Employee Relations

The University of Tennessee's employees are an important resource whose opinions and suggestions are valued. Therefore, each campus or institute has an employee relations advisory organization (ERAO) consistent with its organizational structure.  Each of these groups elects a representative to meet with the president and his or her staff at regular intervals at Employee Relations Advisory Board (ERAB) meetings.

The purpose of the Employee Relations Committee (ERC) is to provide a direct channel of communication between regular non-exempt staff and university officials for information and advisory purposes. 

The purpose of the Exempt Staff Council (ESC) is to provide a direct channel of communication between regular exempt staff and university officials for information and advisory purposes.

Employee Discounts

Benefits such as health insurance, retirement, and time off are common among employers. But partnerships with several national companies allow UT to offer additional benefits with the potential to impact your personal budget. Discounts listed here are available statewide to UT employees and there are some additional discounts available only to UTC employees.

Employee Recognition

You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction. If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler. All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year's regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.

Employee Surveys

A record 7,100 employees across the state participated in the UT Employee Engagement Survey back in November 2011. Here at UTC, 684 of us, that’s 62 percent, took the time to share feedback on topics ranging from compensation and performance evaluations to campus culture and work conditions. Another survey will be distributed in Fall, 2014.

To help UTC improve the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and administration, and to help support the UTC Strategic Plan Implementation Process, the UTC Center for Applied Social Research administered a Faculty/Staff Worklife and Diversity survey in 2008.