2021 Hiring and Managing News

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HR completes several process improvements

Over the past 16 months, several teams have collaborated to restructure and reorganize HR services. Learn how the teams have redesigned a number of key processes to improve administrative efficiencies.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Directive pre-employment requirements

How hiring managers can ensure new employees comply with U of A vaccination requirements.

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The pre-employment reference guide has been updated

Use the updated guide to verify candidate information and identify and confirm level of competency.

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COVID vaccination requirements for staff returning from leave

If you supervise a staff member on leave and are expecting them back to work on campus during the fall term, make sure they are aware of the university's COVID vaccination requirements.

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Administering pay during university closure in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

While most employees will receive this day off with pay, there are additional guidelines for casual support staff and employees who are required to work.

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Immigration and relocation support moves to Shared Services unit

As part of the Service Excellence Transformation (SET) program, immigration and relocation services have moved from Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment (HRHSE) to the Shared Services unit.

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Supporting New Employee Success with Peer Coaches

Peer coaches are a new support that play an important role in onboarding employees.

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Updated timelines for job evaluations

Adjusting our timelines is one of the steps we are taking to improve the job evaluation process.

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An intro to the new skill development resources

A skills framework and self-assessment to help determine the key skills required to be successful in the new structure, and to identify development opportunities to support employee transitions into their new units.

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Onboarding resources for new and transitioning employees

New and enhanced skills framework and self-assessment resources for onboarding new employees, as well as supporting employees who are moving into new roles.

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The first phase of the job evaluation process redesign has been launched

The process now utilizes job cards and applies to new positions, re-evaluation of positions, posting vacant existing positions and backfill/double head count of positions.

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Administering the voluntary personal leave plan

The plan offers eligible employees the opportunity to take additional leave while producing cost savings to individual departments or units. to take voluntary unpaid personal leave. Approved applications must be submitted by August 6.

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Understanding Post-Traumatic Growth

From the trauma of the pandemic comes the opportunity for post-traumatic growth. On June 25, we invite leaders to an event exploring this idea in depth.

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Buddy Up for men's mental health

Buddy Up is a campaign that promotes authentic conversations and that teaches people how to support a buddy if they're struggling with thoughts about suicide.

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Changes to immigration process for postdoctoral fellows

How Foreign Visitor Category Assessments (FVCA) for postdoctoral fellows are managed has changed.

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Submitting the WCB Employer's Report

Early submission ensures employees have appropriate support for recovery and returning to work.

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March HRHSE Webinar

Watch a recording of the March HRHSE Webinar

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Posting SET position opportunities limited to current Support Staff

Information on positions posted as an expression of interest (EOI)

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Supporting gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Find resources to help support gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace in your role as a leader and an ally.

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Conducting an interview remotely during COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic and remote work, hiring managers are encouraged to conduct interviews with a virtual meeting or phone call. Here are some best practices to assess a candidate’s competencies for a position.

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Student employment opportunity: short-term support for Congress 2021

Applications to support the delivery of the virtual Congress accepted until March 12.

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Casual staff and postdoctoral fellows added to the total compensation calculator

The tool helps managers with hiring and budget planning processes.

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Items in the HR forms cabinet can now be found in the document management system

While the forms cabinet remains operational, the files are located in the document management system.

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New resource helps you feel confident supporting others

The Preparing for Supportive Conversations web page has resources to help you have a supportive conversation.

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Bear Tracks and Campus Solutions are being upgraded

The upgrade occurring between February 26 and March 1 will change the look and feel of Bear Tracks and Campus Solutions.

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Request or report all honoraria payments with a single form

You can now pay a visiting speaker/lecturer or a First Nations, Métis and Inuit honorarium using the same form.

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New general ledger distribution change form

The new form allows campus users to update employee general ledger distribution

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New resources for hiring foreign nationals

Find updated Labour Market Impact Assessment processing guidelines on the streamlined Hiring Foreign Nationals web page

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New resource for administering postdoctoral fellow appointments

Information about recruiting, appointing, reappointing or changing the contract of a postdoctoral fellow has been consolidated onto a new web page.

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HRHSE Webinar

Register to attend the next Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment webinar on Tuesday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.