From the Vice President

February 2008 Column

With the start of 2008, staff and supervisors are anticipating several ways we recognize the valuable efforts made by our employees. In March, more than 300 employees and their supervisors will celebrate 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year service milestones at our annual staff recognition luncheon, and recipients of the President’s Achievement Award will be announced. Annually, managers nominate employees who have demonstrated excellence in carrying out their responsibilities. These hard–working individuals will receive a $2,000 award. In addition, we will introduce the first two administrative employees selected for a new award, the Griffin ’23 Management Award, announced in January. This program, generously donated by the family of Donald W. Griffin ’23, recognizes employees who demonstrate leadership and/or management potential. They each will receive a grant of up to $2,500 to attend a professional conference or academic course.  

Over the next several months, supervisors are meeting with employees to discuss their past year’s performance. This annual process allows managers to acknowledge employees’ hard work and positive impact. It provides an excellent opportunity to identify goals for the next 12 months and to discuss specific areas for growth and development. Providing feedback now and throughout the year enables employees to build upon past successes and identify opportunities for growth. HRs learning curriculum offers multiple training classes throughout the year that support professional development for both managers and other staff members. The performance appraisal conversation is a perfect time to select classes to attend either at Princeton or elsewhere.
 
In March and April, managers will be carefully determining merit increase recommendations to recognize performance of each employee. HR staff members are available to assist managers assess their salary pool in light of their employees’ performance.
 
Within Human Resources, we recently hired several new highly skilled professionals who have strong relevant experience. Please join me in welcoming Zia Bartley as events, marketing and diversity specialist and Amy Butterworth as benefits and work life specialist. Please feel free to contact them for assistance at any time.
 
As mentioned in past issues of the HR Communiqué, I continue to ask for your feedback on HR’s services and programs. Let us hear from you!