Let’s face it. Managing employee leave isn’t the most glamorous aspect of HR or workforce management. But it’s certainly among the most challenging. The legal and regulatory backdrop to leave management is complex, and it varies based on factors that range from where you do business to the size of your company. You feel as if the rules are ever-changing. It’s like doing business in an amusement park fun house; it’s a challenge to keep your footing, hard to know if what you’re seeing is real, and difficult to get a firm hold on the rail to help lead you through the maze.
Are You Keeping Pace with Developments in Leave Management?
Streamlining the Data Conversion Process
*This week’s blog post is brought to you by Optis’ Senior Data Analyst, [Andy Kersh](https://www.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-kersh/22/263/743).* In a previous [blog post](http://www.optis.com/blog/data-conversion-rundown) we discussed the basics of data conversions, the various types of conversions, and how to begin the data conversion process. Once a conversion is completed for a given source of data there are many details that can and should be learned.
2015 HR Tech Outlook
This week’s post is brought to you by Optis’ Executive Vice President, [Rene Gates](https://www.linkedin.com/pub/rene-gates/6/a03/6b9). ![photo-gates_0.jpg](/sites/default/files/photo-gates_0.jpg) 2014 was a busy year for Optis’ product develop team. We rolled out a Self Service Portal for LeaveXpert®, unveiled a new platform for Optis Insights, and launched an end-to-end employee accommodations solution, ADAInteract™. While we were expanding our product roadmap for 2014, we kept a close ear to the ground on new developments in HR technology.
Industry Trends in 2012
2012 will likely be a year of change. As the economy slowly continues to recover, we’ll be evaluating our country’s leaders and making decisions that will surely impact the HR, employee benefits, and risk management professions. In addition, the technology landscape will continue to evolve and create opportunities that have never existed before.
Are Your Leave Specialist KSAOC’s Enhanced by Your HR Technology? Part II
In [part one](http://www.oci.com/blog/?p=393) of this series, we talked about how an FMLA software tool can enhance HR’s ability to perform at a high level and remain FMLA compliant. We focused on Leave of Absence Specialist KSAOC’s traits such as leadership and innovation. Today’s post continues the theme but focuses on what KSAOC’s are associated with the maximization of return-to-work (RTW) efforts and how this can be enhanced through the strategic purchase of appropriate HR technology. Let’s think about just a few of the KSAOC’s associated with effective RTW efforts.
On the Mind: Security Protocols
***“The mantra of any good security engineer is: Security is not a product, but a process. It’s more than designing strong cryptography into a system; it’s designing the entire system that all security measures, including cryptography, work together.”** - [Bruce Schneier](http://infosecphils.wordpress.com/infosec-quotes/)* At OCI, security is the most critical component of our strategic plan and company values. In fact, it is the cornerstone of the foundation of OCI. As employees, information security policies and procedures are incorporated into every aspect of our daily activities.