Sept. 10-16, 1999
IN THIS ISSUE
U.Va. gets $4 million cancer grant
Curry School bringing classroom technology to Bermuda
Improvements made for checking children's hearing

From the desk of. . .Tom Gausvik

Hot Links -- slave life
U.Va. Patents Foundation upgrades operations
Making hospitals safer workplaces
A solution for broken hearts
Free guide offered for sexual assault survivors
Conference on health-care ethics Sept. 16-17

Robertson Media Center open house Sept. 17

Johanna Drucker appointed to media studies chair
Newly digitized language lab makes learning a piece of kuchen

Off the Shelf

Benefit concert for Living Wage Campaign

TOP NEWS

Tom Gausvik, Chief Human Resource Officer

Times are changing Human Resources

In his book Human Resource Champions, University of Michigan business professor Dave Ulrich identifies four roles that human resources staff must assume for the future: strategic partner, administrative expert, employee champion and change agent. Like many human resource practitioners, University Human Resources (UHR) takes his message to heart.

As employee champion, UHR is initiating change, both locally and statewide. We continually advocate to give employees a wider range of options within the workplace, whenever possible. We actively support better pay and better benefits, especially for our lowest-paid employees. We encouraged the state to study the "living wage" issue, but legislation failed to pass in the 1999 General Assembly session. UHR also participates in a statewide initiative to reform the classified compensation plan, which seeks to establish a flexible and modern compensation system for nearly 70,000 classified employees of the Commonwealth.

As change agent, UHR is helping employees and customers reap the benefits of new opportunities and rapidly changing technologies. One recent change makes certain part-time employees eligible for retirement benefits, and work is in progress to create a health insurance plan for part-time salaried and hourly employees. Employees can enjoy the security of short- and long-term disability coverage at no cost to them. A University Health Plan ombudsman now assists employees with their questions and concerns. A new pre-tax parking benefit will soon increase take-home pay for eligible employees. The New Employee Orientation program, begun last year, welcomes new faculty and staff. And we are working with the state to study the feasibility of offering long-term care benefits and increasing annual leave for longer service employees.

UHR, as administrative expert, helps management and employees apply policies and practices fairly and consistently. UHR receives approximately 20,000 employment applications annually. Our "paperless" system allows U.Va. hiring officials to post jobs on-line and receive electronic applicant referrals the same day. Did you know University Payroll processes a monthly payroll averaging $30 million, issuing approximately 21,000 paychecks?

Our new web site tailors HR information for employees and managers. Future expanded web site opportunities may allow employees to submit on-line job applications, change or enroll in benefits and maintain personal data.

As strategic partner, UHR continues to improve opportunities for employees and managers. Videoconferencing, laptop and palm computers, cell phones and an array of portable office accessories enable employees to work outside a four-walled office, so UHR is creating programs to help managers adapt, such as telecommuting (work-at-home) programs and flexible scheduling.

Our new approach and your input have helped us improve UHR programs and services. It's an ongoing process. We welcome hearing from you on how we're doing.


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