April 2021

Human Resources and Payroll News

Congratulations to Mason’s 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award Awardees! View the complete list of award winners. Take a moment to congratulate the winners by commenting on the “Congrats” post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or by sending them an e-card.

Start Planning for Open Enrollment

Annual open enrollment will be held online on EmployeeDirect from May 3–17. During annual open enrollment, you may change your health benefits coverage and enroll/re-enroll in the flexible spending accounts for the upcoming plan year.

Open enrollment changes are effective from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. In April, the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will mail open enrollment packets to eligible employees’ home addresses. To ensure that you receive your open enrollment packet, please check your current home address in Patriot Web and update your address if it is incorrect.

To update your address:

  • Log into Patriot Web
  • Select Personal Information tab
  • Select Personal Profile to view your current address
  • Select the pencil icon next to your address and enter your new address
  • After updating your address, you must select the Update button to save your address change

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes

Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR and Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips. These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page on the HR and Payroll website each week for a new tip.

Summer Camp Resources

Start planning for summer now! To help families with children, we compiled a list of summer camps and activities at Mason and in the surrounding community. The list is organized by area and links directly to the activity page. If you have questions about a specific camp, please contact the camp directly. 

Purple Up! For Military Kids

We’re inviting you to wear purple on April 15 for “Purple Up! For Military Kids!” April is Month of the Military Child, and on April 15, military families and communities wear purple as a way to show support for and to thank our military children for their strength, sacrifice, and courage.

Wear purple on April 15 and tag @GMUHRandPayroll on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show your support.

The color purple was selected to represent all branches of the military. When you mix all the branches’ colors together you get purple: Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard service color is blue, the Army service color is green, and the Marine service is red. Purple up, Mason Nation!

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Resources

Mason’s faculty and staff have access to Kaiser Permanente’s EAP Wellness Resources, whether you’re a member of Kaiser or not. Visit their website to explore a range of self-care tools, tips, and activities to help you thrive in mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find articles, meditations, and other useful well-being resources.

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TIAA Financial Seminars

Looking to learn more about your finances? TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more.