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News from CFAES HR

Below are pertinent HR updates and reminders. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your respective HR Consultant or HR Connection.  Included in this communication:

  • Ohio State Listening Survey
  • Staff Professional Development Funds
  • Join the YP4H Team Challenge
  • Nepotism Policy Revision
  • Paid Time Off Policy Minor Revision 
  • Second Quarter Deadline for Lifestyle Spending Account 

Ohio State Listening Survey

Ohio State launched a listening survey to collect feedback from campus faculty and staff about experience and engagement at Ohio State. Employees included in the survey received a unique email and link from Perceptyx on May 1. Please complete the survey by May 17. It should take about 5 minutes. More information is available on the HR website.

Staff Professional Development Funds

At Ohio State, you can combine opportunities and resources to create professional development that works for you. Staff Professional Development Funds (previously the Staff and Manager Career Development Grants) provide a way to identify development opportunities, request funding and expand your skills. If you are interested in pursuing professional development over the next year, apply for funds by May 31, 2024.

Join the YP4H Team Challenge

Earn up to 5,000 points for participating in the Take A Walk with an American Hero challenge that started May 6th and continues through June 9. While walking together as a university, we’ll learn about John Glenn’s historic life: from his time as a combat pilot, to his adventures as an astronaut, to his service as a senator, and finally his gracious support of Ohio State! There will be weekly engagement opportunities to win $25 PulseCash throughout the five-week challenge. Log into the Virgin Pulse portal to join start or join a team and track your steps.

Nepotism Policy revision

The Nepotism Policy has been revised to further clarify that any employee cannot use their position to influence – either directly or indirectly – the hiring process for a family member. Examples of indirect influences are provided in the Ohio Ethics Law FAQ, which is included in the policy. Additionally, an updated form helps to guide employees on mitigating possible conflicts of interest.

Paid Time Off Policy minor revision

The Paid Time Off Policy has been updated to align with the university’s current practice of supporting birth mothers who experience a stillbirth. The policy now clearly outlines the scenarios for leave eligibility following a stillbirth. Review the policy for additional information and resources.

Second Quarter Deadline for Lifestyle Spending Account

Ohio State’s Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) reimburses employees up to $125 quarterly for eligible expenses related to health, fitness, family, emotional and social wellness. Employees have until July 15 to submit reimbursement request documentation for eligible expenses incurred April 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024. Unused LSA funds do not carry over to the following quarter. Health Equity, the university’s LSA administrator, will send a reminder email to those with LSA balances.




Brandi and Nicole 


Brandi Gilbert-Hammett
Associate Director, HR Business Partner

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
614-292-0487 Office / 330-263-3695 Fax 

Nicole Wakeley
Associate Director, HR Business Partner

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
614-292-0472 Office / 330-263-3695 Fax