Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede

During the week of May 23, you will receive a notification in your FermiWorks inbox to complete a Skills-Talent Review. It should take only a few minutes for you to add pertinent skills and experience level, which will then be routed to your manager for approval.

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. New spaces A lot has been happening behind the scenes with the International Services Department. “Behind the scenes” is a fitting description as some believe that the International Services Department offices are not exactly easy to find. That is about to change: We are currently developing plans to relocate these offices to a much more visible, accessible and welcoming area in FY16. Stay…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. With the recent retirement of Dianne Engram, the Fermilab Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office is now headed by Sandra Charles, formerly our equal opportunity diversity specialist, with support from Linda Diepholz. We at WDRS look forward to working with Sandra as she settles into her new position. Sandra’s focus will be in four main areas. The first is the development of sources, both…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. In the spirit of the new year and continuous improvement, I am pleased to announce the On the Spot Recognition program. After a recommendation from the Employee Advisory Group and discussions with them and human resources, WDRS designed the program to encourage and recognize individuals and teams with “on-the-spot” rewards at the time of achievement. The goal is to offer a means for…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. Over the next month, Fermilab employees will receive two important communications from the Benefits Office, so please watch your email. Oct. 1 – State health insurance exchange notice. The first all-hands email will contain a link to a notice, which employers must distribute to their employees, explaining upcoming changes mandated by health care reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. WDRS is pleased to introduce the Fermilab Modified Work Program. This new program effectively formalizes past department-level efforts and assists employees who are temporarily restricted from performing their regularly assigned duties because of a temporary occupational or non-occupational illness or injury. Regular full-time, regular part-time and term laboratory employees (including guest scientists) are eligible to participate in this program. Program participants must provide…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. When you have a human-resources-related question, issue or concern, Fermilab’s HR generalists are available to help you quickly and effectively. They can coordinate assistance with HR specialty areas such as benefits, compensation and employment; they also help to implement and support HR services, policies and programs. We have three HR generalists, and they are conveniently located across the laboratory. Jeff Artel serves the…

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. Kay Van Vreede Over the past year, we in WDRS have worked to make welcoming new employees to Fermilab even more welcoming, and we plan to expand the effort by offering a more comprehensive orientation. First-day new-employee orientation receives high marks from participants (4.75/5.0 according to the results of our feedback questionnaire) thanks to our friendly orienteer, Jason Johnson, and to a streamlined, largely online on-boarding…