69 North South Street
Kelvin Gaines, Administrative Assistant
The Human Resources Department is responsible for providing centralized personnel administration to all employees. Our objective is to provide a healthy, safe and satisfying work setting for our employees and the highest level of service to our residents.
The department is responsible for a wide range of personnel matters which includes but is not limited to:
- Employee Health Care and Benefits
- Employee/Labor relations
- Risk Management
- Workers Compensation
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
- Training and organizational development
- Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws
Human Resources- State of the City 2018-
As the year comes to a close, we are favored with the ability to review our accomplishments and set goals for the impending New Year. The theme we revisited again and again was a system of safety. We were encouraged to achieve additional results when we learned that we had received an award from the Bureau of Worker’s compensation for significantly reducing the amount of injuries we had in 2017 via the review of policy and implementation of best practices.
In 2018 our mission was that we endeavor to provide a diverse, safe and engaging environment that encourages a healthy work/life balance. We
reignited the employee safety committee, a collaborative council of department heads that reviews our current practices and does it best to anticipate possible threats. In anticipation of those challenges our committee created a schedule for educating and practicing appropriate measures for crisis drill. All of our departments have had specific crisis event training via the office of Homeland Security, completed a safety audit through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), and have completed basic safety acknowledgements during our Safety Week courses.
Our HR department has moved forward with acquiring and better utilizing of software new and old. Through our partnership with The BWC we are able to assign safety course to our new staff members or continuing education that can be completed online (saving time and travel). The software MSDonline allows all of our employees to research in real time, in their office or on location, the different chemicals and their composites. It is a helpful tool that helps to
evaluate the possible dangers of working with a chemical while keeping us in compliance. The City will continue to be progressive in its use of technology, educational opportunities, safety measures and health and wellness management to provide resources that supports its employees.
A portion of safety begins within each employee i.e. their physical health, work/life balance and tools to carry out that mission. Our partnership with Horan and Greater Tomorrow Health lead us to create our Wellness Fair. The fair is an annual opportunity for employees to receive a baseline review of their health – A1C, cholesterol, glucose, BMI were some of the categories measured. The City invested in Real Appeal – a transformational weight loss program, supporting the Parks & Recreation department’s outdoor adult fitness equipment area, and promoting our Employee Assistance Program through Impact Solutions.
The City of Wilmington’s Human Resource Department undertakings include any practical measures that will generate a well-balanced employee are welcomed. HR will always seek holistic approach to creating healthy, happy, and safe employees.