University of Rochester

Resources for
Resolving Problems at Work

Talk to Your Supervisor

Talk to your supervisor, especially if you have been trying to work things out on your own. Your supervisor may be able to suggest other alternatives that you haven't considered. Many times supervisors have information that would be helpful to you. You and your supervisor may be able to develop a resolution together.

Contact the Office of Human Resources

River Campus 275-3396
Medical Center 275-2513

Contact a Human Resources representative for assistance, especially if your supervisor seems to be a part of the problem. Human Resources representatives know how to approach a problem and can help develop strategies for talking to your supervisor or co-worker about a situation

Call the University's Employee Assistance Program

Strong EAP 275-4987

Make an appointment to speak with a counselor at the University's Employee Assistance Program. Services are confidential. The professional counselors at Strong EAP are good resources for creative problem solving, especially when challenging problems involve family members, significant others, or co-workers. They may also be able to suggest other resources for you to draw upon.

Consult with the University Intercessor

Sexual Harassment 275-9125
Racial Discrimination 275-2867
Workplace Accommodations 275-9125

Ask for guidance from the University Intercessor. The University Intercessor will listen to your description of the situation and will want to learn what strategies you have tried to resolve the situation. You and the Intercessor can then develop a plan of what to do next, whether you decide to proceed on your own or with the assistance of the Intercessor.

Consult with Environmental Health & Safety

EH&S 275-3241

Contact Environmental Health & Safety for confidential assistance in resolving concerns you have with safety in your workplace. EH&S professional staff are experts in OSHA, fire protection, radiation safety, pest management, food and water safety, general sanitation, and general workplace safety. They are available to evaluate your concerns and work with you to solve the health and safety probelms that may be present in your working environment.

University of Rochester/Strong Health Integrity Hotline
Call 756-8888

The University of Rochester/Strong Health Integrity Hotline is designed to promote honesty and high ethical standards throughout the institution. All employees—faculty and staff—should report any concerns about improper or unethical behavior to their supervisors or to the Hotline. Individuals must report any suspicious behavior that may jeopardize the integrity of the institution, such as noncompliance with laws and regulations, violations of professional standards of practice, business ethics, conflicts of interest, research fraud, or a breach of patient confidentiality. All calls are treated confidentially, and individuals who call the Hotline may remain anonymous. Calls to the Hotline (an outside, dedicated line) are not recorded, and the caller's number cannot be identified.

Both federal and University guidelines forbid retaliation toward a person bringing a good faith allegation of noncompliance. Any retaliatory conduct against persons acting in good faith will be subject to disciplinary action. (Employees who intentionally and maliciously make false accusations will be disciplined in accordance with University policy.)

Policies and Procedures Manual

The University's Policies and Procedures Manual is readily available online. Staff and faculty are invited to review the list of policies to determine if there is a University policy that applies to their situation. Paper copies of specific policies are available by contacting your Human Resources representative.

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