Nobody said it would be easier

Technology will likely change how HR does its work, but not necessarily how much
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2002

Two years ago, the HR department at Montreal-based Velan Inc. decided they needed an HR system to automate some of the manual work and remove administrative chores from their collective plate.

Strictly speaking, payroll was automated but it was on an old DOS system that only one person could use and benefits was still a cumbersome paper-based process, explained Louis Tasse, HR director of the 1,200-employee valve manufacturer.

The goal was to become more modern, streamline processes, become more efficient and minimize the clerical work so that HR could be freed up to become a strategic partner for the other functions of the business.