Do you have any vacant unused positions on your team?

September 16, 2021

There has been an increasing trend towards larger balances of vacant positions over the last few years. A large number of ‘active’ unused positions in the system presents an inflated picture of SFU’s resource requirements.  This has had significant impacts on SFU’s financial budgeting and forecasting, as well as interferes with the data integrity of internal and external reporting of SFU’s people resources. Keep reading to learn how to do your part in ensuring we keep our budgeting and forecasting on track.

When attrition happens on your team, it is very important you decided what to do with head count, fill the position or go in a different direction.  If a position doesn’t need to be filled or is going to be re-purposed it is imperative to inactivate the position.  This can be done simply by reaching out to your HR Specialist to discuss what the next steps are.

We strongly encourage departments to review their vacant positions on a routine quarterly basis with support of their HR Specialist (if needed) and to inactivate vacant positions that will no longer be used.  Completing this review quarterly will coincide with Budget’s preparation for the new fiscal year along with Compensation’s reporting to PSEC (one of our governing bodies) and ideally end the inflated resource numbers, and improve the integrity of our data.