30 a.m. on Being an Ally and Bystander in the Workplace. This interactive discussion will help participants identify their barriers to addressing exclusionary behavior in the workplace, and discuss various options for being an ally or responding to behaviors as a bystander. Participants will leave the discussion with a better understanding of what prevents them from speaking up and options to help build a more inclusive workplace that feel genuine to them.  Participants can join by Teams or in Leigh Hall Room 208.  Due to capacity limits, please register in advance here.  Please contact Tami Hannon, tlz2@uakron.edu or x. 8201, with any questions.


Early End to Temporary Reduction in Pay

The Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation to end the temporary reduction in base wages. The change affects non-bargaining staff, contract professionals, non-bargaining unit faculty and academic administrators with faculty rank, who are not subject to an individual employment agreement and earning an annual base salary of greater than $50,000.

The restoration of employee base wages to pre-reduction levels will be retroactive in accordance with the Jan. 1, 2021 pay periods. Affected non-bargaining unit staff will see the restoration in the March 12, 2021 pay. Affected contract professional, non-bargaining unit faculty, and academic administrators with faculty rank will see the restoration of pay in their March 31, 2021 pay.

The Board also authorized the University administration to negotiate with the CWA, the FOP and employees subject to individual employment agreements to restore annual base wages to pre-reduction levels. Details about pay restoration for these employees will be announced as soon as they are available.


Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Fraudulent unemployment claims are increasing in Ohio, including claims made for individuals presently employed at the University. If paid, these fraudulent claims can cause difficulties for employees when they file taxes. It is crucial to stop these claims as early in the process as possible.

If you believe a fraudulent claim has been filed on your behalf or if you have received an unemployment benefit check as a result of a false claim, it is critical to report the issue to your employer, return the check to The Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services (ODJFS), and report the claim on the ODJFS fraud page here: https://jfs.ohio.gov/fraud/.


Performance Evaluation Review

University Council's Talent Development & Human Resources Committee (TD&HRC) is asking for your help. One of our main goals for this academic year is to review the annual full-time contract professional and staff performance review, the mechanism which evaluates non-faculty job performance.  

Our first step is to reach out to you, the individuals most directly affected by the document, with a brief Qualtrics survey regarding your experiences with performance reviews.  We want to elicit feedback from both ends of the spectrum; those being reviewed and those who do the reviewing.  What works?  What doesn’t?  Does wording need to be adjusted due to working remotely?

Once we have your survey feedback, the TD&HRC will organize the results looking for suggestions upon which we can build recommendations to take back to University Council.

Without you, this won’t work.  Please help us generate the data so we can represent your wishes.

The survey will be open until February 12thPlease click here to complete the survey. 


Inclusivity Training

The EEO Office, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion & Equity and the Department of Student Life, offers regular ongoing trainings aimed at fostering an inclusive workplace. These virtual trainings consist of interactive presentations coupled with group discussions to allow participants a deeper dive into the topic presented. Trainings are open to all employees. Click here for a schedule of training topics. Please contact Tami Hannon at 330-972-8201 or tlz2@uakron.edu with questions about the training, to suggest topics for future sessions or to register for a training.


Use myStrength to Help With Your Emotional Well-Being

It's natural to feel overwhelmed or worried about the future because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But you’re not alone. Whether you’re struggling with recent life changes or just trying to find peace of mind, myStrength is here to help.

Like a virtual gym for your mind, myStrength provides personalized online resources to help you handle life’s ups and downs, and feel more positive. You get access to positivity training tools, inspirational videos, articles and quotes, a daily mood tracker and step-by-step eLearning programs. Plus, myStrength is secure, confidential and available to you at no extra cost. You can access myStrength through the Sydney Health app or by logging in to Anthem.com and going to the “My Health Dashboard” page.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, myStrength has added new resources around topics such as:

  • Managing overwhelming thoughts and emotions
  • Juggling family and parenting responsibilities
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Staying connected with others

New EAP Resource: AllOne Health Work/Life Resources

Courtesy of IMPACT, AllOne Health offers numerous resources including on-demand webinars, live webinars, handouts and more. To access these resources and create your own account, click here. 

AllOne Health January - March 2021 Live Webinar Schedule: Click here for more information and to register for webinars.

IMPACT MyLifeExpert Flyer.

Guide to setting up your MyLifeExpert account.


COVID-19 Information

Human Resources COVID-19 information has been relocated to a dedicated page.