Three Reasons to Upgrade Your HR System

October 6, 2016
Upgrade Your HR System

If you’ve never thought of looking at the HR software market because you already have an HR system in place, then you might be missing out on massive benefits to your business. Technology has come a long way in the last few years, and what might have seemed impressive in the early 2000’s may not necessarily cut the mustard any more.

Of course, your HR software provider might have evolved and adapted with the times, but at the same time, they might not have. So here are three things you should look out for – and if your current setup is missing any of this functionality, then you might want to consider taking a fresh look at the HR software market.

Why Upgrade Your HR Systems?

Here are three features to check for in your existing HR software setup. If any of them are missing, you might want to consider upgrading your HR systems.

1. Self Service

Self service is a fantastic feature in two ways. Firstly, it empowers your staff. Secondly, it streamlines a lot of your processes by either delegating or completely cutting out fiddly administrative tasks.

So what is self service? Self service is a feature that lets your employees access your company’s HR system and interact with it. The features available to your employees may differ depending on your provider, but as a guideline, they should let your staff:

– View and amend their personal details and contact information

– Request holidays and check for holiday approvals

– Interact with their managers to complete appraisals and performance reviews

Self service was less popular a few years ago, and it was more common for HR systems to have one central administrator. These days, the ability to control specific levels of access for different users makes self service not just a secure and viable option, but an option that actually helps your business grow.

2. Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

HR systems were once designed mostly to manage employee records. Basically, they were little more than glorified spreadsheets.

Most modern HR systems will now let you submit vacancy advertisements, receive applications, track applicants, and even hire or reject candidates. This is done through a feature called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), and if you are hiring people on a regular basis, you should look to use an HR system that includes this feature.

If you are already using a standalone Applicant Tracking System, then you could really save yourself a lot of headache by finding an HR system that gives you both a way to manage existing employees, as well as a way to manage your vacancies and applications.

3. Flexible Working (Work From Anywhere

Once upon a time, HR systems were big bulky packages that required installing and deploying on your company’s corporate computer network. This meant you could only access your HR system if you were physically in your office.

In a modern age of mobile technology, we are seeing a massive uptick in flexible and remote working. Finding an HR system that facilitates this is key to growing your business, which is why many modern HR software providers now make their services accessible via The Cloud.

Are you still having to log into your desktop computer in order to access your company’s HR system? Find an HR system that lets you work from anywhere, any time and on any device.

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