September 24, 2001
Employee Council reviews HR focus groups
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
Alice Miller, vice president for Human Resources, addressed the Employee
Council during its Sept. 19 meeting at Harland Cinema.
She discussed several items derived from the focus groups conducted by
HR earlier this year. The general consensus, Miller said, is that Emory
is a good place to work.
For instance, in one of the statistic she quoted, the sample of 84 employees
rated Emory an average of 2.9 (on a scale of 14) in the category
of job satisfaction. Emory satisfaction rated
even better, at 3.1.
Miller added that HR has responded or is currently developing plans to
respond to several of the concerns voiced by focus group participants.
A revamped web site and the creation of a center for organization development
established to augment supervisory, leadership and diversity training
were just two of the efforts Miller spoke of.
LeAnna Rensi Casey, associate director of student activities, also addressed
the council. She discussed the upcoming Faculty Staff Appreciation Week,
scheduled for Oct. 15. It will include a showing of the Morgan Freeman
film Lean on Me on McDonough Field, Oct. 2, and an open mic night at Dooleys
Den on the Depot, Oct. 3, where faculty and staff are invited to take
the stage to perform impov comedy, sing a song, read a poem or just discuss
whatever is on their minds.
But perhaps the highlight of the festivities will be the Faculty/Staff
Art Show, which will open for viewing on
Oct. 1 in the Dobbs Center gallery and run all month. A formal opening
reception will take place Oct. 4, and several of the artists will be in
attendance to discuss their work. Casey said she has several entries for
the show, and that a panel of faculty, staff and students will serve as
jury to determine which pieces will be displayed.
The Employee Council is cosponsoring Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week
along with the L.E.A.D Team and the Dobbs Center.
The goal of this week, Casey said, is for students, staff and faculty
to participate in events on an equal footing and therefore learn more
about each other. This is a great opportunity for everyone to have
this level of interaction, she said.
In council news, Gail Mooney from the business school was elected secretary-elect,
effective immediately. She replace Cheryl Sroka, who took over as secretary
when Bill Chatfield had to resign his officer position. Susie Lackey of
Yerkes accepted a position as co-chair of the communications committee,
a position that had been vacant. Upon accepting her role on the committee,
Lackey gave up her seat on the University Senate. That seat remains open.
The membership committee asked council members to review the information
in the councils brochure for accuracy, so that an update version
can be distributed at the Grady information fair, Oct. 2.
The communications committee urged members to promote two upcoming, high-profile
council events: the aforementioned Grady information fair, and President
Bill Chaces town hall meeting, Sept. 25 at noon in Winship Ballroom.
The special issues committee said many of its concerns had been addressed
by Miller during her presentation. The servant leadership committee discussed
its monthly brown bag lunches, organized in tandem with the Center for
Ethics. The guest speakers have been educational, the committee said,
and future brown bags are planned. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct.
17 in Harland Cinema.
If you have a comment or question for Employee Council, e-mail president Bill McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.