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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at Middlebury. What’s ERM?

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at Middlebury. What’s ERM?

Did you know that our Enterprise Risk Management team helps to identify and mitigate risks across the institution? Led by Karen Miller, our chief risk officer, the ERM team works to escalate the mitigation of risks that could have an impact to the institution (think financial sustainability) and also works with departments to help identify and mitigate departmental risks. 

Visit the ERM office website, FAQs or contact Amy Dale, Outreach Specialist, to learn more!

2019 Friends of the Art Museum Award Nominations!

The Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art invite you to nominate a current Middlebury College Student whose contribution to the visual arts in the community merits distinction. The Friends have made an annual award to a college student for approximately two decades. Recipients have included sculptors, filmmakers, painters, critics for The Campus, Museum volunteers, and founders of the M Gallery. Anyone [barring a relative of the nominee] can make a nomination. The award will be presented on Sunday, May 5, at Kirk House, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. The nominator and winner will be guests of the Museum.

Nominations are due Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For information and nomination forms, go to: museum.middlebury.edu/news/awards or call Mikki Lane: (802) 443-2309


A Reminder: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an Official Middlebury Holiday!

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day has been recognized as an official Middlebury holiday, beginning in 2019. This means that all US-based operations will be closed (except for essential services) on MLK Day, in the same manner as operations are closed for the Thanksgiving and Year-End Holiday Breaks, and that benefits-eligible staff employees will be paid “holiday time” for the day.

Please refer to this article for more information on Holiday Pay.

-Human Resources

Annual Performance Summary (APS) Workshops

The annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.  The APS form for 2019 remains the same as in previous years.

Below, please find a link to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/evals

For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find the recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher.  In addition to the on-line tools, we are offering two APS workshops for new employees and supervisors undergoing the APS process for the first time:

Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge)

Tuesday, February 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge)

For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional question & answer sessions are available to provide support for supervisors, managers and staff as you prepare your performance documentation:

Thursday, February 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Marble Works)

Thursday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Marble Works)

Monday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to noon (Marble Works)

Please email lcaroten@middlebury.edu or call x2012 to register.

 

-Laura Carotenuto

Workplace Etiquette – Holiday Tipping and Solicitation

The holiday season has arrived and, along with the wreaths and menorahs, the perennial workplace etiquette issues around tipping and solicitation of donations for office parties and/or gifts have appeared.  While no doubt tipping, gifts and parties are prompted by goodwill and the desire to share the joy and bounty of the season, such practices can (and sometimes do) inadvertently have the opposite effect.  In fact, each year the Administration, Middlebury Staff Council and the Human Resources Department receive feedback from members of our community who feel uncomfortable about such holiday practices.

The Administration, MSC and the Human Resources Department discourage tipping employees and urge caution in soliciting for parties or gifts because of the inherent inequity in tipping, and the potential for perceived pressure to contribute to office parties or gifts.

Instead of cash tipping, employees who would like to recognize specific staff are encouraged to do so with a verbal thank-you and/or a note or card.  If there is a strong desire to do more, consider a non-monetary treat that can be shared among co-workers; for example sending bagels and coffee, or sweets, to a December staff meeting can be a great way to express your appreciation.  (Consider contacting the supervisor or manager to discuss what might work well in the specific workgroup.)

Employees (especially managers) are encouraged to be sensitive when organizing holiday gatherings and/or soliciting donations for gifts.  Please keep in mind that not everyone celebrates the same holidays (or any holidays), that not everyone is equally in a position to make a donation (either of money or goods) and that some people are simply not interested in doing so. While the myriad of year-end holidays can provide a wonderful opportunity for workgroups to come together socially – and such gatherings can be completely appropriate in the workplace – please do be sensitive to the varying beliefs, interests and resources of ALL of your colleagues as you make plans.  With a little care celebrations and get-togethers can be fun and comfortable for all employees who choose to participate.

Best wishes for a happy – and stress-free – holiday season!

-Cheryl Mullins

Annual Performance Summary for Staff Members

Dear Colleagues,

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to offer you resources to prepare for the Annual Performance Summary (APS) process upon our return in the new year.  As you may recall, the annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.  The APS form for 2019 remains the same as in previous years.  (Please note, however, that plans have already begun to update the process in the coming year incorporating campus feedback received through the institution-wide employee engagement survey, follow-up performance management discussions with the community, and opportunities to utilize the new Oracle ERP in exciting ways.  See MiddPoints for more information: MiddPoints 8-23-18.)

Below, please find links to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor.  For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find this recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher.  In addition to the on-line tools, beginning in January we will be offering APS workshops for new employees and supervisors.  For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional question & answer sessions will be offered to provide support as you prepare your performance documentation.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/evals (Vermont campus)

https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/offices-services/human-resources/employee-resources  (MIIS)

Workshop dates will be announced soon via MiddPoints.  In addition, individual support is available to staff and supervisors and department specific training and consultation is available upon request.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best,

Laura Carotenuto

Manager of Employee Relations