Author Archives: darinries

Big-dog Mercer twitches


I remember a friend that had a few big lazy dogs that spent most of their days sleeping on the front porch.  If you just glanced at them, they didn’t seem to move much. But, if you watched them for … Continue reading

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Finding the BAM! in your LMS


I admit it, my tip for reducing capital expenses in my posting ‘Kicking the Monkey‘ wasn’t very glamorous.   But that’s OK, life in the trench isn’t glamorous.  It’s muddy down here, and if you have to be looking for ways … Continue reading

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Alphabet Soup


Two members of my team recently earned their CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) certification.  They studied hard, went to classes and sat for the exam.  They were both thrilled to learn that they passed and can now order their new business … Continue reading

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Kicking the Monkey


10%.  That’s my goal – to reduce my annual HRIS by 10%.  Sure, I could just opt to let 10% of my staff go, but what’s that going to earn me – a short-term savings that will result in more … Continue reading

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When Self-Service isn’t


It happens every year, somewhere around the time employees get there W-2’s.  The call comes in, “I moved back in May and forgot to update my tax information. Can you change it and reissue the W-2?” Around here, our payroll … Continue reading

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My point exactly . . .


Steve Boese summed up my position nicely with another military metaphor in his post Tactics and Technology, pointing out how we need to adapt to technology least we get mowed down like Pickett.  Technology is rapidly changing and we need … Continue reading

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Attack of the data gremlins . . .


The other day, while at dinner, I wasn’t paying much attention to my Diet Coke, reached for it and took a big drink and almost ended up spitting lemonade across the table.  It turns out that I grabbed my son’s … Continue reading

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