How Does Your HRIS Measure Up? Checklist


"Yesterday’s Advisor showcased the results of our recent survey on HRISs; today, check out an HRIS checklist from HR.BLR.com, BLR’s premier HR website."

Here are recommended items to check to see if your HRIS is up to the mark. (It’s just as useful for those considering HRIS).

Records Maintained

Does your system maintain the following personnel records:

  • Employee personal data?
  • Marital status? 
  • Number of dependents? 
  • Spouses and dependents covered by other health plans? 
  • Part-time/fulltime? 
  • Leased employees? 
  • Employees’ skills? 
  • Employees’ education? 
  • Highly compensated employees? 
  • Promotions? 
  • Transfers? 
  • Training? 
  • Employees’ schedules? 
  • Employees’ attendance? 
  • I–9 forms completed? 
  • Expiration dates of employee work permits? 
  • Employee anniversary dates? 
  • Hours worked per week? 
  • Overtime? 
  • Employees exempt from overtime? 
  • Employees not exempt from overtime? 
  • Withholding from employee paychecks? 
  • Pay rate/compensation history?
  • Place in range?
  • Performance data?
  • Employee eligibility for benefits? 
  • Participants in benefits plan? 
  • Beneficiaries of benefits plan? 
  • Cost of benefits plan? 
  • Employee covered by other health plans? 
  • Date employee admitted into benefits plan? 
  • Date of termination?
  • Reason for termination?
  • Rehire classification? 
  • Terminated employees entitled to 401(k) distribution? 
  • Terminated employees entitled to COBRA notice? 
  • Turnover? 
  • Total number of employees? 

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Who’s Using HRIS? Whose Are They Using? Survey Says …


"Are HRISs taking over for HR and compensation manages? Who’s using such systems, whose systems are being used, and what are they being used for? BLR’s recent HRIS survey provides the answers."

In June 2012, BLR’s HRIS expert, Holly Jones, surveyed BLR customers on their HRIS use. An audio conference download was offered as premium for survey completion. Just under 600 HR Daily Advisor and HR Hero Line readers responded. According to Jones, important findings included:

  1. About half of respondents use an HRIS system and about half of those use systems that are cloud-based or SAAS.
  2. Almost 80% of HRIS users have 100 or more employees.
  3. Of survey respondents who use an HRIS, 28% are logged in for more than half of the day.
  4. Reporting data, payroll management, PTO/leave tracking, and benefits management were the most common uses among respondents
  5. ADP was the most popular system used by respondents, with 21 percent of respondents

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Why Is There Still a Gender Pay Gap?


"Be wary of SPIFs, says consultant Joseph Dimisa, CSCP. They’re like whale watching.—“There’s a whale on the left” and everyone runs to left; “There’s a whale on the right” and everyone runs to the right). Reps start chasing the SPIFs and forget about their base objectives."

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How SPIFs Spawn Whalewatching … and Act Like Drugs


"Be wary of SPIFs, says consultant Joseph Dimisa, CSCP. They’re like whale watching.—“There’s a whale on the left” and everyone runs to left; “There’s a whale on the right” and everyone runs to the right). Reps start chasing the SPIFs and forget about their base objectives."

SPIFs are also a little like heroin, Dimisa says: The more you get the more you want, and it’s difficult to kick the habit. It’s hard to take the SPIFFs away.

DiMisa is Senior Vice President, Sales Effectiveness Practice Leader for Sibson Consulting, and author of best-selling business book “The Fisherman’s Guide to Selling.”

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Finding Best Incentive/Base Mix—The 13 Job-Specific Factors


"Yes, organizations are moving toward more incentive compensation, says consultant Joseph Dimisa, CSCP, but increasing the proportion of incentive pay is not the right move for every job. DiMisa outlines the 13 factors that effect the pay mix."

DiMisa, Senior Vice President, Sales Effectiveness Practice Leader for Sibson Consulting, is author of the best-selling business book, “The Fisherman’s Guide to Selling.” He offered his tips in a recent webinar sponsored by BLR/HRhero.

Use the chart below, DiMisa says, to evaluate the job factors in the middle column and decide on the appropriate mix of base and incentive.

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