Monday, July 16, 2007

A few HRIS axioms/observations

1) We provide what you "request", this is not necessarily what you "want"

2) We do not know what you want if you do not know what you want.

3) Explaining the purpose/reason behind your request can reduce the number of times you have to refine it. We are not being nosy when we ask "what are you going to use this for?" (well, maybe sometimes!)

4) Yes, we have access to everything, and No, you cannot have access to everything

5) I do not know what your password is, and Yes, I can reset it as many times as is needed for you to pick one that you remember

6) A large data file transfer over a slow connection will not process faster if you call and ask about it every 5 minutes.

7) The system does not change design limitations because you wish it so, getting angry at us and calling us "negative" will not change that fact.

8) Yes we are in the HR departement, but no, we probably are not familiar with your workers comp issue or if a decision has been made on your hire application.

9) Our tinfoil mind reading hats do not work, so the special deals made by the hiring manager will not be reflected in the system if they do not tell us.

10) We are NOT payroll.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

When Outsourcing Turns on You

A former co-worker now retired on the NJ coast who knows how much I just LOVE the idea of outsourcing your HRIS and payroll forwarded this to me.

Looks like many businesses are going to be writing big checks to the IRS. (and if I remember from my previous life at the IRS, those employees are still on the hook for their own payroll taxes).

True, it is a rare case, and even I realize the advantage of small business outsourcing admin functions, but she also knows that I'll eat up any outsourcing news that feeds my irrational bias. (more on that later)

As an anonymous Wall Street IT manager once said :

"The people who love outsourcing the most are the people who don't have to deal with it"

Monday, July 9, 2007

Oh no, we missed Nevada?

Minimum wages

It can be quite a challenge to keep up with the myriad of state minimum wage changes if you have low wage earners in multiple states.

There does not seem to be any simple way of finding an up to date list of states that are changing and when they are scheduled to implement the new wage.

I have been using
Wikipedia and google news, but some still slip through (and there are those that have COLA adjustments that:

1) you have to remember to look up and

2) hopefully publish the information early enough that you can adjust the system in time.

Federal change is in a few weeks, but that is an easy one. (except for compression issues for slightly higher earners, but that's another blog)

Friday, July 6, 2007


Actually, my main job at the moment is "Daddy", but when Im not doing that, Im experiencing the wonderful exciting world of HRIS.

I now enter the blogosphere.

Im fairly new to the blog world so bear with me as I figure this stuff out.

I noticed that there are a lot of HR blogs out there with great information, but not many focused on the system side of HR.

About me---I am essentially a boring person who wishes to remain anonymous in the cyberworld, however I do like to discuss HRIS issues/comments/complaints etc

If you have specific HR system questions fire away and Ill do my best. I am no programmer or coding expert so I cannot tell you what is wrong with your SQR or C++ routine

However, if you ask me "What HRIS system should I get?"---be prepared to discuss!

For general HR questions, I would suggest the Evilhrlady (Yes, her excellent site is the inspiration of this one, and no, I do not personally know her and no, she does not know me).

I am truly evil though