By Kristen Kohrt, Associate Editor, HR Expert
I’m so excited to be posting my first blog on Insider Learning Network, and my first blog as the managing editor of the HR Expert knowledgebase! As someone new to HR, I am especially eager to use Insider Learning Network to connect with HR professionals, learn more about the industry, and find out what topics would be helpful for HR Expert subscribers.
Now on to some actual blogging…
As soon as I found out I would be taking over the knowledgebase, I made it my goal to find out what HR Expert is missing. The knowledgebase has always been successful and valuable to customers, however, there’s always room for improvement, right? Fortunately, I’ve had a couple of great opportunities to connect with subscribers. One of those opportunities was through the HR Expert 2010 Reader Survey which we sent out in January. After analyzing the results of this survey, two things stuck out to me:
- 47% of readers named payroll as the most important HR topic to them
- 58% of readers are using Sharepoint
I remembered this information when I traveled to Orlando for the HR2010 in March. At the SAP Experts booth, I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of subscribers and ask them many of the same questions we asked in the survey, the most important one being: What is the most important topic you want to see more of on the knowledgebase? Again and again, I heard payroll, payroll, payroll. Oh, and also, payroll. Is this just a coincidence? Do I just happen to only be connecting with payroll-centr
ic subscribers? Why is it so important, and why does it seem there is not enough information out there for users? Remember, I’m new to HR, so these questions are not rhetorical, I really want to know!
The Sharepoint thing intrigued me, too. I searched our knowledgebase for articles on Sharepoint and SAP integration and found nothing. So I asked attendees at the conference “Are you interested in articles about Sharepoint and SAP integration?” I received resounding affirmatives and vigorous head nods. Now if only I could find someone who could share their experience with me…
What do you think? Should I keep up my rigorous Sharepoint research or am I wasting my time? What kind of payroll information out there is missing? Even if you’re not a subscriber, I think this is worth a discussion – everyone would benefit from reading other users’ perspectives on these subjects.