Make your hospital intranet a human resources powerhouse

     

Employee MotivationDoes your hospital’s Human Resources department take full advantage of your corporate intranet site?  If your staff frequently find themselves having to pick up a phone or take a walk down to HR to visit then the answer is a resounding NO.  It is no surprise that Human Resources material and information is the most accessed portion of a corporate intranet website by your employees.  This makes it quite important that not only is there a robust library of Human Resources material available but also that as much self-help information is available so that simple clerical requests don’t require valuable time from the Human Resources staff.  Is it better for an employee who needs to update their home address to call or visit the Human Resources department or is it better for them fill out a form on the human resources intranet site and Human Resources processes the request at their convenience?   Further, imagine if the employee works nights and Human Resources is not staffed outside of business hours.  This would not only be extremely frustrating to your employee but also very inconvenient which does not help employee satisfaction.   

All of these questions translate to dollars.  If your employees are not satisfied you will have high turnover and high turnover equals dollars spent on recruiting, lost productivity, training, familiarizing the employee, and service concerns.    If your Human Resources department is bombarded by the same requests time and time again then it is clear that a solution should be automated and published where your employees expect to find it--the intranet.   Imagine the time saved when employees can help themselves without needing assistance from another employee; that’s TWO employees that are not wasting time and are more productive which we all know equals dollars

The next question may be what type of information should be published on the Human Resources portion of the intranet website?  There are virtually limitless suggestions but here are some common examples:

  • Human Resources Policies and Procedures
  • Forms both electronically fillable as well as print and return forms like:
    • Vacation Request
    • Address Change
    • W4 - Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
    • Insurance Forms
  • Benefits Materials
    • Benefit Summaries
    • Benefit News & Announcements
    • Election of Benefits & Enrollment Forms
    • Provider Links & Contact Information
    • 401k Forms, Links and other Materials
  • Online Searchable Employee Directory
  • Online Payroll Vouchers & Pay Schedule Calendars
  • Online W2 Payroll Tax Vouchers
  • Human Resources Newsletter
  • Employee Handbook and Orientation Information
  • Continuing Medical Education Resources
  • Organization Charts / Chain of Command details
  • Employee Surveys / Employee Engagement or Satisfaction
  • Career Advancement Resources
    • Internal Job Openings
    • Employee Transfer forms and materials
    • Carrier Development Links
    • Recruiting Materials
  • Manager / Supervisor Specific Resources such as forms, announcements and meeting calendars
  • Open Online Forums and Bulletin Boards
  • Holiday Schedules
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Employee of the Month/Year

With this amount of information you could almost have a website entirely devoted to Human Resources and Employment related materials.  There is simply so much information that your employees need access to that it’s a shame not to use your corporate intranet site as the key resource for your employees to access HR materials. And what’s even more significant is that the materials are all available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  A substantial Human Resources presence on the hospital intranet site is clearly important. What other ways can you envision your HR department fully leveraging your intranet so that EVERYONE is more productive?

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George Ciesielski

About The Author

George Ciesielski has been with HospitalPORTAL since July 1999. He possesses a strong background in Microsoft web platform, and his area of expertise lies in development technologies. His responsibilities include overseeing development staff and product development, quality assurance, and designing features in the HospitalPORTAL platform.