February 2021

Updates from Human Resources & Payroll

Outstanding Achievement Awards 2021: Call for Nominations

Nominate your colleague for one of 14 Outstanding Achievement Awards!

The Outstanding Achievement Awards honor Mason’s faculty and staff across many award categories and celebrate their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the university. You are invited to nominate a colleague for an award by the deadline of March 5, 2021.

Please visit the Outstanding Achievement Awards website for more details, and note that the departmental awards may have different deadlines.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony is scheduled for April 13, 2021, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Location TBD.

Questions? Contact 

Employee of the Month Nominations

Do you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates with their colleagues, and supports the university?

Nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award! Additional information can be found on the Employee of the Month page.

If you have questions, contact

“This? Or That?” Well-Being Game

Would you choose this? Or that? Join the fun with your colleagues on HR & Payroll’s Instagram stories by playing the limited-time well-being game, “This? Or That?

Each Thursday for eight weeks, we will post well-being-themed polls that put your favorite well-being options against each other.

Visit our Instagram stories every Thursday to join the fun and maybe get some well-being ideas! Play at @GMUHRandPayroll!

Mindful Mondays Offered by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is offering Mindful Mondays, which are classes designed to help you combat stress and build resilience.

Offered to members and non-members alike, upcoming sessions include topics like Stress and Emotional Eating and Getting Healthy Sleep.

Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Questions? Contact

Well-Being Wednesdays by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is offering Well-Being Wednesdays, which are a series of health education classes designed to help you build your overall physical and emotional well-being. This program is offered to Kaiser Permanente members and non-members alike.

Upcoming sessions include topics like Get Moving and Keeping a Healthy Heart.

For more information and to register, please see the flyer.

Questions? Contact

Supervisor Boot Camp

Register for Supervisor Boot Camp! This is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors who are new to Mason or new to supervising.

The updated, virtual format includes five three-hour sessions, over 10 weeks, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning Thursday, February 11 through Thursday, April 8. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom.

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served.

Please contact Margaret Vu at to reserve your space.

New Discounts

Make sure you frequently check the Mason Discounts page to see the discounts you receive as a Mason employee.

We recently added new discounts including:

  • AVIS Car Rental
  • BUDGET Car Rental
  • HERTZ Car Rental
  • Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts

Fidelity 1-on-1 Consultation Sessions

Fidelity will continue to host virtual or telephone 1-on-1 consultation sessions through March 2021. During the sessions, Ron Seegers, the Fidelity Retirement Planner, can address your retirement plan questions and concerns, review your investment strategy and portfolio allocation, and discuss retirement planning or other related topics. Upon request, the consultant can also produce annuity income projections.

Virtual/Telephone 1-on-1 consultations are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 16 and 26
  • March 11 and 26

Go to to reserve your appointment.

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.

Compensatory Leave Reminder

Have you earned compensatory leave? Make sure you are aware of the compensatory leave limits and expirations:

  • Employees are limited to 96 hours of accrued compensatory leave
  • Per State Policy 3.10, accrued compensatory leave expires one year from the pay period in which the hours are accrued, regardless of the 96-hour limit
  • Compensatory leave may not be used once hours expire or lapse

You can review your leave balance by visiting Patriot Web. If you have questions, please email