The New Wave of HR Software: Major Players and Why They Rule

Business.com / HR Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

It’s all in the name of growing the business and making it work. When it comes to human resources (HR), there’s a lot to think about.

Startups and small businesses are known for hitting that sweet spot between efficient and effective.

Everyone has multiple roles, works on every project and can be tasked with something they’ve never even tried before.

It’s all in the name of growing the business and making it work.

When it comes to human resources (HR), there’s a lot to think about:

  • Payroll and compensation
  • Time and attendance tracking
  • Performance assessment
  • Employee onboarding
  • Benefits enrollment
  • New employee recruitment

The list goes on. Often, the owners, management and current employees of a company have little or no experience in any of this, and it can be overwhelming to add the HR list to the already monumental list of things to do on a day-to-day basis.

In the current climate of small businesses, the way to stay on top of the growing need for human resources is with specialized HR software.

HR software is becoming more prevalent and is forecast to be a $9.2 billion market by 2020. According to a survey done by a division of Deloitte, more than half of businesses are projecting that they’ll make an HR software purchase within the next 18 months.

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Integrating HR Software Into Your Business

Human Resources Management Systems (HRMs), or Human Resources Information Systems (HRIs), are designed to streamline processes typically managed by human resources departments. Having a centralized human resources solution will help you run your business more efficiently, and eventually grow it easily and efficiently too.

Managing a workforce is a huge task, and human resources specialists have a lot on their plates. Fifty-nine percent of executives believe that the biggest challenge, when it comes to HR, is of retaining and rewarding good employees, while the runner-up—also at more than 50 percent—was cultivating those employees into leaders and management. HR systems can help manage these tasks.

There are three main types of HR software:

  • Core HR Solutions: Often used by companies and businesses that don’t have a dedicated HR team, these systems can automate everything from payroll and benefits administration to time tracking and labor reports and basic record keeping. These systems take care of the main administrative aspects of managing a workforce, and can be a major time saver for a manager or HR generalist that already has a lot on his or her plate.
  • Strategic HR Solutions: Specific to one area of human resources, these solutions are designed to help a small team function more efficiently. This kind of software targets the specific day-to-day needs of a specialist to maximize the use of hours in a day. The most common of strategic HR solutions is the talent management solution, which is designed to recruit, develop and retain great employees. In the heavily technology-based world, these systems can help HR teams recruit via social media, track digital applications and analyze their efforts.
  • Integrated HR Solutions: Encompassing a wide range of human resources tasks, these solutions are highly customizable to a company’s and HR team’s individual needs. Depending on what your business is, as it grows, it will need a system to grow and adapt with it. Integrated HR solutions will often provide end-to-end functionality that runs the gamut of HR needs, incorporating budgets, calendars and performance evaluations on top of core HR processes.

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It’s Not Just QuickBooks Anymore

With the surge of technology, there are more human resources SaaS (Software as a Service) options to choose from than ever before. There are a ton of amazing platforms out there, and these are just a few:

  • Namely: Namely is an end-to-end HR platform that can manage payroll, benefits, hiring, time and attendance, and performance evaluations. Namely works well for growing companies, and is totally customizable, allowing your business to grow with the support of the same platform year over year.
  • BambooHR:BambooHR is a talent-management solution that allows small businesses to track their applicants, current employees and retention rate with ease, and in a way that’s scalable as the business grows. BambooHR is also easily integrated into other HR systems, allowing you to create your own ideal system.
  • Jazz: Jazz provides businesses with an applicant tracking system for all sizes and industries. Jazz allows recruiters to make the most of digital recruiting by integrating with more than 30 job boards online and provides user and applicant analysis to track progress and processes.
  • Cezanne HR: This is an integrated HR suite that offers functionalities to manage records of all kinds. From payroll to performance to applications to sharing company news, Cezanne has it all and is easily accessible to businesses of all kinds.
  • SumHR: SumHR focuses on core HR processes and is great for startups and small businesses. Its simple user interface offers the user capabilities to track attendance, payroll and time off, with an employee self-service hub, and the ability to customize based on individual business needs.

There are myriad challenges to running a business, and human resources is just one thing under an umbrella of responsibilities and goals that executives face every day. Under the smaller umbrella of human resources sit various pain points that plague businesses of all sizes—not just small businesses and startups.

Implementing the use of HR software can be invaluable to your company. It’s all about finding the right software for your needs and the needs of your team.

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