The 20 Best HR Software Programmes on the Market

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As businesses move steadfastly into the digital age, so too must the processes and resources that they depend upon. And nowhere is this more evident than in human resources, where companies select, hire and manage their most precious commodity: people.

With so many options to choose from, though, and everybody claiming to be the top player in the market, it can be difficult to select the right one. Therefore, we’ve compiled a handy list to help you out.

So, whether you’re a brand-new startup that’s fresh on the block or an established all-singing, all-dancing enterprise, alert your HR department – this is the best HR software in the world…

1. People HR

Focused on simplicity, People HR automates the majority of day-to-day HR functions, allowing management to finetune only what is important; this is supported by a wide range of optional extras that make for a more customised experience. People HR is supported across several devices, including Windows, iOS and Android – all you need is a browser to run it on.

2. BambooHR

A winner of several industry awards, the beauty of BambooHR lies in the more subtle touches, such as the timesaving e-signature function and a redesigned onboarding system. As well as offering the standard Human Capital Management (HCM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) features, BambooHR also provides neat add-ons, such as a streamlined employee appraisal tool that makes a potentially time-consuming task far easier.

3. Freshteam

Freshteam is an applicant tracking system that covers every blade of grass on the hiring field. From encouraging engagement with candidates to allowing closer collaboration with those in charge of making recruitment decisions, FreshTeam has it all. It also boasts a handy applicant database feature for future hiring decisions, as well as data analytics tools to ensure you secure the right candidate.

4. Gusto

Although on the slightly more pricey side, Gusto attempts to bring payroll, benefits and HR into one convenient package. It aims to do this by keeping the whole process in sync. As a result, Gusto is ideal for small companies who want to track everything easily; the user-friendly software interface will also appeal to those who want to keep things simple.

5. Trakstar

Trakstar is designed primarily for performance review and employee evaluation – handy for businesses who like to constantly give their personnel feedback. This includes the option to provide real-time commentary on a worker’s performance, as well as a neat SMART goals package that enables individual targets to be aligned with wider strategic objectives.

6. Zoho People

Zoho is responsible for the development of a number of active software programmes, and their latest HRM offering covers a variety of standard functions. What sets Zoho People apart from similar systems, though, is the ability to align everything with other Zoho tools, which is especially handy if your business is already using them.

7. OnPay

As the name suggests, OnPay is a payroll resource that is targeted specifically at startups and smaller sized businesses. Key features include automated tax filings and payments that the firm guarantees will be made on time and in compliance with legislation. OnPay also boasts 30 years of experience as a payroll provider, which can offer new entrepreneurs good peace of mind.

8. BizMerlinHR

On the surface, BizMerlinHR is another all-encompassing management tool that offers a variety of HR solutions. Instead of building everything themselves, though, they’ve secured key partnerships to integrate the likes of JIRA, QuickBooks and Salesforce into their software, allowing for a far greater degree of choice and flexibility. BizMerlinHR is also operated completely via the cloud, meaning you can access it anywhere, anytime.

9. ClearCompany

ClearCompany is a talent management and acquisition resource that is concerned with enabling companies to improve their hiring practices and particularly their retention. It does this by merging the hiring, onboarding and performance tracking of an employee into one streamlined process, using what it describes as the ‘only HR software powered by a core Talent Operating System’.

10. iCIMS

iCIMS is another software tool that aims to ensure businesses are getting their talent acquisition processes right. They offer a range of solutions in applicant tracking and onboarding, as well as a Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) tool that enables recruiters to better engage with potential employees.

11. Zenefits

Zenefits is an HCM software resource that also collaborates heavily with other businesses, allowing you to cherry-pick the services of hundreds of providers through an easy-to-use interface. The idea is that you can build an HR capability that is completely tailored to your own needs while having access to it through a variety of apps and integrations.

12. Deputy

With a highly reasonable price structure and an (albeit limited) collaboration capability with external providers, Deputy is one of the more trusted HR software tools on the market. It is keen to simplify the whole process, preferring a visually compelling and intuitive user face over complex spreadsheets and timesheets. It also offers some handy features, such as a company newsfeed and the ability to receive updates when assigned tasks are completed.

13. Namely

Namely is another software provider that markets itself as an all-in-one HR platform. It is keen to distance itself from other, more automated platforms and instead emphasises its ability to allow HR departments to exercise complete control over their people management strategy.

14. Sage Business Cloud People

Sage produces a huge range of business management products and resources, but it’s the cloud-based People software that represents their HCM offering. Aimed specifically at midsized organisations that are attempting to scale, it encompasses every aspect of the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and is built upon the powerful Salesforce Cloud app.

15. Kronos

Priding itself on the quickness and easiness with which it can be implemented into an already up-and-running business, Kronos is a multipurpose HCM tool that encompasses payroll, time management and talent management. It offers two suites (Workforce Dimensions and Workforce Ready) in order to organise and prioritise your company’s HR needs.

16. SAP SuccessFactors

Keen to capitalise on the impact of digital trends, SAP SuccessFactors is revolutionising its HCM software so that businesses can make the most of their HR capabilities. This includes maximising the potential of data analytics and intelligence in particular, while packaging the results into an informative, easy-to-navigate design.

17. OpenElevator

Focusing heavily on the capability of data to affect both recruitment and retention, OpenElevator actively targets companies that are disengaged with their employees, promising to deliver tools that can help rectify this discord. It also claims to offer a sophisticated algorithm at the heart of its software that can optimise hiring processes, claiming that traditional recruitment models are becoming defunct.

18. APS Payroll

APS is another payroll software tool that provides businesses with a comprehensive service, not just for managers, but for employees, too. It offers a wide range of functions as standard, including event tracking, performance reviews and benefit carrier connections. It also delves deep into the data side of things, with the ability to produce over 80 types of report, including EEO1, OSHA and Employee Turnover.

19. ADP Workforce Now

Aimed at midsized businesses, ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based HRM tool that focuses on reducing time-consuming, repetitive tasks. It offers all the standard HR functions you would expect from an all-in-one, as well as integrating some neat features – especially for teams. Enabling remote workers to sign in on their phone rather than submitting weekly timecards is a particularly nice touch.

20. PeopleSoft

Built by database giants Oracle, PeopleSoft offers a comprehensive range of business products. Its HCM software covers its own dedicated array of HR functions. As you would expect, the data capabilities are particularly strong, with the ability to delve as deep into the numbers and charts as you want, while the global nature of the system means that you can comply with legislation and regulations in every part of the world; as a result, PeopleSoft is particularly useful for larger businesses.

What HR software does your company use? Let us know in the comments below…