Updates for Employees

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Context and Schedule for Layoffs: February 13, 2019

Layoffs Update and Ongoing Discussions: February 13, 2019

Information and Updates for Staff and Faculty

Accepting a significantly smaller incoming class this fall means that Hampshire will become a smaller institution, even as we aggressively explore long-term partnerships. We care deeply for our employees and are committed to a process where all employees are supported through any transition, and where decisions are predicated on respect, dignity, and appreciation for people's well-being. We can't anticipate the exact impacts on employment and we understand how unsettling this can be. It's our intention to keep staff and faculty engaged and updated as the process unfolds.

Potential employment decisions affecting faculty will depend on academic needs and will be led by the Dean of Faculty office in consultation with the academic deans and senior leadership.

Context and Schedule for Layoffs

As President Nelson wrote in her letter to campus on February 13, on Tuesday, February 19, supervisors and Human Resources will have private conversations with staff members whose positions are being eliminated, and will give staff members 60 days notice at that time. And since we know that we’ll need another workforce reduction this semester, we expect to make those notifications on or near April 1.

There is no way to do layoffs that doesn't cause pain or hardship. And being in a small and close community makes this situation all the more difficult. Our ultimate goal is and has been to secure Hampshire's future. Not doing layoffs will hasten Hampshire's closing. In becoming a smaller school, we'll be better able to stabilize our finances, which will give us time to pursue the best options for bringing about the next iteration of the College.

The Staff Workforce Reduction FAQ addresses essential concerns and lists resources. Criteria for layoffs, timelines, benefits, contact information, and more are included.

The Human Resources office is available anytime to answer questions or clarify issues; they're on the first floor of Blair Hall and at 413.559.5605 and hr@hampshire.edu.

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Human Resources (HR) and Employee Support Resources

As we navigate these difficult times, Human Resources wants to make employees aware of resources on campus available for support. Check the Intranet for a list of employee support resources, such as:

  • Counseling
  • Workshops
  • Wellness classes
  • Health and financial resource consultation
  • Professional development

We encourage employees to use the employee assistance program, the confidential, free service available to all employees around-the-clock, that provides access to counseling, health, and wellness resources as well as financial consultation and referrals. Call 800.828.6025.

Employees with questions about benefits, tuition benefits, unemployment benefits, and similar concerns should contact Human Resources at 413.559.5605.

View HR website

Faculty and Staff Engagement

Staff and faculty members are engaged in the Visioning Project in various ways:

  • A staff member and a faculty member serve as voting members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Some faculty and staff are members of the Visioning Project Task Force.
  • Meetings and assemblies (login required to view meeting times and locations) have been, and will continue to be, scheduled for staff and faculty to learn more and discuss the Visioning Project with President Nelson and members of the Board.
  • The Staff Advocacy Committee (SAC) advises the college administration on issues of importance to the staff. The committee works to provide staff input to college decisions and strategic planning efforts, and to suggest ways to improve communication between staff and the administration. Staff can check the SAC website (login required) to find out who their SAC representative is, find updates on staff meetings, view a list of staff concerns about the Visioning Project, and submit feedback anonymously.
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In reference to Hampshire announcing January 15, 2019 its intent to find a long-term partner to achieve a thriving and sustainable future.
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