New Supervisor Development with DEI Focus
Feedback from shared governance, the Working@Iowa survey, and the employment practices review led UHR to launch Supervisor Training@Iowa. In fall 2019, shared governance, UI Health Care, and campus experts helped develop a curriculum that emphaszes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
HR Talent Pipeline
Needs assessments and workforce planning led to the expansion of a pilot program that rotates HR professionals among units and encourages HR partners to develop similar local initiatives.
With support from UHR’s Talent Acquisition team, dedicated recruiters are managing processes, building expertise, ensuring consistent employment practices, and improving the experience for job candidates and hiring managers alike.
Leadership Program Honors
Centralized job-board postings, integrated background checks, and automated candidate offer-and-hire paperwork has streamlined staff searches.
More Diverse UHR Workforce
UHR recognizes the value of a diverse team. UHR staff who identify as minorities have increased by about 9 percent since fall 2016.
DEI Recruiter Training
Co-sponsored by UHR’s Talent Acqusition team, a new program on diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment aimed for stronger candidate pools and greater opportunity.
New universal competencies included in annual performance evaluations emphasized DEI expecations for all UI staff.
New Local Wellness Programs
Eighteen campus departments applied for wellness grants to support local well-being programs tailored to work-group needs and interests.
The National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities presented top honors to the UI in its 2019 National Wellness Challenge.
New Elder Caregiving Services
After 25 percent of UI employees reported trouble doing their best work due to caregiving responsibilities, Family Services launched an enhanced elder caregiving program with local organization LivWell Seniors.
The Employee Assistance Program piloted well-being consultations in UI Health Care’s Department of Emergency Medicine and completed year two of a resilience curriculum for Intensive Care Unit fellows.
Student Employment Transition
Following committee review, UHR assumed administrative responsibility for student employment (with the exception of Work Study) from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
First Steps Toward Transaction Hubs
Input from campus representatives estabished local tasks, responsibilities, and information flow required for HR transactions, setting the stage for a new service model designed to reduce transaction errors.
Tracking Requests for Help
Responding to calls for one-stop support, HR units tracked questions from UI employees and documented common needs. Findings will inform training and resources for staff in a new help center.
More Health Coverage Options
After a yearlong review of health benefits, UHR created UISelect, a new health plan designed for employees who want high-quality coverage and more say over costs.
Review of UHR Units
Reviewers recommended steps that liveWELL and Employee and Labor Relations can take to enhance services and efficiency—implementation will begin during 2020.