Thursday, October 8, 2009

Comments sought on merit pay change

State government’s employment agency begins seeking public comment today on a proposal that would wipe out the longtime system that gave most state employees 4 percent annual pay raises.

The move starts a process that could lead to a commission vote on the proposal as early as Nov. 4.

Under the proposal, a state employee who gets an “outstanding” job rating could get up to a 6 percent raise. But state agencies could also develop pay raise policies in which employees could receive no raises.

Some 60,000 Civil Service employees would be covered. Another 38,000 unclassified employees, who serve at the pleasure of their bosses, would not be covered.

Templet said the proposal will be posted on the Civil Service Web site today — People can comment on the plan via e-mail, regular mail and in person at a Nov. 4 commission meeting, she said.

1 comment:

TheGal said...

I am in favor of an employee being rewarded based on their performance as long as all measurements can be obtained uniformly. Example being that if case errors are used as a measurement, which I believe they should be, then the specialist should be the readers. This way all employees in the region would be reviewed the same. When it is done by supervisors it is not uniformly done. All supervisors read cases differently.

When an employee "meets expectations they should receive the minimal raise. If they are below expectations, then no raise would be received. There should be different levels above "meets expectations" with different levels of merit increase.

If an employee gets a new supervisor, the new supervisor should have to use information from the previous supervisor if it is within 3 months of the change or have an option in ratings to select to reflect the new change.

I have already seen a co-worker not receive a merit due to receiving a new supervisor and the new supervisor read cases differently. This employee rarely misses work and works diligently to get the work done. We all make errors at some point and until the new technologies and procedures get into place with the streamlining of our government there will be many more errors made due to quantity of work that prevents the quality of work...and this should be taken into consideration now when determining merit increases.