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Professional Workflow in SharePoint® 2010: Real World Business Workflow Solutions by Udayakumar Ethirajulu, Paul J. Galvin

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Chapter 3

HR On-Boarding

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Your first real-world workflow solution
  • Learning about the world’s oldest business pattern - CRUD
  • Creating tasks
  • Using workflow parameters

Nothing is more frustrating to a company and its new employees (or contractors) than showing up to for the first big day at work just to get stuck at the front door sitting around for hours and twiddling thumbs while people figure out what to do. How many times have you seen this happen? Probably too many times to count. This kind of future event is not hard to understand conceptually, and everyone agrees that it’s important to execute properly. Yet, something manages to go wrong with frustrating regularity. If you’ve left a new hire cooling her heels in the lobby while people scramble to locate a desk, you’re not alone.

The HR on-boarding process provides you with an opportunity to solve this easily preventable problem using some automation via workflow and exception management via dashboards. Workflow can ensure that everyone knows what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it. Dashboards enable the HR managers to follow up and actively manage the process when needed. This way, when new employees walk up to the door, they can not only go straight to their desk, but also be assured that they have a network ID set up, a waiting laptop, new employee orientation scheduled, and so on.

This is the first hands-on chapter of the book, which covers certain steps in greater detail ...

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