Manager Minute

Recording Emergency Leave on Timesheet - MARCH 26, 2020

Non-exempt and hourly paid employees, including student employees, who are sent home per the Tarrant County Stay-At-Home Order and have no remote work options, should report their regularly scheduled work time as emergency leave on their weekly timesheet. The emergency leave code to use is “Leave – Health Pandemic-EMG”. Employees should not report more hours than their normally scheduled work hours for each day. Considerations should first be given to remote work opportunities and then if no opportunities exist, utilize emergency leave with pay as a secondary option.Your efforts to ensuring pay is not disrupted for our employees is very much appreciated. Please reach out to Campus HR with any questions you may have.

You've Got This! - MARCH 25, 2020

Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Your employees need you now more than ever to keep them engaged and feeling connected. Many work teams started dispersing to their homes last week–some are finding their routines in their new work environment and others are just getting started. Here’s the most important thing you can initiate over the next few weeks: Schedule a routine time every day to check in with your team. It’s very important that you stay in closer contact than you normally would if working onsite. Employees need reassurance that they are still valued and an important part of HSC. Also, check in frequently with members of your team who live alone or have higher health risks. The most important question you can ask is “how are you?” The HSC Helpdesk is hosting training sessions today, March 25, on how to use Microsoft Teams, an online video conference solution. Microsoft Teams is an easy-to-use tool that can help you make that daily connection with your teams. For more information on staying connected with your team, contact your Campus HR representative.

Is your team going stir crazy from staying at home? - APRIL 8, 2020

Here are some tips from our Employee Assistance Program, Alliance Work Partners, that you can share with your team. Get out of the house: If you are housebound, this may not always be possible. But if you are able to go outside, even for a short time, take advantage of that opportunity. Exposure to daylight can help regulate the body’s natural cycles, and exercise releases endorphins, creating a natural high. Even a quick stroll can help you feel better quickly. If you are not able to leave the house at all, get close to a window and start moving around. Maintain normal eating patterns: For many of us, a day stuck at home is an excuse to overindulge in junk food. Others skip meals altogether. However, eating right can increase our energy levels and motivation. You may feel less hungry if you are getting less exercise, but monitor your eating habits to ensure that you maintain the proper balance of nutrition. Limit high-sugar, high-fat snacks and drink plenty of water. Set goals: When you are stuck in the house, you may be more likely to while away the time doing nothing of importance. Set daily and weekly goals, and track your progress toward completion. Make sure that your goals are reasonable, and reward yourself for meeting each milestone. Use your brain: Although TV is a distraction, it is also relatively mindless. Work crossword puzzles, read books or play board games. Stimulating your mind can help keep you moving forward and reduce feelings of isolation and helplessness. Exercise: Even if you cannot leave the house, find a way to stay physically active while indoors. Regular physical activity can help burn off any extra energy you have from being cooped up indoors. Indoor exercise ideas include workout videos, bodyweight workouts, and online workout routines. Interested in reading the full article? Find it here: https://www.awpnow.com/main/2020/03/19/how-to-cope-with-cabin-fever/ For more information about supervisory resources, please contact your Campus HR Team at HSC.HR@untsystem.edu. For additional virtual professional development opportunities, please visit the Organizational Development & Engagement page at: https://hr.untsystem.edu/organizational-development-engagement-ode.

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