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    Sara Rimer

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There are 9 comments on New BU Task Force on Workplace Culture to Focus on Improvements for Staff

  1. The only improvement this staff member of 10 years is interested in is higher pay. The annual raise for professional staff come January needs to be higher than 2.75 – 3.00%, especially given how little we are already paid. I couldn’t care any less about DEI or even remote work; I am content to work on campus as often as needed. Nor do I care that President Brown has given us two additional days off during Intersession. If my paycheck does not improve, I will be heading elsewhere.

    Money talks. The rest is all BS.

  2. Another issue for staff is childcare. The cost of the on campus childcare center is outrageous and has no aid or sliding scale payments available, making it simply out of reach for single parents who work at BU, or staff members who aren’t making top dollar as upper administration. A benefit isn’t a benefit if you can’t use it, and you will continue to lose qualified and amazing staff members because they cannot afford to both work at BU and care for their family.

    1. Agreed. As a teacher at the Children’s Center may I let you know that I don’t even get a subsidy to send my own children there! Childcare at BU is completely out of reach.

  3. Another task force created to make decisions for the staff without actually having any regular staff level input. No administrators, no foot on the ground running folks, no ‘worker bees’ have a seat at the table once again. Why are these continually made up of majority of deans and upper management/directors to talk about what they think a lower level staff person wants. These task forces need to be 50/50. Enough is enough.

    1. More than half the task force is comprised of early-career staff members, some of whom are entry level. There’s a few deanlets, but the majority are in the trenches making it actually 60/40. It’s practically swarming with worker bees.

  4. Task forces and committees are two things BU administrators love to create to pretend they care. The reality is that the overgrown incompetent management leaches out all the resources from this institution. Please address BU’s ridiculously low and unjust pay scales, get rid of incompetent and entitled management, and stop the politicization of this institution.

  5. As a manager who has to implement and make hybrid work, clear guidelines would be helpful. We get the Administration and the Presidents office stating residential campus we must be here and HR comes along and says how flexible we are trying to be.
    Make a policy and stick to it. It is maddening to tell people who have effectively worked very successfully remotely that now they have to be here for no other reason than to have their presence.

    BU needs to stop micromanaging from the highest level, ie. Provost and President, and get some serious management training program. Managers need to be trained at different levels of promotion to ensure the most productive employees which in turn benefits the students and the faculty. Empower managers and hold them accountable. And yes, please pay the staff a fair and equitable wage.

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