FLORENCE---Christmas came early for 123 employees of Francis Marion University Wednesday (Dec. 8) with the awarding of $300 bonuses for outstanding work during the year.
Awarded under a provision of state law, the performance bonus program enables the university to recognize its lower paid employees who have received job evaluations of satisfactory and above. The bonuses were awarded only to employees hired prior to July 1, 1999, whose salary is less than $25,000 annually.
FMU President Fred Carter said he was delighted that the university could award the bonuses to deserving employees, especially at this time of year. In large part, the university was able to award the bonuses due to the efficiencies and economies derived from the work of FMU employees this fiscal year.
“It is absolutely essential that we recognize the importance of the many employees whose work involves the day to day activities of keeping the university operating,” said Carter.
“These performance bonuses are positive reinforcements to the people whose hard work often is taken for granted,” he said. “It would not be possible for Francis Marion University to carry out its educational mission without the hard work of these dedicated employees.”
A total of $36,900 in bonuses was awarded primarily to clerical, secretarial, custodial, grounds and food service employees of the university.
According to the Budget and Control Board, 11 state agencies awarded some form of bonuses for their employees last fiscal year.
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