Today at Berkeley Lab

Watch Your Home Mail for 2019 Open Enrollment Benefits Information

The 2019 employee benefits booklet will be mailed to your home address beginning Oct. 19. Open Enrollment begins Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. and closes Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The booklet provides details on the changes for 2019. Stop by an HR Benefits help session or the Lab’s vendor fair on Nov. 15 for more information. More>

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Three-Day Strike to Start Oct. 23; Shuttles, Gate Access to be Impacted

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit has notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a UC-system-wide strike next week. The strike is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 a.m. and end Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m. At the Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike, along with other changes. More>

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Add to Your Professional Skill Set Using LinkedIn Training

LinkedIn Learning is now available for employees to get free training in a variety of topics, including business, technology, and creative skills. The courses are viewable via three-to-five minute videos, accessible via computer or mobile device. While a LinkedIn account is not required, connecting through your own account enables users to receive customized recommendations. Send email here for more information.

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Lab Launches New Conflict Resolution Services Program

Workplace conflict can look like healthy collegial disagreements that generate the next great discovery, or unhealthy disputes that lead to diminished job satisfaction, productivity, or team cohesion. Today (Oct. 15), the Lab’s Human Resources Division is introducing its new Conflict Resolution Services Program designed to help resolve potentially disruptive conflict at the earliest possible stage. More>

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Keep Your Contact Information Current

It is important for employees to ensure that their correct home address, phone number, and emergency contact information are on file at the Lab. Updates can be made at the Employee Self-Service website. Any updates to home addresses will be sent electronically to the benefit plan providers and will be used for mailing information and to verify eligibility for some UC medical plans.

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Sept. 19 Brown Bag Will Help Answer Questions on Reclassifications, Promotions

A brown bag session on reclassification and promotion takes place Wednesday, Sept. 19, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (50-130). LaTonja Wright, an HR division partner will help attendees gain a better understanding of the Lab’s reclassification and promotion process and the tools used to assist in position analysis. The event is sponsored by the LBNL African American Resource Group.

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Finalists Selected to Compete in Sept. 20 Lab Research Slam

Twelve postdocs will give presentations on their research on Sept. 20 for a chance to win a $3,000 first prize, $1,500 second prize, or $750 people’s choice award (based on audience voting). Judges include the Lab’s Horst Simon, Elsie Quaite-Randall, and John German, as well as Livermore Lab’s Kris Kulp and local science luminary Kishore Hari. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, followed by a reception. More>

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Aug. 1 Postdoc Workshop: Job Hunting in Academia

Postdocs who want to learn more about jobs in academia can attend an Aug. 1 workshop, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium. This is the first of a two-part presentation led by Bill Lindstaedt, who leads Career Advancement and International and Postdoctoral Services at UCSF. The first session will explore “Launching a Faculty Job Search and Preparing Application Materials.” Register here. More>

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June 13 Workshop on Informational Interviewing for Early Career Scientists

The Lab’s Peter Fiske will host a new workshop on June 13 that offers tips on conducting an effective informational interview. He will review the progress made by 33 Lab postdocs who joined the Informational Interview Challenge in January. Hear their stories of discovering opportunities and new directions through informational interviewing. The workshop starts at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Register here.

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Interactive Live Theater Sessions Help Foster Harassment-Free Workplace

The Lab is offering a live, interactive theater experience, with trained actors, to foster a harassment-free workplace. Staff are encouraged to attend as a way to increase diversity, inclusion, and positive behavior. Register for the June 13 session at Potter St., or the June 21 session at JBEI. Attendees will receive harassment-prevention training credit. More>

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