|Vol. 19, No. 3||Sept. 9, 1999|
All facets of employee services-including systems administration, benefits, classification, training, recruitment and employment- have been unified under a new unit named Human Resources, vice president for administration Maxine Colm has announced.
"With the ongoing implementation of PeopleSoft, UD's new personnel/payroll system, it was decided to restructure and coordinate employee services under one umbrella to better serve University employees," Colm said.
Nancy Wallace has been named director of the Human Resources unit, and Tom La Penta will continue to have responsibilities as assistant vice president for Labor Relations and Human Resources.
"With PeopleSoft as the catalyst, our staff members can work more closely with one another. PeopleSoft gives us the capacity to streamline our operations and has several advantages over the former system," Colm pointed out. "In this integrated approach, information can be entered once, instead of separately by different units, and the data can then be shared by the appropriate offices.
"Implementing PeopleSoft is a work in progress," Wallace noted. "We are in the first stage of establishing the human relations module, which will support recruitment, employment, position management, salary administration and training functions. Later, we will move on to payroll and benefits implementation," she said. "Obviously, we will have security safeguards in place so that confidential information is protected.
"One of the challenges we face as we move to PeopleSoft is providing system training for central office staff as well as for liaison persons in each department who interact with the Human Relations unit. Anna Bloch, HR systems manager, and Richard Holland, manager of employee training, are involved in developing a University-wide training program. We also plan to set up a Help Desk to support departmental users," she said.
"Our new Human Resources structure will enable us to work more collaboratively in delivering services to employees and departments," she said. "By working together as a unit to achieve goals, Human Resources will be positioned to provide services to customers in a more timely and efficient manner."
The Human Resources division includes