The University of West Florida provides employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit programs. Our goal is to provide employees with a robust selection of benefits to meet their personal needs in dealing with work/life balance issues.
UWF has established a work-life taskforce to review work-life policies, benefits, and programs. The members focus on Flexible Work Options (tenure clock extension policy; modified duties policy; family/parental leave policy), and Education and Awareness (support programs for faculty during family transitions; formal policy review and development).
The work-life taskforce recognizes the varied responsibilities of work and personal life for UWF’s faculty and staff. Research and common experience suggest that work and personal life may conflict with one another, but may also provide synergistic opportunities. A harmonious relationship between work and life promotes individual and organizational well-being. The purpose of the work-life taskforce is to evaluate and advocate for policies, practices, and services that facilitate an enriching work-life relationship.
Part of the work-life taskforce's mission is make UWF employees aware of the programs, services, and discounts available to all employees of the university. The information contained herein aims to encapsulate all of the work-life programs made available to staff. Please let us know if there is something new or missing and we will update as appropriate.
Professional Excellence Awards
Marion Viccars Awards
Previous Years Award Winners
The University’s Employee Recognition Program provides retiring employees with a choice of retirement mementos. Please make your selection by completing and returning the selection form to Human Resources within six (6) weeks of your retirement date so that we can order your selection in time for your retirement. If you have any questions about the Retirement Awards Program, please contact Sharon Jones at 850-474-2611.
Employees who have achieved increments of five (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) continuous years of service with the University of West Florida may select a service award. Eligible employees will be notified when it is time for them to make their selections; and selection forms will be available at that time. You may view the awards selections by clicking the links below. Employees may select an award from their service level or below. For example, if you have achieved fifteen (15) years of service with UWF, you may choose any item in the 5-year, 10-year, or 15-year categories.
Employee Assistance Program
The University of West Florida has contracted with Aetna Resources for Living to provide an Employee Assistance Program for employees and their family members. The Employee Assistance Program helps employees resolve personal and work problems through professional assistance. Employees may contact Aetna directly by calling their toll-free number 800-272-7252. All services and calls are strictly confidential between the employee and Aetna. Some of the services covered under the Employee Assistance Program are:
• Work Related Stress
• Legal Referral
• Weight/Weight Loss
• Dependent Care
• Elder Care
and any other problems that may surface. Aetna Resources for Living provides a web site for employees that outlines services that are available as well as informative articles and information. The code for university employees and family members is UWF (must be in all capital letters). Brochures are also available through the Human Resources department.
AETNA Employee Assistance Program Feedback
The AETNA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for Faculty and University Workforce employees and their immediate family members. This program is absolutely confidential and there is no cost to you or your family members for this benefit.
As part of our effort of continuous improvement, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you would like to provide feedback on this important employee benefit, please contact Sharon Jones in Human Resources at (850) 474-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AETNA Monthly Newsletter
The University recognizes paid holidays as listed below. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.
|New Years Day||Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (Part of Winter Holidays)|
|Martin Luther King Day||Monday, January 20, 2014|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 26, 2014|
|Independence Day||Friday, July 4, 2014|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 1, 2014|
|Veterans Day||Tuesday, November 11, 2014|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, November 27, 2014|
|Day After Thanksgiving||Friday, November 28, 2014|
|Winter Holidays||Wednesday, December 24, 2014
through Thursday, January 1, 2015
|New Years Day||Thursday, January 1, 2015 (Part of Winter Holidays)|
|Martin Luther King Day||Monday, January 19, 2015|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 25, 2015|
|Independence Day||Friday, July 3, 2015|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 7, 2015|
|Veterans Day||Wednesday, November 11, 2015|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, November 26, 2015|
|Day After Thanksgiving||Friday, November 27, 2015|
|Winter Holidays||Tuesday, December 24, 2015
through Wednesday, January 1, 2016
Recreation and Sports Services
The Office of Recreation provides a wide variety of recreational activities designed with the University community in mind. The program has six basic areas: Informal Recreation, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Adventure, and Sport Clubs. For more information, please visit the Office of Recreation, Building 72, Room 269,or call 850-474-2586,or Customer Service at 850-474-2580.
Vacation and Travel Information
UWF is unable to endorse or guarantee any discounts or offers. Offers made by other organizations may change or be removed at anytime without notification to UWF. If you discover that an offer has been discontinued, please email us and we will do our best to resolve the matter.
WORLDS OF DISCOVERY - UWF has a complimentary corporate membership program with Worlds of Discovery, offering special savings to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, and Sesame Place. Coupons and special offers for club members are all available online. The program gives you up-to-the-minute park news and the most current offers quickly and efficiently. To take advantage of these special offers, click the link below to sign up. You will be asked to provide your Company Code during the sign up process.
UWF Company Code: 1549003
After you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email providing you with a link where you can login with your email address and password to take advantage of member savings.
WALT DISNEY WORLD - Experience the magic for less. Visit the Disney website to take advantage of savings available to Florida residents. On occasion, tickets may be offered through the Commons Information Desk in Building 22. These are independent from the Florida resident discount and any discount that may be received by being a UWF employee.
Legoland in Orlando - Discounted tickets to Legoland in Orlando
Georgia Aquarium - The Georgia Aquarium Welcomes The University of West Florida
AVIS RENT A CAR - Make your reservations at 800-338-8211 or AVIS Online. Request the State of Florida contract rates and reference AWD #B133409. The rates for renting vehicles for personal use are the same; however, employees are responsible for insurance coverage and for state taxes (not tax exempt). Employees assume responsibility for all loss or damage to vehicles regardless of fault. Note: These rates are available to current employees only.
AAA Group Membership - The University of West Florida now has a Group Membership account with AAA. Effective immediately UWF faculty and staff can obtain a new AAA membership at a reduced rate. Membership can be used towards discounts on many items from movie tickets, trips, hotels, shopping, restaurants, and more. To sign up, please speak with a AAA staff member by calling 474-6385. If you have questions, please call Adrian Rowley at 850-474-2604.
Argonaut Savings (Discounts)
The following list is not all encompassing of the discounts on programs and services afforded UWF employees. If there is a discount that you are aware of that does not appear below, please let Human Resources know and we will do our best to keep the list as up-to-date as possible.
Did you know?...
• That as a UWF employee, you receive a membership to AAA for a reduced rate? More information is located on the Vacation Information web page within Human Resources.
• That UWF employees are eligible for discounts to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks and vacation packages booked through Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations? Visit the Vacation Information web page for more information.
• That there are nature trails on campus?
• That at UWF, employees can enjoy a free membership to the HLS facility (exercise equipment, variety of workout classes) as well as access the Aquatic Center (Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, dry sauna) for a low rate?
• That UWF employees receive a discounted membership to Scenic Hills Country Club?
• That as a UWF employee, you receive a discounted rental car rate from Avis?
• That UWF employees are able to rent canoes and kayaks from the HLS Facility Customer Service Desk for free with their Nautilus Card?
• That there are a number of on-site eateries and coffee shops including Quiznos, Papa Johns, and Starbucks?
• That UWF employees receive a 10% discount at Pita Pit on 9 Mile Road?
• That UWF Faculty, Staff, and Students receive a 22% discount at Ashley Furniture when they use the coupon found in this link?
• UWF full time employees are eligible to apply for school loan forgiveness (even if you took out the loan(s) for dependents) through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
PIE Suggestion Program
The Program of Incentive for Efficiency (PIE) was established as a way to gather suggestions that save money or create new revenue for the university. Employees may be rewarded up to $25,000 for adopted suggestions depending on the benefit to the university.
Several employees have suggested ideas and have received cash awards. PIE also rewards the employees who implement the suggestion; everyone who is involved in making the suggestion a success, shares in the rewards.
Forms and Instructions
You may also review the PIE charter and committee membership.