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University of Pittsburgh


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Industry: Education             Location: Pittsburgh        Website:

Winning Years: 2013, 2011, 2009

Highlights of 2013 Winning Strategies

University of Pittsburgh’s professional development workshop, Please Respect My Generation, presents methods for bridging the gap between generations and shows participants how to avoid conflict and increase productivity in their generationally diverse workplaces.

Additional Policies and Practices

  • Recruiting: The Recruiting & Client Services department attends events that attract mature individuals such as Operation Troop, the U.S. Chamber Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, and the Wounded Veterans Career Fair.

  • Workplace Culture/Continued Opportunities: Learning and development programs such as tuition reimbursement, in-house classroom training, online training and certification classes are offered to all employees. Professional membership dues are reimbursed at the discretion of department managers. Long-service anniversaries are celebrated with parties and awards. Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on temporary assignments in other departments, on team projects and by having access to formal mentoring programs. Employees are allowed to work reduced schedules and from home, and are offered changes in work locations when special accommodations are needed.

  • Benefits/Health: All University of Pittsburgh employees receive individual and family medical coverage, individual and family prescription drug coverage, individual and family vision and dental insurance, individual and family long-term care insurance, and short- and long-term disability. Health benefits for retirees pre-65 and retirees age 65-plus include individual and spouse medical and prescription drug coverage, individual and spouse vision and dental coverage, individual and spouse long-term care insurance, and individual life insurance or other death benefit coverage. New hires are eligible for all of the above benefits upon retirement. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs. Full- and part-time employees are offered flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs or counseling, health club discounts, as well as physical activity and weight loss programs. All University of Pittsburgh employees utilized at least one of these wellness benefits during a recent 12-month period. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are available to full- and part-time employees as well as their family members.

  • Benefits/Financial: University of Pittsburgh employees are offered a 403(b) plan with employer match as well as a defined-benefit plan. Employees age 50-plus can make catch-up contributions to their plan, and plan participants may choose to invest in lifecycle funds that automatically reallocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement. Employees are offered financial education from staff members and from staff of the financial services firm that administers their 403(b) plan. Short- and long-term leaves of absence without pay are offered to allow for caregiving. Employees are offered dependent care services such as on-site child care and referral services to assist with child care, grandchild care and eldercare.

  • Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Alternative work arrangements such as compressed work schedules and a formal phased retirement program are offered to employees working 37-plus hours per week. Flextime, job sharing and telecommuting are offered to all employees. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.

  • Opportunities for Retirees: University of Pittsburgh has 2,120 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The university stays connected with its retirees by communicating on a regular basis, inviting retirees to organization events, and by providing retirees with ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information. Retiree Benefits Fairs are held for university employees. Retirees can work for the university in temporary work assignments.

  • Age of Workforce: Thirty-eight percent of University of Pittsburgh employees are age 50-plus. The average tenure of employees age 50-plus is 15.3 years.

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