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Total Rewards Task Force: Reimagining our university experience

Formed in June 2013, the University of Missouri Total Rewards Ad Hoc Task Force was charged with assisting the Vice President for Human Resources in developing and communicating recommendations to improve the university's Total Rewards Program offerings. The recommendations offered, described below, have prompted several of the other strategic initiatives undertaken.

View the video about Task Force recommendations on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_4Js4Wti3I

For more information on the Total Rewards Task Force's directives, visit the Task Force’s background and charge page.

The Total Rewards Task Force issued eight recommendations, along with details and related research in the Task Force's full report (PDF, 945KB). The eight recommendations are:
  1. Treat pay and benefits as interrelated parts of the overall Total Rewards strategy.
  2. Establish a benefits rate cap.
  3. Increase flexibility within the Total Rewards programs.
  4. Utilize medical plan options to encourage healthy behavior and efficient use of healthcare services.
  5. Leverage marketplace opportunities for retiree medical benefits.
  6. Evaluate additional retirement plan options.
  7. Evaluate staff time-off plans.
  8. Invest in communication and education about Total Rewards that promotes informed decision-making. 
After presenting these recommendations (PDF, 641KB) to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the Task Force’s findings and recommendations were vetted with employee and retiree groups, standing committees (such as the Retirement and Staff Benefits Committee), and campus leadership. Since that time, the broad recommendations have been and will continue to be further developed and analyzed by Total Rewards staff and the Retirement and Staff Benefits Committee. Several ancillary initiatives with faculty, staff and retiree input have begun as a result and their implementation will be ongoing.

Total Rewards includes all benefits and compensation for benefits-eligible faculty and staff (employees), retired faculty and staff (retirees), and their respective benefits-eligible dependents (dependents). The following programs and plans for employees, retirees, and dependents were specifically included in the Task Force charge:

  • Retirement plans
  • Medical insurance plans
  • Ancillary insurance plans (Long Term Disability, Dental, Vision, Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment)
  • Tuition Reduction/Educational Assistance programs
  • Post-retirement medical insurance plans
  • Staff time-off programs

For 2015, the university launched a third medical insurance option in the Columbia area, the Custom Network Plan, in response to the Task Force's recommendations. See the strategic initiatives listed on the Total Rewards homepage to learn what initiatives are 

Reviewed March 21, 2017.