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Jan. 24, 1997

P&S Council to vote on salary discussion form

by Anne Dolan
At its February meeting, members of the Professional and Scientific Council will vote on a recom-mendation to implement this year use of a form ensuring that a P&S employee and his or her supervisor have discussed the employee's annual salary adjustment and the reasons for it. If approved, the recommendation goes to ISU administrators.

In March 1996, the council approved the use of the form, intended to encourage one-to-one communication about pay hikes between supervisors and employees. A 1995 survey of P&S employees showed that 40 percent of respondents received no explanation for the level of their annual salary increase.

The latest recommendation includes several notes on the salary notification procedure, including:

The new form is similar to one used now to record that a performance appraisal was completed.

In other business, council members discussed plans for the lunch forum they will host in the Memorial Union Campanile Room preceding their Feb. 6 meeting. All P&S employees are invited to the roundtable forum, titled "Working Toward Solutions." The discussion at each table will be facilitated by a council member. P&S employees can suggest discussion topics on the RSVP portion of the invitations they received this week, or the council will provide topics. Participants can bring their lunch or purchase it there; serving will begin in the Campanile Room at 11:45 a.m. The forum begins at noon.

Following are other meeting highlights:

In between will be two time blocks for concurrent sessions that will look at topics such as professional ethics, involvement in the university community, mentoring, making yourself marketable, making your workplace a better place to work. Members of the Training and Development Office are involved in planning the day, which will not duplicate anything the office currently offers.

The next council meeting begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Memorial Union Gold Room.

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