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Phase 1 of job classification redesign completed

After more than a year of information-gathering and analysis, the discover phase of the U-M Job Classification System Project is complete.

The new approach is designed to be more intuitive and to replace the current system, which is 30 years old.

The new career-grouping approach is intended to help the University recruit and retain the best employees.

Work groups, consultants and oversight committees representing a cross-section of the University and all of its campuses reached the milestone of completing the first phase at a two-day retreat held in September.

The retreat provided the project team with an overview of the current classification system, examples of different methodology and classification approaches, technology considerations, benchmarking, and the opportunity to consider the effect that proposed frameworks would have on individuals, work groups and the University as a whole. Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of various options frequently centered on how well an approach would assist employees with growth and skill acquisition.

Participants refined concepts and design options, and the findings were presented to key University leaders. They recently gave the go-ahead to move into phase two: inventdesigning the new job classification system framework and the tools for implementing it.

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