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HR Service Center

The HR Service Center at UMKC is a cross-functional area in the Human Resources office where employees are able to be supported in a variety of areas. The HR Service Center at UMKC serves as a valuable resource for employees related to any of the HR service areas.

Our goal is to promptly and effectively serve every customer who calls or walks into our office. The HR Service Center Blog is a central resource for employees related to trending topics, frequently asked questions and current, HR-related news.


Annual Benefits Enrollment

Human Resources would like to remind everyone that the annual benefits enrollment for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff will be open on Monday, October 16 in myHR and will close on Friday, October 27. You must submit your choices in myHR during this time period, or you will be defaulted to the Healthy Savings Plan at the non-discounted rate, and pay taxes on your monthly premiums for coverage beginning on January 1, 2018. All University staff must participate in this process even if you want to keep the same coverage you currently have, OR if you plan to waive coverage!

Before you enroll, it is important to understand your options. The 2018 Insurance Benefits Guide is available electronically and will not be mailed out to employees this year. Employees may also view the Medical Plan Comparison Chart to better illustrate the differences in plans. There will also be informational meetings before annual enrollment opens that employees can attend. Below are the dates and times for these meetings, as well as their location on campus:

If you have additional questions about annual enrollment or other benefit inquiries, contact the HR Service Center.

Lifewise EAP Online Seminar Series: October 18, 2017- Eating Through Celebration

As an employee, you are our most important resource, and the University of Missouri cares about your personal and professional well-being.

The UM System’s Total Rewards, UMKC Human Resources, and Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City have come together to provide monthly online Employee Assistance Program seminars to equip you with skills to help you excel and grow in your professional or personal life.

In October, the topic for the EAP Online Seminar Series is Eating Through Celebration.

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Social Security Benefits Seminar

Join Social Security experts from the Kansas City Area Social Security Office as they review the retirement, disability and survivors benefits provided by the Social Security Administration, including details on:

  • How you become eligible for benefits,
  • How your benefit is calculated and how it is paid,
  • How to apply for benefits,
  • Where to go for more information.

A brief overview of Medicare will also be provided.

Social Security experts will be on campus for two sessions on Wednesday, October 18th from 9:00-10:30am in Theatre A of the School of Medicine and again on the Volker Campus from 1:00-2:00pm in the Plaza Room of the Administrative Center.

These sessions are FREE to all UMKC employees, but registration is requested. Click here to register for one of these sessions. Please contact Tyler Robertson at 816-235-1619 or Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu if you need assistance.

Webinar: Mindful Leadership

As an institutional member of HERC, our campus receives access to free professional development webinars led by national experts. HERC webinars are SHRM and HRCI certified and of relevance to senior leadership, academic affairs and human resource professionals, and anyone committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 12:00PM employees will be able to attend Cultivating a Practice of Mindful Leadership.

A hallmark of effective leadership is the ability to exercise judgment (well-informed, wise decisions) and demonstrate a consistent pattern of consistently good judgment. Influence on judgment is called “bias.” When assumptions and stereotypes influence what we believe to be objective actions, we may have been unduly influenced by unconscious biases. This lecture will unpack how bias works, introduce practices for reducing the influence of bias on our decisions, and heighten awareness of how biases may motivate our leadership practices. Presented by Dr. Robbin Chapman, Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Lecturer in the Education Department at Wellesley College.

Visit the HR Calendar of Events to register for this free webinar.

On-Campus Flu Shots

Colder weather is quickly approaching and with it comes flu season! Luckily for UMKC employees, there will be several upcoming on campus flu shot clinics beginning early next month!

Flu shots are covered by the University for faculty, staff and dependents that are 12 years and older and enrolled in a University of Missouri System (UM) medical plan. Children that are 12 years and older, must be accompanied by an adult in order to receive a flu shot. Due to different vaccination needs, children age 11 and younger should obtain their flu vaccine from their health care provider, health department or community clinic.

Be sure to bring your insurance card and a completed flu shot consent form with you to the clinic to receive your shot.

Employees that are not enrolled in a UM medical plan can still receive a flu shot from the clinic when they are on campus. Flu shots will cost $20 in cash or check payable to Healthy for Life for employees who are not enrolled in a medical plan with the University.

Below are the UMKC clinic dates and locations:

For more information about on campus flu clinics or to inquire about wellness points, please visit the UM System wellness website or contact the HR Service Center at (800) 488-5288.