Date for HR systems replacement confirmed
The new human resources (HR) administrative system will be implemented in December 2011. The revised date was recently confirmed by the audit committee of the Board of Trustees.
The decision follows a detailed review of alternative timelines and their implications for busy academic and research times, current HR administrative processes, QUASR project needs – including support and production requirements, testing, and training and transfer of detailed PeopleSoft knowledge to Queen’s administrators. Care was also taken to avoid overburdening staff during the spring 2011 implementation of the new student administration system.
“Although there is no perfect time for this type of transition on a busy campus, the revised date reflects the desire to balance competing priorities and work demands with associated risks and costs,” says Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) Caroline Davis.
The December 2011 date also provides an opportunity for HR staff to focus on some immediate concerns including negotiations, contracts and the results of a recent internal review of operations, prior to implementing the system change.
QUASR project staff will be developing and testing the new HR system over the next couple of months. The next phase of the new student administration system is scheduled to come online in March 2011. Training and support for the HR system will begin next fall.
“Feedback from the campus community has underscored that those touched by the PeopleSoft systems need time to learn how to use the new software and understand changing business processes,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Bob Silverman.