Resources Planning Project: People and Workplace: Factors To Consider

Changing KPU:

KPU’s labour force has been structured in much the same way for the past 20 years while the institution has changed from a community college with 8,500 students and 923 employees in 1994 to a polytechnic university in 2013/14 with almost 18,000 students and almost 1300 “regular” employees augmented by another 500 on casual service contracts.

The notion of “support staff” was very different in 1994, when most were clerical, than it is now when KPU is looking for advanced database and computing skills, researchers, data analysts, planners, people skilled in “green” building technologies, professional accountants, employees with legal and paralegal training, health and safety, emergency planning knowledge and skills etc.

Human Resources Challenges facing KPU:

  • Expanding role “industry experts” in the organization; e.g., now we need emergency management specialists, building control system specialists, data base managers.  What is the appropriate “place” for paraprofessionals and knowledge workers in a polytechnic university?
  • Compensation levels that reflect the skills required in positions and the marketplace
  • Raising the level of technological competency across the university
  • Impact of technology familiarity on students’ expectations of KPU
  • Providing enough training and professional development to maintain employee currency
  • Concerns about being able to hire and retain appropriately skilled personnel are common

Further Reading

Clerks and Cashiers: An Endangered Species

Five Trends that are Dramatically Changing the Workplace

The rate of change of work and the workplace is shifting into a much higher gear. Today, work is conducted across an increasingly broad range of settings, geographies, and time frames, propelled by five major trends that offer a context for organizational strategies… Read more.

How Generation Y is Changing the Workplace

Gen Y is the most educated and most diverse generation in history, and the first to have more women than men obtain postsecondary education credentials. They have also been using computers, mobile phones, the Internet, social media tools and other technologies since childhood – the youngest of them essentially since birth… Read more.

The Changing Organization

Imagine you went to sleep and woke up on a work day in 1960.  How different is your work life today compared to what it was 50 years ago?  Clearly, there’s no Starbucks on every corner or a cell phone in every pocket – but what else has changed and why? Read more.

Changing Work Requires Changing Skills



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