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From the Desk of Stephen Dodge

Over the last few months, our HR team Steve Dodgehas moved forward with a number of exciting projects that will benefit our clients throughout the university.

The first project that I would like to tell you about is one of HR’s largest undertakings to date; in coming months, HR will be launching a shared services centre called MyHR.

Once launched, MyHR will provide information, direct self-service options, HR solutions and access to a team of HR professionals to support clients in the overall employment experience. General intake and inquiries will be handled by MyHR as will staffing and employee onboarding, employee maintenance and end of employment activities.

With so many functions and responsibilities involved, HR has had to restructure and revise a number of roles. Extensive training is being conducted for MyHR staff members and the department is undergoing minor renovations to some of the space it occupies on the fourth floor of the Arts and Administration Building. In the meantime, MyHR staff members have been working out of a temporary location on Mount Scio Road. We welcome your patience as we work through this exciting transformation. Stay tuned for more information on this project as we move closer to launching MyHR.

Another initiative we are excited about is the updating of our website. This is an important project that will support MyHR. We have revised our website and are currently in the process of moving to the university’s modern responsive website design. In recent weeks, we moved the Learning and Development (L&D) portion of the website to the new design and we are currently in the process of making the necessary changes to move the larger HR site to the new design as well.

Part of the website redesign has involved moving all HR employee forms and detailed information on internal job postings to the portal. Forms currently on the HR website will be removed over coming weeks and, going forward, the site will feature a list of available internal positions sorted by campus. For detailed information on posted internal positions and the HR forms, accessing the portal will be required.To enter the portal, individuals will need to enter their MUN login ID and password and, once in, choose either the “Employee” or “Retiree” tab (whichever is applicable). If you have forgotten your MUN login ID or password, please click on the “Having Problems” tab in the portal for assistance.

Another HR initiative that we organized was the university’s recent Retirement Planning Seminar held on the St. John’s campus. With almost 200 participants, we had a record attendance this year. Projections indicate almost 1,000 Memorial employees will be eligible for unreduced retirement by 2019; therefore, this notable attendance is something I believe is likely to continue over the next few years as people prepare for their retirement. During this session, presentations were provided on Memorial’s pension plan and post-retirement benefits, the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Benefits, MUNPA, and a representative of a financial planning and consulting firm concluded the day. The session provided a lot of helpful information and while most of the participants were people considering or nearing retirement, I would like to remind people that this session is open to all faculty and staff no matter where they are in their careers. This session is provided annually on the St. John’s campus and our department will be offering this seminar for the Grenfell campus in coming months. If you are interested in retirement planning, I would encourage you to consider attending a future offering.

These are just a few of the projects we have been working on in HR. We also have a number of upcoming L&D opportunities for employees to avail of. If you are interested in learning more about these offerings, please consult the calendar on the L&D website for dates and registration information.

Best Regards,

Stephen Dodge
Director of Human Resources