The Smart Start Project
It is becoming clear that, with the age profile of academic staff within the New Zealand University sector, over the next 5-20 years we will all face an increasing challenge to recruit a larger number of academic staff in an environment of greater competition for high quality people. The same may also be true for highly skilled general staff. Hence, one of the key factors that will contribute strongly to the success of the University of Otago in the next few years will be our ability to compete for and successfully secure high quality staff in this environment.
With this in mind, the Human Resources Division (HR) has been reviewing how the University undertakes recruitment and induction. This has occurred under the guise of the Smart Start project, which has resulted in approval to implement new recruitment and induction processes and the purchase of the Taleo recruitment and induction system.
In reality, Smart Start is actually a suite of projects that will significantly enhance the way we recruit and induct employees and also improve the way HR interacts and supports the University community. This will be achieved through the following initiatives:
- Implementation of Taleo
- Development of recruitment processes tailored to the type of position
- Development of induction processes tailored to the position
- Improvements in the HR information system’s infrastructure
- Introduction of functionality that will enable staff to access answers to HR questions as well as lodge and track requests with us
- Functionality for current manual forms to be translated into online forms
- Overhaul of the HR website to seamlessly underpin the above initiatives.
The above projects are due to be completed during 2010, with the majority being completed in July. More on the roll out.
Do you have a question?
Contact the HR Projects Team who will endeavour to get a quick response for you.