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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.

Service Center

Mercedes Tillman
Human Resource Specialist II

ePerformance Rated Progress Check-In

The rated ePerformance Progress Check-In forms are now available for employees in myHR and managers in PeopleSoft Production.

The self-review and manager assessment have three areas for the employee and manager to complete:

  1. Successes and Accomplishments
  2. Concerns and Growth Opportunities
  3. Next Steps

Once employees and managers complete their respective portions of the process, they will meet to discuss. Once the progress check-in meeting occurs, employees will have the ability to make final comments.

The recommended deadline for employees to complete their self-review is May 31, 2022. Managers will need to complete their assessments and progress check-in meetings by June 30, 2022. Please note that departments can create their own timelines for the process as long as everything is completed by June 30, 2022, please discuss any questions you have related to your timeline with your supervisor.

You can learn more about the Progress Check-In schedule and rating scale or access our optional Building a Performance Culture training module on our ePerformance Progress Check-Ins webpage.

Please contact the HR Service Center or you email umkchr@umkc.edu if you have any questions.

Take Your Child to Work Day 2022 – Recap

Employees celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day on April 28, 2022 by bringing their children to different events across the Volker and Health Sciences campuses throughout the day. We had 86 kids on campus participating in the event. The rain at the beginning of the day didn’t slow any of the kids down. As part of the events kids had the opportunity to receive a t-shirt, a certificate for completing their first day of work at UMKC, and if they attended 5 events, they were able to swing by Human Resources to pick up a UMKC water bottle.


Miller Nichols Library had many exciting exhibits available to tour including the Richard L. Sutton Geosciences Museum, State Historical Society of Missouri – Kansas City Research Center, the LaBudde Special Collections, and Robot tours.


KCUR offered sessions on Making Radio at KCUR with Paul Nyakatura, KCUR’s midday announcer. Kid’s had the opportunity to pick up a reporter’s notebook, take a picture behind the mic and record promos that were played throughout the morning. Check out the recording from Allison:




The Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy shared physics demonstrations including magnetic levitation, wireless electricity, non-newtonian fluid, and a magnetic ring launcher.


University Athletics had a field day in Durwood Soccer Stadium. Children had the opportunity to play soccer with members of the UMKC men’s and women’s soccer teams. They could also tour the locker rooms and take a picture in a UMKC jersey with their very own letter of intent.



Biological Sciences hosted Species Squad stations covering all aspects of biology from looking through microscopes, examining x-rays, sorting bones, meeting some hissing cockroaches, examining stingrays, snakes, eels, and a kangaroo heart among other things.



The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures offered free entry to employees and their children for the day.


Employees and their children had the opportunity to eat lunch in the Atterbury Student Success Center Dining Hall.



The School of Nursing & Health Studies and School of Pharmacy held a fun and challenging scavenger hunt through the Health Sciences Building with a lab tour.



The Provost shared popsicles and the opportunity for children to share their artistic sides by painting some UMKC themed drawings.



Arts & Sciences offered cookies and coloring in Scofield Hall along with a tornado simulation given by Earth and Environmental Sciences.



Additionally, Admissions provided campus tours for interested high school age children and the UMKC Bookstore provided coupons so everyone could expand their UMKC wardrobe – go Roos!

Kids and parents raved about their favorite sessions throughout the day with more than one child sharing how fun they thought it must be to work at UMKC. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participated. Many units came together to make Take Your Child to Work Day possible and we hope next year’s event will see even more participation from units and employees alike.

UMKC ROO Book Club

Are you looking for ways to connect with other ROO employees around campus and you want to give your brain a breather from your everyday work tasks? Join the UMKC ROO Employee Engagement Book Club! We will be reading a variety of books related to work, happiness, and positivity,  topics are enjoyable all the time.

The book club will meet to discuss their first book beginning in June and we anticipate it will take around 2 months to get through the first book. The selected book will be provided to participants free of charge.

We have put together a survey for employees who are interested to gather contact information, as well as information to assist with planning. The survey will help us select a book and provide direction on how long the meetings should be and what times and days of the week work best. The survey is due by Friday, May 13, 2022.

Please email umkchr@umkc.edu if you have any questions, we look forward to having you join us!

Take Your Child to Work Day – April 28, 2022

National Take Your Child to Work Day takes place on the fourth Thursday of April every year, and this year it falls on Thursday, April 28th. UMKC happily invites you and your children to help us celebrate this occasion.

Throughout the day on Thursday, April 28th, parents and their children will be able to choose from an array of activities with different departments across the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Activities range from arts & crafts to a scavenger hunt, sports, and science demonstrations. Children can also participate in a special meet and greet with UMKC’s beloved mascot, Kasey the Kangaroo. Children who participate for the day will receive a UMKC Take Your Child to Work Day t-shirt, a certificate of completion for attending the event, and free lunch in the Atterbury Student Success Center Dining Hall.

This day will also be a great opportunity for high school aged children who are considering becoming a future UMKC Roo. They can spend the day on our beautiful campus and get to know more about the educational opportunities and programs offered here at UMKC through a campus tour with Admissions.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event. Although we encourage everyone to participate in Take Your Child to Work Day, please seek approval from your supervisor to ensure departmental guidelines are followed and proper coverage is met. A Supervisor Approval Form will be required to register for the event.

All employees who are planning to bring their children to work on April 28, 2022, will need to register their children and sign a Waiver for each child attending by Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Click here to register your child.

For more information including a full schedule of the day’s activities, visit the Take Your Child to Work Day webpage. If you have any questions, please contact umkchr@umkc.edu.

“WALK IT OUT!” Employee Walking Club

With spring upon us, we want to encourage employees to get outside and be active. We invite you to join the “Walk It Out!” UMKC Employee Walking Club!

The walking club will meet two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon on both the Volker Campus and Health Sciences Campus and aims to get employees moving and meeting others. Employees can log their participation on a Walking Log and if you complete an average of 2 walks per week between the kickoff and the end of July, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card for new walking shoes or fitness gear!

We will be kicking off the “Walk It Out!” UMKC Employee Walking Club on both campuses:

  • Tuesday, April 19th at 12pm at the University Parkway on Volker Campus
  • Thursday, April 21st at 12pm at the courtyard in front of the School of Medicine on Health Sciences Campus

During each kickoff event, there will be a drawing for all attendees to enter to win a fitness watch!

More detailed information about the “Walk It Out!” UMKC Employee Walking Club can be found online. Please complete the Participation Form online to let us know you’re interested, so that we can send you information for the walking club. Access the form by using your UM System assigned login: yourSSOhere@umsystem.edu.

Please contact UMKCHR@umkc.edu if you have any questions.

Visit the Roo Employee Engagement website for more upcoming events!