February 2018

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

2018 Financial Planning Sessions
No matter where you are in life—whether you’re just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a financial consultant can help!

Financial consultants from TIAA, Fidelity, ICMA-RC, and VRS will visit Mason for on-campus individual counseling appointments throughout the year.

For a list of available dates and to sign up for an individual consultation, visit Questions? Contact

Leadership Legacy Program: Now Accepting Nominations!
The Leadership Legacy Program is for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development.

The program 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 are due February 23. To learn more and to apply, visit

Contact Robyn Madar at or 703-993-4180 with questions.

Weight Watchers at Work
Weight Watchers at Work meetings take place every Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Merten Hall, Room 2500 on the Fairfax Campus.

Eligible faculty and staff receive special pricing and a 50% reimbursement opportunity on valuable and convenient weight-loss solutions, including Weight Watchers online programs.

For more information, including sign up details, contact or visit

Mason Talent Temps Program
Do you need an extra pair of hands to help handle the busy season? Or do you need someone to fill in while you’re looking for a replacement?

Mason Talent Temps has a pool of highly-qualified and diverse candidates available for nearly any position on campus. Whether you’re seeking a candidate to fill in for a short-term assignment or you are in need of a temporary employee for several months, Mason Talent Temps is here to help!

Talent Acquisition covers the full range of recruitment needs, from sourcing the right candidates to your onboarding needs (Offer Letter, I-9, Mason ID, parking, and EPAF).

For more information and to request a Mason Talent Temp, visit the website.

Nominations for Employee of the Month
If you work with a Mason administrative or 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!

Find additional information on the Employee of the Month websiteContact Reward and Recognition at 703-993-2739 or with questions.

Introducing Supervisor Boot Camp
Human Resources and Payroll is rolling out a new Supervisor Boot Camp program. This one-and-a-half-day program provides Mason’s new supervisors with need-to-know information and resources and connects them to both subject matter experts and fellow supervisors.

Participants must supervise at least one employee who is either administrative/professional faculty or classified staff.

The first session is Monday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in Merten Hall.

Agenda items include Leadership Essentials, Employee Relations, Hiring, Workforce Planning/Compensation, Onboarding, Benefits and the ADA, Life/Work, Payroll, Feedback, Effective Meetings, and effective communication and leadership practices.

Space is limited, and registrations are first come, first served. Contact Robyn Madar at to reserve your space and with any questions. We anticipate offering this program several times per year, so be sure to ask to be added to the waitlist if the current dates do not work with your schedule.

Physical Well-Being Seminar: Compassion in the Workplace
In this session on March 14 at noon, you will learn how the science of compassion can improve team engagement and performance. Dr. Suzie Carmack will help participants design a “genius break” to foster workplace compassion and help prevent compassion fatigue.  

This session will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech. For details and to register, click here.