April 2022

Compensation Virtual Drop-In Office Hours

Need help writing a Position Description?

HR Compensation will hold virtual drop-in office hours in May. Compensation Analysts will be available to guide you through how best to describe your position using the Position Description form and can walk you through any questions you may have about the process of having a position reviewed.

Session Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 3 from 10-11 a.m.

  • Wednesday, May 18 from 3-4 p.m.

Join us on Zoom at any time during a scheduled session:

Zoom Link:

Please note: only University of Tennessee authenticated users will be able to join. To learn more about how to use single-sign-on (SSO) prior to joining the Zoom click here.

Join an Office Hours Session (Zoom)

UConnecT: Now Accepting Applications

Professional MBA Program Scholarship: Call for Nominations

The James A. Haslam II College of Business Administration will be sponsoring a scholarship for the 2022-2023 Professional MBA program. which begins this August.

This is a fantastic scholarship opportunity for staff who have applied and been accepted to the Professional MBA program and who have been a full-time UTK employee for at least one year.

Scholarship nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, May 13.

Learn More & Nominate a Colleague Today

Donation Drives: Veterans Food Pantry & East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

We have a wonderful opportunity to team with Second Harvest and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association to help provide food assistance to struggling veterans and their families throughout East Tennessee during this upcoming summer.

We will be collecting canned food items (meals-in-a-can) and other nonperishable food items (please no glass containers) through Friday, May 13th in the front office of Human Resources (105 Student Services Building) along with several other locations around campus.

View Food Drive Flyer & Additional Drop Off Locations

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is requesting donations of scrapbook paper. The paper is used for birthday celebrations and memory-making for bereaved families. Donations of any kind of scrapbook paper are welcome.

View Children’s Hospital Drive Flyer

Survivor Benefits: Update Your Beneficiaries

Survivor benefits are a great way to plan for the future and take care of your loved ones when you can’t be there. University of Tennessee System Policy HR0307 describes the benefit payment provided in the event a regular university employee dies while in active pay status. The University will use the most recent information on file when processing benefits.

We ask that all employees complete or, if applicable, update their HR0307 beneficiary form to ensure your designations are current.

Please do so at your earliest convenience via the IRIS Web ESS (Employee Self Service) eForm (located in Personal Information):

Visit IRIS Web Portal

Alternatively, employees may indicate they do not wish to designate a beneficiary for this benefit via the same eForm.

Please take these few simple steps to ensure financial relief to your beneficiaries during a difficult time.

Note: this designation of beneficiary is specific to Policy HR0307 and is not connected to life insurance, retirement, or any other beneficiaries. Contact Payroll/Insurance & Retirement Services at 974-5251 for other beneficiary designation questions.

Learn More about Survivor Benefits

Coming Soon: ERC Elections

Employee Relations Committee (ERC) representatives play a major role in advising and influencing those in management about University policies, as well as discussing employee needs and concerns with the University Administration.

We have two ERC groups representing regular, non-exempt staff at UTK: Knoxville Operations and Knoxville Administration.

Online elections will be held this semester in preparation for the start of a new two-year term for elected representatives and alternates next academic year. Look for more information soon!

Learn More about our ERCs & ERAO

UTILA Accepting Applications

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Underway

We are accepting applications for new enrollees in the Knoxville-Area and Institute of Agriculture Sick Leave Banks (SLB).

To be eligible, you must be employed as a regular employee, accruing sick leave, with a sick leave balance of at least 48 hours or 6 days (pro-rated for regular, part-time employees) by June 30.

Learn more about SLB annual enrollment

Oracle Cloud to Replace IRIS in 2024

Over the next two years the university will migrate to a modern, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that will replace IRIS. The new financial and HR system is expected to roll out across campus in spring 2024.

The university will use Oracle Cloud as its new system platform, which will be called DASH. The UT System is leading the implementation.

Learn more about the ERP Project

Staff Spotlight: Jon Chandler

Jon Chandler joined our Employee Relations team in May 2021. Jon has always been a trusted employee advocate in his HR roles as either a Recruiter, Human Resources Business Partner, Benefits Leader, HR Generalist, and most recently as a Senior Employee Relations Consultant with us at UTK.

Jon is a service and relationship kind of person and has always been that go-to type of person for all things HR and much more. You could say Jon knows his resources…

Clifton Strengths: Connectedness, Positivity, Responsibility, WOO, Arranger

Hobbies: Puzzles, Playing Guitar, Hiking and seeing Live music

Family: Wife Alanna & Daughter Lily

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