Employee Relations

The role of Employee Relations is predominately advisory in providing guidance and counsel regarding workplace concerns for staff employees. Some functions of the office include:

  • providing guidance to supervisors in addressing matters related to corrective action and/or disciplinary issues
  • providing coaching and training regarding the University's performance management system
  • coordinating  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services
  • facilitating the University's staff administrative grievance appeal process
  • assisting departmental supervisors and managers with workplace problem prevention by fairly and effectively managing staff employees according to University policy

If you, as the staff employee, need help solving a work-related problem, the first step is to speak with your immediate supervisor. If talking with your supervisor is not a valid option, we encourage you to voice your concern to higher levels of authority in your line of supervision. You may also seek advice on ways to deal with workplace problems by contacting the Employee Relations Director or referring to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Contact

Sharon Woods, Director of Employee Relations
Stockwell Administration Building, room 310
864-503-5354

Confidentiality

If you wish to discuss any matter in confidence, we will maintain confidentiality to the extent possible. Some issues may require further investigation or consultation with other campus departments. In such cases, information will only be shared with other individuals on a need-to-know basis.

Faculty Concerns

Faculty concerns may be addressed through the Faculty Ombuds. The Faculty Ombuds serves as a confidential, neutral, informal and independent resource for faculty concerns and conflicts.