Nearly nine out of 10 employers claim that the Internet and intranets will enable the HR profession to assume more of a strategic role within organisations.
These findings are part of a study of 45 employers spanning the private and public sector, unveiled in this month’s IRS employment review.
Employers believe that e-HR will give the profession a more strategic role due to the reduction of routine bureaucracy. “Much of the day-to-day operations will not require HR resources, freeing HR to work at a higher level,” reported one respondent from Prudential.
The quality of information available to HR managers through the latest electronic systems also helps HR professionals. Nottingham City Council notes that the major advantage of e-HR is in the “quality and quantity” of the HR data.
The study reveals that improving communications and reducing administration are the driving forces behind the introduction of e-HR strategies. It finds that more than half the employers found their e-HR systems to be “fairly effective” and one-fifth of HR managers reported that their e-HR systems are “very effective”.