The Dawning of the "Eco-Conscious" HR Department

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CheckPoint HR releases top five steps to establish an eco-conscious business environment, starting with a movement towards a paperless HR department.

CheckPoint HR is encouraging HR departments everywhere to 'go green' by reducing dependency on paper documents

CheckPoint HR, an innovator and leading Administrative Service Organization (ASO) that offers mid-size organizations an integrated Human Resource Management System (HRMS) for payroll services, human resources, and benefits administration, today released its top five steps to establish an eco-conscious business environment, starting with a movement towards a paperless HR department.

The eco-conscious "green" movement encourages employers to reassess business methods to reduce office waste and decrease energy emissions. According to The State of the Paper Industry, a 2007 report by the Environmental Paper Network, if the United States cut office paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road. By reevaluating paper usage, an organization can simultaneously benefit from cost-savings of supplies and labor while helping the environment.

In a typical HR department requesting forms, submitting changes and receiving approvals can now be easily addressed through offering a web-based Employee Self-Service program. Using a HRMS portal, employees and managers can view the following; W-2 forms, pay stubs, company handbooks, benefit enrollment choices, PTO requests, professional licenses & certifications and H1B visa expiration dates. HR technology tools such as those from CheckPoint HR offer clients the opportunity to create a paperless office environment that is taking HR functions into a new frontier of operational efficiencies.

The following simple steps can make any HR department more eco-friendly:
1.    Sign up for direct deposit and eliminate the printed pay stub and payroll reports. With an online portal such as CheckPoint HR's human resources management system, current and past paychecks can be viewed at any time, anywhere from a Web browser. Data is never purged and delivery fees are removed.
2.    Enroll in an online training course and eliminate lengthy training guides. Online classes also provide flexibility to engage classes at the convenience of the employee.
3.    HR executives can provide employees the capability to view and update information electronically such as personal data, licenses and certifications, benefits changes and PTO, eliminating the paper trail.
4.    Employers can use the Web-based platform to alert employees of updated corporate policies, vacation schedules, new hires, birthdays and more.
5.    Upload all company specific documents, including your company handbook, W4 form, 1-9, and any internal documents for effortless employee accessibility.

"Cortel has embraced CheckPoint HR's green initiative by going paperless. We are at least 50% paperless, at present, have NO pay stubs or payroll reports, post all employee reviews, medical & tax forms, company property & company handbook online through the HRMS portal," said Dianne Avoletta, VP Administration, Cortel. "Additionally, our company newsletter is posted through the portal on our home page bi-weekly. Cortel could not imagine operating our HR department without the tools CheckPoint HR has provided."

"CheckPoint HR is encouraging HR departments everywhere to 'go green' by reducing dependency on paper documents," said Tim Padva, President CheckPoint HR. "With a Web-based application to automate human resource administration, much of the traditional office waste is removed; diminishing harmful effects to the environment and while saving companies money in the long run."

About CheckPoint HR:
Since 2001, CheckPoint HR, based in Edison, New Jersey, has helped mid-size organizations automate all aspects of their human resource operations. As a leading Administrative Service Organization (ASO), CheckPoint HR's innovative Web-based Human Resource Management System (HRMS) technology platform and payroll services offer an affordable, comprehensive solution to manage payroll and benefits administration, as well as other business-critical human resources processes. This allows mid-market organizations to deliver world-class services to its employees, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiencies. Clients include such names as The American Stock Exchange (AMEX), The Applied Companies, Croda, Inc., Flemington Family of Dealerships, Hamon USA, Kyowa Pharmaceutical, Nickelodeon Hotels, Quintum Technologies, and Starwood Capital. Further completing its HR management solutions, CheckPoint HR boasts one of the largest insurance agencies in the Northeast through The Wilshire Group, its benefits affiliate that offers its customers benefits procurement backed by a sales team of licensed insurance brokers. In November 2007, The Wilshire Group launched the BENeLERTâ„¢ Process, a 180-day proven practice to help clients identify the best rates and plans for their insurance needs. For more information on CheckPoint HR, please visit http://www.CheckPointHR.com or call 800.385.0331.

Copyright © 2008 CheckPoint HR, LLC. All rights reserved.

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