Talk It Up! This September

We at UMKC are committed to each other’s learning, growth and success. With the beginning of our academic year it’s time for us as supervisors and employees to start making a conscious shift towards having productive two way conversations around individual development. Leverage on the learning from the Talk It Up training sessions and have your first Talk It Up conversation in September. Moving forward, schedule additional Talk It Up conversations at least once per quarter.



Talk It Up! Conversation

                    Supervisor                <—–>           Employee

Supervisor and employees meet to give and receive developmental feedback in a positive, constructive and mutually supportive manner


Supervisor insights are particularly important to developing our employees.  Individuals need to work with their supervisor to make sure they are getting the feedback they need related to their professional strengths & development.

Click here for a few tips for supervisors and employees for their first Talk It Up Conversation.

To learn more and to review the materials from the Talk It Up Training, visit the Talk it Up webpage.

It’s all about connection & collaboration between Supervisor & Employee. So why wait …….schedule your first Talk it Up now!

Productivity & Collaboration Tools

Interested in learning what is possible with Microsoft Office Suite? Want to maximize your daily productivity in Microsoft Outlook? Or are you interested in learning more about Mac OS Sierra? MyLearn offers multiple trainings and videos focusing on productivity and collaboration with computer software. These trainings can teach participants to:

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MyLearn: Success Factor Courses

As we begin the performance appraisal season, your professional development and growth are important factors to consider. Our learning management system, myLearn offers a wide variety of free training courses for all university employees that want to supercharge their development, all from the comfort and convenience of your own computer!

Related to your annual performance appraisal, there are new success factor-based training courses divided into categories consistent with the myPerformance appraisal. This allows employees to train specifically according to their job categories, rather than a generic training designed for all jobs alike. Within each job category, employees can choose to train on the specific success factor (accountability, collaboration, communication, customer focus, diversity & inclusion, judgment, and time management) that they wish to gain more knowledge on. These courses are excellent resources for employees that wish to go above and beyond on their annual performance review evaluations and increase their development.

To enroll in a myPerformance Success Factor Course, you may do so by clicking here and logging into myLearn. Then, simply select the category in which your position falls under and select the training you wish to take. You may also view the success factor definitions here.

For additional questions regarding Success Factor Courses, contact Susi Mickey in Human Resources at or 816-235-1619.

Information related to Travel Time under the FLSA

Travel Time

Required Pay for Non-Exempt Employees under the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)

This following information is provided to assist with determining when non-exempt employees are to be paid for travel time, whether on campus, during the course of a single day, or overnight. If you are uncertain as to what should be reported as hours worked after reading this information, call or email the Human Resources Compensation contact for assistance. Section Number: 785.39 Travel away from home community.

Travel that keeps an employee away from home overnight is travel away from home. Travel away from home is clearly work time when it cuts across the employee’s workday. The employee is simply substituting travel for other duties. The time is not only hours worked on regular working days during normal working hours but also during the corresponding hours on nonworking days. Thus, if an employee regularly works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday the travel time during these hours is work time on Saturday and Sunday as well as on the other days. Regular meal period time is not counted. As an enforcement policy the Division will not consider as work time that time spent in travel away from home outside of regular working hours as a passenger on an airplane, train, boat, bus, or automobile.

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