Presenting data as information and turning it into knowledge

How HR systems benefit the “C” level executive and where HR fits in.
By John Johnston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2001

HR professionals make a fundamental mistake when it comes to HR management systems (HRMS). They seem to think these systems are only for them. That an HRMS provides some foolproof method of reducing their heavy workload and turning them magically into strategic partners at the “C” level of the organization (CEO, COO, CFO, CIO).

The truth is quite different. HR systems may in fact make HR more efficient and reduce workloads but as far as the organization goes, that is only a secondary benefit. Ultimately HR systems exist to aid management in decision-making regarding the deployment of people in the organization.

This is not to say that senior HR professionals are not management. HR staff has a crucial role in producing and analyzing the data for presentation to management. They have a key responsibility in spotting trends and subtle patterns which, when combined with their knowledge of the organization, provide incalculable value for the executive.