By Brittany Llorente
Media Marketing Associate
My background is journalism.
It might be because of the incredible amount of “news outlets” available and my inherent skepticism when reading anything online, but anything I read is doubted until I’ve read it on a few more outlets and the information is compared.
Now, not everyone has this much care when it comes to sharing information. I do not think I can say this enough: Be the skeptic.
I do not think I can say this enough: Be the skeptic.
How does this relate to the payroll and HR world? Knowing where to go for the right information can be crucial. Here are some tips for what to do when traversing the World Wide Web for information. I read many articles online and I have stumbled upon some doozies. It made me think, “What if someone read this and took it seriously?”
See if the article is attributed
If you’re looking at an article that references a statistic or even a new law, be sure that the article links to the source that it received that information on. The article may reference the website but not the direct link. Do a little research and read from the original source as well.
Make sure it is a trusted website
There are many websites offering up information out there. When looking for information, make sure the website is accredited and not satirical. Wikipedia, while a wealth of information, is not a trusted source of information since it can be altered and edited at any time. If you’re looking for a government website, look for the .gov in the website name. If you were looking for information on a new tax law, where should you look? IRS.gov or your local state, county, or city government website.
If you see something on one outlet, be sure to go to another outlet to check to see if that information is referenced there as well. See whom they used as a source and check that as well. What one outlet may say and what another says depends on who is interpreting the information. For instance, a state may pass a new law on paid time off requirements for employers. The state’s government website will have information on the law. One site or writer may dislike the new law and write an article that is slanted toward influencing your opinion against it. Another site may do the opposite and slant it in a better light to convince you it’s something positive. Either way, check the original law and see how it would apply to your business.
Here is a list of websites that are known for their accuracy for information on MSDynGP, payroll, HR, and taxes.
IRS – www.irs.gov
Microsoft Dynamics – Community.dynamics.com
GPUG.com (and affiliated UGs – AXUG, NAVUG, etc.) – www.gpug.com
American Payroll Association – www.americanpayroll.org
Society of Human Resource Management – www.shrm.org
I hope this helps with your future information searches.