UW-Madison’s “Human Resources Design” (HR Design)

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday December 13th, host Allen Ruff took a look at the University of Wisconsin Human Resources restructuring. He spoke with Lenora Hanson and Eleni Schirmer, members of the Teaching Assistant’s Association at UW-Madison and David Ahrens, a retired UW researcher and member of the Wisconsin University Union.

The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics.”

Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many also have serious reservations as to how the changes will impact the University community. Ahrens, Hanson and Schirmer discussed these important issues regarding the future of UW-Madison.

Read more about the plan:

http://host.madison.com/news/local/education/university/university-of-wisconsin-madison-unveils-plan-for-sweeping-overhaul-of/article_c988ade0-044b-11e2-87cf-0019bb2963f4.html

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