Portal improvements promise better tools for work

Improved CU Resources area will debut this fall

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Beginning this fall, University of Colorado employees will see ongoing improvements to the CU Resources tab in the employee portal.

When it debuts, the redesign will modernize the portal and make it easier to navigate. Upon entering the CU Resources area, employees will find timely, useful news and information about the university, their jobs, their benefits, their health, job perks and more. Plus, the CU Resources business applications used by employees will be accessed in the same way following the launch.

New features include an expanded news area, rotating featured items, favorites, recently used pages, quick links, drop-down menus, new accordion menus and icons, social network integration, a more mobile-friendly design and the ability to personalize content and layout.

The fall launch establishes a foundation for significant improvements to CU Resources. CU will strategically expand the portal’s features to provide employees with tools to make their work lives easier. Additional features will be released in 2014.

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The CU Resources improvements will redefine how the university communicates to employees, with future upgrades targeting information to individual employees, said E. Jill Pollock, vice president for Employee and Information Services.

“Ultimately, employees will be able to receive personalized communications on actions they may need to take,” Pollock said. “An example is someone returning from parental leave. We’re developing functionality to be added to CU Resources that will provide a comprehensive list of what the new parent needs to do to add the child to health plans and even tips for caring for the child and being as healthy as possible.”

Future upgrades will help to increase accuracy of employee-provided data and reduce the amount time spent by department assistants, payroll liaisons and personnel liaisons collecting the information.

The CU Resources redesign is being led by a working group from the Office of the President that includes representatives from UIS, Employee Services, Office of University Controller and others. The project began in 2010 when Oracle/PeopleSoft released a set of employee self-service applications. Employee Services (then PBS) submitted the first business case to the new IT Governance Board for purchase and implementation of the modules. The redesign is being driven by industry best practices, usage statistics and employee feedback.

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