Who We Are: Sheila Pate


Today we sit down with the Office of Human Resources’ Employee of the Quarter: Sheila Pate.

When did you start working here?

I’ve been working for the City of Philadelphia since May of 1986. I started at the Water Department. I worked there for about 14 years.  Then I worked for the airport for 5 and then I landed in the Office of Human Resources.

Do you like it here?

Yes. I love it. I want to retire in the Office of Human Resources.

What’s your actual job title?

My actual job title is Executive Assistant but another term we use is HR Business Partner.

What is your Day-to-Day?

I have a team of about 20 people under me who deal with city-wide transactions. I also oversee the payroll staff that does the payroll for 8 departments within the MDO. I also oversee the city-wide certification staff.

What do you like about your job?

The variety.  I love working with the Oracle e-Business suit which is our Human Resources System. I also love working with people; I enjoy training and teaching my staff.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the Oracle system and how we were able to help the departments be able to function in the system themselves. Our timecards are electronic now and are able to be entered in the Oracle system.  I have a great staff too. I always have to give props to the staff because they do the work. When the days go smoothly, I tip my hat off to them because they are responsible for it.

Here’s what Sheila’s department said about her work when she was honored as the Employee of the Quarter:

“On July 1, 2012, OHR’s Shared Services Division assumed responsibility for processing transactions and payroll for the 330 employees of the Office of Innovation & Technology. Sheila Pate led this effort, integrating 3 new payroll staff while moving employee time collection from paper time sheets to an automated system. During this process, she discovered 3 employees being paid lower wages than required and flagged a work schedule that needed management review. After a rocky start getting everyone acclimated and trained, plus many late nights diagnosing software issues, payroll processing is proceeding smoothly. Monthly payroll adjustments have declined from a high of 734 in August to 184 in October, which is lower than the 250-290 monthly adjustments that occurred prior to the move to Shared Services. Sheila’s knowledge, skills and hard work are greatly appreciated.”

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