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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
It's All About the People! / Salty Energy / Electronic Tongue / Israeli Auto Tech / Talent Mobility / HR Statistics
It's All About the People!
"I have no way of knowing the exact cost of goods sold for my new line of cereal," the CEO of a food manufacturer recently told me. "Our timekeeping software doesn't break down who works in what part of the factory for how long, so I can't specifically apply labor costs to the individual products." He paused, frowning. "But I'd sure like to." After a longer pause, he looked at me. "Is there something out there that will do that?"
There certainly is.
Not only could the CEO implement a software solution to his problem, but he could also mine all sorts of data collected on his employees that would take him far beyond the capability of his current payroll software. At the touch of a button, he could analyze the performance of his staff, comply with requirements for insurance and vacation, and even recruit new talent. Human Capital Management Systems (HCM) are now so recognized as a powerful tool to manage and optimize workers that the production of this software has become a multi-billion dollar business.
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