The new HR plan addresses what employees asked for in the Great Place Initiative surveys and town halls. The plan focuses on you — our most valuable resource. It aligns the work you do with the mission and vision of the university, improves the quality of service provided to quality service students and patients and modernizes outdated HR practices. Read the full Working@VCU: Great Place HR policy. Current employees may visit Inside HR for guidelines and details about processes and procedures.
To enroll, visit myVCU and click "HR Redesign" under the "Resources" menu. If you're unable to enroll online, complete the paper "Working@VCU: Great Place HR enrollment form" found on Inside HR or contact the HR Professional in your school or unit.
Keeping the great things
With the design of the new HR plan, we were able to keep the things we love about state employment while modernizing outdated HR policies and procedures. There are some things that remain unchanged in the new HR Plan:
Some highlights of the new plan:
Have a question? Take a look at a list of FAQs.
In 2005, the Commonwealth of Virginia adopted the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act designed to support continued excellence in higher education in Virginia. Referred to as “restructuring,” the act gives Virginia’s public colleges and universities greater flexibility and internal control of administrative operations such as finance, facilities, information technology and human resources. It created three tiers, or levels, of autonomy. Tier III refers to the institutions granted the highest level of autonomy. The Tier III institutions are Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006, three of the institutions — Virginia Tech, William & Mary and UVA — created HR plans to meet their needs. VCU launched the Great Place: HR Redesign project in 2016 to design its own HR plan. Other administrative areas, such as finance and procurement, are also taking advantage of the Tier III status to improve operational effectiveness.
Why now? It’s time for the university to modernize its human resource practices to be more responsive to the university’s and employees’ needs. The state classified system is not the type of “best in class” HR program that today’s — and tomorrow’s — higher education workforce is expecting and deserves. VCU employees told the university what you wanted in the Great Place Initiative survey. The kinds of programs you asked for — career development and advancement, market and merit-based pay — are the kinds of programs that can be adopted under the restructuring authority. As can be seen by the other three universities (UVA, Virginia Tech and William & Mary) that underwent HR restructuring in 2006, it is possible to implement new HR programs that reflect more updated HR practices while still retaining the strengths that public employment is known for (typically excellent retirement and health benefits and fair process of progressive discipline). In short, Tier III authority is an opportunity to keep what we like and change what we don’t like.
Other advantages of a new HR plan include the opportunity to better support growth in research, reduce legal liabilities and invest in effective management through increased training and accountability.
When did the new plan go into effect? The new HR plan became effective on January 1, 2018. However, this date is the beginning of the new plan, not the end of this work. The current HR structure didn’t happen overnight and it will take time for the advantages of the new HR plan to be realized.
If you choose to enroll:
The side-by-side comparisons detail the changes you can expect in VCU's new HR plan. Click on the link that corresponds with your current employee type to see what is changing and what is staying the same. If you have any questions, please contact the HR Professional in your area.
Exempt Classified employees in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program: https://hr.vcu.edu/side-by-sides/classified-exempt-vsdp/
Nonexempt Classified employees in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program: https://hr.vcu.edu/side-by-sides/classified-nonexempt-vsdp/
Exempt Classified employees in the Traditional Sick Leave Plan: https://hr.vcu.edu/side-by-sides/classified-exempt-traditional/
Nonexempt Classified employees in the Traditional Sick Leave Plan: https://hr.vcu.edu/side-by-sides/classified-nonexempt-traditional/