University Human Resources and its ancillary offices have taken steps to safeguard their office spaces against the spread of COVID-19.
Some employees who work in the main UHR office, the Onboarding Center and University Temporary Services, which is located off campus, are working from home. Those employees are meeting customer needs through Zoom and other virtual technologies.
Other employees are working in the three offices based on rotating schedules. If you need to visit these offices, contact them first. A list of contacts can be found on the UHR website. The offices’ preferred way of communicating is by phone, email and video conference — at least for now.
“My priority is the safety of my team as well as our campus stakeholders and visitors who might need to stop by our offices,” said Marie Williams, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources. “Our goal is still to provide outstanding customer service, but for the safety of all we must adjust how we provide that service.”
In the lobby of the main HR office, workers have installed a Plexiglas partition at the front desk. Employees who staff the desk wear face coverings.
HR is limiting the use of the two computers that sit next to each other in the lobby. To comply with physical distancing guidelines, only one of the computers can be used at any given time.
At the Onboarding Center, workers have installed Plexiglas partitions at the front counter, in front of a computer in the lobby and inside some offices. Workers also have installed a partition in the lobby area of the University Temporary Services office.
The Onboarding Center is conducting onboarding appointments virtually. UTS is interviewing job candidates via Zoom.
Amy Grubbs, director of the Onboarding Center, said she and her staff appreciate the efforts the university is taking to protect them and the center’s visitors. Grubbs said she and her staff are especially grateful for the Plexiglas barriers because they provide a layer of protection that makes them feel safe.
But she said there is one drawback to the Plexiglas.
“It’s less welcoming,” Grubbs said. “You can’t shake someone’s hand and say, ‘Welcome to campus,’ but I think everyone understands why.”