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The charge: Reimagine The University of Alabama’s human resources systems to position our campus to prepare for the UA faculty and staff of tomorrow and provide our campus community with state-of-the-art HR services and programs.

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TEAM MEETING UPDATES

Fall 2020

The HReimagined Team is continuing to review and analyze potential improvements to the HR processes. Leaders are presenting the Team’s summary report and sharing plans for UA’s HReimagined model with various units and individuals across campus through a series of meetings and messages as requested.

Summer 2020

The Team compiled a summary report addressing roles, structures and functions of a reimagined HR program, including a proposed model outlining the vision for UA’s future HR services. The report continues to reflect work in progress and will be updated periodically.

March 26, 2020

The Team met remotely through the use of Zoom technology, with nearly every Team member able to participate.  The Team began the meeting by reviewing the work product to date, and provided feedback on several components.  The Team spent the bulk of the meeting working in breakout groups to discuss two topics: 1) what types of data or information should Human Resource Business Partners (HRBPs) have access to in the new model; and 2) what other relationships between HR and other groups need to be considered in the new HR model.

March 12, 2020

The Team received a presentation from a working group that was tasked with reviewing data and providing a preliminary estimate of the number of Human Resource Business Partners (HRBPs) that would be needed in the new HR model, broken down by academic or administrative unit.  The Team also brainstormed the remaining items that would need to be addressed before completion of the initiative.

Two TOWN HALL FORUMS were held on campus, where presenters shared the work of the HReimagined Team, including the development of a new model for the delivery of HR services on campus.  The live forum also included a question and answer period during which the audience was provided the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the new model. For those who were unable to attend either of the forums, the morning session was recorded.

Feb. 27, 2020

The Team received an extensive and in-depth presentation from directors and other representatives from UA Central Human Resources about the strategic and consultative role Central HR could play in a new HR model.  Town Hall Forums are planned for March 12th from 9:00-10:30 and 3:30-5:00 in the UA School of Law, Room 187.  Additional communications about the town hall forums will be provided on the HReimagined website and Inside UA.

Feb. 13, 2020

Team representatives completed a round of meetings with groups on campus, including the Council of Deans and HR personnel. The team discussed various roles and responsibilities for the provision of HR services in the colleges, schools and units as part of a new HR model. Preparations are in the works for a campus-wide town hall meeting planned for mid-March as an opportunity for the Team to share the emerging new HR model and solicit feedback from the UA campus community.

Jan. 16, 2020

The meeting involved continued conversations around the employee lifecycle, particularly related to workforce planning and transitions. The team addressed recent and planned meetings with key faculty and staff organizations. Timelines were established for the next round of campus-wide communications.

Jan. 9, 2020

The team continued to discuss the various phases of the employee lifecycle and how to reimagine responsibilities associated with each phase. Discussions for this meeting centered around culture, morale, employee relations and performance management. The team is making progress toward reviewing faculty and staff HR-related needs for the goals of translating them into Human Resources best practices and enhancing the UA HR team to pursue the new strategy with the support of the campus community.

A campus-wide survey asked for feedback about HR’s performance management process.

Dec. 19, 2019

The HReimagined team met to continue exploring possibilities for the future model of HR at UA. Members reviewed various elements of HR functions and discussed how they might be most effectively organized. Preliminary conversations began about a campus-wide Town Hall meeting for early in the spring semester. Stay tuned for details.

A campus-wide survey asked for feedback about HR’s learning and professional development process.