Is Administrivia Keeping HR from Getting
a Seat at the Table?
the time for HR professionals to move into a more strategic
role. The trends in the business world are getting more complex
every day. With the shortage of people and the emphasis
on keeping costs down to remain competitive, the need to streamline
operations has become absolutely critical to the HR profession. In
the healthcare and construction industries, there is currently
a critical shortage of qualified employees. All indications
point to a similar shortage in just about every business segment. There
are two primary ways that HR can have a major impact on organization’s
ongoing growth and success. The first is to get out of
the transactional role and the second is to lead efforts that
attract AND retain great employees. Here are a few items
that are food for thought.
Implications on Human Resources are Huge.
The Internet is constantly changing the way business is
time ago, someone figured out that most software applications
that were once installed on your computer can now be done via
the internet. This has eliminated the need for constant
software upgrades. Many companies now require applicants
to apply through a web site or a web based application system. A
web based HRIS has self service features that allow employees
to change addresses, beneficiaries and complete annual open
enrollment with no forms or HR involvement.
Faster! Better! Cheaper!
The continuous process improvement mantra of business seems
to be incessant. But as we all know, competition dictates
that things have to be done faster and better and cheaper.
Those who use internet tools effectively
are seeing processes being accomplished quicker with higher
quality while spending less money. Those who are slow
to implement and properly utilize this technology will not
Think of this:
How much time do you spend screening resumes and applicants?
How much time and effort do you devote to open enrollment every
Do you have the time or inclination to conduct and review exit
Is administering payroll and producing countless reports the
best use of your time?
How much of your budget is consumed by continually updating
and upgrading your Human Resources Information System?
Would your time be better spent on enhancing your performance
management system and increasing the effectiveness of your
Could your time be better spent in development of employees,
succession planning, compensation planning and the implementation
of cultural changes necessary for your organization to succeed?
no longer needed to tend to “administrivia” issues,
how much more valuable could you make yourself to your organization?
human resources outsourcing business is now a $59 billion
dollar industry. This is not the future – it is NOW. If
you’re not on the leading edge of technology, you’ve
fallen behind. NOW is the time to catch up.