If you're looking for a way to prove your employee data value to the business, go have a chat with your HR director about the problems with employee data. Employee data integration is a major challenge for companies today, Forrester Research analyst Paul Hammerman said in a recent Industry Standard article. So, these types of data integration employee data projects are a great way for IT to add value to the business, he said. Employee data problems can create major business headaches, as the article's mini-case study of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard shows. Aker employee data had three legacy HR systems - none integrated, and all containing contradictory data.
The company actually spent thousands in fees employee data each pay period because of incorrect payroll checks - not to mention the problems caused by lost injury reports. In 2004, the company decided to clean up its employee data and consolidate on a new solution. So far, the company has saved almost 660,000 through reduced fees, payroll errors and escrow payments, according to article. The consolidation project also decreased payroll errors by 90 percent. How's that for creating a nice ROI and IT/business alignment? No question. No employee data debate. Worksite wellness programs need to be data driven. And you do want you program to be data driven as well, correct?
The issue of employee health data and its employee data relationship to worksite wellness programs is not an area commonly discussed within the worksite wellness community today. When it is, the discussion is generally about how to best assure employees that the data they provide in health risk assessments and workplace biometric screenings is safe from employer scrutiny. But in today's era of big data, data breaches and identity theft, it seems to me employee data bigger questions need to be asked. There is no question that in the era of big data, wellness program big data is a clear and present danger! It is important to remember that any personal data including employee health data can be used in unexpected ways and for unrelated purposes. So the question becomes what, as worksite wellness professionals, do we do about it? First, we need to ask how safe employee data and secure employee health data in the hands of wellness data third-party vendors?