Lately, we have been thinking of setting up a HR portal for our staff at the riverine community legal center. This sort of portal is becoming necessary as the number of staff members grows, and as our operations become more and more complex.
The sort of HR portal we have in mind should work along the same lines as greatpeople.me. It should be a portal where our staff members can log in to check their pay statements, their work schedules, their benefits information… and so on. We are even thinking of having a HR portal that our employees can use for official correspondence. If we can manage to have the HR portal having the functionality to support official correspondence then it would, for all purposes and intends, be a collaborative workspace. And that would be important, because much of our work doesn’t take place in the office, but rather, out in the field. Our officers are always out there, in the field. We therefore can’t have a conventional system for them to clock in and out like normal office workers. But we can have them use a collaborative workspace to coordinate operations out there in the field.
There are some companies that sell these sort of (ready-made) HR applications, and we are considering giving a contract to one such firm, to sell us a ready-made application. The concern we have here is whether the sort of (ready-made) HR portal application we can get from such vendors would cater for our unique needs.
Another option we are exploring is that of getting the HR portal to be developed in-house. We can engage a software developer to create the portal for us in-house, rather than buying a ready-made solution from one of the vendors who sell such solutions. Personally I am in favor of having the HR portal developed in-house. That way, we can have it tailor-made to our specific needs as an organization.