1 FIDELITY WORKPLACE SERVICES SM HR AND BENEFITS: T HE N E X T O U T S O U R C I N G WAV E A Study of Finance, Human Resource, and Benefits Decision Makers Among Large Companies HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT T ABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary...1 The Current State of Outsourcing...2 Methodology...2 What Motivates Companies to Outsource?...4 Outsourcing Is Seen as a Good Investment...8 Outsourcing Delivers Enhanced Control...11 Outsourcing Leads to a Shift in Responsibilities...14 Conclusion...18 FIGURES: Figure 1: Companies outsourcing HR/benefits functions...3 Figure 2: Motivators to outsource and benefits currently realized...4 Figure 3: Percentage of respondents agreeing with various aspects of outsourcing s value...5 Figure 4: How decision makers perceive the benefits resulting from outsourcing...6 Figure 5: How decision makers rate the return on their outsourcing relationship...8 Figure 6: Companies measuring return on investment (ROI)...9 Figure 7: Change in control resulting from outsourcing...12 Figure 8: Satisfaction with outsourcing implementation...15 Figure 9: Satisfaction with company-wide employee communication...15 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In a business and economic climate that challenges corporate America to analyze the return on each and every investment, the outsourcing of certain non-mission-critical activities to external vendors is no longer just a novel idea. Indeed, outsourcing major components of corporate information technology programs has been under way for many years as organizations have turned to outside vendors to provide the systems and expertise needed to operate the IT function. Similarly, given the escalating costs of building the systems and infrastructure to fully administer corporate human resources and benefits programs, HR/benefits is quickly becoming the next major wave of outsourcing. A recent study of finance executives and HR/benefits decision makers at 190 large companies, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, reveals that HR/benefits outsourcing is an evolving phenomenon that is already paying dividends for many organizations. Companies outsourcing their HR/benefits functions report a consistently strong level of satisfaction that increases as the time of the outsourcing relationship lengthens. The study identifies some common reasons companies decide to outsource. Cost reduction was the most commonly cited motivation, but the study also finds that, over time, companies realize a number of other benefits from HR/benefits outsourcing. Executives surveyed say they found value in the access their companies gain to vendors expertise and currency in HR/benefits issues, reduced compliance burdens, and enhanced levels of employee service. Most executives say they view HR/benefits outsourcing as a good investment, based upon the expertise and expanded capabilities it provides compared with the cost of developing similar capacities internally. The study also finds that HR/benefits managers gain greater control of most of their plan management and administrative operations through outsourcing. This increased control is achieved through improved accuracy and timeliness in processing and reporting, as well as more consistent and convenient delivery of service to employees. Among other findings, the study reveals the importance of selecting the right outsourcing partner, especially in terms of shared organizational values and the vendor s ability to provide a comprehensive range of solutions. FEBRUARY 2003
2 THE CURRENT STATE OF OUTSOURCING Outsourcing is gaining acceptance in corporate America For most large companies, the question is no longer about whether they should outsource. Of 264 large companies that initially responded to the invitation to participate in the study, 190 of them (72%) report that they currently outsource at least one HR/benefits function. Among this group of respondents, almost all say that they outsource at least part of the administration of their defined contribution (DC) plans (86%) and health and welfare plans (91%), and that they have been doing so for an average of nine years. Large numbers of respondents say they also outsource, either fully or partially, a variety of other HR/benefits functions, including defined benefit (DB) plans (61%), payroll administration (40%), and recruitment and full-time staffing needs (40%). The newest trends in outsourcing are in the areas of alternative compensation programs (66%), such as stock plans, stock options and other executive compensation packages, and temporary staffing (60%). The study finds that the outsourcing of these functions has been in place for an average of only four to five years. 2 METHODOLOGY The Fidelity-sponsored study, HR and Benefits: The Next Outsourcing Wave, was conducted during the late fall of 2002 by Evanston, Illinois based Richard Day Research, Inc. (RDR). RDR conducted the study among finance executives and HR/benefits decision makers at companies with 5,000 or more employees. After the firm conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with individual decision makers at 12 companies to gain insight into key issues affecting HR/benefits outsourcing, RDR selected 202 respondents from 190 companies that currently outsource to complete the quantitative portion of the study. Clients of Fidelity Employer Services Company made up 27% of the respondents. Of the participating companies: 48% had 10,000 or more employees 54% had revenues of more than $1 billion A variety of industries were reflected, including manufacturing, services, retail and wholesale trade, and financial services Of the respondents: 85% had sole or shared decision-making authority for outsourcing decisions; the balance had direct influence 44% were either at the senior executive level (26%) defined as CFO, COO, treasurer, controller, or executive or senior vice president or at the vice president level (18%) 27% were at the director or assistant vice president level The source for all charts within this report is the Fidelity-sponsored study, HR and Benefits: The Next Outsourcing Wave, which was conducted during the late fall of 2002 by Evanston, Illinois based Richard Day Research, Inc. (RDR).
3 OUTSOURCING IS GAINING ACCEPTANCE IN CORPORATE AMERICA Figure 1: Companies outsourcing HR/benefits functions (n=190) Fully Partially Not at all/not sure Defined contribution (DC) plan administration 53% 33% 14% Median years of outsourcing 9 Health and other insurance administration 30% 61% 9% 9 Defined benefit (DB) plan administration 22% 39% 39% 7 Temporary staffing 25% 35% 40% 5 Alternative compensation programs 10% 56% 34% 4 Payroll administration 12% 28% 60% 5 Education/training 2% 53% 45% 6 Recruiting and full-time staffing 2% 38% 60% 8 Personnel administration, including HRIS 3% 21% 76% 4 3 Satisfaction with outsourcing is extremely high, and the longer the outsourcing relationship exists, the higher the level of satisfaction Nearly all respondents (93%) report that they are satisfied with their outsourcing experiences, with more than one in four (29%) saying that they are very satisfied. Relative newcomers to outsourcing (those with one to five years experience) are slightly less satisfied, although only one in 10 respondents express any level of dissatisfaction. The study demonstrates that over time, as difficulties are addressed, satisfaction levels improve. Of veteran outsourcers (six or more years experience), only 3% express any level of dissatisfaction. Similarly, more than four out of five decision makers (87%) say that outsourcing either met or exceeded their expectations. But again, the study shows that time makes a difference: The newest outsourcers were more likely to express disappointment, with 23% saying that outsourcing fell short of their expectations, but only one-third as many veteran outsourcers (8%) say that it had not met expectations. HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
4 WHAT MOTIVATES COMPANIES TO OUTSOURCE? Pressures place challenges on HR/benefits executives and managers Maintaining high levels of HR/benefits service is essential for companies to help maximize the value of their benefits programs. However, executives say there are many pressures that place challenges on their ability to deliver that high-level service and expertise. 4 Four of five study respondents overall (84%) say that lowering costs and/or improving efficiency are major pressures facing their HR/benefits operations in general. Other pressures associated with the HR/benefits function include ensuring regulatory compliance (78%), satisfying internal demands for accurate and timely reports (66%), and maintaining currency with new technology and systems integration issues (66%). Attracting and retaining employees (67%) also is identified as a major challenge, especially among the senior executives surveyed. Meeting service requests from employees is the least frequently mentioned pressure (51%), possibly because so many companies already have outsourced that function. MOTIVATION FOR AND BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING Figure 2: Motivators to outsource and benefits currently realized Most important motivator to FIRST outsource (n=169)* Most important CURRENT benefit realized (n=202) Lower costs 30% 37% < Less important over time Vendor expertise/technology 21% 22% More/Enhanced employee service 15% 17% Reduced administrative/regulatory burden 12% 16% < More important over time Focus more on core business 9% 10% Better data 1% 3% *Only respondents with sole or shared decision making authority were asked this question.
5 THE VALUE OF OUTSOURCING Figure 3: Percentage of respondents agreeing with various aspects of outsourcing s value (n=202) Strongly Agree Agree Good value, given the capabilities and expertise 36% 56% =92% Too burdensome to provide similar capabilities in-house 44% 44% =88% Too costly to provide similar capabilities in-house 39% 47% =86% Value cannot be measured in dollars 26% 57% =83% Outsourcing isn t only about reducing costs; adding value also is a compelling motivator While respondents cite cost containment/efficiency as their biggest pressure, it is not the primary reason most companies seek or continue to outsource. Slightly more than one-third (37%) of respondents say cost reduction is the most important initial motivator for outsourcing. However, fewer than one-third (30%) cite cost reduction as the most important current benefit. As illustrated in Figure 2, this suggests that companies shift their focus over time to the other value-added benefits offered by outsourcing. Half of the sample indicate that outsourcing lets their company focus more on core competencies. Yet as few as one in 10 cite reallocation of resources as the most important reason to outsource initially or to continue doing so. The benefits of outsourcing are realized by employers and employees alike As illustrated in Figure 3, the vast majority of study respondents (92%) agree that a vendor s superior capabilities and expertise deliver significant benefits for their organization, particularly in terms of improved services and better access to information. The majority of respondents indicate that it would be too burdensome (88%) and/or too costly (86%) for their organizations to provide comparable HR/benefits capabilities internally. The study also suggests that the more HR/benefits functions a company outsources, the more likely it is to recognize these benefits, both for its employees and its internal HR/benefits organization. 5 HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
6 OUTSOURCING HAS BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES Figure 4: How decision makers perceive the benefits resulting from outsourcing (n=202) Strongly agree Agree Not sure Disagree/strongly disagree When communicating data, the ability to access/transfer employee information via the Web makes my job easier 51% 39% 6% 4% Allowing employees to view/access HR and benefits information reduces internal administrative burden 54% 36% 7% 3% Employees appreciate improved technological access to HR/benefits information 53% 34% 7% 6% Employees appreciate the services we can provide via HR/benefits outsourcing arrangements 6 29% 56% 11% 4% According to the survey results (Figure 4), about nine out of 10 respondents agree that outsourcing: Facilitates data transfers via better Web-based technology; Offers employees better technology channels to their data and benefits information (e.g., via the Internet or automated phone system), which they appreciate. Reduces administrative burden by giving employees direct, self-service access to their own HR/benefits information; and
7 LESSON LEARNED > Outsourcing provides resources and expertise to enhance employee servicing, and allows more focus on core business Insights from finance, human resource, and benefits decision makers on opportunities gained: The major (reasons to outsource) are the technology, systems, and resources that we don t have in house. It s very expensive to turn over employees. We want to be able to give them a good level of service, especially on the group health side If it costs us to outsource and offer that kind of service, then that s the price of doing business. We do it because it makes sense it s cheaper for us to buy that expertise on the outside than it is to do it in house. 7 We found it less expensive to borrow or outsource this expertise in a lot of areas, as opposed to building it in house. For instance, we have a wonderful software application, but we would really need to build out a lot of the benefit administration functionally on it. It would also mean a full-time programmer or operations person just to run it. We feel we can do it less expensively if we outsource it to an entity that is already doing it for multiple customers, who has the economy of scale. You should concentrate on those activities that are the nature and core of your business, and outsource those activities that are not revenue generating. Within a cost-effective mode, get rid of those things We ve gotten away from being involved in the transactional activity on a fairly large employee benefit plan, and we spend more time on projects that have larger payback to the corporation. HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
8 OUTSOURCING IS SEEN AS A GOOD INVESTMENT As cited earlier, reducing or controlling costs drives the initial outsourcing decision for more than one-third (37%) of the study s respondents. For many others, the issue is more complex. For them, cost control is not the sole factor driving their decision to outsource; their decisions involve the perceived longer-term benefits of outsourcing and its relative investment value. These evaluations take into consideration the technology, service capabilities, and overall expertise offered by outsourcing vendors versus the capital and staffing resources it would take to develop comparable systems and services internally.* 8 Given this significant focus on value, it is not surprising that a large majority of executives (70% to 96%, depending on function) say they consider outsourcing to have been a good investment for their organizations. This is especially true of the outsourcing of defined contribution plans, with 96% of executives saying it was a very good or somewhat good investment. The same is true for health and welfare programs, with 91% saying it was a very good or somewhat good investment, and for defined benefit plan administration, with 90% citing outsourcing as a very good or somewhat good investment. *The majority of companies (about 60%) that conducted a formal cost/benefit analysis prior to outsourcing said they compared the cost of outsourcing with the cost of developing similar capabilities internally. The study also reveals that investment quality was especially important to top-level and senior management i.e., those dealing with more financial/strategic decisions. As shown in Figure 5, these executives are more likely to say that outsourcing is a very good investment, particularly for defined benefit plan and payroll administration. Additionally, the study suggests that the perceived value of outsourcing as a very good investment becomes clearer the longer a company outsources. VETERAN OUTSOURCERS FIND OUTSOURCING A VERY GOOD INVESTMENT Figure 5: How decision makers rate the return on their outsourcing relationship Alternative % very good investment DC H&W DB Payroll Compensation (n=149) (n=142) (n=95) (n=43) (n=55) Top level and senior management 75% 55% 55% 50% 48% Directors and managers 76% 52% 40% 26% 50% Veteran outsourcers (6+ years) 82% 58% 62% 53% 53% Newer outsourcers (1 5 years) 72% 40% 32% 32% 37%
9 NOT ALL COMPANIES MEASURE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) Figure 6: Companies measuring return on investment (ROI) Before outsourcing implementation Alternative DC H&W DB Payroll Compensation (n=138) (n=132) (n=87) (n=39) (n=52) Yes 51% 56% 41% 49% 35% No 28% 21% 28% 23% 40% Not sure 22% 23% 31% 28% 25% After outsourcing implementation Yes 18% 23% 9% 12% 12% No 70% 63% 70% 58% 69% Not sure 12% 14% 21% 30% 19% 9 But not everyone regularly measures ROI Nearly half of those surveyed say they conducted a return-on-investment (ROI) or other formal cost/benefit analysis prior to their decision to outsource. About three-quarters of these respondents say they performed these analyses internally, and onequarter of them indicate they had hired a consultant to provide an ROI analysis. Only about one in 10 asked a vendor to do such an analysis. Among companies that did not perform an ROI analysis, about one-third to one-half (depending on the function outsourced) say they chose not to do so because cost was not a critical factor in their outsourcing decision. Says one respondent to the qualitative survey, I don t think we were looking for savings; I think we were looking for efficiencies, and if savings came along with it, that was fine. The study also reveals that the true long-term cost savings of outsourcing are seldom known or measured, as less than one-third of the companies studied had done any formal analysis since implementation. Of these companies, an ROI analysis was done typically within one to two years of implementation. HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
10 LESSON LEARNED > Outsourcing is an investment that enhances service delivery without incurring dramatic increases in infrastructure expenses Insights from finance, human resource, and benefits decision makers on outsourcing returns: 10 When we are trying to reduce health care costs or looking at a potentially new medical or life vendor or retirement plan, there are people who can focus on that strategic vision versus the administration. So it helps the company to continue to progress further, spend money wisely, offer good value types of benefits things that the company can afford that ensure employees are retained. Cost wasn t our number one driver. We had a challenge before us and needed to maintain a certain level of service and make sure that our clients could be properly serviced. But in terms of the cost/benefit analysis, yes, we compared against the internal cost and what it would take [in terms of systems, programming, and facilities] to make that service happen internally Outsourcing is great. You don t have to build the internal skills and technology. I think that if you re looking for a way of providing increased services without incurring additional internal cost and maintenance of those programs, outsourcing is a good solution.
11 OUTSOURCING DELIVERS ENHANCED CONTROL Decision makers say they gain greater control by outsourcing administrative functions The majority of respondents surveyed say that for most aspects of their daily jobs they feel that outsourcing gives them enhanced control of their HR/benefits responsibilities, especially in those areas where they feel the most pressure. Of particular note, three of four (75%) say that outsourcing improves their control of regulatory and reporting requirements; 60% say they gain improved access to employee benefits data and (especially important to senior executives) more accurate and more timely HR/benefits reports; and more than half (55%) say they have more control over costs as a direct result of outsourcing. This enhanced control helps them better manage their plans and make more informed decisions. Concerns about lost control are limited and often vendor specific Very few respondents (7%) say they have lost control as a result of outsourcing. Of that number, two-thirds report that they would prefer having more control over employee service delivery and communications, and the remaining third indicate a preference for more administrative control of data, reports, and staffing. Day-to-day managers of HR/benefits operations are twice as likely to cite losing touch with employee concerns as a drawback of the outsourcing process. The small number of executives who say that outsourcing gives them less control cite problems with particular vendors as the primary source of their dissatisfaction, rather than problems with outsourcing in general. Overall, the study reveals that executives at all decision-making levels, by a margin of three to one, clearly prefer having less of an administrative burden, even if outsourcing means ceding some control to a vendor. 11 HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
12 OUTSOURCING DELIVERS ENHANCED CONTROL Figure 7: Change in control resulting from outsourcing (n=202) More able to No difference Less able to 12 Handle regulatory/ reporting requirements Access data Get accurate and timely reports Change plans/services Get accurate and timely processing Know and control costs Execute service requests Get custom ad hoc reports 75% 22% 3% 60% 25% 15% 60% 28% 12% 60% 32% 8% 56% 31% 13% 55% 29% 16% 52% 32% 16% 39% 27% 34% Note that the only area where respondents indicate that control is not enhanced is in their more limited access to custom ad hoc reports. Even so, respondents are divided on this issue, with almost as many feeling they have gained more control in this area (39%) as those who say they have less (34%).
13 LESSON LEARNED > Shifting the burden of administrative processes to a vendor gives managers a greater span of control Insights from finance, human resource, and benefits decision makers on outsourcing and control: Ultimately, if you look at your job as being still responsible, you don t lose control because you hold the other people accountable. And whether they re employees of your company or an outsourced supplier, if you look at them the same way which I personally do and hold outsourced resources accountable just like they were sitting next door as an employee, then you still have control. 13 This really puts a lot more control on your benefits being administered much more consistently, which from a compliance perspective is good. I m still responsible, I still have control. What I m giving up is hopefully just the routine, administrative burdensome tasks that go with performing it, but not the responsibility for getting it right. So, to me it s just a way of allocating resources, and managers do that all the time. HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
14 OUTSOURCING LEADS TO A SHIFT IN RESPONSIBILITIES For most decision makers, outsourcing represents a significant shift in job responsibilities, not only to more strategic activities, but also to more time spent on vendor management Four out of five respondents in the study indicate that the nature of their functional roles has changed significantly as a result of outsourcing, and that the amount of time spent on vendor management has increased as well. Most feel these changes are positive, however. For many, outsourcing frees them of the administrative burdens and day-to-day details of managing HR/benefits plans. Eighty-three percent report that this freedom allows them to add value by focusing more on strategic goals, such as managing benefits design and cost, or concentrating more effort on other initiatives to attract and retain top talent. 14 Relatively few respondents report negative experiences with the outsourcing transition Half of the respondents say they expected a shift in responsibilities from direct plan administration to vendor management. About one-third say they did not anticipate this change in their role as a result of outsourcing. Most report that once outsourcing was implemented, they received training from their vendor (and sometimes from their employer) to ease the transition. About 20% of respondents in the study say they felt additional training of HR/benefits staff and employees, as well as better internal communication provided from either vendors or their own companies, would help ease the transition to outsourcing. One in five (20%) report that the major drawbacks of outsourcing are related to the change it brings. For example, slightly more than half of these respondents state that they feel they spend too much time managing vendors, especially when it comes to vendors following through on what was promised. Another one-quarter of this group of dissatisfied respondents complain of vendors that do not represent a good fit with their company in terms of shared cultures and values or knowledge of their business. Despite the changes and adjustments that outsourcing entails, most of the decision makers surveyed say they have been satisfied with the transition and implementation processes. As shown in Figure 8, at least three out of four (77+%, depending on the function) indicate their satisfaction with implementation, including data and systems transfers, while nearly as many (72+%) state they are satisfied with the level of employee communication company wide (Figure 9), and even more (84+%) were pleased with staff communication within the outsourced unit.
15 STRONG SATISFACTION WITH OUTSOURCING IMPLEMENTATION Figure 8: Satisfaction with outsourcing implementation Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Somewhat dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DC H&W DB Payroll Alternative compensation Full-time staffing Temporary staffing Personnel and HRIS Education and training 56% 36% 8% 28% 58% 10% 4% 29% 51% 12% 8% 13% 68% 10% 9% 39% 50% 11% 31% 61% 8% 41% 47% 12% 15% 62% 15% 8% 35% 65% 15 STRONG SATISFACTION WITH EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATION Figure 9: Satisfaction with company-wide employee communication Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Somewhat dissatisfied Very dissatisfied 60% 34% 6% DC 40% 49% 10% 1% H&W 29% 56% 15% DB 24% 48% 28% Payroll 41% 48% 11% Alternative compensation 15% 70% 15% Full-time staffing 27% 60% 13% Temporary staffing 31% 61% 8% Personnel and HRIS 32% 58% 10% Education and training HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
16 LESSON LEARNED > A good cultural fit with a vendor helps ease the transition to outsourcing and is key to its long-term success Insights from finance, human resource, and benefits decision makers on provider compatibility: A third party doesn t necessarily maintain the same culture and same values as the organization because they are external. They don t necessarily know how we want things done. It s a continual challenge to get them to understand your plan, or your philosophies, or what you want done above and beyond the written [contract]. 16 At the end of the day, if you ve got the right vendor and that s the key point you ve got to have people who share your same values, a sense of urgency about resolving the employee s problem, someone with the same customer focus that these are important people with serious problems. Assuming that you have the right vendor selection and you ve got the right pricing on that contract, chances are that people that do it every day for a living are going to do it a lot better than you are.
17 LESSON LEARNED > Finding a vendor that can provide comprehensive solutions enhances the effectiveness of outsourcing Insights from finance, human resource, and benefits decision makers on provider effectiveness: I guess I would say that there is a great deal of effectiveness that can be gained by having a single source in essence, one-stop shopping for your employee population. That they can always go to a single source and get their issues addressed. And get consistent information so you don t have one pocket of employees getting one bit of information and somebody else being told something else. You re able to streamline your processes and keep them consistent. 17 One thing that you would probably want to do if you were an organization like we are is to align your retirement plans administration together, i.e., your pension and your 401(k), with the same administrator. If you can throw your health and group benefits into that equation as well, that would be helpful. Having two different ones is cumbersome; there is some connection there, but still it s cumbersome. HR/BENEFITS OUTSOURCING REPORT
18 CONCLUSION The outsourcing of HR/benefits administration is a quickly evolving trend among the country s largest companies, and their level of satisfaction with their outsourcing experiences is proving to be consistently strong. As corporate America is constantly challenged to make the most 18 efficient use of resources, corporate executives and particularly those at senior management levels view outsourcing the administration of their HR and employee benefits programs as a good financial investment, given the specialized expertise and expanded capabilities that outsourcing vendors provide. It is an investment decision that most would make again. Over time, employer satisfaction is ultimately predicated more upon the relative value that outsourcing typically brings to the fore, including enhanced service quality, access to vendor expertise and currency on HR/benefits issues, assistance with regulatory compliance, and the ability to redirect internal resources. Companies generally place less emphasis on direct measures of cost reduction over time, although cost reduction is often the reference point for many companies initial decision to outsource. Management control of administrative processes is not lost through HR/benefits outsourcing. In fact, many executives feel they achieve greater levels of control of these processes through enhanced handling of compliance issues, better data accuracy and timeliness of reports, and more consistency in service delivery. Moreover, outsourcing helps relieve staff of administrative burdens, allowing them to focus more energy on strategic, value-added activities. Finally, companies that partner with outsourcing vendors that share their cultural values and are able to provide comprehensive services for a full range of HR/benefits programs are the companies most satisfied with their overall outsourcing experience.
19 FIDELITY EMPLOYER SERVICES COMPANY Fidelity Employer Services Company provides retirement, human resources, and benefits solutions to 13 million participants through the administration of more than 11,700 retirement, pension, health and welfare, human resources administration, payroll, and stock plans. HR/Benefits Outsourcing Services The Fidelity Employer Services Company team provides comprehensive HR/benefits administration outsourcing to some of the world s most respected corporations. We provide the support leading employers need to provide their employees with an attractive benefits package, while staying true to their bottom line. For more information about this report, or Fidelity Workplace Services, SM visit us at
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I White Paper Stay in Control: The benefits of in-house payroll software How in-house payroll systems deliver long-term control and flexibility over the payroll process Table of Contents Introduction...
Service management IT service management: resetting priorities for an uncertain economy. Smarter management for a dynamic infrastructure Richard Esposito, vice president, IT strategy and architecture services,
Research Insights BRIEF The Role of Real Estate In Funding Retirement Retiree and Pre-retiree Opinions The Fidelity Research Institute is designed to advance knowledge of how proven investment theory and
China s Middle Market for Life Insurance May 2014 Sponsored by: SOA International Section SOA Marketing & Distribution Section SOA Research Expanding Boundaries Pool The opinions expressed and conclusions
Evaluating TruBridge s Accounts Receivable Management Services in Community Hospitals Contributors to Success Sponsored by TruBridge Reported by Porter Research April 2012 1 Methodology and Executive Summary:
Customer Experience as the Final Retail Frontier: Mitigating Price Factors By Delivering What Consumers Really Want in the In-store and Online Experience By: Mark Marone, PhD Developing the 21st century
Making Millions by Mining Management Competency Data How a leading financial services company harvested 360-degree feedback data to generate $1.05 million in economic value per sales executive. By Lawrence
Human Resource Models Human Resource Models What is a Human Resources (HR) Model and what role does it play in the development of a successful business? A HR Model is an organization s strategic framework
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Utility Benchmarking Programs: Effectiveness as a Conduit to Utility Energy Efficiency Programs ABSTRACT Rohit Vaidya, Nexus Market Research Arlis Reynolds, National Grid
Driving Operations through Better, Faster Decision Making Driving Operations through Better, Faster Decision Making Operations faces increasing pressure from all sides. Picky customers know that your competitors
Princeton Survey Research Associates International Fiduciary Standard Survey Overview This research study surveyed a random sample of active financial planners drawn from the three databases of the Financial
The Physician-Owned Management Services Organization By Joe Laden A Management Services Organization (MSO) is a legal entity created to provide management and administrative services to other organizations.
Explore the Possibilities Seize the Moment 2013 HR Service Delivery and Technology Survey Executive Summary Report 2 towerswatson.com Explore the Possibilities Seize the Moment Table of Contents What the
The Customer Experience: The Holy Grail of Competitive Advantage. 1 A great customer experience has emerged as the holy grail of competitive advantage. Providing a great customer experience has emerged
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Whitepaper The Missing Piece of Absence Management Turning Data into Dollars EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Liberty Mutual conducted a survey of more than 300 employers to better understand how employers address absence
Building the Digital HR Organization Accenture and SuccessFactors on the changing nature of HR More than ever, HR has to contend with changing business demands and an evolving workforce. At the same time,
01 Executive Summary At the end of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, higher education has invested, by a conservative estimate, $5 billion in administrative and enterprise resource planning
Key Trends, Issues and Best Practices in Compliance 2014 What Makes This Survey Different Research conducted by independent third party Clients and non-clients 301 executive decision makers 35 qualitative
Benefits Administration: Should You Outsource or Manage In-House? As companies consider options, Health Care Reform may impact decisions Contents Introduction 3 Findings 5 Which Areas of Benefits Administration
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Talent Management 2012 A Benchmarking Perspective A benchmarking survey from ISM, CAPS Research and Zycus identifies current talent management issues and strategies. By D. Steven Wade Table of Contents
2014 Small Business Health Care Survey FOREWORD As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to make headlines for problems with the online enrollment and ongoing delays to various aspects of the law, small
A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned By Digital River May 2014 Be Direct: Why A Direct-To- Consumer Online Channel Is Right For Your Business 1 Table Of Contents Executive Summary...2
The Issue A Publication of CFOs2Go Volume 5, Issue 2 March 2015 Growing Pains and Desktop Software Is it Time to move to the Cloud? Partners Chris Chillingworth Jess Gutierrez Doug Kennedy Ed O Dea Robert
On Outsourcing of the Family Office Chief Investment Officer Role By Robin Coady Smith, Co Founder, the Continuum Consortium & Douglas S. Rogers, CFA As this very complex topic of outsourcing of the family
Internship Guide This guide provides a roadmap for any company, no matter the size of the business or the industry. Whether you re just getting started or already have an internship program that you want
Global Trends in RPO & Talent Recruitment 2014 pam berklich The Recruiting Challenge Map Far from simply filling existing gaps as quickly and economically as possible, recruiting has become a high-stakes
Final report Investors in People Impact Assessment 2004 Final report Investors in People Impact Assessment By: Charles Michaelis Michelle McGuire Final report Contents 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY... 5 1.1 BACKGROUND...5
Controlling Expenses: Inside a Common Challenge for Business Owners Controlling business expenses is a top stressor for leaders of small and midsize companies. By understanding how other owners rein in
SUCCESSFUL DENTAL PRACTICES 9 Key Strategies of Profitable Practices (844) 433-3328 2013 Copyright Multivariable Solutions. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified
How Boards of Directors Really Feel About Cyber Security Reports Based on an Osterman Research survey Executive Summary 89% of board members said they are very involved in making cyber risk decisions Bay
HELPING YOU GET ON WITH BUSINESS We feel like Flex HR is a division of our company. They free us up to do what we do best Wendy Heath, Owner, Heath Construction HELPING YOU GET ON WITH BUSINESS A message
Let Your Call Center Customer Service Representatives be a Judge! Written and Researched By Mike Desmarais, President of SQM Group Page 1 INTRODUCTION One of the best places to start improving both customer
A M a r k e t A n a l y s i s Enterprise Service Automation: Effective Management in the New Service Economy Executive Summary The movement toward a service economy is evident in just about every market
SHRM Foundation Executive Briefing Leveraging HR Technology for Competitive Advantage Richard D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Hal G. Gueutal, Ph.D. Sponsored by ADP Effective management of a firm s human resources
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THE HR GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING HIGH-POTENTIALS What makes a high-potential? Quite possibly not what you think. The HR Guide to Identifying High-Potentials 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction If you agree people are
The Value of HR Certification Around the World Introduction In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation of the benefits of HR credentials among HR professionals. Increasing competition for HR
Welcome to today s training on how to Effectively Sell SAP ERP! In this training, you will learn how SAP ERP addresses market trends and organizations business needs. 1 After completing this lesson, you
NSBA 2015 SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH CARE SURVEY FOREWORD America s small businesses continue to face huge cost increases and struggle to navigate significant confusion and complexity with the new system. As
Improving Employee Satisfaction in Healthcare through Effective Employee Performance Management Introduction The following quotes are comments made by HR professionals from U.S. healthcare providers who
Optimizing Payroll Management Making Payroll a Strategic Part of Human Capital Management Research Report Copyright Ventana Research 2013 Do Not Redistribute Without Permission Sponsor February 2014 Ventana
Digital Innovation Series Executive Checklist to Transitioning Processes Building a Flexible Model The Digital Innovation Series traces the trends that are driving the digital-innovation imperative that
RESEARCH NOTE C61 ROI ANALYSIS YOU CAN TRUST TM The Real ROI from Cognos Business Intelligence THE BOTTOM LINE Nucleus Research independently assessed the ROI from Cognos deployments and found that business
WHITE PAPER Linux Management with Red Hat Network Satellite Server: Measuring Business Impact and ROI Sponsored by: Red Hat Tim Grieser Randy Perry October 2009 Eric Hatcher Global Headquarters: 5 Speen
Panelists: Bryn Bakoyema Daryl Chansuthus Cheri Richards Please note: The following is a direct transcription and has not been edited. Bryn Bakoyema: This is as you see here the topic is about evaluating
Activity Based Costing: How ABC is Used in the Organization September Background In July, a study was conducted among BetterManagement members to determine the state of Activity Based Costing. An on-line