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New Space and Initiatives for HRD


Posted 02/11/2019
Submitted by Laura Whitney
Category: Campus Announcements

The Office of Human Resources Development (HRD) has formally relocated to their new space on the first floor of the administration building. The new space was designed to be a professional and welcoming atmosphere for prospective, new, and existing University employees. The reconfiguration of the adjoining offices of technology services (OTS) and payroll also provide the opportunity for increased partnership and collaboration. 

In addition to a new location, HRD is also developing and implementing a series of new initiatives to better support our campus community and institutional priorities. Currently, they are focused on the following important efforts: 

  • HRD is actively working on the worksheets for the implementation of the University merit pool. They expect this work to be reflected in paychecks on 3/8 (bi-weekly) and 3/15 (semi-monthly). Eligibility has been shared with supervisors and the approved increments will be retroactive to 1/1/19. 
  • In coordination with Christine Grant, special assistant to the president for diversity and community engagement, HRD is developing new, effective strategies and guidelines for recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse faculty and staff community.
  • With a goal of strengthening the development and retainment of University employees, HRD is revising institutional training programs, including institution-wide diversity and inclusion awareness training and programs.
  • In an effort to serve the needs of campus on a daily basis, HRD is revising office coverage to ensure a team member is available to answer all calls or inquiries between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • As always, HRD is working as a valued partner in the University’s recruiting and onboarding efforts.

Associate Director Jen Conley is leading these exciting initiatives. Jen joined the University in 2005 as a Human Resources Specialist. Her demonstrated skills and abilities in this role have led to several promotions in her 14-year tenure. Jen is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned her master's degree in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford. She will serve as the lead contact and resource in HRD until a full assessment of a modernized structure and campus needs is complete.

The full HRD team has been working extremely hard on these initiatives in addition to the completion of our new health-care benefits provider and packages. I know you will join me in thanking them for their efforts as we look to the future of human resource development and services.