An Update on the Classification Redesign Project

To the University Community:

I am writing to update you on the progress the University has made with the Classification Redesign Project.

Last fall, administrative staff began work to collect and review position information questionnaires ("PIQs") from each employee. This was the first such review in over 15 years and a major Penn initiative by any standard. I'm pleased to report that over 85% of you responded, which is a remarkable turnout, and I thank you for putting so much effort into this.

We are now in the process of analyzing these data and resolving outstanding questions that have been raised by our review team. As that work proceeds, Human Resources will be conducting meetings to review the project's findings with school and center management. This will provide the opportunity for discussions necessary to validate the project data.

These meetings will be held beginning in the fall. Changes to the classification system will be implemented after all input from schools and centers has been considered. Any issues which require immediate attention will be responded to before the project's full implementation.

The Classification Redesign Project is a key part of the University's overall commitment to assessing all the aspects of one's "total compensation" profile, including pay, benefits, and the quality of worklife. It is a significant step toward insuring Penn's reputation as a first-rate employer. I urge you to give it your support and feedback as the project moves forward, and we will continue to keep you informed of our progress.

-- John Fry, Executive Vice President


Volume 44 Number 1
July 15, 1997

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