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Best HR Management Software

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HR Management Software Overview

What is HRMS and Core HR?

Human Resource (HR) Management Software, also called Core HR, include the following:

  • Benefits administration

  • Personnel tracking

  • Payroll

These systems are also referred to as back-end HR systems since they help manage key administrative HR tasks, and are essentially the employee system of record. These core tasks are distinct from strategic HR tasks like performance management, recruiting, talent management, and learning management.

HR Software and the Emergence of HCM Suites

The dividing line between various HR software categories is blurring. Many HR management software vendors are offering adjacent capabilities in order to capture the attention being given to categories that are seen as more strategic vs. administrative.

Talent management software, for example, is focused on helping companies hire, train and keep the highest quality staff. A number of HR management software vendors are adding talent management capabilities, just as some talent management vendors are adding in back-end core HR capabilities.

Ultimate Software, Oracle, ADP, and SilkRoad all offer some combination of core HR and talent management features. Few Human Capital Management Suites provide equally strong capabilities across all areas, but convergence is an important trend.

Core HR Software Features & Capabilities

The Core HR features common to most products in this category are as follows:

Core HR / HRIS

The primary function of Human resource management software is to provide a central database containing records for all employees past and present, along with contractors. The Human Resource Information System (HRIS) is an employee master record which supplies this, a system of record for employee data.

HRIS contain data on the following:
  • Employee personal information
  • Employment history
  • Job profiles
  • Workflow for transfers
  • Promotions
  • Pay raises
  • Benefits information, etc.

Payroll Management

Payroll management capabilities provide for the following:
  • Calculation of employee pay and benefits
  • Managing direct deposit
  • Salary revisions
  • Payroll tracking

Leave and Attendance Management

Leave and attendance management streamlines communication between HR and employees, and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including:
  • Requisitions
  • Approvals
  • Balance calculation
  • Annual carry-forward

Employee Self-Service

Provision of an employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information. This removes a considerable administrative burden from HR staff.

Asset Management

Some human resource management software has the ability to keep a record of assets issued to employees such as:
  • laptops
  • pagers
  • cell phones, etc.
The record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

Reporting

HR reporting has come to be seen as more important than ever as HR data is now seen as strategic to the running of any business. Some vendors build their own reporting capabilities, while others partner with BI vendors to embed 3rd-party functionality.

HR Management Software Comparison

To compare different HR management systems, you will likely want to consider these facets of the software:

  1. Target Size: Many HR management systems are tailored to specific company sizes. For instance, some vendors focus on SMBs, while others tailor their HR management software to enterprises. Look for a product with proven users in your size range, as well as a demonstrated ability to scale up if you want to accommodate future growth.

  2. Core HR vs. Strategic functions: Many HR management systems have expanded to include strategic HR functions, like talent management, in addition to the core HR processes of payroll, personnel tracking, and employee recordkeeping. However, not all HR management vendors have expanded, or expanded to the same breadth, as the large HCMs. You may also not need to use, or pay for, all of the strategic HR functions if they’re not relevant to your industry or size.

  3. Reporting: Reporting is an increasingly standard aspect of many HR professionals’ lives, and it’s frequently one of the lowest-rated features across HR management systems. Feature ratings can give some indication of a product’s reporting capabilities in general. Reviews can also contextualize whether a product’s strengths or weaknesses in reporting comes from its customizability, exportability, or visualizations, so you can focus on the reporting aspects most relevant to you.

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British company BrightHR offers a human resources platform which helps replace paper documents with edocuments and contains features for managing employee scheduling and ROTA, sick leave and tardiness, vacation and holiday shift planning, as well as providing employment law legal advice.

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Breathe in Horsham provides that their HR software is designed to be used effectively by people with no prior experience of HR from day one, and provides ongoing training and support as part of monthly subscriptions to help customers make the most of their software.

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MYOB PayGlobal is a human capital management (HCM) suite with integrated payroll module available to businesses in Australia and New Zealand, from MYOB in Melbourne.

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BerniePortal is an online all-in-one HR platform that helps small and medium-sized employers solve the transactional challenges of HR with software and the strategic challenges of healthcare with a trusted advisor. BerniePortal handles applicant tracking, onboarding, PTO tracking, time and attendanc…

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Arcoro in Calabasas offers what they describe as a comprehensive Core HR module for high compliance industries, to keep central HR recordkeeping and essential compliance documents in order—laying a solid foundation for orderly HR operations, from benefits management to time tracking and payroll. A…

Infor CloudSuite HCM's cloud-based human capital management software solutions replaces complex processes, workflows, and systems with sophisticated, yet intuitive technology, allowing HR professionals to deliver streamlined workforce processes. The suite evolves from Infor's acquisition Lawson Sof…

TrustRadius Top Rated for 2019

2019 Top Rated HR Management Software

There are plenty of options out there, but here's our shortlist of the best HR Management Software. These products won a Top Rated award for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings. The list is based purely on reviews; there is no paid placement, and analyst opinions do not influence the rankings. To qualify, a product must have 10 or more recent reviews and a trScore of 7.5 or higher, indicating above-average satisfaction for business technology. The products with the highest trScores appear first on the list. Read more about the Top Rated criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is HR Management software?

HR management software is a core record of employee data to support payroll, benefits administration, and employee tracking. It commonly includes strategic HR functions, such as talent management and recruiting. Check out more information about core HR management software here.

What is Cloud HR software?

HR management software is increasingly deployed in the cloud instead of on-premise, lowering costs for users.

How much does HR software cost?

HR management software’s cost varies dramatically by the scope of the product, as well as the range of features in the software. Most products are priced per-employee/month or year, and can range from $10/employee/month upwards.

What is an HRIS?

HRIS is short for Human Resources Information System, which is a type of HR software database. These systems help HR departments enter, store, and track employee information over time. Read this article for advice on how to pick the best HRIS system for your business.