Authors: Bryan Hopkins and James Markham
Writing a book that focuses solely on technology, the authors point out, presents quite a challenge, because the subject matter changes at such a pace. E-HR is an even greater minefield to negotiate, as software development companies want to retain the edge over their competitors and so don't want to give too much away.
With this in mind, it is astounding that the authors have managed to put together something so insightful and well-explained.
The introduction gives a synopsis defining the contents of every chapter, each of which covers a specific part of e-HR. So there is no need to read it from cover to cover.
The book aims to break down the barrier between HR and IT, showing how collaboration between the two can be beneficial to organisations - for example, by answering questions to ensure accuracy of data, reduction of HR costs, and linkage to payroll departments.
As the jacket rightly states, this is a practical guide that explains the potential for e-HR "in every aspect of human resources: personnel admin, performance management, employer development and communication".
If your organisation is contemplating the introduction of this technology, and you need to weigh up the pros and cons before investing in it, this book will be of enormous help. It is well-written and steers clear of IT jargon. Best of all, it promotes the introduction of technology for shared services in a format that is easy to understand.
Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Three out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Four out of five stars
Value for money? Three out of five stars
Overall? Four out of five stars
Reviewed by Fiona West, senior training and development adviser, the MCPS-PRS Alliance