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The Human Resources Design Project is a campuswide effort to build a new, more effective University of Wisconsin-Madison personnel system to better serve the needs of the university, its employees and the citizens of Wisconsin. Read more »

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New HR Design Personnel System

As of July 1, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison implemented a new personnel system separate and distinct from state government and other UW campuses. The HR Design strategic plan provides the overall strategy for the new personnel system. The plan intentionally takes a strategic and long-term view of how we attract, develop and manage talent on our campus. Therefore, the full implementation of the new personnel system will occur over time.

A valuable aspect of the new personnel system is the review and in some cases, creation of new human resources policies.  In support of this the Office of Human Resources has created a policy repository in the form of a UW-Madison Knowledge Base.
That resource is available at

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Spring Info Session Slides Now Available

The HR Design Spring Info Sessions included an introduction with current updates on HR Design and three breakout sessions on the below topics. Please find the presentations from these sessions in the below links.

Introduction and Update on HR Design

Applying for a Job at UW-Madison: The New Website and Process

Layoff Policy for University Staff (Effective July 1, 2015)

Compensation Policies for University Staff (Effective July 1, 2015)

‘Applying for a Job’ Webinar Recording and Slides Available

Please find the slides from the Wednesday May 20 webinar at this link.

Additionally, a video recording of this webinar is below:

Statement on HR Design and the Proposed State Budget

The proposed state budget does not impact HR Design’s implementation dates, including the HR Design components scheduled for July 1, 2015 implementation. Further, there is no relationship between HR Design and the Governor’s proposal for the university to become a public authority. The legal authority to develop a UW-Madison personnel system was originally granted to us in the 2011-13 biennial budget and is a completely autonomous, separate initiative from the public authority proposal.

Wednesday, May 20 Webinar: How Do I Apply for a Job at UW-Madison?

Please join us on Wednesday, May 20, from noon to 1 pm for a webinar on the NEW online process for applying for a job at UW-Madison!

Beginning on June 1, 2015, there will be a NEW online job application process at UW-Madison. This system will be used for Classified/University Staff positions and for many Academic Staff positions as well.

Join us for a walk through this new process, and learn what you need to know in order to apply for a job at UW-Madison.

HR Design Webinar
Applying for a Job at UW-Madison: The NEW Employment Website and Application Process
Wednesday, May 20, noon – 1 pm
Register for the webinar here: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Download a flyer here

Please note the following:

  • Login to the webinar from a computer with audio and an internet connection at least 10 – 15 minutes early to allow time to connect.
  • Mozilla Firefox is not recommended for joining the webinar.
  • Prior to the webinar, please ensure your computer meets the requirements by joining a test session at this link:
  • Email Lindsay Lemmer ( with questions.
  • A recording of the webinar will be posted on the HR Design website ( following the webinar.

Inside UW-Madison Features the New Performance Management Policy and Program

The new performance management policy and program were featured in the Tuesday, Apr. 22 Inside UW-Madison! The article discusses the required element of the policy and how it helps employees develop and grow during their career at UW-Madison. Read the article here.

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