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Align your payroll systems and people development

How well do you know the people in your company? Do your payroll system and HR data reflect this awareness? Many companies take it for granted that their systems and the data that are housed within these systems are aligned with the personal progress and development of their people - until they need specific information and find it is not easily available…


This is the view that management at Accsys takes.

“Data has always been the most coveted asset in business. Today, there is an increasing need to align this information to reflect and support the development of employees and the company. It is not only about having the information; it is also about being able to slice and dice the underlying information into a variety of meaningful reports and charts,” explains Teryl Schroenn, Accsys CEO.

Schroenn says that a conventional HR and payroll system may offer information about an employee’s leave track record, i.e. the leave he has applied for and taken. However, it may not necessarily say that this employee has three children and because of this he:

  • Lines up his leave to coincide with school holidays; and
  • Always takes leave on the third Friday of the month.

Know what is happening in your employees’ lives

Another example is that if an employee reaches retirement age, and management has to consider operational efficiency and the impact of change-over, it helps for decision makers to be aware of important facts about employees.

Information that matures into business intelligence empowers companies to deal effectively with long-term strategic change and manage growth.

Ensure you read your information correctly

Many decision makers today have the information but often they do not have access to it in a way that enables them to convert this information into strategy. A company that is using business intelligence effectively is able to pose queries and scenarios which launch forward-planning and underpin strategy.

The message is that HR has evolved on a large scale and there is a strong move away from traditional-style approaches to functions.

While in the past, there would be limited information or information that is only communicated on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, today the focus is on aligning business trends with people trends and using the combination to the company’s advantage.

Source: SA Labour News