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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Employee Forum hears updates from policy office and HR during April meeting

At the April 4 meeting of the Employee Forum, members heard updates from human resources and others, reaffirmed its “commitment to a safe and inclusive campus community” in recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and heard a first reading of a resolution on employee compensation.

Forum delegates also heard presentations from Tinu Diver, associate director for ethics education and policy management, and Delores Bailey, executive director of the community organization EmPOWERment Inc.

Bailey wanted delegates to be aware of the resources available through EmPOWERment, such as providing affordable housing for those in need and support for minority and women entrepreneurs with limited access to traditional loans.

Diver informed delegates about the March 29 launch of unc.policystat.com. PolicyStat, a web-based, policy management application provides automated workflow for the creation, editing, review and approval of policies. The new website also serves as a central location for the publication of University policies.

Felicia A. Washington, vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement, and several members of her staff had updates for delegates. Here’s a brief summary:

UNC System survey: Preliminary results from the recent University of North Carolina System employee survey show that all UNC System employees expressed strongest positive results for understanding how their job affects the University’s mission, having a good relationship with their supervisor and being proud to be a part of the institution. The strongest negative responses were tied to adequate staffing, promotions and fair pay. Carolina had the lowest survey participation rate (38 percent).

SHRA career banding classification and compensation system: UNC Chapel Hill departments continue to provide SHRA employees increases for permissible reasons allowed by the state and UNC System. The System’s market trend analysis shows that UNC Chapel Hill has the greatest percentage of employees compensated at market or above.  Ranges for employee salaries were established by the state in 2008 based on market rate salaries at the time, but the state has not implemented a comprehensive market rate review for career banding salary ranges since then. The UNC System has worked on a proposal to incrementally adjust the SHRA career banding ranges to be used by each institution in the UNC System.  Final approval to any changes would have to be approved by the Office of State Human Resources.

SHRA employee appraisals: Performance reviews are being conducted now. Some units are participating in a pilot program to do reviews completely online, which could be adapted across campus as early as next year.

Afterward, delegate Bryan Andregg read a proposed resolution recommending that Chancellor Carol L. Folt direct the University’s Office of Human Resources to undertake a three-phase project to study employee compensation. The resolution will be read again, discussed and voted on at the forum’s May 2 meeting, which Folt is scheduled to attend.