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My Biz, My Workplace: New virtual human resource tools available to DoD civilians

By Staff Sgt. Lindsey Maurice | 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Feb. 1, 2007

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Randolph Department of Defense civilian employees, supervisors and managers can now access vital resource information tools known as "My Biz" and "My Workplace" with the click of a button.

My Biz, which is designed for civilian employees, is a self-service human resources module that allows individuals access to their official personnel records and the ability to make certain updates at their work station. My Workplace allows civilian and military managers and supervisors access to information about their employees.

"Many civilian employees are confused by these resources," said Brenda McCain, 12th Mission Support Squadron civilian personnel officer. "They think it's only for those employees who fall under the National Security Personnel System, but that's not the case.

"While one of the main selling points is the performance appraisal application option, which makes it easy for NSPS employees and rating officials to exchange information throughout the performance management lifecycle, there are lots of other capabilities that benefit all civilian employees."

Through My Biz, civilians can track their promotions, salary, benefits, awards, bonuses and performance information. People can also make updates to their work information, disability codes, race and national origin identification and foreign language proficiency.

"This is especially important since My Biz is associated with My Workplace, where many super-visors are accessing information on their employees," said Ms. McCain.

As of last week, the Office of the Secretary of Defense reported that only 16 percent of all DOD employees have accessed their My Biz accounts. This equals about 108,000 out of 659,000 civilians. In addition, only about 4,000 have recorded a language capability.

"These numbers are really sad considering how important these resources are," said Ms. McCain.

My Workplace is also of great value to Randolph civilian and military supervisors and managers of civilians, she said. It gives them the ability to view their employee's personal information, establish performance plans and provide feedback and appraise employee performance.

It also lets supervisors and managers know if there are any actions awaiting their attention such as a performance appraisal from one of their employees, she said.

"There is never a more critical time than now for all DOD civilians to create an account and update their information on My Biz and My Workplace, especially those who fall under NSPS," said Ms. McCain. "People should always utilize the tools available to them."

For more details, visit the My Biz and My Workplace homepage at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/mybiz. Access is restricted to .mil and .gov domains.