University of Wisconsin–Madison

Message from the Director

Dear Campus HR Colleagues:

The HR CoP Office is excited to facilitate our first “Building Prototypes for HR Competencies” working breakfast on July 6th at Union South. This is an important opportunity for all in the campus HR community to dive in, discuss, and start to prototype learning models for our new competency-based learning framework. Sarah Carroll has organized this event and recruited several experienced campus HR professionals to facilitate these important conversations. Sign up (see article) and participate! We will come back to the HR Reps meeting later this summer to share the status of our work on this important project.

The UW–Madison HR community continues to be fully engaged in the campus opportunity to create vital partnerships across our divisions and work areas. One important illustration of this effort comes from the ad hoc working group that has focused on “Welcoming New HR Professionals” over the past six months. This group (which emerged from the HR Design/Academic Units CoP) has now identified several important elements to an HR onboarding program, including resource checklists, a glossary of key terms and acronyms, an orientation (following the campus New Employee Orientation) and tour of OHR, peer mentoring, and connections with meaningful training and professional development opportunities. The effort represents true collaboration of HR professionals from several units, as well as OHR staff… look for more information about this exciting new program in the weeks ahead. Kudos to Alisha Arnold, Amanda Allaby, Justin Boehm, Sarah Carroll, Jason Jankoski, Kelly Marks, Leanne Morris, Jeff Palkowski, Bethany Pluymers, Jenni Regan, Fred Schulze, Joshua Schwab, Liz Valentine (who sparked this idea), and Ben Wiese for their essential contributions.

The HR CoP Office intends to significantly increase opportunities to improve skills in all aspects of HR practice that we can apply to our work on campus, including workshops we sponsor and teach. But they also include programs offered by other campus units, those offered by UW Service Center, OHR colleagues, and the professional associations to which we belong. If you see opportunities that should be highlighted and shared, please let us know… and if you see gaps in learning that we should fill, please be sure to let us know of those, as well.

Best Regards,
Harry