Mason is full-steam ahead with summer traveling, vacations, festivities and more. If the Farmers’ Almanac turns out to be true it’s going to be a hot and humid summer, much more than usual. The Staff Senate hopes to see you at our Staff Appreciation Events and wishes you, your family and friends a safe, relaxing and joyous season, whatever you decide to do. Stay cool!
Christopher Maier – Chair, Staff Senate
Our new paid parental leave policy (Executive Order Number Twelve) authorizes paid parental leave for employees of executive branch state agencies. The new benefit provides up to eight weeks of paid parental leave to enable employees to care for and bond with a newborn, or for a child under the age of eighteen (18) newly-placed for adoption, foster or custodial care. The paid leave may be used in combination with other leave benefits and will apply to both parents if both are eligible state employees.
Research shows that paid time-off to bond with our children provides benefits for the children, their parents, and the parents’ employers. Introducing a new child into a family is a time of great joy, but can also be stressful. We are hoping to alleviate some of that stress.
You can find more details on this new policy on the Department of Human Resource Management’s website at www.dhrm.virginia.gov, with specific details available here.
Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, George Mason University has teamed up with UnitedHealthcare StudentResources to offer our student health insurance plan. The Student Health Service website will be continually updated with all the information throughout the summer. Please frequently check our website,https://shs.gmu.edu/insurance/, for the updated 2018/2019 information.
Join the Staff Senate at the Summer Staff Appreciation Events! Take a break from work to enjoy ice cream and network with your colleagues. Activities include a raffle and voting in the Staff Senate Election.
Fairfax: Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Corner Pocket, open to classified staff and non-student wage employees
SciTech: Thursday, July 12, 12:30 p.m to 1:30 pm, Bull Run Hall, Atrium*
Arlington: Wednesday, July 18, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Founders Hall, Plaza*
*The Staff Senate is partnering with other campus departments at their Ice Cream Socials. Staff Senate activities will include raffle prizes and voting in the Staff Senate election, open to classified staff and non-student wage employees only.
The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, seeks to recognize supervisors who routinely go above and beyond to provide unparalleled leadership, mentorship, and support within their departments or offices. Outstanding supervisors model and promote a positive work-life balance and strive to serve not only their departments or offices but also their personnel. Other activities that an outstanding supervisor demonstrates include:
Acknowledging exemplary performance
Supporting innovation and soliciting input from employees
Being fair and flexible
Encouraging and providing opportunities for professional growth
Promoting diversity and inclusion
Does this sound like your supervisor? If the answer is yes, we want to know!