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Meet the Human Resources Benefits Team

HR Benefits team

The Human Resources (HR) Benefits Team provides the UCR campus community with  consultation services regarding UC-sponsored health plans, pre-retirement, other benefits-related services and resolution of issues related to benefits.

Director of Total Compensation & Benefits, John-Stephen Henderson brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience, specializing in compensation and benefits in both higher education and private industry, and holds a master’s degree in public administration. As the Director of Total Compensation & Benefits, John-Stephen works with campus leadership and staff to address complex compensation, classification and benefits matters.

Tina Rodriguez, Benefits Lead, is responsible for the administration of UCR faculty and staff benefits programs. She has over 25 years of human resources experience specializing in benefit administration and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Tina has been with UCR for over 15 years, is a critical member of the UCR UCPath FOM project team and is recognized as the benefits Subject Matter Expert (SME). Additionally, she assists faculty and staff with pre-retirement consultations, UCRP Disability Income consultations and resolution of complex and escalated benefits issues.

Ranada Palmer is the new Healthcare Facilitator who is here to help UCR faculty, staff, retirees, beneficiaries and their eligible family members to better understand and obtain the full range of benefits and services available from the UC-sponsored health plans. Ranada brings over 15 years of human resources experience and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration. As an advocate for retirees, she takes a hands-on approach offering guidance to employees and retirees making the transition to Medicare.

For more information about the Benefits of Belonging, please visit the UCR Benefits website.

News & Events
Performance Management snapshot People Manager Conference  MSAP snapshot


Ends May 18, 2018

UC People
Manager Conference

August 8 - 9, 2018

 Management Skills
Assessment Program
August 8 - 9, 2018

This is a reminder that the current performance management cycle ended on March 31, 2018. Departments should refer to the performance management (PM) timeline to determine what steps need to be taken for their unit to complete the PM process. For questions or information, please visit the PM Resources webpage to get information about the PM Hotline and PM Help Email address.

The UC People Management Conference brings together leaders from across the UC network to learn about current management topics, exchange best practices, collaborate with their peers, and continue their development and growth as UC people managers and leaders. To learn more about the People Management Conference, please visit the Employee & Organizational Development website. The Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is a long-standing UC management development program offering an intensive off-site assessment center experience for early career managers. The application deadline for the fall program is Monday, June 11, 2018. For more information and registration instructions, please visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

Employee and Organizational Development

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How to Conduct Effective Meetings

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide you with tools and a framework for facilitating more effective meetings. Topics include meeting structures that increase productivity, the key roles in a meeting, the basics of facilitating a meeting, basic consensus decision making and stimulating discussion. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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Organizational Excellence Certificate – Lean Forward

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 2:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Lean Forward is the 3rd course in the Organizational Excellence certificate bronze series which focuses on the transformative power of the Shingo Guiding Principles. This course demonstrates that Shingo is not a new initiative, but a new way of thinking, and how applying principles of respect and constancy of purpose will lead to a culture of operational excellence. For more information, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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Organizational Excellence Certificate – Leaders @ Change

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leaders@Change is part of the Organizational Excellence certificate bronze series. This course uses the Franklin Covey Change Model and demonstrates how to become effective when navigating change at UCR. For more information, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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 Organizational Excellence – Collaborative leadership

Friday, June 8, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 In this course, you will learn the power and advantages of collaboration, characteristics of collaborative people and leaders, and leave with personal action items to work toward collaborating with others. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of your own collaborative leadership style and how to apply it to the workplace. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

Facilitation Skills Workshop

Facilitation Skills Workshop

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Facilitation Skills Workshop will give participants the opportunity to apply best practices when facilitating to an audience. The workshop discusses the differences between training, facilitation, and presenting, and how to connect to the audience through storytelling, effective questioning, and a strong agenda. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website. Featured Courses

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is an online training library available to all UCR staff and faculty via R’Space. It contains over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn more

UCR Professional Development Courses – May/June 2018

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Workplace Health and Wellness
 Take the Stairs Campaign snapshot

Take the Stairs Campaign

The Take the Stairs campaign is part of the systemwide Healthy Campus Network (HCN) which aims to promote a healthy culture, workplace and academic environment.

One aspect of the UC HCN is launching a stairwell campaign with the goal of supporting a more physically active culture through transforming the environment to better support activity throughout our campuses. The stairwells in Surge and Olmstead have been cleaned and painted to make them more attractive and accessible for use. For more information, read the Daily Digest article.

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Balancing Work and Family Life Workshops

The Balancing Work and Family Life Workshops are designed to support parents by providing them with information on the various stages of life. For more information about the workshops and registration information, please view the workshop flyer.

Time and Stress Management for Families
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Pregnancy Disability Benefits
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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 Walk and Talk with Andy Plumey

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

All UCR faculty, staff and students are invited to come and get to know Andy Plumley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services. The Walk and Talk is a healthy opportunity for UCR faculty, staff and students to meet the leader along with fellow walkers, ask questions or just enjoy the exercise. For more information, view the Walk and Talk flyer.

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HCI Project Grant Recipient – Self Care Coloring Book

The Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Project Grants team has awarded a grant for the “Empowerment Coloring Books and Zine” project. This UCR student-initiated project has designed coloring books to provide UCR faculty, staff and students with messages of empowerment, self-care and support. The purpose of these coloring books is to contribute towards a campus cultural shift of support, self-acceptance and de-stigmatization of topics like mental health and sexual violence. To obtain these free coloring books, please visit the Empowerment Art for Survivors webpage. For more information about the HCI Project Grants program, please visit the HCI website.

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Become a UCR Wellness Ambassadors

Play an important part in creating a healthy work environment and culture at UCR

UCR Wellness Ambassadors serve a critical role in creating a healthy campus culture. Ambassadors collaborate to identify ways to encourage a healthy campus environment and workspace. The role is voluntary with a minimal time commitment (approximately 1 hour a month). For more information on becoming a Wellness Ambassador, please visit the Wellness Ambassador website.

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