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Accuracy • Independence • Integrity

December 13, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Opinion

Workers’ needs

In response to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” survey results President Tom Rochon discussed at the All-College Meeting, Ithaca College will be taking four major initiatives to create a better work atmosphere for employees.

The initiatives will include enhancements to flexible work arrangements, supervisors’ development, community engagement and assessment of benefits. But other results from the survey, as well as results from a survey compiled by The Ithacan, show that employees are also unsatisfied with the extent to which performances are evaluated.

In order to better serve its employees, the college needs to address the performance evaluations as well. Supervisors should discuss reviews with employees, and there should also be the same number of reviews for supervisors as for their workers. Rochon and Mark Coldren, vice president of human resources, need to discuss ways to better the performance evaluation processes with all faculty and staff from different programs, departments and offices across the college.

The four initiatives the college is taking will create a better working environment for employees. But in order for workers to be completely satisfied, the college needs to look at all areas in which it can improve.

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