New building blocks of human resources on display at July workshops

Employee Services set to introduce upgraded software, tools

As the University of Colorado gets ready to roll out upgraded tools and programs that will change the way it pays, manages and hires employees, Employee Services has invited HCM Community members to sneak peeks of the software at HCM Campus Workshops starting in July.

As part of the two-year Elevate project, CU will upgrade its existing Human Resources Management System (HRMS) with Human Capital Management (HCM). Employee Services also will unveil a powerful new hiring tool – CU Careers, currently Jobs at CU – and a paperless performance review system, ePerformance.

With the switch, HCM Community members — the CU professionals formerly called “business partners” who use the software — can expect changes and improvements to their workflow. To familiarize this group with the new software, Employee Services is hosting a series of HCM Campus Workshops and Labs on each campus and at CU system, starting July 7 and running through the fall.

The first workshop, HCM Overview, is set for July 7-21. It will highlight key similarities to and differences from HRMS, as well as preview new features such as WorkCenters and transaction pages. Employee Services staff will demonstrate HCM approvals, queries and position profiles – the building blocks of human resources – to help lay a foundation for in-depth workshops this summer.

HCM Community to develop new skills

The workshop series will cover just about every aspect of HCM, helping employees retool their skillset for a modern, more agile system.

Following the HCM Overview workshop, training sessions will dive into specific tasks, such as paying employees, performing HCM transactions and managing talent using CU Careers. HCM Community members will practice using the system at fall structured and open computer lab sessions.

To ensure HCM Community members can confidently work with the new tools, Employee Services will offer a post-training assessment to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. Seats are limited, so organizers recommend registering for workshops as soon as possible. Each HCM Workshop will have a morning and afternoon session. (Registration instructions are below.)

Elevating how CU does business with continual change cycles

There’s a lot of work ahead, but organizers anticipate big gains in the long term, according to Lisa Landis, Employee Services’ associate vice president and chief human resources officer. With more built-in automation and advanced functionality, HCM will improve user experience for administrators and CU Employees.

HCM’s tile dashboard, for instance, will clearly display payment summaries, timesheets, benefits information and more. After the initial launch, the responsive interface developed for the portal also will better adapt to mobile devices, so employees can check information on the go.

And thanks to HCM’s centralized WorkCenters and Web-based transaction pages, HCM Community professionals no longer will have to toggle among different windows and programs to do their jobs. Streamlined query and approval processes also will improve data quality, according to Employee Services.

More simply, HCM will elevate CU’s systems to industry standards. With a little bit of effort today, project leaders say, CU can better support its faculty, staff and students tomorrow.

Spots are filling fast

Register today to take advantage of these expert training courses. To see a full calendar ofHCM Workshops and training locations, visit

How to register:

Log in to
On the left-hand menu, click Training.
Click Start SkillSoft and, if prompted, enter your login information.
Click Catalog.
Click CU Instructor Led Training (the second folder in the list).
Click Elevate: HCM Campus Workshops.
There are six training topics. Click on the topic for the session you’d like to attend.
This will take you to a course description. Click on the small calendar icon in the left corner of the window, directly below the gold banner with the training topic. This icon will open a table that displays the dates, times, and locations of the trainings.
Once you’ve found a training that works for your schedule, click Enroll on the furthest column to the right. You’ll be emailed an enrollment confirmation, which you can link to your Outlook calendar.