Plans to update policies and software, along with efforts to increase employee training and wellness, were among topics touched on during a Palestine City Council work session Monday, where council members discussed proposed budget items for the Human Resources department for fiscal year 2015.
Per bullet-points, Human Resources Manager Susie Streb highlighted organization and communication goals one-by-one for the HR department.
First on the list was to provide HR documents (such as medical and W-4 forms) to staff on a share drive. Generally, people have to come by Streb's office to acquire these documents, but by putting them on the share drive they would be more accessible to supervisors and staff, she said — noting this project has already been completed.
Additionally, she said the department is in the process of rewriting policies.
“Basically we are rewriting the handbook,”Streb said.“Our policies are very old and outdated and need a lot of attention, so I'm working with the city manager on rewriting the policies for the city.”
Streb said they were hoping to have this done by the first part of September,“because we are implementing some supervisor training”— a free three-day in-house supervisor academy —“that's going to start in October.”
“A lot of our supervisors have been promoted up from within and haven't had a lot of supervisory training, so we've been looking for something to have in-house for supervisors.”
Other goals of the department include updating the website and job descriptions for city staff. Streb told the council she has been working with department heads to develop this.
She said she also wants to streamline the job application process. Right now, applications cannot be submitted electronically but must be printed and filled out before landing on her desk.