Safeway’s HR system to cut admin by 40 per cent

first_imgSafeway’s HR system to cut admin by 40 per centOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Safeway is introducing an online HR system to enable it to benefit frome-recruitment and reduce administration time by around 40 per cent. The supermarket group claims the new system will improve recruitment and aidretention by assisting it to identify and develop talent across the entireorganisation. Jim White, HR director at Safeway, said the IBM system will also help thecompany manage its 90,000 staff more efficiently and save as much as £3m intime spent on administration, reduced staff turnover and improved labourmanagement. He said the current HR system which runs at store level is very labourintensive. It tied HR staff up with administration and causes duplication. White believes the technology will enable HR staff to focus on morestrategic issues and improve people management across the firm’s 500 stores. “As well as reducing the amount of administration and freeing up thetime of our HR teams for more value-added activities, the new system is key tohelping us identify talent as it comes into the business,” he said. The IBM system will be housed on the firm’s intranet and managed from acentral call centre in Warrington. It will post all job opportunities withinthe business directly onto the corporate website and allow all applications tobe processed centrally. The website can automatically identify the skills of job applicants andstaff and match them to the needs of local stores. The next phase of the project will introduce succession planning andperformance management, and it will be integrated into the payroll by autumn. By Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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