5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU

5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU
A weekly series designed to highlight events, benefits, perks, and items of interest for University of Miami faculty and staff.

Make changes to your benefits plan—Open enrollment is live!
Now through Friday, Oct. 30.
While there are no changes to premiums and deductibles under the UM Aetna benefits plan this year, take the time to review and update your benefits plan via Workday. Still have questions about your benefit elections? Review the open enrollment guidebooks, tip sheets, and FAQs to help decide which plan is best for you. Visit the Open Enrollment site. Need help? Contact HR’s Total Rewards benefits team by completing the online form at miami.edu/benefits/ask or calling 305-284-3004.

Get your flu shot—or submit an exemption waiver. 
Deadline for submitting a waiver is Friday, Oct. 16.
As part of the University of Miami’s COVID-19 response, students, faculty, staff, and supporting team members on all campuses are required to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The shots are currently available by appointment at multiple locations on and off campus. Visit coronavirus.miami.edu/flushot for details on compliance deadlines, to find out where and when you can schedule your appointment, and to get answers to frequently asked questions.

Share words of appreciation.
Now online!
As part of hospital week—celebrate and express your gratitude for the extraordinary contributions of our UHealth physicians, nurses, and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University community can submit a tribute message and view other submissions on the UHealth words of appreciation webpage, which is updated daily. Launched by the University’s human resources team, the goal of this portal is to share tokens of gratitude for colleagues, encourage frontline workers, and build a sense of community while many are physically separate. Spread the love and appreciation on social media using #Hearts4UHealth in your posts. Be sure to follow and tag @LifeAtTheU.

Tap into mental health resources. 
Whether or not you’re in isolation or quarantine, we have all had to deal with this time of uncertainty. Adults experiencing elevated mental health conditions can access a number of resources provided to University faculty and staff members through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. University students can find support through Student Affairs. Learn more ways to support your mental health and understand how to recognize and treat depression.

Celebrate Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month.
Multiple events throughout October.
The University of Miami community will join a national effort to recognize diversity during Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month. Spearheaded by the Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with partners from across the University, a series of virtual events will showcase the many ways in which we strive to create a supportive environment where our unique abilities come together to transform lives and create an inclusive culture of belonging. Register for an upcoming event and learn more about diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty and staff.