UPS final draft ready for your review
The University Personnel System (UPS), the product of nearly a year of gathering and revising information, is in its final draft. Now, you have the opportunity to review proposed implementation decisions and provide comments before it's completed.
"The substance of the plan reflects months of engagement with faculty, staff, and administration at UW-Parkside, all the UW comprehensives and UW System," Interim Human Resources Manager Barbara Farrar said in a recent email to campus. "Many of you have already provided feedback to the work teams and this will be the last time to have direct input into the recommendations before they go to the Board of Regents in November. In short, this plan synthesizes that feedback into a strategic vision for managing our personnel system."
After reviewing the plan, Farrar asks university employees to channel their feedback through their governance group or email it to either UW-Parkside Human Resources or to UW System. She noted in the coming weeks there will be opportunities to get more information on the plan through campus forums. And, she reminded, these recommendations will affect all UW system employees.
The categories in the University Personnel System are:
- Compensation: e.g. adopting merit pay for increases, having campus control of a pay plan
- Employee Categories: e.g. changing the name of "classified staff" to "university staff"
- Employee Environment: e.g. develop tools for supervisory training, performance management, diversity initiatives, and new employee orientations
- Recruitment & Assessment: e.g. improve the recruiting process, especially for university staff
- Employee Movement: e.g. define what the "benefits backpack" is if you find work at another state agency
- Benefits: see the recommendations proposed for further discussion
Going forward, Farrar said UPS will continue being reviewed with governance, stakeholders, and university leadership with anticipated approval at the board's December meeting. In spring 2013, specific components of the plan we will provided to the legislature's Joint Committee on Employment Relations. The target for implementation is July 1, 2013, with a number of the proposal's components expected to be phased in over several years.
She added: "We are pleased by the collaborative nature of this project. Thank you for your contribution and attention to this important initiative."More information on all proposed changes is available on the UW System web site and the UPS home page.