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Employee Self Service Makes for Open, Transparent and Interactive HR

An automated HR solutions is indispensable these days but what you must specifically focus on is incorporation of employee self service module if you want to be transparent, open and interactive as a way to encourage staff participation in a company’s growth.

What exactly would you want in an ESS solution? At the very least this part of the overall HR package must have leave management, on-duty pass, attendance, shift management, expense management, online request forms, bookings for travel and hotel, gate pass, data synchronization, asset management, employee induction and exit, ID card requests and all the sundry processes that employees and managers must follow in the day to day as well as special operations of an enterprise. ESS makes it easy, straightforward and transparent, reducing burdens on managers as well as staff, helping to achieve more and focus on important tasks.

Why have ESS when one or two employees can handle all these processes? employee self service automates the process and makes for quick action as well as for a paperless office since most of these transactions can be done online. This saves time, money, labour and avoids possibilities of delay, errors and dissatisfaction. A well designed package would integrate data collection, archiving and analytics as well as report generation, making it easy for decision makers to keep track and evaluate as well as draw insights for improvements and change.

ESS plays an important role each hour, each day in any organization. Before you implement ESS, that, incidentally, should be a part of the overall HR solution, consider the vendor, his track record, degree of customization, support and flexibility of the module. Do this and you have ESS that works to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and give you maximized ROIs.

Author Bio:
Sonali Chowdhry is an HR professional with specialization in consulting as well as selection of IT based solutions.

Employee Self Service Makes for Open, Transparent and Interactive HR

An automated HR solutions is indispensable these days but what you must specifically focus on is incorporation of employee self service module if you want to be transparent, open and interactive as a way to encourage staff participation in a company’s growth.

What exactly would you want in an ESS solution? At the very least this part of the overall HR package must have leave management, on-duty pass, attendance, shift management, expense management, online request forms, bookings for travel and hotel, gate pass, data synchronization, asset management, employee induction and exit, ID card requests and all the sundry processes that employees and managers must follow in the day to day as well as special operations of an enterprise. ESS makes it easy, straightforward and transparent, reducing burdens on managers as well as staff, helping to achieve more and focus on important tasks.

Why have ESS when one or two employees can handle all these processes? ESS automates the process and makes for quick action as well as for a paperless office since most of these transactions can be done online. This saves time, money, labour and avoids possibilities of delay, errors and dissatisfaction. A well designed package would integrate data collection, archiving and analytics as well as report generation, making it easy for decision makers to keep track and evaluate as well as draw insights for improvements and change.

ESS plays an important role each hour, each day in any organization. Before you implement ESS, that, incidentally, should be a part of the overall HR solution, consider the vendor, his track record, degree of customization, support and flexibility of the module. Do this and you have ESS that works to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and give you maximized ROIs.

Sonali Chowdhry is an HR professional with specialization in consulting as well as selection of IT based solutions.

PMS Or Performance Management Systems Play a Vital Role in an Enterprise’s Growth

Whether it is a small business or a large enterprise, it is important that each employee’s performance be monitored, managed and evaluated. An organization’s growth depends on individuals working inside it and vice versa. Performance management is not simply about monitoring them like supervisors do but going beyond by inspiring and motivating them through an evaluative process that focuses on their pluses and corrects deficiencies.

Keeping track of hundreds of employees and their specific history at any moment in time is not easy if you do it manually. IT based PMS or performance management is the only viable solution. Employers know exactly what is going on. Employees know a system is transparent and that their performance is evaluated honestly with a fair chance of advancement, thus encouraging them to do their best.

Sophisticated solutions have customized features that allow enterprises to set goals for each employee with weightage given to their performance. Managers can modify such goals and monitor achievement levels at any time as also provide feedback through reviews that help staff members correct and do better. Such PMS can also be a base for providing alerts as well as training programs for those in need of improvement as well as to help high performers to go on to the next level as valuable contributors to company growth. A sophisticated PMS would integrate Bell curves in reports, self development tips, scorecards and interaction giving rise to many benefits.

With a PMS, managers can view graphical chart of progress in an automated system that is safe and secure as well. Employees can do more as can managers since IT relieves them of doing everything manually.

If and when you do decide to go in for HR IT solutions, make sure you pick one from a provider with sophisticated PMS features customized to your enterprise’s operational methods.

Sonali Chowdhry is an accomplished HR professional and contributor to blogs as well, with her favorite topic being PMS as a barometer of company growth.

HRMS, the When, Why, What, Where and How of it

Human Resource Management System or HRMS is an integrated package combining several modules all connected to human resources in an organization and its diverse functions.

A medium or small scale enterprise may consider implementation of a suitable HRMS package and may postpone it on the grounds that the number of staff or extent of operations does not warrant such an implementation. This is wrong since you are bound to grow and at some point data, especially archival data, would be unmanageable or costly if such a solution is implemented at a later date. The timing is now so that you can iron out kinks and fine tune it as you go along and grow.

An automated IT based HRMS is far better than that managed by humans for speed of execution, up to the minute data availability and reports, employee satisfaction, reduced costs, improved efficiency and as a contributor to growth of a company. For any enterprise, human resource is the basic capital on which rests their growth. Manage it well and you have a formula for success.

HRMS, especially one that is developed by experts for enterprise scale implementation, includes virtually all modules and functions of the HR department. The package includes payroll, searchable employee database, attendance, performance evaluation, monitoring, benefits, leave, employee self service, scheduling, absenteeism, analytics and report generation.

Identify the needs of your organization, present and future. Select a suitable HRMS solutions provider based on competencies, flexibility and scalable features of the package, cost, support available, customizability and ease of use when you decide to implement it if you must get the maximum returns.

Sonali Chowdhry is an acclaimed HR professional with years of experience at corporate level in selection and implementation of HRMS solutions.