Published in the Daily News on October 2, 2019
McMaster’s review of the Human Resources support provided to the campus community has been completed.
External and internal reviewers met with stakeholders from across the university and are recommending a number of significant changes to ensure the university’s HR practices and systems are efficient and meet the needs of the campus community.
“The review panel spent many months listening to the McMaster community and we are grateful for the thoughtful and thorough approach to this work,” says acting president David Farrar. “The university is already taking action on the panel’s recommendations and is prioritizing areas identified as needing immediate attention.”
Concerns the reviewers heard include:
While a number of areas for improvement were highlighted, the panel identified payroll as the top priority and made the following recommendations:
“An implementation team is being created to put the recommendations into action,” says Farrar. “Everyone, including our valued team in HR Services, wants to make the current system better and more effective. There will be many opportunities for people to be involved with the process as implementation begins.”
The review was completed by a team of external consultants, as well as McMaster faculty and staff members.
The review committee consulted widely with the campus community, seeking input across all Faculties as well as many departments at 40 stakeholder meetings. The review team also received submissions via email.
The review included the activities of central Human Resources Services and decentralized offices and departments across the university community, including the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources Office, the Provost’s Office, and department offices.
Included in the review were the functions and related administration, policies and systems for:
While implementation of the recommendations is beginning right away, the range and depth of recommendations means it will take a considerable amount of time to complete all of the required changes.
Further updates will be provided as progress is made implementing the recommendations, with a Town Hall being planned for October 28 for members of the community to hear more about the recommendations and planned actions. More information will be provided as the details are confirmed.