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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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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.

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‘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:

June 8 and 9: Spring HR Design Info Sessions







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Since the beginning of HR Design, regular meetings have kept the UW–Madison campus informed and engaged about the progress of the project, and how it will affect employees.

HR Design is a campus-wide effort to build a new, more effective personnel system that better serves the needs of the university, its employees and the citizens of Wisconsin as a model public university in the 21st century.

This new system impacts all employees across campus, including Faculty who supervise Classified (University) and Academic Staff.

The spring information sessions will feature four breakout sessions to address topics of high interest. HR Design subject matter experts in these areas will lead discussions and answer individual questions. Attendees can choose which sessions they want to attend.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Layoff Policy for University Staff (effective July 1, 2015)
  • Compensation Policies for University Staff
  • Applying for a Job at UW-Madison: The NEW Employment Website and Application Process
  • HR Design Q&A

Sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, June 8: Afternoon session – 1:30—3:30 p.m. at Memorial Union
* Sessions in English, Spanish, Tibetan, Mandarin Chinese and Hmong

Tuesday, June 9: Morning session – 9—11 a.m. at Memorial Union
* Session in English only

Tuesday, June 9: Late-night session – 11 p.m.— 1 a.m. at Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)
* Sessions in English, Spanish, Tibetan, Mandarin Chinese and Hmong

All university employees are welcome to attend without loss of pay. Please schedule this with your supervisor if you wish to attend.

All rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Requests for ASL interpretation should be made no less than 10 days before the session at

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.

More Dates Added: Performance Management Brown Bag Sessions!

Due to the high interest in the Tuesday, April 28 brown bag on the new campus-wide performance management policy, we have added two more brown bag dates!

The new campus-wide performance management policy takes effect July 1, 2015 and impacts all Classified (University) and Academic Staff and their managers and supervisors, including Faculty managers and supervisors.

Join us over the lunch hour and get your questions answered. Performance Management subject matter experts Angie Rosas and Patrick Sheehan will discuss the new campus-wide performance management policy, answer questions and address common concerns. This information will be particularly important to those who manage or supervise employees (other than students) on campus.

HR Design Brown Bag:
The New Campus-wide Performance Management Policy

Three dates:

Tuesday, April 28, noon—1 pm, Memorial Union
Register here:

Monday, May 11, 1—2 pm, Union South
Register here:

Thursday, May 21, noon—1 pm, Memorial Union
Register here:

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There are many lunch options available to purchase at Memorial Union and Union South! See the choices at

Email Lindsay Lemmer at with any questions.

Learn more about the performance management policy at

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