Spring Exempt Staff Forum, April 29
Featuring a keynote from Dr. Huber and updates on budget planning and the strategic planning committees.
2014 Exempt Staff Council Elections
Nominations for the Exempt Staff Council Elections are now closed. Nominees are in the process of being contacted to confirm their interest in running. Voting will begin the first week of April and invitations to vote will be distributed by email.
Fall Exempt Staff Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who completed our fall staff survey. Your feedback has helped the council to prioritize projects and better understand how we can best serve the needs of the exempt staff. In reviewing your responses, we found that most needs fit into three buckets: communication, human resources and events. In the coming months, the Exempt Staff Council plans to further breakdown this information into areas we can begin to improve upon.
We heard from you that additional communication to staff about campus resources, events and news would be of interest. As a start, watch for an increase in information within our regular council email newsletters as well as work being done to help improve staff communication between campuses.
Human Resources Information and Policies
Many of you had questions related to vacation time, benefits, best practices for hiring and how to handle situations with a challenging co-worker, supervisors, etc. This information has been presented to HR and we plan to work with the human resources staff to help share where to find information about these topics and who to talk with if you have questions.
Lastly, we appreciate your great ideas for our upcoming events which we plan to continue. This is a work in progress. If you have additional ideas, please feel free to reach out to one of the ESC council members, email us or submit an anonymous request.
HR Website and Resources
One of the main themes of the staff survey conducted last fall was the desire for more information about HR policies and resources. The HR website has been recently redesigned and there is a wealth of information to be found on the site. The council recommends looking there first as a resource for your HR-related questions.
On the site, you’ll find a toolkit for current employees including a link to vacation reporting, the employee handbook that has HR’s information regarding policies and addresses questions about absences from work, and a wealth of information about benefits, health and wellness, training and development opportunities, and a library of HR forms.
The Exempt Staff Council shall serve as a communicative and recommending body that will consider, discuss and seek to resolve issues that originate with its constituency, the council or the University of St. Thomas senior administration.