Read below to discover Mason's resources to keep you connected and enhance your life/work balance.

Information Outlets


Mason has a number of resources to help you connect and engage. We encourage you to visit Mason's news and information sources regularly for some great updates!


Holiday Schedule


The 2018 Holiday Schedule is available. This should give you plenty of time to plan your vacation for next year!


Timesheet Guidance


General Information on Timesheets:


Winter Break Timesheet Guidance:


Please note: We cannot process late submissions until the next regular pay period. If you have questions regarding timesheet deadlines or other payroll concerns, please email


Mason Alert


Mason Alert is a convenient resource to easily stay informed on impactful and timely announcements. All university employees are automatically enrolled in Mason Alert.


We strongly advise registering cell phone number(s) and additional email addresses to ensure you receive emergency messages in a timely manner. To register your cell phone to receive text message alerts visit Select the green Mason Alert box to log into your Mason Alert account with your university credentials.


Performance Evaluations


HR & Payroll contracted with Cornerstone, an Ellucian partner, earlier this year to develop an online performance evaluation tool. We held open forums late spring and summer initiating conversations on changes to the evaluations for administrative/professional faculty. We also administered a survey this summer that garnered a 24% response rate.


Based on continued conversations, we will ask for additional feedback on the Universal Performance Expectations early spring 2018. We will ask administrative/professional faculty to input FY18 goals this spring and will pilot the tool late spring/early summer.


We need your help! The more participants we get, the more successful it will be. If you are interested in piloting in your area or if you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Lim at or 703-993-3665

Mason Talent Temps


Do you need temporary assistance? Use Mason Talent Temps! Mason Talent Temps has vetted temps readily available for quick backfill. Since Mason Talent Temps' launch in May 2017, the program has been a resounding success in helping departments with their temporary staffing needs. Mason Talent Temps save departments time on recruiting and on boarding temporary staff compared to external temporary staffing agencies.


The temporary applicant pool and subsequent hires have exceeded expectations for diversity; roughly 56% of the temps are people of color.


Currently, Mason Talent Temps have 17 temporary roles filled on all three campuses. 2018 will present a new set of opportunities for the Mason Talent Temps program as they aim to expand the program and provide greater services for their Mason Talent Temp employees.


For more information on the Mason Talent Temps program, please visit


2018 Physical Well-being Seminars


Start your new year on the path to well-being with the HR & Payroll Physical Well-Being Seminar Series. All classes take place at noon and are videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech unless otherwise noted.


Upcoming Seminars:


• January 24 – Foundations of Well-being: Mindfulness and Meaning

• February  21 – Metabolism Makeover

• March 21 – Compassion in the Workplace


For details and to register, please visit


Flexible Work


Planning for inclement weather is also a good time to consider the benefits of having a formal telework agreement on file. You can arrange in advance to have remote access to Mason through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if needed (with two-factor authentication).


For more information, please visit the flexible work site at:


Calling All Needle Workers:  Mason Baby Hats Needed


Do you like to knit or crochet? Are you willing to knit green and gold baby hats for the newest Mason Patriots? We provide the green and gold yarn if you are willing to share your time and talents to create baby hats for new and expectant parents who work at Mason.


Please contact Beth Baroody at or 703-993-2739 if interested.



Take the Time to Say Thank You!


Reward and Recognition would like to remind you that there are various Appreciation Days this winter from Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17) to Employee Appreciation Day (March 7). There are many opportunities to extend a thank you, spread warmth and cheer, and electronic greeting cards to quickly and easily recognize your colleagues.


Questions? Contact Beth Baroody at 703-993-2739 or



Extended Absences


There are resources available for benefits-eligible employees if the employee will be out for an extended period due to a serious or chronic medical condition or they need to take care of an immediate family member (e.g., child, spouse, parent) with such a condition.


These resources vary depending on your start date, employment classification, and the choices you have made on voluntary benefits. The Benefits team is happy to help you navigate the procedures and rules for the use of Family Medical Leave (FMLA)* and the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP). Contact us at 703-993-2600 or

* FMLA is available to any employee who has worked at Mason for one year and worked 1250 hours during that year.


Qualifying Events: Making Changes to Your Health Insurance or FSA


With supporting documents, certain qualifying events allow you to make mid-year changes to your health insurance and flexible spending accounts. For example, if you are:

• Having a baby

• Planning to adopt

• Getting married

• Getting divorced

• If your child is becoming self-supporting


Please submit your enrollment or election change request within 60 calendar days of the qualifying mid-year event.


For questions regarding any changes, please contact


Workplace Coaching


Organizational Development, Learning, and Coaching (ODLC) offers faculty and staff the opportunity to work with a coach. The Workplace Coaching Program provides trained peers from the Mason community to work with you on a variety of issues in areas where they have identified a need for support.


We can help you with:

  • Professional/leadership growth and development
  • Personal and professional well-being goals
  • Building on and working with Strengths
  • And more!


Coaching can help you to clearly identify the issue, clarify perceptions, identify potential solutions, and develop a way to implement them.


For more information or to sign up with a coach, please contact


Resilience Modules


As part of the Well-Being University Initiative, nine resilience modules (PowerPoints) are available for the Mason community to use in classrooms, workshops, or other group settings.


The presentations highlight practical and evidence-based techniques to increase resilience and well-being. Choose from topics like Best Possible Self, Problem Solving, and Willpower.


Visit to download the slides and notes for each module.


Working with Your Strengths


StrengthsFinder helps you find your strengths! This resource may help increase individual and team performance and satisfaction.


To take the assessment, visit and click on Take the StrengthsFinder Assessment to create a new account. The current agreement with Gallup allows faculty and staff to take the assessment for free through June 2018.


To learn more about helping you and your team work on strengths, please contact Organizational Development, Learning, and Coaching (ODLC) at


Email with questions. We'd love to help you out!

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