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The Working@VCU: "Great Place" HR Policies 

The new HR plan addresses what employees asked for in the Great Place Initiative surveys and town halls. The plan focuses on you — our most valuable resource. It aligns the everyday work of VCU employees with the mission and vision of the university, incentivizes the quality of service we provide to students, and modernizes outdated HR practices. Read the full Working@VCU: Great Place HR policy. Current employees can log into InsideHR for guidelines and details about processes and procedures. 

Keeping the great things

With the design of the new HR plan, we were able to keep the things we love about state employment while modernizing outdated HR policies and procedures. There are some things that will remain unchanged in the new HR Plan:

  • Status as a state employee
  • Retirement
  • Health benefits and flexible spending
  • University holidays
  • Work-life benefits and discounts
  • Service date/leave anniversary date
  • Tuition waiver and reimbursement

New for everyone

Even employees who elect to remain classified will benefit from some of the exciting new features of the university HR plan. They include:

  • Participation in the new performance management process; this applies to University and Academic Professionals, Classified Staff, and T&R faculty who supervise classified and University employees
  • Opportunities to engage in career development through career communities which connect those in similar roles across the university to network and share information
  • A new mentoring program that connects new and experienced employees throughout the university
  • Training opportunities for managers to strengthen VCU leadership competencies

What's "great" about the new HR plan

Simply put, the new plan rewards your personal learning and career development and offers opportunities for advancement that are not available in the current HR plan. This is a win for you, the employee, but is also a win for VCU as it is less costly and more productive to retain quality employees. VCU wants you to consider a long-term career here and is changing its HR plan to offer opportunities to make that happen.

Some highlights of the new plan include:

  • Inclusive employee group, University and Academic Professionals, that encompasses entry level positions through executive and senior administration
  • New job family structure
  • Market and merit-based pay
  • Career path advancement
  • Dispute resolution, including mediation and panel hearings
  • Generous and flexible leave package (combining the former annual, sick, and personal and family categories)
  • Paid parental leave and caregiving leave
  • Enhanced community service leave
  • Expanded flexible work arrangements