Opportunities this week and next to give feedback on the new campus HR plan

Over the past several months, more than 150 of your colleagues from across the campus have been working hard to help design a new personnel/human resources system tailored expressly for the needs of the UW-Madison. Our vision is that their hard work – and your feedback – will result in an HR system that will be more efficient, responsive and specifically designed to meet the needs of a world-class research and teaching institution.

After three months of information gathering, analysis and discussion, the work teams are now ready to share their initial recommendations. These are preliminary recommendations. There will be time and opportunities for the entire campus to discuss and provide feedback.

The initial set of recommendations are now available for review on the HR Design web site. The recommendations are intended to be a starting point in a campus-wide conversation about the new personnel system. We plan to facilitate this conversation about the draft recommendations through a series of feedback sessions, and discussions with campus governance groups.

We have scheduled two campus open forums in April to gather comments on the phase 1 recommendations. The first event is from 9-11 a.m. on April 17 in Union South. The second event is scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Memorial Union.

You can also ask questions and give feedback in two web chats, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on April 11 and 1:30 p.m. on April 12. The topic of the first chat will be the recommendations from the teams that focused on employee categories, benefits, recruitment and assessment, and diverse workforce. The second day’s chat will cover the recommendations of the compensation, competencies and job titles work teams. The HR Design web site will have more information about the web chats in advance of these events.

In addition to these engagement opportunities, we have planned several focused events with specific departments and employee groups. You may also submit feedback directly through If you do not have computer access, please consult with your department’s human resources professional to learn more about the project and offer your views on the recommendations.

The work teams have devoted a great deal of time, effort and expertise to develop this initial set of draft recommendations. We’re very grateful for their hard work and commitment. We are now at a critical moment in this project where we need the entire campus community to engage with us. Your input is critical.

Bob Lavigna
Director – Office of Human Resources