HR systems survey falls foul of Internet

Findings from a major piece of research on the use of computers in personnel have been delayed because not enough people in HR used their computers to respond.

The results of the annual IPD/Institute for Employment Studies survey were due to be announced at the Computers in Personnel conference this week at the Barbican Centre, London, but will now be delayed until the end of the year to give time to gather a larger sample.

A spokesman from the IES said it had received only a handful of responses after deciding to send questionnaires out over the Internet for the first time, rather than using the post.

“That medium [the Internet] has not proved itself yet,” said the spokesman. “The sample is just too small to draw any conclusions from. We will keep it going until we have enough responses to compare to last year. That will probably be towards the end of this year.”

The conference, which starts tomorrow (28 June), will look at the impact of computerisation on personnel with seminars on improving effectiveness through technology, the growing phenomenon of HR call centres and the legal implications of storing and handling electronic data.

Exhibitors will demonstrate the latest packages for HR, payroll, intranets and data analysis.

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