HR Information Systems
David Wilson, Manager, Canada
HR systems can encompass a wide variety of systems from payroll and basic HR (i.e., position management, organization charts and toolkits) to complex talent management and staffing systems.
You may also have online employee records and attendance management, safety and occupational management, disability and return to work systems, as well as training and employee development systems.
HR executives can obtain reports from the various systems, and use HR metrics to measure performance and outcomes to determine if they are meeting their HR goals. The automation of transactions also allows HR organizations to adopt a more strategic business focus, as opposed to tracking data and responding to issues after the fact.
With proper management information systems, the HR organization reduces data errors and minimizes redundant data, by using databases and data warehouses.
PeopleSoft, SAP (HR), and other systems are now trying to create useful online electronic tools.