Web tools can free up your time for strategic thinking

By Robert D. Perussina
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Typical HR managers are bogged down by administrative tasks that sap their ability to concentrate on more strategic issues. Fortunately, technology — and in particular Web-based employee self-service (ESS) applications — is very good at doing basic tasks so the HR manager doesn’t have to do them.

The latest e-HR technology is taking ESS one step further, to EIPs or employee information portals. This emerging technology is Web-based and delivers information, education, and other services to employees, automatically.

How do e-HR applications help HR managers? The most immediate relief is to be found in automating benefits administration and communication by putting electronic versions of employee handbooks and benefits information on the company intranet. With security safeguards to ensure that internal information stays internal, employees can access the information 24-hours a day, seven days a week.