CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/newsen-usTalk with a Financial Plannerhttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5228Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:03:38<p>Schedule an in-person consultation with a certified financial planner to help you maximize retirement savings and achieve other goals.</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves></w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting></w:TrackFormatting> <w:PunctuationKerning></w:PunctuationKerning> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas></w:ValidateAgainstSchemas> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF></w:DoNotPromoteQF> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables></w:BreakWrappedTables> <w:SnapToGridInCell></w:SnapToGridInCell> 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QFormat="true" Name="Title"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Closing"></w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Signature"></w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="1" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Default Paragraph Font">Employee Engagement Survey Resultshttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5202Mon, 06 May 2019 15:35:40<p>Central Washington University recognizes the important contribution our employees make to our missions: the education and development of students. CWU takes pride in its positive spirit and understands that engaged, supported, and encouraged employees are better equipped to achieve individual and collaborative excellence.<br><br>Human Resources conducted an employee engagement survey in 2016 and again in 2019 to measure progress and identify areas for improvement. Over 730 faculty and staff responded in 2019 and more than 650 responded in 2016.<br><br>The survey covered topics such as job satisfaction, learning and advancement opportunities, culture, and work/life balance. The 48 questions were broken into the categories of Work Engagement, Relationship Management, Work Environment, Compensation and Performance Management, Communication, Impact, Professional Development, and Rewards and Recognition.<br><br><u><strong>Work Engagement</strong></u><br><em>Work Engagement</em> explored employee satisfaction with the extent to which they are able to utilize their strengths in a meaningful way in the work they do each day.</p><p>In 2019, an average of 73% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with statements gauging the level of commitment they have to their positions and work groups. In 2016, slightly less respondents, an average of 70%, agreed or strongly agreed with the same statements. The 2019 responses were all slightly higher than 2016 except “CWU is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion,” which was rated the same, with 62% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing.</p><p><strong><u>Relationship Management</u></strong><br>This section, Relationship Management focuses on the relationships employees have built throughout their department, with peers and supervisors.</p><p>In 2019, an average of 71% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with questions asked pertaining to the relationships they have built at work. In 2016 respondents answered with an average of 70.5% which is slightly lower than in 2019. This section presented itself with more positive answers in 2019, than 2016. There was one question that dealt with supervisor relationships that did not change from 2016-2019 with 77% of respondents being positive.</p><p><strong><u>Work Environment</u></strong><br>The Work Environment section of the survey is primarily about how safe employees feel in the workplace and their perceptions about job security.</p><p>In 2019, there was an average of 68.3% of respondents answered agree or strongly agree. This number is not much different from the 2016 results which averaged with 68.6% answering with agree or strongly agree. The results have slightly gone down within the last three years.</p><p><strong><u>Compensation and Performance Management</u></strong><br><em>Compensation and Performance Management</em> seeks to document the level of satisfaction employees have with their pay and receiving feedback.</p><p>In 2019, the average number of agrees and strongly agrees was 61.6%. This number has gone up from the previous 2016 survey that only averaged a 59.5% in positive answers. There was one question that asked if employee are satisfied with their overall compensation. The average of 37% answering positively was the same for both years.</p><p><u><strong>Communication</strong></u><br>The communication block of the survey focuses on communication with supervisors and fellow employees throughout the university.</p><p>In 2019, the communication questions presented an average of 50.6% of respondents answering either with agree or strongly agree. However, in 2016 the average was 51.3%, so we saw a bit of a decline in this section of the survey.</p><p><u><strong>Impact</strong></u><br>The Impact questions were designed to measure the degree to which employees feel their work impacts the goals and success of the university.</p><p>In 2019, 87.75% of respondents responded positively for the question in this section. In 2016 an average of 85.5% answered positively. We have seen an increase in the impact CWU employees feel they are making at CWU.</p><p><strong><u>Professional Development</u></strong><br>Professional Development focuses on the degree to which employees are satisfied with growth opportunities within the workplace.</p><p>This section, along with Rewards and Recognition, was rated lower compared to almost all other sections, when it came to positive responses; <u>although, both areas are up from the 2016 survey</u><em>.</em> In 2019, an average of 44.25% of respondents answered with positivity. However, in 2016, only 39.75% of respondents responded positively.</p><p><u><strong>Rewards and Recognition</strong></u><br>Rewards and Recognition focuses on the awards or recognition that employees receive and measures the degree of satisfaction they feel about recognition.</p><p>In 2019, an average of 44.5% of the answers received were either agree or strongly agree. This number is slightly up from our 2016 results where respondents answered with 41.5% positivity.</p><p><strong><u>Summary</u></strong></p><p>Overall the Employee Engagement survey conducted in 2016, and again in 2019, provides some interesting results. Human Resources is happy to report that most of the survey results in 2019 were more positive than in 2016. The goal is to continue this growth and use this feedback from employees to improve not only the attributes for employees, but their perceptions of those attributes in the workplace at CWU.</p><p>Click <a href="/hr/sites/cts.cwu.edu.hr/files/documents/2019-2016%20EE%20Graphs.docx" target="_blank">HERE</a>&nbsp; to view results and comparison between the 2019 and 2016 surveys.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Again Rates Among Nation’s Best in Support for National Guard and Reserve Employees https://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5188Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:26:55<p>For the second straight year, CWU is among the 30 finalists for the Freedom Award, and the only one from the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>Each year, the Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Award is presented to up to 15 public and private employers.</p><p>The award program is administered by the <a href="https://www.esgr.mil/" target="_blank">Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)</a>, a volunteer group that encourages employers to support those serving in the National Guard and reserves.</p><p>This year,&nbsp; 2,415 award nominations were submitted from 54 nominating committees throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p><p>“The Freedom Award is broken into three categories: small business, large business, and public entity,” explained Wayne Hilton, Washington State’s ESGR Freedom Award coordinator. “What is shows is that these are the top of the top employers in the nation that support their Guard and reservists.”</p><p>Nominees must have documented support of Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.</p><p>Hilton pointed out CWU will also receive a state Above and Beyond Award during an awards ceremony at the upcoming Washington ESGR Annual Planning and Awards Meeting on May 4 in Olympia. This the second time the university has received that honor for its demonstrated commitment to exceeding the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by providing their National Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits.</p><p>The state award is given to employers that have endorsed the ESGR Statement of Support and have also had at least one supervisors or managers recognized with a Patriot Award, which acknowledging those individuals for specific support offered their National Guard or Reserve employees.</p><p>Nominations for both the national and state awards come from Guardsman and Reservists, or one of their family members, to recognize an organization’s backing for his/her military service. CWU was nominated specifically for its support of the Army National Guard. Hilton called such support vital to maintaining the country’s military readiness.</p><p>“Unlike in past years, the Guard and Reserve now provide approximately 48 percent of all deployed service members,” he added. “They’re in a rotation now, and units are in a rotation every four or five years to be deployed.”</p><p>Established in 1972, ESGR, an official United States Department of Defense program, is designed to promote cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their military reservists in support of military commitments.</p><p>Following selection by United States Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the national Freedom Awards winners will be announced in late May.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p>Here is the<a href="https://bit.ly/2JWvfwk" target="_blank"> complete list</a> and more information about the Freedom Award.</p></br>Employee Assistance Program available for Faculty & Staffhttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5181Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:12:54<p>The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources are available to you, your spouse, and children up to age 26. The EAP offers counseling, consultation, and coaching to enhance your health and well-being. Their purpose is to serve you and your family when you need them most.<br><br>Call confidentially at any time: (800) 777-4114 or visit their website: <a href="http://www.FirstChoiceEAP.com" target="_blank">www.FirstChoiceEAP.com</a>, and enter username: 'cwu' for the Website Login.<br><br>The EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your privacy is maintained and your contact with the EAP is strictly confidential.</p></br></br></br></br>Washington State Paid Sick Leave FAQshttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5175Wed, 02 Jan 2019 09:38:48<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/hr/washington-state-paid-sick-leave-faqs">here </a>for more information on the frequently asked questions.</strong></p></p style="text-align: center;">Meet with a Retirement Plan Representativehttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5153Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:12:59<p>Did you know that a representative from Fidelity, plan administrator for the CWU Retirement Plan (CWURP) and the Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP), is on the Ellensburg campus for one-on-one consultations on a regular basis?</p><p>Learn how to schedule an appointment <a href="/hr/node/5080">here</a>.</p>Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programhttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5147Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:58:23<p>Are you interested in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?</p><p>Click here for the flier <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/hr/sites/cts.cwu.edu.hr/files/documents/Public_Service_Loan_Forgiveness_Training_Flier.pdf">Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program</a></p>HR Newsletter December 2018https://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5083Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:38:02<p>To check out the latest news at CWU just click <a href="/hr/sites/cts.cwu.edu.hr/files/documents/December%20Newsletter.pdf">here</a> to see HR's December Newsletter!</p>Meet with a Retirement Plan Representativehttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5082Fri, 18 May 2018 11:47:21<p>Did you know that a representative from Fidelity, plan administrator for the CWU Retirement Plan (CWURP) and the Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP), is on the Ellensburg campus for one-on-one consultations on a regular basis?</p><p>Learn how to schedule an appointment <a href="/hr/node/5080">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Hiring Students for Summer or Fallhttps://www.cwu.edu/hr/node/5081Fri, 18 May 2018 11:30:18<p>All 2017-2018 academic year student job postings/pools end June 1st. A new posting is required to hire new&nbsp;students for summer or fall. Contact Student Employment to get started.</p><p>All student jobs will end June 15. To rehire current student(s) for summer or fall, a spreadsheet can be submitted. The spreadsheet and instructions are available <em><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/studentemployment/how-hire-student" target="_blank">online</a></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Please direct Student Employment questions to Bea Padilla at (509) 963-1267 or padillbo@cwu.edu.</p>