In an effort to connect with the campus community, Human Resources has created an informational newsletter which will be released each semester. The spring semester issue introducing the areas under Human Resources can be found here on our website under Tools.
Michigan Tech Hosts Conference in Mackinaw City
The 2015 Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI CUPA-HR) Conference was hosted by Michigan Technological University September 17-18 in Mackinaw City, MI.
This year’s theme People, Process, and Performance: Bridging the Gap brought together nearly 100 Human Resources professional from 17 different Michigan colleges and universities to share their expertise and energy. Conference participants attended sessions covering a wide array of topics including Employee Engagement, Wellness Initiatives and the Future, Proposed FLSA Regulations, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiating in Today’s World. Of particular interest was a session presented by Michigan Tech’s Kerri Sleeman, Executive Director, Facilities Management and assisted by Heidi Reid, Employment Services Representative, Human Resources, titled “Digital Negotiations and the HR Impact”.
They were also motivated by keynote speaker, Ken Trazska – President of Seward County Community College/Area Technical College in Kansas, who spoke on creating an inspiring, connected, and respected HR Culture. Networking opportunities were abundant throughout the conference including a breathtaking Sunset Boat Cruise.
Below are a couple of questions that I asked our Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) team. Often unknown to many HR visitors, their services are vital for many processes and project in HR and on campus.
What services/product do you provide to HR?
HRIS provides data reports (historical and current), secures employee data within Banner by granting and revoking access, and provides technical documentation and support related to HR processes. Data provided to HR has been used in regular union contract negotiations, benefits reporting, training administration and payroll processes, to name a few.
What services/product to you provide to campus?
To campus, HRIS provides
- Current and historical data via a report or file for department specific needs;
- EPAF training and support;
- Mass email processing;
- Access to Banner and Banner related products (EPAF, WTE, etc)
What major projects have you supported HR/campus last academic year?
A big HR/campus project is our collaboration with the Benefits Office for Open Enrollment. A smaller project would be collaborating with Institutional Analysis on data integrity and implementing electronic processes including the ability for employees to update their campus directory information within Banweb.
HR is currently collaborating with IT and all departments on campus to implement the Identity Management (IDM) to change how building, printer and drive access is granted to employees through their employment.
As of October 1, 2014, all Michigan Tech job postings will be set up in PeopleAdmin, an online hiring and application tracking system. Candidate applications are collected electronically, and can be reviewed online by search committee members.
In 2011, Michigan Tech began using PeopleAdmin, building the system framework for each employee type at Michigan Tech. This began with non-union staff positions, UAW and POA union positions, and then faculty positions. This fall, Employment Services and HR Information Systems have finalized the set up and are now posting the last employee group, AFSCME union positions, through PeopleAdmin. Employment Services and HR Information Systems continue to work together to provide excellent service to both the interested applicants and those conducting a search.