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Karen Watson, Manager, Employee Relations
Karen Watson
Manager, Employee Relations

Employee Relations

The goal of the Employee Relations unit in HR is to be proactive in maintaining and enhancing a positive, constructive, and efficient work environment for all Kent State employees. The university recognizes the importance of positive employee relations and of providing avenues to assist employees in resolving issues that may affect their job performance.

Employee Relations services include working with managers and employees to develop processes to improve performance and enhance communications at all levels.  This includes performance management tools, 360 degree feedback process, team development, meeting facilitation, and change management.

In the left navigation, you will see additional services and resources provided by Employee Relations, which includes:

  • Employee Resources
  • Human Resources Knowledge Sharing (informal feedback sessions with employees on all campuses)
  • Ombudsman (impartial dispute resolution practitioner)
  • Performance Evaluations for Classified and Unclassified Employees

Employee Relations
Heer Hall
330-672-4636 (Staff Ombuds)

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