Meet a Tiger: Vivian Morris
Starting a new job is hard. A new location, new benefits and new processes can be absolutely overwhelming for new university employees. This Tiger, who recently celebrated her 30th year with Clemson, makes a new beginning a whole lot easier. This Tiger understands that a positive onboarding sets the tone for a positive work experience. As such, her enthusiasm remains strong as she welcomes new Tigers, outlines university benefits and gives them the resources they need to transition into their new positions.
Because when you love the work that you do, it’s never really “work.”
Meet Vivian Morris.
Title: Director of engagement and retention
Years at Clemson: 30
What I do at Clemson: I direct the engagement processes through analysis of the needs of employees, colleges, divisions and the university. The best part of my job is developing and coordinating the pre-hire, welcome and orientation programs for new and returning employees. Twice a month, I have the pleasure of greeting and welcoming a room full of new faculty and staff to Clemson. In addition, I develop and deliver training related to employee engagement. I have been told that Clemson University and the surrounding communities have benefited from my warm smile, extensive knowledge of the area and its resources and my distinctive, contagious way of making people feel at home even before they arrive on campus. Clemson’s onboarding program, Tigers at Work, may be unique in that it provides support for new employees throughout their critical first-year experience at Clemson, or it may be unique in that the program addresses the identified needs of new employees at every stage — before their first day, their first week, their first 30 days and their 30th day and beyond. But, what makes Clemson’s onboarding program truly unique is my team. We have a personal touch that makes new employees hired by Clemson University feel that they are a part of the Clemson family.
A big part of my job involves collaborating with other human resources (HR) areas to determine information that should be posted on the HR website related to employee engagement and retention. Additionally, I work collaboratively with colleges and divisions to coordinate responsibilities for employee engagement and retention activities between central HR and colleges and divisions.
For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of directing all HR-sponsored events for Clemson, such as the Employee Appreciation Luncheon and the Employee Resource Fair.
What I love about Clemson: I love so much about this university. I have been given amazing opportunities over the past 30 years. I love engaging with our faculty, staff and students. I would say the best part of my job is knowing that my constituents consider me a credible, accurate, reliable and consistent resource. As I reflect on the three employment opportunities offered to me when I moved to this area, I know without any hesitation that I made the right choice.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Being a grandmother to six of the cutest little people in the world!
Where I see myself in five years: I’d like to say that I see myself retired in five years, but I would love to be employed with Clemson’s HR department doing what I do best — helping others.
Last thing I watched on TV: Probably a food program like the Pioneer Woman or Trisha’s Home Cooking. Cooking is another one of my favorite ways to pass the time.
Guilty pleasure: Shopping! I love clothes, shoes, accessories and accessories.
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