April Roo Employee Engagements

We welcome you to visit the Roo Employee Engagement page, a new webpage to share upcoming engagement events for employees and resources for managers to engage their employees. Our hope is to continue creating a culture of care by supporting our community of faculty and staff through events that focus on employee development and having fun. Upcoming April events include:

April 12: Here to THRIVE: Six Steps to Take Charge of Your Career Progression
Learn how to thrive at UMKC with this six-step program focusing on career progression. You will learn how to evaluate where you are, decide where you want to go, and discover ways to help get you there over the course of this training. Prepare to come away with a toolbox full of resources and strategies to kick start your career progression goals. This training will be led by Emma Satterfield, Senior HR Specialist in Compensation & Classification at UMKC. Register for a session here.

April 19: “Walk It Out!” Walking Club Kickoff Event
Join us for the kickoff of our revitalized Employee Walking Club. Meet us at the Volker Campus Kickoff  at the University Parkway Tuesday, April 19th at 12pm or meet us at the courtyard area between the Health Sciences Building and School of Medicine on Hospital Hill Thursday, April 21st at 12pm for the Hospital Hill Kickoff.  Please visit our website for event details!

April 28: Take your Child to Work Day
Employees will have the exciting opportunity to bring their child(ren) to UMKC for the day in celebration of national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Each child will be provided with a t-shirt and complementary lunch at the Atterbury Student Success Center cafeteria. The day’s schedule of events and activities will give your child(ren) a fun snapshot of UMKC and all of the amazing things our campus has to offer. Registration information coming soon!

We hope you will continue to check out the website and find opportunities to engage with other employees at UMKC.

Please contact Emily Strayhall at emilystrayhall@umkc.edu if you have any questions.

New Program: Roo Employee Engagement!

Human Resources would like to share a new program with you – Roo Employee Engagement. The program includes a variety of events and resources. Events will focus on recognition, community building, development, family friendly events and more. We welcome you to visit the Roo Employee Engagement page, a new webpage to share upcoming engagement events for employees and resources for managers to engage their employees. Our hope is to continue creating a culture of care by supporting our community of faculty and staff through events that focus on employee development and having fun. We are kicking off this new program with an Employee Spirit Week, April 4th-8th, followed by Take your Child to Work Day on April 28th. Details can be found below and on the webpage.

Employee Spirit Week – April 4th – 8th

Department Spirit Day – Monday, April 4th:

  • Showcase your department’s UMKC spirit by decorating your department door! Door Decorations must be work appropriate, incorporate UMKC and what your department does. Submit a photo of the decorated door to umkchr@umkc.edu by 5pm on Monday, April 4th for the chance to win a prize. Additionally, units will be encouraged to do something fun together, such as enjoying a treat (donuts, bagels, cookies, ice cream, etc.) or spending an hour playing games.

Secret Cheerleader Day – Tuesday, April 5th:

  • Let’s celebrate and cheer each other on. On Secret Cheerleader Day, employees will have the opportunity pass each other anonymous notes, complimenting excellent work. HR has designed some note templates that can be accessed through the HR website and printed out or sent electronically. Additionally, employees can stop by the Human Resources Office (Administrative Center, Room 226) to grab some pre-printed cards or reach out to their HRBP to find out if there is a pickup location in their CSD. Start thinking about who you want to recognize and let’s spend Tuesday, April 5th cheering on our co-workers!

Kangaroo Pantry Food Drive – Wednesday, April 6th:

  • Help us feed those in need! Bring in donations for the UMKC Kangaroo Pantry. Most needed non-perishable food items include: canned meat – (chicken and tuna), Ramen Noodles, canned fruit, dry pasta, canned soup, peanut butter, breakfast items, granola bars. Submit a photo of your department’s donations, to umkchr@umkc.edu by 5pm on Thursday, April 7th for a chance to win a prize.

Kansas City Spirit Day – Thursday, April 7th:

  • Let’s show our spirit by wearing attire representing one of the many great things that Kansas City has to offer! Do you have a t-shirt from your favorite BBQ place in town? What about one of those KC heart shirts from Charlie Hustle? Thursday is also the Royals Home Opener, support the boys in blue by wearing your favorite Royals attire.  Attire can include gear featuring Kansas City sports teams or any other KC themed clothing. The department that shows the most KC Spirit will when a yummy prize! Submit a group photo, showcasing your department’s KC Spirit, to umkchr@umkc.edu by 5pm on Thursday, April 7th.

Roo Blue Friday – Friday, April 8th:

  • Wear your best Roo blue and gold on Friday to show your UMKC spirit! The department that shows the most Roo Blue Spirit will when a yummy prize! Submit a group photo, showcasing your department’s KC Spirit, to umkchr@umkc.edu by 5pm on Friday, April 8th.

Take your Child to Work Day – April 28, 2022

  • Employees will have the exciting opportunity to bring their child(ren) to UMKC for the day in celebration of national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Each child will be provided with a t-shirt and complementary lunch at the Atterbury Student Success Center cafeteria. The day’s schedule of events and activities will give your child(ren) a fun snapshot of UMKC and all of the amazing things our campus has to offer.

We hope you will continue to check out the website and find opportunities to engage with other employees at UMKC. Please contact Emily Strayhall at emilystrayhall@umkc.edu if you have any questions.

Lifewise EAP Webinar: From Tired to Inspired: Keeping Engaged and Preventing Burnout

As an employee, you are our most important resource, and the University of Missouri System 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.

On March 17th, 2022, the topic for the EAP Online Seminar Series is From Tired to Inspired: Keeping Engaged and Preventing Burnout

Description: Learn how to get around burnout, prevent it, and keep yourself engaged in work and personal life.

You do not need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the date above. At any time while viewing the Online Seminar, if you have questions about the seminar, please type them into the “Ask a question” box located to the left of the video window. You will receive an emailed answer within five business days.  

Click Here to access the webinar

PASSCODE: UMKC

To access other recorded seminars, visit the EAP website at: http://lifewiseeap.advantageengagement.com/ Passcode: UMKC.  Open the link and enter the password. This will bring you to the homepage. Scroll down until you see the ‘ONLINE SEMINARS’ and then follow the hyperlink provided. This will take you to a page with all uploaded seminars, select the seminar you would like to review.

Staff Professional Enrichment and Emergency Relief Fund

Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee

The UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Funds are designed to recognize the importance of engaged, well-qualified staff to support the overall mission of the university. These funds will not only have a significant impact on the individuals who receive support but also on the entire campus. These funds were made possible by two donors and long-time volunteers and champions of the university, Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee. Bill and Mary Kay believed strongly that part of what makes a great university is investing in its people. It was their intention that these funds be used by staff for professional and career growth and also to aid with unforeseen crises.

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars, and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. The next deadline to apply for the Staff Professional Enrichment Fund is April 1st, 2022.

The focus of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide monetary support during times of temporary or unforeseen financial hardship. In addition to staff development, the donors recognize that sometimes staff members are confronted with unexpected, personal hardships that make it difficult to maintain a fulfilling work and home life. The donors want these individuals to have a way to obtain assistance to get them through a temporary challenge in their lives. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide these opportunities to staff. A committee will review all requests and may make recommendations to the staff member to participate in financial counseling, debt management or Employee Assistance. Applications can be submitted year-round for the Emergency Relief Fund.

Visit SPEER Fund to learn more and apply.

Prepped & Ready: Experts Edition

UMKC’s wonderful partners at Children’s Mercy Hospital are offering a program for parents of tweens and teens.

CMH invites you to watch Prepped and Ready: Experts Edition, a free online video series for parents and caregivers who are raising teens. This educational series is being offered online and brings the experts at Children’s Mercy right to parents, before there is a crisis, with topics covering vaping, hard conversations, safe storage and more. View now at childrensmercy.org/PreppedAndReady.