Human Resources Announcements 

Supporting Mental Health at Work

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Workday ERP Project

The University of Akron is excited to announce our partnership with Workday and Avaap on our digital transformation with Workday HCM, Workday Finance, and Workday Student! More information is available at the project website.

Organizational Analysis 

The University of Akron is conducting a comprehensive organizational analysis. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the University Office's of Human Resources and Avaap, an Ohio-based consulting firm with expertise in human resources and Workday implementations. The project includes an analysis of our job architecture and will help us ensure the classification specification for each position accurately reflects the roles and contributions of those employees and helps us identify areas where similar duties are being performed by different positions. These efforts will also assist in developing clear paths for career progression and growth opportunities at the University. The analysis will ultimately support the comprehensive University compensation study, across all administrative positions. Project details and updates are available on the project website.

Employee Webinars - Understanding Mental Illness 

The University of Akron’s employee assistance program, IMPACT Solutions, is offering a series of webinars available to employees. “Understanding Mental Illness" will be hosted on Thursday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. Register below to learn about common mental health conditions, how to seek and find help, and how to support others:

Retirement Plan Change Announcement 

The University of Akron (UA) is announcing updates to its 401(a) Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP), The University of Akron 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA) and The University of Akron 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (the Plan).

The University participated with other Ohio public universities through the Inter-University Council of Ohio in a review of the vendors approved under the Plan.  UA subsequently engaged CAPTRUST, an independent investment advisor, to work with UA to reduce the number of approved vendors, evaluate and streamline investment options, reduce some plan and investment expenses and simplify the investment selection process.

Effective April 11, 2022, there will be four vendors offered.  The focused selection of vendors enables UA to leverage its size and volume to negotiate lower fees for some investments.  The four vendors are:  AIG, Equitable, TIAA and Voya.

UA is committed to providing retirement planning resources to assist you with this transition.  We will offer group educational sessions and individual financial counseling sessions with the four vendors.  Schedules for these sessions can be found on the Benefits website In addition to these sessions, you will receive transition materials mailed to your home from your current vendor or TIAA.  If you invest with more than one of the four offered vendors, you will receive a separate communication for each of them.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact the Office of Human Resources by email at benefits@uakron.edu.

Please note that the Ohio Deferred Compensation 457(b) is not affected by these changes.  The plan remains available to UA employees.

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 Annual Live Webinar Schedule: Click here for more information and to register for webinars. 

Employee Assistance Program Overview

IMPACT MyLifeExpert Flyer.

Guide to setting up your MyLifeExpert account.

For anyone experiencing increased emotions or stress due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it may help to speak to a mental health clinician through IMPACT. The program is confidential, free to use and available to all family members. Reach out for personalized support at 800-227-6007.

New Employee Onboarding Information and Online New Faculty Orientation Available

The Department of Human Resources has recently created a New Employee Onboarding page to include a comprehensive and easy to navigate list of resources for new employees. If you have been recently hired, this page will be an excellent source of information to guide you through your first weeks as a Zip at The University of Akron! 

Additionally, we have collaborated with the Office of Academic Affairs to develop an online New Faculty Orientation for both full and part-time faculty in Brightspace. The orientation materials contain essential information to assist new faculty and provide details important to teaching success; including access to many resources on campus. Please visit the New Employee Onboarding page to access this orientation.

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.