February 2, 2007

elevate: Answering the Tough Questions

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Medical Center leadership answers the tough questions about what the elevate program is and what it means for the people who work at VUMC.

Question: I have employees who began work after July 1. Any increases in their salary won't come until July 2007. They are high performers. Does it make sense to delay their recognition through increased compensation? Is there any plan to adjust this in the future?

Answer: Our basic performance development philosophy on timing of pay increases for individuals who are new hires or have job changes is that performance evaluations determining eligibility for increases must be based on at least six months of performance data.

Performance evaluations and increases are undertaken at least annually. The objective is that individuals should have an opportunity to receive a pay increase at least every 12 to 15 months.

— Kevin Myatt, associate vice chancellor and chief human resource officer