Getting the I our of your HRIS

Human Resource Information Systems offer data HR can apply to strategic thinking.
By Gerson Safran
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/23/2001

There is seldom a problem collecting or getting information these days. Indeed the problem is figuring out what to do with it all — how to apply that information to the overall strategy?

Strategic information is one of those business catch phrases that usually mean different things to different people, so it’s important to define it clearly. According to my handy dictionary, strategic is “of or serving the ends of strategy” and strategy is “a plan of action or policy in business or politics, etc.” So strategic information is information that lets or helps one carry out a strategic plan of action. Clear and simple.

For HR practitioners two questions arise: “What strategic information is collected in an human resources information system?” and “How is it or how can it be used?”