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Action Items & Announcements / December 2018

Reminder: Winter Recess 2018

The University will observe Winter Recess from December 26 through December 28, 2018.

These three Winter Recess days are provided in addition to the already scheduled University holidays of December 24, 25, and 31, 2018, and January 1, 2019. Northwestern plans to hold Winter Recess annually.  
During Winter Recess, the University will continue to provide essential services such as security and policing, but will be closed for non-essential operations. Staff members should contact their managers or supervisors to see if their area will remain in operation and if their services are required during the recess period. Employees who are required to work during Winter Recess will be given an equivalent number of recess days that can be scheduled for use by August 31, 2019, with manager or supervisor approval. Read the FAQs for more details. 

Northwestern "Run, Hide, Fight" Training Video

Northwestern has produced a new training video to instruct our students, faculty and staff on the "Run, Hide, Fight" protocol recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for responding if a life-threatening incident were ever to occur on campus.

The video simulates a scenario of an active aggressor with a gun on Northwestern's campus. The video begins with a warning that viewer discretion is advised, since its graphic nature may be disturbing for some to watch. However, research shows that simulated scenarios are effective learning tools. It is important for all members of our community to view this video to learn the three safety options, "Run, Hide, Fight," that could help save lives in the unlikely event of such an emergency.  

Tracking your Progress in Performance Excellence

Performance Excellence is a year-round experience that includes regular check-in conversations between staff and supervisors and provides opportunities to keep track of progress, challenges and accomplishments online throughout the year.

Preparing for Your 2018 Form W-2 & Form 1095-C

As a reminder, efforts to prepare your Northwestern 2018 Form W-2 and Form 1095-C have begun. Please review and update, if necessary, your home address details in myHR today to enable timely delivery of your 2018 tax materials.

Convert Credit Union Deductions to Direct Deposit

Do you currently have credit union deductions from your pay check?

Have you set up these deductions in myHR as a direct deposit? Please review your bank account details in myHR today. If you have not added your credit union account to your bank direct deposit accounts in myHR, please add this information today. Setting up your credit union deductions as a bank direct deposit will allow you to more easily manage your credit union deposits.       

Call for Nominations: Service Excellence Awards 

Northwestern University staff members will be honored at the quarterly Service Excellence luncheon on February 6, 2019. Please visit the Employee Recognition web page to learn more about the Service Excellence nomination process. Completed nominations may be sent to the HR Employee Recognition team.