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March 13, 2009

Employee Transition Services Readied for Potential Reduction in Force
 
Although it is difficult to consider and discuss, Mecklenburg County is facing the real possibility of job losses and layoffs.
 
To prepare for a potential reduction in force (RIF), the County's Human Resources Department has developed a variety of employee transition services to help employees who would be affected. These services would be provided for displaced employees and department managers in five key areas:
  • Transition Package
    All affected employees would receive a packet summarizing their Reduction-in-Force benefits, information on unemployment filing and a list of transition services provided by the County.

     
  • Employee Transition Center
    The HR Department will establish a location where affected employees can obtain administrative support in searching for a new position. Employees will have access to computers with Internet access, office supplies, interviewing and skills training courses, and resumé writing assistance.

     
  • Counseling Services
    Displaced employees will be able to access the County's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for three months from the date of termination. EAP counselors assist employees with issues ranging from financial management to managing stress. Career counseling also will be offered by County HR staff.

     
  • Priority Placement
    Consistent with the County's RIF, the HR staff will create a re-employment service to facilitate the placement of eligible employees in vacant County jobs based on qualifications for the position and previous successful performance.

     
  • HR Consulting
    County HR staff will provide advice to department managers in preparing RIF notices, as well as best practices in managing employee morale in the wake of layoffs and service reductions.
 
For additional information, please contact Human Resources Director Chris Peek, 704-336-3181.
 
 
Online Viewing of County Information Ranks High
 
According the County's online streaming video provider, Granicus, Inc., Mecklenburg County's web casts of Board meetings and other information are among the most viewed in the nation.
 
For 2008, Granicus reports that Mecklenburg County had the third most web viewers of online videos among Granicus clients. The County's web cast information about the citizen Justice and Public Safety Task Force drew the fifth most viewers of a single online video in 2008. In addition to providing this information service externally at www.MecklenburgCountyNC.gov, web casts are used to communicate internally with County employees at various locations. The February 25 webinar (interactive web seminar) for employees on the County budget ranked as the ninth most viewed online video among Granicus clients during a ten-day period in February. This webinar allowed County employees to participate in a Q&A session on the budget from their computers at multiple County facilities.
 
Mecklenburg County contracts with Granicus to provide software and host live and archived video productions including the Board of County Commissioners meetings and informational web casts produced by Mecklenburg County's Public Service and Information Department. Granicus, Inc. provides streaming media services to cities, counties, towns, state governments, school systems and other local governments throughout the U.S.
 
For more information, please contact PSI Director Danny Diehl, 704-336-2084.
 

CALENDAR REMINDER
 
Tuesday, March 17
  • 3pm, Effective & Efficient Government Committee,
    11th Floor Large Conference Room
  • 3pm, Health & Community Services Committee, CH14
  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber
     
 
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

 



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