Posted on: August 17, 2017

A Neighborly-hand Earned Emergency Management Honors

Carrie Little

Like in the old days, a call for help went out and Plano Department of Emergency Management (DEM) staff sprang into action. That call came from the City of Rowlett on December 26, 2015 in the aftermath of some devastating tornados. Plano DEM offered a muc...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Large Dog Area at Jack Carter Reopens in September

Jack Carter Dog park

A project to resolve some drainage issues in the large dog area of Jack Carter Dog Park (2215 Pleasant Valley Drive) is scheduled to be complete by August 18. The temporary fencing remains in place while the new grass grows a bit more. The wait may be inc...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Changes on the Horizon for Medicare Coverage

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The City of Plano is changing its offerings surrounding Medicare supplemental coverage effective January 1, 2018. You should have received the announcement letter last week. If you did not receive a letter, please contact Human Resources to be sure we hav...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

MUST-dos When You’re Ready to Retire: It's a Process

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Retiring from the City of Plano is a process with important steps to follow. It’s been a great career and the exact date to start your next great adventure is set, but you can't get the party started just yet. The first thing to do, after formal...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Remember to Use the Municipal Reference Library

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It’s a convenient and invaluable reference hub for the many people who work at the Municipal Center. No need to hop into your car when the Municipal Reference Library (MRL) is so accessible on the second floor in suite 202.  Th...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

ALL EMPLOYEES Must Pass Stormwater Training Course

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Each employee is required to take this online class and pass the test by September 30, 2017. This mandatory training is associated with the City’s stormwater permit requirements. It should take between 15 to 25 minutes to complete.

What you need ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

City Manager Named Business Executive of the Year

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It’s an incredible honor when members of an elite business community like Plano’s recognizes your work ethic and validates your commitment to public service. For City Manager Bruce Glasscock that endorsement came when the Plano Chamber...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Downtown Historic District Made the National Register

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The National Park Service confirmed Plano Downtown Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation – buildings, sites, structures an...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Challenge to All Departments: Pull a Fire Truck for Charity

2016 PULLooza teams (1)

The 2017 Public Safety PULLooza is both the ultimate tug of war challenge and a great team-building event. The Plano Police, Plano Fire-Rescue and Public Safety Communications (Plano 9-1-1) departments invite you to be part of this fantastic fundraiser be...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Human Resources Welcomes Newest Manager Craig Barnes

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Say hello to Plano’s very first Strategic Solutions Manager. He joins the Team Plano family after spending the last 15 years working for the City of Garland. Learn more about Craig in his own words:

Full Name/Birthplace?Craig Alan Barnes &nda...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Plano Rewarded for Great Texas Recycles Day Video

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The City won a state award for a creative sustainability video produced last fall. Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) took notice of the production in the Media and Communications category.  Director of Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) Rache...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion, Know the Difference?

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North Texas and much of the country is in the midst of extreme temperatures and there are potential dangers associated with summertime heat. The first thing to know is heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. When thermometers linger in the trip...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

C4H Presents “Real Appeal,” a Great New Wellness Option

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The City of Plano now offers employees a simple, step-by-step weight loss and healthy living program called Real Appeal. This program is presented at no cost to all employees with our UnitedHealthcare insurance and a BMI of 23 or greater.

You will be able ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Bring Your A-game to Your Doctor Visit

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Many of you are scrambling to secure appointments with your primary doctors about now. We’re nearing the deadline to complete Connect4Health Premium Incentive requirements (September 30) and getting an annual physical or well-woman/man exam is o...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Plano is the 2nd Most Chill-lax U.S. City

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This is one of the few times being 149 out of 150 is a really good thing. WalletHub’s 2017 report on the "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America" is out and the City of Plano was named the second most mellow spot in the United Sta...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Winners of the Favorite Work Selfie Contest Are…

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Thanks for sending so many emails casting votes for your favorite photo of the two finalists. It’s time to announce the winning group in the Team Plano Favorite Work Selfie Contest for July. It was a close race between the two groups, Commercial...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

NEW Schedule: Get in Motion with Pound-melting Aerobics

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Fitness coach and personal trainer Jeff Johnson has revised the exercise schedule to include an extra day! His aerobic cardio and weight training circuit classes are definitely worth the drive to Municipal Center. These sessions are a great way to deal wi...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Don't Skip the Skype for Business Training Videos

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Instant messaging (IM), video chat, conferencing and voice calls all rolled into one seamless communication system – that’s what Skype for Business is and more. Technology Services has plans to migrate the City’s current phone system over to the far more ...

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

Plano Police Won the 2017 Battle of the Badges

Battle of Badges mobile and PPD car 2017

It was a close competition this year, but it appears Plano residents “backed the blue.” The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive ended in a rousing success with more than the Police department benefitting from the great outpouring of donations. The primary be...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Complete Your C4H Premium Incentive Program Requirements

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Don’t wait until the last minute to tick off the required list of steps by the deadline – September 30. Everyone covered by the City’s health plan must complete three steps by this date in order to save on premiums for the 2018 plan year. This applies to ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Grill Safely All Year Round

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Although July is the peak month for grill fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) barbecue fires can occur any time of year. The Agency’s 2016 report determined, on average, 8,900 home fires are started by grills annually. Backyard ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Health4Me App is Mobile Access to Medical Info

Health4Me App

When you or your loved ones need details about your health plan, you’re not always going to have the info handy. With UnitedHealthcare’s Health4Me App, your smartphone becomes an important tool for lessening your frustration during what could be a stressf...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Plan F Could Be Your Ticket to Free Gym Access

SilverSneakers Fitness card

The SilverSneakers® program offers qualified insured retirees an incredible deal – free workouts!

Retired individuals who are covered under UnitedHealthcare’s AARP/Medicare Supplement Plan F are entitled to free admittance to gym facilities throughout the ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Water Sports Make Waves at Oak Point’s Big Pond

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Paddle boarding and kayaking are now a short drive away. You’ve heard rumors about the Plano Parks and Recreation Department expanding leisure options at the Oak Point Park Nature Preserve and the reports are now reality. The big pond on the site has been...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

What NOT to Wear to Work. Dress Code Effective July 1

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The new rules go into effect this weekend. Take a moment to review the list of dos and don’ts for work attire. The City of Plano implements a new Dress Code Policy for all employees, unless a uniform is required. Details about the new policy are being com...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

TMRS NEWS: Online Beneficiary Designation

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Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) members can now designate or update their beneficiaries online - through MyTMRS!

Making sure the correct beneficiary information is listed for your retirement benefit is very important.

After logging in to MyTMRS, members simply click on the Beneficiaries button to make updates or changes.  Select the blue Update button and be...

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Training

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Consider Microlearning When Your Time is Limited

Time for microlearning

Not enough time in your workday for career development? The training staff encourages you to checkout Microlearning through SkillSoft. Based on expert research, it seems “workers only have 1% of their work week to dedicate to learning and develo...

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Training
Posted on: June 15, 2017

Mandatory Training for 2017 Focuses on “Diversity on the Job”

Workplace diversity

All employees are required to participate in mandatory training each calendar year. The subject matter of the training changes every year. As a requirement for 2017, you will need to complete the SkillSoft course “Diversity on the Job: Diversity and You” ...

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Training
Posted on: July 13, 2017

Training & Development

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The Human Resources Department offers an extensive catalog of training opportunities for all job types and levels. Refer questions to Senior Training Coordinators Tony Beasley or Debbie Speed at 972-941-7339 and 972-941-7217, respectively. Here are some t...

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Wellness

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Mobile Digital Mammo and Skin Cancer Screening Come to You

TX Health Mobile Unit MAMMO

Plano Connect4Health (C4H) just made your day a lot less busy by arranging for a couple of preemptive exams.

Texas Health Resources (THR) has been invited to bring the Mobile Health Unit to perform digital mammograms and skin cancer screenings for employees on the health plan. These preventive exams will be offered, using the latest imaging technology, at two lo...

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Wellness
Posted on: August 10, 2017

What’s All the Fuss about Standing? 10 Ways to Sit Less and Move More

standing desk

Standing more often may help improve your health.

Standing more often may help improve your health. Try these fun tips to make it happen — including getting in touch with your inner flamingo. Uninterrupted stretches of sitting may raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious con...

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Wellness