Re: Merit pay for Serial Librarians (Sunee Grima) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 21 Jan 1999 19:15 UTC
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:58:18 -0500 (EST) From: Sunee Grima <SuneeGrima@AOL.COM> Subject: Re: Merit pay for Serial Librarians (Karen Chobot) Karen, What your institution is trying to do is an old wine in a new bottle. Yes, we do set porfessional goals every year. Some years we do more and some years we do less. At the public library I worked before, they set the areas where people need for their jobs into 7 areas: collection development, reference service, fiscal management, public service, time manangement, infomation and technology and property management. Under each category, there are some suggested activities. Imagine, folks who work in Technical services doing just labels, stripings and entering barcodes into the system, trying to find activities that will fit to all those categories. I was a supervisor at that time, my suggestions to people who worked for me were to think about what they do in their jobs that would fit those categories. In another word, I did not want them to run around looking for broken chairs and tables and fix them, so they could fulfill the goals for "property mangement" I did suggest to them to lay out their goals as to process xx numbers of items for each month. This fits the goal for taking care of library property. They would do the same things with other categories. The key word is to process materials and do their jobs. I do not know of any better way for a merit pay. In Thailand, at my time when I worked fo the government agency, everybody got a one-step merit increase at the end of the year. Some people manage to get two-step increase by being close to the authority who has the power to grant the merit increase. Some orgnization let employees do special projects. Of course, the project will be headed by the project owner and helped out by other employees. In my opinion, it might pitch one person against another. It is a competition game. With the merit pay, think about the documentation that you will need to work on versus the amount of money you will receive. Does this worth your time, enregy and efforts for just a few dollars for evary paycheck you earn? Good luck Sunee Grima Acquisitions/Serials Coordinator Weber State University Ogden UT 84408 firstname.lastname@example.org. This is my own opinion.