June 11, 2001
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest meeting of the Employee Council, held May 17 in the Jones
Room of Woodruff Library, featured three guest speakers as well as the
first meetings of the new committee caucuses.
Former council president Susan Cook-Prince presented the 200001
annual report. In it, she called Emorys new automated Time and Attendance
System (TAS) for hourly employees the biggest issue of the
past year. But the report stated that employees appeared satisfied with
the new system once its intentto ensure employees are paid on timewas
Cook-Prince said the councils goals for the yearto begin
a new-member orientation program, create a council web page-administrator
position, facilitate communication throughout the University, cultivate
working relationships among the various committees, increase member involvement
and attendance, raise the councils visibility on campus, and address
constituent concernswere all met.
She particularly lauded the efforts of the anniversary committee, which
planned the councils 30th anniversary celebration in September.
Bob Ethridge, vice president of Equal Opportunity Programs, the office
that sponsors the council, told members they belong to a very viable organization
If you stop doing what you do as well as you do it, the University
[itself] would stop, Ethridge said. Never underestimate the
role you play, individually and collectively, because you are very important.
The final guest speaker was Chance Hunter, coordinator of communications
and events for the ethics center. He discussed One on Ones,
which he described as relational meetings that build community. According
to Hunter, these informal face-to-face meetings can serve as opportunities
for employees, supervisors or managersanyone who participatesto
discuss whatever is on their minds regarding the working environment.
Hunter asked if the meetings could benefit the wider Emory community.
Council members said some departments are small enough that they are able
to hold these types of meetings already. The council did see some application
to larger departments. Hunter and the council agreed to remain in contact.
In addition to the three scheduled speakers, Del King from Human Resources
discussed employment-related issues. One of them, that of internal transfers
of University employees, he acknowledged, could stand some improvement.
He said 33 percent of the people hired to fill Emorys 1,400 open
positions in 2000 were internal hires. Ideally, 50 percent would
be a good number, he said. He added that minority hires (44 percent)
and women hires (74 percent) were satisfactory.
One key to addressing internal promotion is through communication, King
said, adding that HR is thinking about highlighting open positions in
quarterly reports. Improving the HR website also is on the agenda.
In committee meetings, the membership committee pledged to continue focusing
on better attendance. It also intends to push for more membership from
Health Sciences. The communications committee proposed scheduling an information
fair (one of the most successful parts of councils 30th anniversary
week) at an off-campus location such as Crawford Long, Grady Hospital
or the VA hospital. The special issues committee will continue to address
the issue of donating unused sick leave to other employees in need.
President-elect Cheryl Bowie, who led the meeting in the absence of President
Bill McBride, introduced two items of new business. The council has been
contacted about participating in a combined employee/student art show
to be displayed in the Dobbs Center art gallery. Council members agreed
to ask their constituents about their participation.
Bowie also suggested a council picnic be held. It would serve as an informal
way for members to get together off campus. Some members suggested such
an event would be better held in the fall rather than in the peak of the
summer heat. The subject will continue to be discussed.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held June 20 in the Jones Room
of Woodruff Library.
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