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Speak up Be heard: Work life balance

Telecommuting

Submitted: October 18, 2021
Last updated: October 18, 2021
Status: In progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Just would be nice if Staff Council could mention to HR or Leadership that Telecommuting is needed to remain innovative, sustainable and provide actual employee health and wellness. People are dropping from ASU because of this greatly. Topped with lower wages there is no incentive to work at ASU. I think coming from a group like this it would be taken more seriously.

Resolution:

In progress



Edge Conversations

Submitted: May 26, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Edge Conversations are as pointless and relative IF we have no way to grieve and issue about our review, job description or issues with our supervisors and upper management. The grievance process for staff has been eliminated but faculty and students have it. Without a way to have a administrative process to address issues administration can do what they want and staff can only file legal action if there is an issue IF they can afford it or find an attorney to sue ASU. This is very one sided and this new system is nothing better than what we had. Very disappointing.

Resolution:

The applicable policy will be updated in July, 2021 and will reflect the change from an Annual Performance Evaluation to EDGE Conversations. Per SPP 808: Performance Management for University Staff under the Review section, “An employee who disagrees with his or her performance evaluation may request, in writing, a review by the second-level supervisor (i.e., the immediate supervisor’s supervisor) within three working days after the evaluation has been delivered. The second-level supervisor will schedule a meeting to discuss the evaluation with the employee promptly, normally within five working days of receiving the request for review. The second-level supervisor will conduct additional inquiry including modifying the evaluation ratings and/or comments if considered appropriate. The second-level supervisor is responsible for communicating the decision, in writing, to the first-level supervisor and the employee. The second-level supervisor’s decision is final unless unlawful discrimination is alleged to have influenced the evaluation. If unlawful discrimination is alleged, the employee may file a complaint with the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities.” With EDGE Conversations, an employee still has the option to request a review of their supervisor’s comments by their next level supervisor.



Sabbatical for staff

Submitted: December 3, 2019
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I would love to see ASU give staff the ability to take a paid 3 month sabbatical every 7 to 10 years.  This falls in line with some of the major companies around the valley. While we cannot get equal compensation to private industry, I think this would foster great staff cohesiveness, renewed dedication to the University and add an element of life excitement that cannot be done through typical vacation time.  The University is a leader in the country when it comes to innovation, and I think this would be an added benefit to clear the mind, get re-centered/realigned for each stage of life and career! 

 

Resolution:

Not a policy or practice that is currently under consideration.



Comp time for days with no classes

Submitted: September 17, 2019
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Has it been considered at any point allowing employees to also have days off where they are no classes (example: fall break) or having those as floating holidays or comp time that could be taken at other points?  The small amount can go a long way to help staff members be rejuvenated and focuses, especially those who are not at the point of gaining vacation time at a rapid level.

Resolution:

Refer to existing vacation policy. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/spp/spp702-01.html



Hybrid work productivity

Submitted: June 1, 2021
Last updated: June 22, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Will hybrid working be an option? Life is a lot more expensive now. Being able to work from home saves money on a parking permit, dog walker, gas, food, etc. We’ve proven we’re more productive working from home. Can we have some balance? Work from home 2-3 days a week.

Resolution:


Grievance process for staff

Submitted: May 26, 2021
Last updated: June 22, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Edge Conversations are as pointless and relative IF we have no way to grieve and issue about our review, job description or issues with our supervisors and upper management. The grievance process for staff has been eliminated but faculty and students have it. Without a way to have a administrative process to address issues administration can do what they want and staff can only file legal action if there is an issue IF they can afford it or find an attorney to sue ASU. This is very one sided and this new system is nothing better than what we had. Very disappointing.

Resolution:


Remote work

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Last updated: March 29, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

How has ASU's success with remote work during covid going to influence future requests from employees to work remotely?

Resolution:


Working from home

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Last updated: March 26, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Will employees be able to continue working from home after the pandemic?

Resolution:


Raises for staff

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Last updated: March 26, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

When are we going to be able to get raises? Newer employees who have missed out on the vacation days and other perks do not have much appreciation for working through this pandemic.

Resolution:


West campus Veteran Center

Submitted: August 31, 2018
Last updated: March 23, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

The University needs to improve the West campus Veteran Center for military veterans/students.  It would be nice to have include private space for veteran students to study and deal with stress/PTSD.

Resolution:

It is always our intent at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center to provide an excellent higher educational experience. We will continue to use what resources we must to move in a direction that provides for this. All our campus locations and students at those campuses are important to us. Our intention is to provide a holistic approach at each campus including the processing of benefits, a safe space to meet with our staff as well as fellow veterans or to simply grab the occasional cup of coffee on us. Along with this, it is always important that our student veterans immerse themselves into the general population at ASU as this will aid in the successful career transition from university life. Making connections outside of the veterans' community can only benefit our student veterans in the long run. If student veterans require a more private place to walk through issues they may be facing, please have them reach out to our Military Advocate team for resources at militaryadvocate@asu.edu.



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