Wright State University Staff Council Minutes
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.
Present: Council Members: Barbara Bullock, George Collins, Mary Healea, Joanie Hendricks, Fran Keeley, John Sheidler; and
Convener, Bill Rickert
1. Update on Classified Civil Service Reform (House Bill 187)
The Civil Service Reform Resolution will be going to the Board of Trustees for approval, which will permit consideration of changes to the classified hiring process, bumping procedures, and other possible changes to classified rules.
Fran Keeley distributed a summary from the Open Forums that were held on campus and at Lake Campus in October (attached). All classified and unclassified staff members were invited to attend. Presenters were Allan Boggs, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, and Fran Keeley, Chair of the Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC). Many questions were asked and are on the attachment. Fran said the forums went well. The perception was that generally CSAC and USAC members believe that this whole process with be open, and that they will be included in any decisions made. However, there was some skepticism conveyed at the forums.
2. Staff Summit
It was noted that the Staff Summits held on campus were very well received. People were fully engaged and genuinely concerned about what goes on at WSU.
Concerning the Staff Summit at Lake Campus, the staff were supportive, but raised concerns about:
- Distance Learning at Lake Campus,
- Degrees getting watered down because of budget cuts,
- Lack of interaction with high school counselors,
- Steady and strong decline in enrollment at Lake Campus the last few years,
- State looking into the feasibility of branch campuses in Ohio.
3. Time Off Issues
A. Sick leave – There is a great disparity in the use of sick leave on campus. Some employees have had to use a lot of sick leave for legitimate reasons, while others have a huge amount saved up. There is concern that a significant number of employees abuse their sick leave or don’t report it.
B. Short-term Disability – This issue is brought up by staff often, and further consideration is warranted. Questions were raised regarding who might come to Staff Council to discuss short-term disability, how many employees have less than six months of sick and vacation saved and therefore might want coverage, and costs.
C. Time off for bereavement is also brought up often. Now staff can use up to five days of sick leave for bereavement for members of their immediate famiy.
D. Time off for staff development and staff participation in governance might be enhanced through one or more of the following:
Possible policy changes.
There may be a staff survey asking about the ability to attend development and committee activities during work time, and about the value of participating in Staff Development Day.
The next SDD is scheduled for December 18, 2007. Bill Rickert will get from Albert Bondurant, Director of Organizational Development and Learning in Human Resources, a list of previous participants in SDD and the list for the one on 12/18/07. This list can be broken down by which areas/departments that the participants are from to get an idea of what areas are not participating.
4. Staff Concerns
Council members spent considerable time discussing various issues concerning the Office of Human Resources. Items discussed included:
- customer service issues – employees are not receiving timely responses on critical issues;
- USAC never received written responses to questions following an open forum that occurred in March, 2007;
- the appearance of no cross-training in the department (if someone is out for vacation/sick leave/conference--no answers at all); and
- voice mail does not indicate that representative is out of office for extended period of time.
Bill Rickert will talk to Allan Boggs about these problems.
5. Performance Impact
The online performance evaluation system, Performance Impact (PI) was brought up. It is being tested in many departments. It has been criticized by some since it creates a lot of work for supervisors, etc. Bill Rickert said that a decision on keeping PI has not been made.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 pm. The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.