The Office of Human Resources has recently developed a questionnaire for housekeeping staff to elicit feedback on supervisors. The questionnaire will contain ten specific questions targeted at gathering constructive criticism about how managers can improve relations with staff members. HR staff will be on hand to administer and answer questions about the questionnaire.
According to Brenda Malone, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, the questionnaire is part of a pilot project that could be implemented across campus if it is successful. The feedback received on the questionnaire could be used for professional development for managers and supervisors. The feedback, however, will not affect managers’ performance evaluations.
Managers will also be given the opportunity to fill out a self-evaluation and compare the results with feedback obtained from housekeeping staff. Malone believes that administering the two questionnaires will allow managers to identify aspects of their managerial style that could be improved, as well as places where they currently excel.
When Malone presented the pilot to members of the Employee Forum at their February 6th meeting, some expressed the desire for the evaluations to become available to the rest of campus so that so that any developmental areas could be consistently identified. Malone stated that if the pilot is successful in the housekeeping department, OHR will consider trying it in other departments.
The questionnaires are expected to be administered in the next few weeks.
In the most recent issue of the University Gazette, writer Gary Moss talks about Chancellor Thorp’s last visit to address the Employee Forum before his resignation takes effect. Read the full article.
Following the UNC Faculty Assembly and the UNC Association of Student Governments, the Staff Assembly issued their response to the latest proposed draft of the UNC system Strategic Plan. The full text is as follows:
January 24, 2013
Thomas A. Ross, President
The University of North Carolina
PO BOX 2688
Chapel Hill NC 27515-2688
Dear President Ross:
The University of North Carolina Staff Assembly supports the UNC Faculty Assembly and the UNC Association of Student Governments position and the recommendations put forward in their detailed responses to the UNC 5-Year Strategic Plan titled, “Our Time, Our Future: The UNC Compact With North Carolina”.
The UNC Staff Assembly recommends to President Ross and the Board of Governors that a commitment to invest in Staff Development for the almost 32,000 non-teaching university staff be included in the final draft of the UNC 5-Year Strategic Plan, sections 3 & 4.
A plan to improve Staff Development policies, that encourages and permits staff to take advantage of educational opportunities throughout the system and the state, will create a committed workforce that is more educated, efficient and effective at fulfilling the dynamic role the University faces in the global market place. The return on this investment would apply to the Degree Attainment Goal and benefit the University system in the future.
Chuck Brink, Chair
UNC Staff Assembly
Now Accepting Nominations for the University Awards for the Advancement of Women
The Carolina Women’s Center is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 University Awards for the Advancement of Women. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Each year, three individuals–one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar–may be selected to receive the award. The faculty and staff recipients each receive $5000 and the undergraduate/graduate student/ postdoctoral scholar recipient receives $2500. Awardees are honored in a ceremony during the Carolina Women’s Center’s annual Gender Week Celebration in March. For more information and to nominate, please see: https://womenscenter.unc.edu/2012/11/19/now-accepting-nominations-for-university-awards-for-the-advancement-of-women/
To Chancellor Thorp, President Ross, Chairman Hargrove, Platform guests, Campus community.
In my quest to want my speech to fit in, I was going to deal with the water theme. My original speech was entitled: “Water, water everywhere: Water, water, why should we care?” I am sure our speaker for today will sufficiently address that topic because, from all indications, that is his passion.
My passion is people. Especially downtrodden people, people who feel invisible, people who feel they don’t have a voice. So I will stick with who and what I know.
The Employee Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary in March at the fabulous Friday Center. The event featured remarks from the four living Chancellors—Hardin, McCoy, Moeser and Thorp—with the keynote address by Kay Wijnberg Hovious, chief organizer and first Forum chair. We also had a featured presentation by retired employee Jeffery Beam. In 1998 Jeffery wrote a poem entitled “Song of the University Worker”. In 2008 the Forum adopted it as our official poem.
The poem begins with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
The poem goes on to highlight many occupations that university workers do (cutting grass, scrubbing floors, typing letters, pushing papers, designing systems, managing processes, directing traffic). In the heat, in the cold, in the hurricane, in the snow. The constant refrain in the poem is: Behind you before you beside you with you. It is a continual reminder that although sometimes overlooked, the staff’s presence is both incalculable and invaluable to the successful running of this great university.
So to the students we say: Behind you before you beside you with you
The staff at Carolina will keep the halls, labs, grounds and classrooms clean and safe and functional to help provide you with the ideal learning environment. We will protect you, nurture you, serve you. That’s what we do. That’s who we are.
To the faculty, we say: Behind you before you beside you with you.
The staff at Carolina will keep this University running and clean and safe, even during severe economic conditions. Or inclement weather conditions. We will do everything to help you flourish because when you succeed, we succeed. That’s what we do. That’s who we are.
To the Board of Governors, Trustees, Alumni, and the Administration we say: Behind you before you beside you with you
The staff at Carolina will continue to give you our best until UNC is the BEST. Scandals don’t rock us, storms don’t shock us, allegations don’t stop us because we know that fundamentally-at our core-we are better than what we’ve experienced the past few years. We know that we are one of the premier learning institutions in the world and we will do our part to keep it that way. That’s what we do. That’s who we are.
Let me conclude my remarks by being a little non-traditional. This is one of the few events where faculty, staff and students convene together, so I am going to ask my friend and colleague, Jan Boxill, and the student leaders–Will and Michael–to come and join me as we salute our Chancellor.
To our beloved and beleaguered Chancellor, Holden Thorp, we say that for the next 8 months: Behind you before you beside you with you.
You have been a true champion to us and have given us unprecedented access to you, your office and your resources. Your commitment has been unfaltering and your support has been unwavering. You will always have our commitment and support in return. That’s what we do. That who we are.
Behind you before you beside you with you.
We are the University of North Carolina and we are Tar Heels.
Jackie Overton, Chair
Watch the video here:[youtube]http://youtu.be/6-y_VfntmGI[/youtube]
Vice Chair Dan Barmmer has accumulated photographs and documents detailing the Forum’s work over the last four months in his November 14 presentation to the Board of Trustees. Please find the Power Point presentation linked below.
Following the example of the UNC-CH Faculty Council and other UNC system schools’ staff and faculty assemblies, the Employee Forum passed a resolution asking for direct representation on the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions.
The next Committee on Strategic Directions meeting is set for December 12, 2012. The meetings are available to stream live online at the committee’s webpage.
The full resolution is reprinted in its entirety below.
Resolution on the UNC Strategic Plan for 2013-2018
November 7, 2012
WHEREAS, The UNC System is initiating strategic planning for 2013-2018 to set current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, and review and refinement of academic missions reflecting the University’s deep commitment to help North Carolina respond to changing state needs and economic challenges, and
WHEREAS, the University of North Carolina Tomorrow Initiative, which led the previous strategic planning period, visited all 17 UNC campuses; held 11 highly attended Community Listening Forums across the state; held 11 Faculty Forums with all 17 UNC campuses that were attended by faculty, staff, and students; conducted an online survey with 6,700 respondents; and ran a blog on the UNC Tomorrow website in order to be more responsive to the needs and challenges of our state1, and
WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions has neglected to elicit sufficient feedback from the faculty, staff, students of the UNC system, and the North Carolina public, and
WHEREAS, the University of North Carolina Tomorrow Initiative allotted a year for information gathering, discussion, and formation of a 5-year plan while the current Advisory Committee intends to form a similar plan within a 4-month period, and
WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions has only one member assigned to represent the interests of all UNC-system staff, and
WHEREAS, a single representative is inadequate in order to ensure that the Strategic Plan, as ultimately presented, will represent the best interests of all staff at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, much less all UNC-system staff, and
WHEREAS, the possible addition of new members is acknowledged in the Strategic Planning Overview and Charge2, and
WHEREAS, faculty and student groups from a number of Universities in the UNC system have already requested that their own representation be expanded in response to concerns about inadequate representation on the Advisory Committee, and
WHEREAS, the UNC-system employs approximately 70,000 North Carolina residents among its 100 counties4 and can directly influence the retention, skills and education, well-being, and health care of this workforce, and
WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions has detailed five goals in addressing “North Carolina’s long-term economic competitiveness” through “its ability to develop and retain the talent needed to drive innovation”3 that fails to describe these goals as applicable toward the workforce it, itself, employs, relies on, and must recruit and retain, and
WHEREAS, the Strategic Planning Overview and Charge2 of the committee includes a charge to “serve in an advisory capacity to the President to help assess the current and future workforce needs of the state,” yet neglects to define or address these needs in any of its five goals,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions be expanded to include greater representation of the staff of the UNC system, and
BE IT RESOLVED, that the five goals put forth by the Advisory Committee be amended to include goals oriented toward staff recruiting, retention, education, well-being, and health care as part of its mission, and
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions provide an open line of two-way communication between itself, the public, and all Universities in the UNC system by holding regular open forums across the state, as the University of North Carolina Tomorrow Initiative previously, in order to ensure that all needs are met in the most efficient, applicable, and effective ways possible, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the timeline set for the formation of a Strategic Plan be extended to adequately address the well-founded concerns detailed by this resolution and the other formal concerns submitted by faculty and student groups across North Carolina.
Signed on behalf of the members of the Employee Forum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Jackie Overton, Chair of the Employee Forum
1. University of North Carolina Tomorrow Commission Final Report 2007 http://www.northcarolina.edu/nctomorrow/reports/commission/Final_Report.pdf
2. Strategic Directions Initiative Statement of Strategic Planning Overview and Charge http://www.northcarolina.edu/strategic_direction/meetings/index.php
3. Strategic Directions Initiative Statement of five goals entitled “UNC: Our Time, Our Future”. http://www.northcarolina.edu/strategic_direction/meetings/index.php
4. Impact of the University of North Carolina by County: A high-level look at UNC’s involvement in all 100 counties in North Carolina http://www.northcarolina.edu/reports/index.php?page=download&id=1311&inline=1