HR News You Can Use - September 2011

DUE Human Resources

Training and Development
MIT is pleased to announce the new online Learning Center, the home for MIT training-related activities, now has a new look and enhanced functionality. You access the MIT Learning Center (from Employee Self Service, click on the Training tab).

Enhancements include:

  • Option to access e-learning from the MIT Training Catalog. You will be able to access MIT developed e-learning courses and demos right from the catalog.
  • Option for calendar connection. You will be able to send yourself a calendar invitation when you book any instructor-led session, automatically reserving that time on your calendar.
  • New screens. Your training page will have a new look, including the addition of two new categories: “recommended” and “required” training. Based on the characteristics of your role or the groups you may belong to (e.g., HR Partners), you may see some recommended training courses.
  • E-learning orientation for this site. You will be able to view a short e-learning module that will introduce you to the site and its new features. Look for this module in your “recommended training” section.

For additional questions about the MIT Learning Center and related topics, you may send email to
*Please note that the site works with Firefox (not Safari)

New Technology for Your Retirement Planning: PensionConnect
PensionConnect  is a state-of-the-art system that will give you fast, easy access to information about your pension benefits from MIT's Basic Retirement Plan. You can learn about the pension you have earned so far and how it may grow in the future. For example, you will be able to estimate your pension at different retirement ages and view side-by-side comparisons.

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Estimate your total retirement income from MIT’s pension and 401(k) plans, Social Security and other sources.
  • Compare your estimated total retirement income to your estimated retirement expenses.
  • Evaluate the impact of changing your planned retirement date or your 401(k) savings rate.

In conjunction with the rollout of this exciting system, MIT will offer a dedicated customer service team focused on MIT’s Basic Retirement Plan. Professional pension specialists will staff this call center. The call center will not replace the personal retirement counseling services provided by the Benefits Department when you actually retire.

Free Byki Language-Learning System Available through MIT Libraries
Learn any of over 70 languages using the Byki language-learning system. The site is available to anyone with an MIT certificate. Once there, you’ll have to register so Byki Online remembers what you’ve covered and what progress you’ve made when you come back.

2011-12 Influenza Vaccine
MIT community members can get flu shots by coming to a walk-in vaccination clinic on October 24 or by making an appointment. These are provided at no cost, please bring your MIT ID.

Monday, October 24, 2011 – MIT Student Center (3rd Floor) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 2011-2012 flu vaccine is a single shot that will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the H1N1 virus. Even if you got a flu vaccination last year, you should still get the 2011 flu vaccine. Get details on the MIT Medical Flu Central site.