Category Archives: HR General

Presidential Recognition Awards: Now Accepting Applications!

Do you know some great people who deserve recognition? Nominate them for the Presidential Recognition Awards! Four Presidential Recognition Awards annually highlight the contributions and excellence of SMU staff members and will be presented at the Staff Association Recognition Ceremony … Continue reading

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The Five Languages of Appreciation at Work

HR is excited to announce a partnership with the SMU Staff Association to offer this interactive workshop during a February series of 4 Lunch and Learn sessions. Why is Appreciation Important in the Workplace? Authentic appreciation increases employee motivation. Motivation … Continue reading

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Recent Market Volatility – Transamerica’s Perspective

Turn on the news or go online and it seems there are almost as many explanations and theories as there are people offering them. Transamerica feels the recent declines have been driven by numerous factors. Chief among them is what’s … Continue reading

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Updated New Employee Packets Now Available for Student Workers, Temporary Staff and Adjunct Faculty

The new employee packets for student workers, temporary staff employees, and adjunct faculty have changed recently. The updates made in the employee packets reflect the following changes: The Authorization & Consent for Release of Information Form that is needed for the background check … Continue reading

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Independent Contractor Determination Process at SMU

The University must correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.  HR has created a process to evaluate the work to be done and provide approval to proceed with the hiring process. Please follow this process … Continue reading

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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

The following information is provided by SMU’s EAP provider, Magellan Health Services. When a person experiences a traumatic or dangerous event, a series of chemical reactions are triggered within the body. These reactions are designed to help handle a threat … Continue reading

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Retirement and Healthy Aging

The following information is provided by  Magellan Health Services, provider of SMU’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Prepare for an active, healthy retirement If you’re nearing retirement, do you have a well-defined plan for your retired life? Today the average American spends … Continue reading

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Hiring Student Workers for the Summer?

Hiring a new student worker this summer or plan on continuing employment through the summer for a current student worker? It’s important to understand the student’s academic status during the summer months to determine the appropriate employment and payroll paperwork. Payroll Authorization Form … Continue reading

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On-Line Beneficiary Designation Required for Insurance!

SMU provides Basic Group Life Insurance to benefits-eligible faculty and staff.  In addition, you may have elected voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance and/or Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance at some point during your SMU career. At the time you were … Continue reading

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The Tuition Benefit Request Process for the 2016 Academic Year is Now Open!

Continuing students, newly admitted students, or parent of either new or continuing students for the Fall 2015 semester may begin to make their tuition benefits requests. Request your benefit online! Log into my.SMU and navigate to Self-Serve > Benefits > … Continue reading

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