Ever get asked the question, ‘What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?’ Lots of people say get coffee. Well something’s brewing in HR Shared Services as more and more professionals are taking their coffee and then turning to their personalized online portal first thing in the morning. These sites have become the place people turn to for company news, events and other updates on the organization’s activities, as well as their own careers…
There are many health benefits to your morning coffee, just as there many career benefits to one’s morning personalized portal perusal. According to WebMD, coffee helps counter risk factors for heart attack, stroke and diabetes; and contains antioxidants for healthy tissue as well as the nutrients magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose). In type 2 diabetes, the body loses its ability to use insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively.
The Institute for Employment Studies says that HR Shared Services are becoming increasingly common as a method for organizations to deliver efficient HR services to their employees, or ‘customers’ as they’re referred to in this case. Technology can be leveraged to offer user-friendly shared services that are more professional, consistent, accurate and timely.
Personalized Portals provide the dashboard or interface for individuals to access their company’s HR information; as well as myriad methods to respond to, and initiate, communications across the organization. These portals offer the ability to deliver data uniquely tailored to the individual accessing their information. Self-service portals enable a highly-personalized experience to a firm’s employees; one where they see information, content and tools pertinent only to their unique role in the company. Ongoing engagement of this kind is efficient, productive and increases employee satisfaction by giving them the tools and information they need to more effectively communicate with HR and management – and do their jobs.
Of course, the caffeine in coffee helps a great many people do their jobs and get through their days as well. Here are 26 Surprising Facts about Coffee from the folks at Good Housekeeping which will, as they say, ‘perk up your day!’ It was astounding to find out that coffee is the second most traded commodity on the planet (after oil) for example. Enjoy!