Employee Relations – What It is and What It’s Not

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When most of us think Employee Relations (ER), we think about all of the scary things associated with Human Resources — the kind of Hollywood exaggerations that are hilarious on the screen, but much less humorous in reality. We envision someone being pulled unwillingly from his or her office by red-faced executives furious over a costly mistake or, worse yet, fired on the spot in front of an audience of mortified colleagues.

But Valencia isn’t Hollywood, and discipline isn’t even the Employee Relations team’s primary focus. So, the odds of Lauren Bojalad, director, employee relations, or Jennifer Bevan, coordinator, employee relations, coming to your desk to publicly humiliate you are virtually zero.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what Employee Relations really is.

The Employee Relations team is designed to provide resources to all employees to help promote a positive work environment through communication, respect, accountability, integrity and trust. To accomplish this, the team offers consultation, conversation facilitation, education and resolution strategies for workplace conflict.

As an example, the team could help facilitate a difficult conversation among co-workers or even help design team-building workshops.

It’s also important to note that Employee Relations is available for all faculty and staff, not just supervisors. That means that no matter your role or your conflict, Employee Relations is here to help.

For more information about Employee Relations and a comprehensive list of the resources the team provides, click here.

If you have a question about Employee Relations and what it can do for you, contact your campus director Organizational Development and Human Resources.

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