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January 28, 2011 > Book Review: 100 Things You Should Know About HR Management with SAP

Book Review: 100 Things You Should Know About HR Management with SAP

Written by Ajay Jain Bhutoria and Cameron Lewis

Reviewed by Meenu Gupta

Human resources (HR) management is critical for any business to succeed. Fremont resident and President of Global Business Consulting Services Ajay Jain Bhutoria and Cameron Lewis, who works as Director of HR at Cadence Design Systems and lives in Tracy, share their years of experience in HR in this book. Almost the entire book consists of figures and photos illustrating over 100 tips to increase productivity, save time, and improve the overall ease-of-use of SAP ERP HCM. SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) is a global, integrated human resources management solution that helps executives, human resources professionals, and line of business (LOB) leads to hire talent; manage, cultivate, and reward employees; and align employee goals with business objectives.

100 Things is broken down into 12 parts with relevant tips and tricks based on best practices and most useful information to maximize time and make any job easier for a HR professional.

The first part tackles tips for effective personnel administration. In this challenging economy, time and money saving strategies like fast entry, quick search functionalities, and HR info types help manage the daily tasks using SAP.

Organizational management is discussed with an effective plan to execute numerous HR related processes in a company. Hiring to retiring, tips on processes for payroll, time management, benefits, compensation, and recruiting are discussed at length to help cut organization costs. 100 Things is designed to support users to administer Global HR Processes covering Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

A section on payroll provides a comprehensive overview of completing payroll administration effectively. Topics include deleting old payroll processes, auditing payroll, and inserting custom messages in employee pay stubs. Each subject is touched on briefly, with a comprehensive overview of HR issues being the final result.

One of the most useful aspects of 100 Things is that it is divided into sections providing a bird's eye view of HR issues. From the hiring process forward, each section includes information on legal guidelines, helping employers manage their employees legally. For example, in one section, the author outlines prohibited areas of pre-employment questioning. In another, the need for employees to sign an acknowledgement stating they have read the employee handbook is explained.

Another useful aspect of 100 Things is SAP E-Recruiting to help a company optimize the entire staffing process, for instance, by conducting efficient background checks. The appraisal systems component helps with performance management.

A step-by-step approach with examples provides a comprehensive outlook to streamline time management processes and data administration. Overall, this HR Book is an excellent resource designed to help employers hire and manage their employees well.

Cameron Lewis (Galileo Press), 2010
298 pages
Trade paperback, $49.95

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