Staff Council wants to know your thoughts on job creep

Pitt’s Staff Council is hoping to get a wide response from all areas of the University on a survey to assess and address how responsibility creep or job creep has impacted staff both before and since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The survey, which can be accessed here, is voluntary and anonymous. Any personal identifiers will be redacted when the data is organized, analyzed and shared beyond Staff Council. Those taking the survey may skip any question they do not feel comfortable answering or can stop taking the survey at any point  with no penalty.

Responsibility creep, or job creep, has been defined as a situation in which an employee takes on an increasing number of duties, thereby causing the original job responsibilities to morph into a more complex position without receiving a promotion or additional compensation for these increased responsibilities. The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. June 11. 

The survey asks questions about if your workload has increased because of COVID-19 or the loss of co-workers who took the staff early retirement package. It also asks if you feel your supervisor understands when you say you have too much work and if you feel you can speak up without fear of retribution.

A Staff Council subgroup created the survey to analyze what staff (who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement) are being tasked with and evaluate what changes Staff Council can advocate for on behalf of the staff at the University.

Contact with any questions.

Staff Retreat: Reimagining Your Professional Path

Staff Council also is planning a virtual Staff Retreat (formerly the Staff Spring Assembly) for 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 15. The event is open to all Pitt staff members. Keynote speaker Stacey Lewis, creator and chief influencer at HR Interrupted, will give a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A. 

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations Dave DeJong will open the meeting. The event will end with “Will you be my work neighbor?” — where you can meet fellow staff in hosted breakout rooms organized by interests. 

Register here to receive the Zoom information.

The next general Staff Council meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. June 16. Register here.