E-Work at Mason Saves Time and Paper in Hiring Process

Posted: June 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The hiring process at George Mason will be going paperless. Called e-Work at Mason, the new system will do more than cut out paper. In response to faculty and staff input, the system will also streamline the hiring process, making it smoother, faster, and more efficient.

“Before embarking on the new application system, the hiring process was totally redesigned,” says Linda Harber, assistant vice president for Human Resources. “We collaborated with faculty and staff working groups to cut the hiring steps dramatically—by two-thirds for staff hiring, and from 20 to 10 steps for a faculty hire.”

E-Work at Mason will kick off with an online pilot project beginning July 1. The big rollout, however, won’t be until October 1, when all faculty and staff positions will be in the new system. Training began recently for pilot program participants and will continue through October for faculty and staff, with a focus on how to harness the power of the new system.

E-Work at Mason will be totally paperless. The job applicant will create a password when first completing an application and will be able to modify the application to apply for other job openings. Additionally, the online input satisfies the requirement for an official Commonwealth of Virginia application. Applicants can also sign up to receive e-mail notices of job openings similar to the ones for which they applied. Hiring managers can move the application through the hiring process without ever having to print out a document. For those who like the feel of paper, however, it will always be possible to produce paper copies of all related documents.

E-Work at Mason is new, but its designers hope the Mason community will find it easy, intuitive, and fun to use. The new system is powered by PeopleAdmin, an industry leader in the area of paperless hiring, which has a web site that shows how other schools are successfully participating in paperless recruiting. More information will be coming next month on the pilot and Mason’s new hiring web site.

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