February 2016

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

ASW2016-moduleNational Wear Red Day is Friday, February 5
Plan to wear red on National Wear Red Day in support of the American Heart Association’s quest to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. Snap a quick photo to commemorate the event and post it to the Wellness by Mason Facebook page, tweet about it to @Working at Mason (#GoRed) or post it to the Working@Mason Pinterest page.

Nominations for Employee of the Month
Recognizing Mason superstars is an important job, and everyone can participate. If you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates successfully, and supports our students and colleagues, nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award. Additional information can be found at Reward and Recognition at 703-993-2739 or with any questions.

Leadership Legacy Program – Nominations Now Accepted!
The Leadership Legacy Program, a partnership program sponsored by MasonLeads and the Office of Human Resources and Payroll, is designed for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development. The program curriculum provides opportunities for experienced faculty and staff to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings. Applications and nominations for the 2016-17 cohort of the program are due February 12. To learn more and to apply, visit the Leadership Legacy website at

February Financial Well-Being Classes
Keep those New Year’s resolutions about financial planning alive! TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments will hold two financial education sessions on campus in February. Visit the financial well-being portal for details and to register. Both sessions will be video-conferenced to other campus locations:

Thursday, February 11
12 p.m. at Fairfax (video-conferenced to Arlington and SciTech)
Money at Work 2: Sharpening Investment Skills with Marilyn Huang of TIAA-CREF

Wednesday, February 24 (America Saves Week)
12 p.m. at SciTech (video-conferenced to Arlington and Fairfax)
Designing Your Financial Road Map with Jeff Jones of Fidelity Investments

America Saves Week is Coming: February 22-27
America Saves Week (ASW) is a fantastic opportunity for faculty and staff to sample some of the terrific financial education available through Mason. There is an on-site opportunity that week in Arlington, Fairfax, and SciTech, but the real action is online. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments are offering over 20 webinars on a range of financial topics during ASW (you do NOT have to be a member of either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity to participate). America Saves Week’s planners are also offering a chance to win $500 in their #imsavingfor contest. Head to Mason’s financial well-being portal and scroll to Special Programs for details. 

Additionally, take advantage of on-site individual retirement counseling as well. TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, and ICMA-RC are on campus regularly. For the schedule, visit the portal or find the information directly on Human Resources and Payroll’s individual counseling page

Contact Life/Work Connections at with any questions. 

Employee Appreciation Day
Employee Appreciation Day falls each year on the first Friday in March. In 2016, it will be held on Friday, March 4. While you are encouraged to appreciate your colleagues throughout the year, this day is a special reminder of the importance of taking the time to say thanks. It is a fantastic opportunity to connect with your colleagues and let them know how much you appreciate them. Human Resources and Payroll has gathered some resources on Pinterest and on their website to help you plan your own Employee Appreciation Day efforts.

Save the Date: Spring Telework Week at Mason, March 7-11
Have you ever contemplated teleworking? Now is the time to try it out! From March 7-11, Mason will celebrate its own Telework Week during the university’s Spring Break. An abbreviated, one-page agreement will be available soon at

Please note that those who participate in Telework Week are doing so under the Flexible Work Policy, #2202. Signing the abbreviated agreement binds the employee/supervisor to the terms and conditions of the complete telework agreement.