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Information Technology in Human Resources Management

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A survey method with HR managers and line managers was performed to see the current state of IT in regards to HRM. The survey found an agreement that change is not rapidly progressing in the area mainly due to monetary limitations, and IT investment being spent in other areas of the organization besides HR that are deemed by some to be more critical (Foster, 2-3). Another study into how IT is being applied to HRM found that a lack of perceived value. The study found three items in particular that prevented companies from moving more rapidly in the area of IT and HRM.

The areas noted were: (1) a lack of awareness by top executives; (2) a barrier with the traditional mindset of organization management to make any significant IT outlay or investment; and (3) IT being generally deemed non-critical by senior managers in regards HRM (Dery, Grant, and Wiblen, 5). How IT has impacted HR is next examined. A study to find out how organizations are now using their information technology was performed. The authors sent out surveys to various companies in the UK to inquire how they were currently making use of strategy in HRM.

Positive results were found in that all but 6 percent of the companies are either now using IT with HRM, or will be at some point in the near future (Hussain and Prouse, 11). According to the article “ The Future of Human Resources” , the authors feel that the current state of HR will more fully change to a focus on strategy with information technology playing a larger role by permitting other department managers and HR to partner in the use of company knowledge (Dattner and Rothenberg, p.6).

The author's further state that HR is rapidly increasing in importance in the new economy we live in. A firm’ s employees are now seen to be the main source of competitive advantage, while HR is coming under closer analysis (p. 6). A study performed found that employees no longer will hesitate to change companies. In fact, 48 percent of mid-level managers in the United States are either currently seeking another job or will search once the current recession is over (Dattner and Rothenberg, p 6).

In addition, 64 percent of those surveyed plan on more intense job search efforts once the economy improves (p. 6). These are all the more reason for companies to be investing resources and information technology into HR and attempting to keep the best employees in today’ s competitive environment.

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