IV. Personnel

At the top of department management is the task of handling personnel concerns. Regardless of other pressing issues and department commitments, matters related to faculty, support staff, and students will consume the majority of a department chair’s time and energy. Most personnel issues are difficult, if not impossible, to plan for; instead they present themselves without warning, often demanding immediate action. Almost all personnel issues require a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity. This section discusses a number of departmental personnel matters.

  1. Employee health and medical issues
  2. Employee leaves of absence
  3. Annual performance reviews
  4. Performance mentoring
  5. Complaints and grievances
  6. Collegiality and conflict resolution
  7. Legal documentation