For Employees Old and New

Civility and Respect

Civility and respect in the workplace is often easily accomplished yet failing to do so can have a dramatic and corrosive ripple effect. Seemingly small negative incidents like being short in a conversation or being rude in an email have the potential to undermine the healthy functioning of an entire organization.

Civility is defined as “Courtesy, politeness, or a polite action or expression.” Respect means “To hold in esteem or honor; to show regard or consideration for; and to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with.”

There are some very simple ways to express civility and respect every day. The cost to you to employ them is little to nothing. The cost of incivility in the workplace, however, is very steep. Click below to learn how to model civility in basic ways and what incivility can cost an employer.

Civility at GCC

In addition, please take advantage of the free, self-paced, online professional development course titled “Respect and Inclusion: Transition to Respect,” also available on the Human Resources website on the “Online Faculty/Staff Development” tab under the “Staff Resources” menu selection. This course will help you understand civility and respectfulness as it applies to gender, gender identity, and transgender rights.

Process Guides

Have you changed your name, gotten married or divorced, had a child or adopted one? All of these situations will require that you notify the Human Resources office and potentially take at least some additional action as well.

Below are three helpful information lists for the three major life changes—marriage, divorce/legal separation, and birth/adoption. The guides explain what benefits might be affected by the respective life change and how to make adjustments if desired.

Links of Interest to Old Hands and Rookies Alike

Social Security Main Website   

  • SSA Windfall Elimination Provision Calculator – Get SS income estimates for yourself if you are eligible for a pension based on work that was not covered by Social Security. Your benefit amount may be reduced by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
  • SSA Detailed Income Calculator – Get the most precise estimate of your retirement, disability and survivors benefits. Includes WEP reduction. Must be downloaded and installed on your computer. Mac version also available.
  • Online Application for Medicare – For retirees within 2 months of age 65 or older only. (See also Frequently Asked Questions Related to Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance … below for more information on turning 65.)

Massachusetts State Employees Retirement System

SMART Plan – Empower-Retirement Services

GIC Frequently Asked Questions on many topics relating to health, long-term disability and life insurance, and the two flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses.

New Employees


Are you confused as to what you might still need to do in terms of benefits, online courses, and other requirements to complete the on-boarding process? Help is here! Click on the New Employee To-Do List below and print it or save it to your computer and use it to make sure you’ve completed all the new hire requirements.

New Employee To-Do List

Assisting Students in Crisis

Greenfield Community College offers access and excellence in the education we provide. This means we have high standards, not only for teaching and student support, but also for the way we interact with each other on a daily basis. These principles are described in our Standards of Behavior, a document distributed to every new student and employee who comes to GCC. These Standards of Behavior are the underpinning for all we do at the College and we ask everyone to read them and adopt them as their own.

Standards of Behavior

Universal Benefits

Do you know all the benefits of working at GCC? Click below for a complete list of benefits available to benefited employees. See also Universal Benefits.

A List of Benefits for Your Benefit

Lactation Room

Section 4207 of the Health Care Reform Act requires employers to permit reasonable, unpaid break time for an employee to express breast milk for a nursing child for up to one year following the child’s birth and to provide a designated Lactation Room.

The lactation room at GCC is located at C106 on the first floor of the Core section of the Main Building near the Testing Center. This room is available for any employee or student of the college to use for this purpose.

If one encounters any problems when using the Lactation Room, they should contact the Human Resources office at Ext. 1313.