Best HR software
When you consider the importance and value of employees, it could be argued that human resources trumps everything else in your business. If a company doesn’t have an efficient HR process, then the difficulties in hiring and retaining employees will seriously hamper any operation.
As an employer, you not only have to ensure your employees produce the best results, but you’re also responsible for their wellbeing. Most of the time, that means putting mechanisms in place so they’re consistently satisfied, and able to do their jobs, while being mindful of workforce laws and regulations.
The fact is, no matter the size of your business, you need some sort of HR management system in place if you have employees on the books, and especially for smaller businesses, it's not always feasible or affordable to sustain a dedicated HR team.
Luckily there’s plenty of software out there to help you deal with human resource management, and we’ve picked out some of the best offerings below after considering features, cost, professional reviews, and user experiences.
An all-in-one HR solution for businesses
Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: None | Free trial: 7-day
BamboHR is a web-based system for managing your human resource operations. Used by tens of thousands of HR professionals around the world, including SoundCloud and ZipRecruiter, it aims to automate mundane processes so you can focus your time on more important work.
This cloud-based solution offers applicant and training tracking, e-signatures to replace paper-based systems, time-off management, performance tools and easy reporting. There’s also a mobile app, meaning you can keep on top of everything while you’re away from the office.
Bamboo can also process automated requests and approvals, and you’re sent reminders when things need to be brought to your attention. All data is protected with bank-level security, so you don’t need to worry about employee data being leaked.
The firm offers a choice of two plans: Essentials and Advantage. Unfortunately there is no pricing on the website, so you’ll need to contact the company for a free quote.
Software which is laser-focused on hiring the best applicant for the job
Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Hiring, on-boarding, resume parsing | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: LinkedIn, Gmail, Outlook | Free trial: Demo only
Bullhorn is HR software that focuses on the hiring process, and more specifically applicant tracking. It is purpose-built and designed to streamline recruiter tasks, improve the job applicant’s experience, and also to leverage data in order to generate “staffing-specific actionable reports.”
Bullhorn seamlessly integrates with other platforms including Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn. Additional features include snagging candidate information from job boards, the Bullhorn parsing engines which can capture data from a resume, and a “fast find” search bar that uses keywords and Boolean logic searches that can sift through candidates, displaying them based on relevance (or other stipulations such as the most recent applications).
The entire interview process is streamlined in Bullhorn, from scheduling to organizing notes and feedback as everything progresses.
Bullhorn offers four levels of plans, including the most popular Enterprise tier. A notable shortcoming is that there is no free trial, and the pricing is opaque, requiring you to get in touch for a quote, which is “determined by the number of people that want access to the system – including recruiters, salespeople, and managers.”
A simple way to manage the hiring process
Platforms: Web and mobile apps | Resources covered: Trackable communication, candidate database and talent CRM | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Standard business software such as Tableau, Charito, Periscope and Google Sheets | Free trial: 15-day
Workable is a cross-platform solution that allows companies to keep track of future candidates in a simple and efficient way. With Workable users can set up a careers page offering the latest jobs in a matter of minutes.
This subscription-based software offers an easy way to manage the hiring process. From the visually clean dashboard you can organize potential hires, share their files readily with your team and have all candidates saved in a single database.
Workable offers a 15-day trial (no credit card required) which will allow you plenty of time to decide if it works for your organization. The 'Pay as you Go' tier allows users to subscribe for $50 (£39) per job. This entitles the subscriber to online support, mobile applications, a branded careers page, interview scheduling and much more. There are two other tiers available (Starter and Pro), but you will need to contact Workable directly in order to receive a quote.
A mobile-ready HR system
Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, payroll, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Sage, Ceridian Payroll, Star, Moorepay, Google Drive, Dropbox | Free trial: Yes
People is a web-based solution which has been designed to increase the efficiency of the full spectrum of HR processes.
It sports an applicant tracking system to keep tabs on those applying for jobs, an authorisation logbook, a full-time and part-time holiday leave calculator, 24-hour timesheets and an expenses logger. Custom workflows can be created to automate the drudgery of repeated manual processes, such as the sending of welcome emails to new hires, and scheduling their on-boarding training.
The software has been optimized to work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. There are some handy integrations too. For managing payroll, you can use services such as Star, Ceridian, Moorepay and Sage. And you can use People with common cloud storage providers such as Google Drive and Dropbox.
People offers a choice of four plans, which start with the Team plan for $4 (£2) per employee per month.
HR management for enterprises
Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, payroll, training, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Office 365 | Free trial: Yes
Lanteria has developed an HR management platform tailored for medium and large-scale businesses. It offers modules and dashboards for different areas of human resources, such as attendance, recruitment and application tracking, employee performance and internal learning.
The focus here is on getting the most out of employees, and nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than with the education-related capabilities. You’re able to deliver targeted training programmes and track the performance of your staff members. Lanteria HR is cloud-based which means that it can be accessed on a diverse range of devices.
Pricing requires contacting Lanteria for a custom quote. The cost is determined by the number of modules chosen, the number of employees, and whether the software is hosted in the cloud, or on a company server.