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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HR Management Products

(26-50 of 172) Sorted by Most Reviews

Paypro Workforce Management

Paypro's Workforce Management solution is powered by Kronos Workforce Ready and aims to help businesses achieve greater efficiency through automation and greater visibility through real-time data. With Paypro, companies can control labor costs, manage scheduling and payroll, ensure…

ADP TotalSource

ADP TotalSource is a professional employer organization (PEO) that provides strategic HR outsourcing. It includes services and technology to manage employee benefits, payroll, compliance, risk management, safety, and recruiting. Users have access to an online portal for things like…

Key Features

  • View job history (13)
    73%
    7.3
  • View company policy documentation (13)
    72%
    7.2
  • Update personal information (13)
    63%
    6.3
Epicor HCM

Epicor HCM is a human resource management system (HRMS) and is available as on-demand software as a service (SaaS), hosted, or on-premise license. Self-service access to the HRMS is available to employees and managers.

Vibe HCM

Vibe HCM

Starting Price $0

Vibe HCM is a a personalized, social HRMS, talent management and employee collaboration suite. Specialties include: HR Technology, Systems of Engagement, Onboarding, HRIS, Compensation and Benefits, Payroll, Talent, Social, Employee Communications, Workforce Metrics, HR Service…

Sage HRMS

Sage HRMS is an HR management solution that integrates payroll, benefits, recruiting, employee self-service, and analytics capabilities.

SumTotal Talent Development

The SumTotal Core Platform (formerly elixHR) is a human resource information system (HRIS) integrable with the SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite of software: SumTotal (LMS), and the SumTotal Work workforce management and payroll system. All SumTotal software is now offered and supported…

Sage HR (formerly CakeHR)

Sage HR (formerly CakeHR) is HR software for small to medium businesses. The vendor states Sage HR is designed to be easy to use, and automates every step of the human resource process. Sage HR is designed with modular functionality to be customized for users' needs.…

Freshteam

Freshteam aims to help growing businesses attract, hire and onboard new hires, off-board exiting employees, manage employee information and time off in one place. According to the vendor key business benefits include: Freshteam helps attract top talent through various channels…

OnPay

The vendor states OnPay's payroll and HR saves business owners over 15 hours a month, and frees them up to focus on the bottom line. It's designed for people who want to spend more time running their business, and less on back-office tasks.• Run payroll in minutes• Automate all the…

FinancialForce HCM

FinancialForce acquired Vana Workforce in November 2013. and it is now called FinancialForce Human Capital Management (HCM),. The product is a suite providing HRMS, talent management and recruitment capabilities. Vana Workforce was built on the Salesforce Platform, so it is automatically…

Sapling HR

Sapling is an HR platform for mid-market companies which the vendor states helps HR teams automate workflows, support data-driven decisions and be more strategic, and is the platform of choice for InVision, OnDeck, Digital Ocean, and Coupa. With it, the vendor aims to help create…

WebHR

WebHR

Starting Price $24.99

WebHR is a Cloud based Social HR for SMEs that covers everything from Hire to Retire. WebHR is currently used by more than 8,000 companies in 171 countries. WebHR assists in managing the organization's most important asset - its Human Resource. Key features of WebHR: Native iOS,…

Built for Teams

Built for Teams is an HRIS solution that is designed for small and mid-sized businesses. The vendor’s value proposition is that their employee self-service capabilities help to offload work from valuable HR managers while giving employees direct access to important information.…

Viventium Software

Viventium Software, Inc. provides a cloud-based HCM solution that, according to the vendor, offers a remarkable user experience and design that is enjoyable, personable, and intuitive, along with analytics and actionable insight into your business. Additionally, the vendor aims to…

WorkBright

WorkBright

Starting Price $158

For businesses that are rapidly, seasonally, or just plain constantly hiring, WorkBright aims to take the cumbersome and traditionally paper-heavy process of onboarding and puts it all online. They make it possible for new employees to fill out their W4s, upload photos of licenses…

PrismHR

PrismHR is an HR software platform that enables Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and Administrative Service Organizations (ASOs) to offer their clients a technology portal as part of their HR outsourcing services. Through PrismHR, PEOs and ASOs can provide clients technology…

Rippling

Rippling

Starting Price $8

Rippling helps companies manage Payroll, Benefits, HR, and IT in one platform. It brings employee systems and data together, and helps automate busy work. The vendor states that, for example, that with onboarding, Rippling users can just click a button and in 90 seconds set up…

CD2 Learning

CD2 Learning is a core HR software solution built around features such as learning management, content management, social collaboration, and gamification.

UZIO

UZIO

Starting Price $4

UZIO is a SaaS-based online marketplace that provides intuitive, cloud-based HR, payroll and benefits management software and services purpose-built for these small and mid-sized businesses.UZIO Payroll is presented by the vendor as an easy-to-use, fully integrated cloud-based payroll…

BizMerlin

BizMerlin is an HR Management Solution targeted at small and medium-sized teams, allowing them to hire, onboard, manage, allocate and retain their team members. The application is cloud based and available via web browsers and native iOS and Android mobile apps. The vendor also…

Meta4 PeopleNet

Meta4 PeopleNet is an all-in-one integrated HR Solution providing Core HR with personnel administration, total talent management, compensation management with payroll, as well as workforce management (time and attendance, analytics). Meta4 is a Cegid company (acquired late 2019)…

Sage People

Sage People is a global cloud HR and People system for midsize organizations. From Skyscanner to Trustpilot, Sage People aims to empower organizations to build great workforce experiences that engage and inspire their people, reduce processes through smart automation, use actionable…

Hibob

Hibob headquartered in London their HR management platform, bob. Hibob provides a wide range of features supporting talent management including onboarding administration and task management, payroll reporting and time tracking, and manager dashboard for tracking employee performance.…

People HR

People HR (PeopleHR) in the UK, now an Access Group company (acquired November 2019) delivers an HR software administration solution for HR professionals working in small and mid-sized companies.

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, which reduces the necessary maintenance costs and in-house IT expertise for users.

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.

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.