November 10, 2003
Staff forum focuses on HR
second forum to take place Nov. 17
By Louise Donahue
Staff members will have a second opportunity on November 17 to ask
questions about ideas for restructuring human resources and payroll
functions on campus, one of the many budget-driven "transformation"
projects under way.
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show of the HR transformation project, discussed at the
November 5 forum.
A forum organized by the Staff Advisory Board (SAB) will include
of the administration and working teams studying human resources and
payroll procedures. The forum will take place from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m.
at Stevenson 175.
The session is a follow-up to a November 5 forum where ideas for
these activities were outlined. Among the proposals being discussed
are consolidation of Staff Human Resources functions to gain
Instead of the current service-center setup, three divisional human
resources organizations would be created: one for administration, one
for student affairs, and one for the academic divisions.
Under this plan, the administration category would include Business
and Administrative Services, the Central Business Office, and Information
Technology. Student Affairs would include Student Affairs and
the Colleges and University Housing Services. The Academic Divisions
category would include the five academic divisions, the library, University
Extension, and the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC).
Changes in time-and-attendance systems were also discussed at the November
5 forum. In addition to saving money, the redesign effort is considering
ways to enable employees to engage in the "real-time" processing
of data, eliminate shadow systems, avoid duplicating efforts, and reduce
The forums are part of a series of monthly sessions to keep staff members
informed about the campuswide "transformation" initiatives
overseen by the Executive
Budget Committee. Twenty transformation projects are under way across
campus. By transforming business practices and maximizing efficiency,
campus leaders hope to avoid across-the-board budget cuts and protect
the campus's academic mission.
All sessions normally are scheduled to take place on the first Wednesday
of the month. But the November 17 session was added as a follow-up to
the November 5 session.
On Wednesday, December 3, the subject will be workers' compensation
and purchasing. That forum will be at 10 a.m. in Bay Tree Conference
Room D. The topic of the January session has not yet been decided, but
the forum will be at noon, January 7, in Bay Tree Conference Room D.
"My goal, as chair, is to get information to staff--as much as
I can, as fast as I can," said Staff Advisory Board chair Rachel
"There are no easy answers, and the topics are hard," said
Huff, who herself is serving on a transformation working group
Forum on budget process November 5
says budget planning will yield strategic cost cutting
21 transformation projects update to managers/supervisors
Campus "transformation" begins with info technology consolidation
Executive Budget Committee