Queen's University

HR website now more accessible and user friendly

 
2011-12-01
[Screenshot of new HR website]The new website for Human Resources at Queen’s strives for accessibility, user friendliness, and a sense of community.
 

Human Resources has redesigned its website to meet new accessibility standards and enhance user experience.

“The significant improvements to the HR website will allow faculty and staff members to find more information about resources, services and policies with much greater ease,” says Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources) Al Orth.

The website’s pages were designed and built with accessibility in mind. Text is broken up using bullets and subheads to make it easier to read. Hyperlinks open in the same window, which is helpful for employees using screen readers or screen magnification software. Language in hyperlinks that have spatial or visual references is also avoided.

Some other new and improved features on the site include specific “How can we help you?” introductions for different sections, a news banner for important dates and events, and photographs of Queen’s staff and community members.

“The project was really about better supporting Queen’s employees—the human resources,” says Katie Legere, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Human Resources. “It was unremittingly a team effort with a website working group made up of Human Resources staff as well as ITServices and Marketing and Communications.”

Behind the scenes, the new site uses software that facilitates administrative efficiency and responsiveness to user needs. Human Resources can now make changes to the site directly, and the site will capture user statistics.

“That data will help us organize the website to respond to the information needs of the university community,” explains Lori Stewart, Organizational Development Consultant, Human Resources.

The Human Resources website has a new URL: www.queensu.ca/humanresources Links to HR pages must be updated to reflect the change. If you have questions about the new website, contact Human Resources at (613) 533-2070 or at hradmin@queensu.ca.
 

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