A Chat with Gregory Thomas, Project Manager
There is a certain thrill that is experienced once you’ve gone live with MyHR+. It’s exciting, but arduous; a time that promises a world of HR possibilities. While it is a huge leap from manual to automated operations, in the end it is worth it. MyHR+ delivers on efficiency, security and high productivity at every level.
All public sector workers can and should look forward to going live. Currently, the project has been successful in getting 10 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to go live with phase one, which includes HR and payroll functions.
Gregory Thomas, Project Manager, describes the process of getting the first set of MDAs to go live as evolving, flexible and most definitely a time that required quite a bit of determination. The success of MyHR+ thus far, has been magnified by the overwhelmingly positive responses from its current users.
“Reception has been very good overall; one user described the system as the ‘best thing since sliced bread’,” said Thomas. “Initially there were fears, but over time the staff realized that it was their system to use and would help them to improve efficiencies and provide better delivery of HR services.”
The success has come with the inevitable challenges. Getting MDAs on the system took some hard work. The payroll staff were put in the position of taking on extra work while still carrying out their day-to-day functions in their organisations. Whether it was doing two months of running parallels on MyHR+ or completing hours of tedious data entry, the employees have played a great role in the implementation of the system.
“My experience is that every system implementation has its challenges, in our case trying to get every MDA to conform to a standard set of rules has been difficult, but in most cases we have succeeded,” Thomas said.
Thomas commented further on changes to the initial roll-out plan which has cause some delays but the team will be adopting a more agile approach in order to address these challenges.