GM launches world's largest employee portal

Living up to its promise made almost a year ago to the day, General Motors Corp. (GM) announced on Monday the launch of the world's largest employee Intranet site, called mySocrates.

Last year GM at a joint press conference with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced that it would offer inexpensive Internet access to its more than 180,000 hourly and salaried employees in the United States.

Worldwide, the company has more than 360,000 employees, but no date was given for offering similar services internationally.

Cable access is expected to be about US$3 per month and $5 per month for access through a set top box and television.

Leveraging the AOL connection, GM in conjunction with Workscape, will provide its employees with an electronic version of their pay stub, e-learning courses, and 401k transactions. Workscape is a human resources company that provides Web-enabled access to information using a self-service interface.

The site will enhance the company's communications capability with its employees and will help build employee loyalty, according to GM officials.

At the time of the announcement last year, GM execs also said that giving its employees more computer time at home helped the company reduce the amount of time needed to train employees on new computer systems and applications.

The rollout to all 180,000 employees which started on Oct. 22 will be complete by mid-December.

Included on the mySocrates site will be a hot link to the UAW site.

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