2009 Total Compensation Statements Available

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Total Compensation statements for calendar year 2009 are now available in FlashLine for all full-time employees. The statements include a summary of an employee's earned income (salary, vacation and sick leave), university contributions for health benefits, the tuition waiver, workers' compensation, Medicare and employee retirement plans (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System or Alternative Retirement Plan).

Loretta Shields, manager, University Benefits, says employees often forget that their compensation package reflects more than just their cash compensation. "When you talk about total compensation,” Sheilds says, “that figure includes the value-added benefits, programs and services that employees receive, which are a significant part of their compensation."

Willis Walker, vice president for human resources, says when faculty and staff review their individual total compensation statements and combine that with overall employment trends at Kent State, “it gives credence to our designation as one of the 99 top workplaces in Northeast Ohio.”

At the national level, the average salary increase was 2.5 percent for companies in the United States that gave a merit increase in 2009.* According to Walker, Kent State was above the average, with classified employees receiving a 3 percent raise and unclassified staff given a 3 percent merit pool during that time period. Other positive trends about working at Kent State include:

  • Kent State did not experience layoffs or furloughs during the economic downturn, unlike many companies and some institutions of higher learning throughout the state and the country. This was done through the University Employee Separation Plan and other cost-cutting measures.
  • An analysis of years of service for Kent State staff at all campuses shows that 23 percent of current staff have been with the university for 15 years or more and approximately 60 percent have worked at the university for five or more years.
  • Since academic year 2006-07 to the present, the average percentage of women receiving a promotional transaction was equal (12.7 percent) to the percentage of males who received a promotional transaction (12.6 percent). A promotional transaction is defined as a pay increase, a reclassification, a title change or change to a higher pay grade.
  • Since academic year 2006-07 underrepresented employees at Kent State have received a promotional transaction at a similar rate as their peers. For academic year 2009-2010, the percentage of promotional transactions for underrepresented employees is expected to peak at 15 percent, which is comparable to the 14.8 percent expected for overall employee promotional transactions.

Employees can view a summary of their total compensation by logging in to FlashLine, selecting the My HR tab and choosing from one of two access points. The access points are:

  • Employment Details channel, selecting Employee Menu, and then clicking on the link to Total Compensation Statements.
  • Total Compensation channel, selecting the Your Total Compensation Statement link.
  • When you get to the Total Compensation page, select the appropriate year and click Display.

For assistance with technical problems accessing statements, contact the Helpdesk at 330-672-HELP. For questions regarding information contained in the Total Compensation Statement, contact the Benefits Office at benefits@kent.edu or 330-672-3107.

*According to statistics from Towers Watson, towerswatson.com.

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