4 HRMS Software Tips for Small Businesses

Are you leading or supporting a small business? Do you have the best solution in place for your HR needs or are you running behind the times on paper and Excel worksheets still? Don’t assume that HRMS for small businesses are few and far between. In some ways, small businesses have never had it so good. These days, there is a smorgasbord of HRMS options. As a small business you only need to choose the best option, so here are some ideas to get you started.

Define Your Goals and Business Requirements

Would an HRMS help you to compile payroll faster? Or could HRMS reports lead you to better decision making? Prior to looking at current HRMS options, it is best to define what benefits you would like to get, and then filter these into requirements.

Consider Your Long Term Strategy When Reviewing Vendor Options

HRMS for small businesses varies from industry specific applications to smaller ‘little brother’ programs from the major vendors which would allow you to upgrade to their bigger products if your business growth warrants it. Understanding your vision will help you to narrow the field of HRMS products and vendors.

Take Advantage of Bundled Options

While larger companies may need separate, niche specialized HRMS applications, one overall system that covers all aspects of HRMS such as recruitment, payroll, learning and development, etc. may prove effective as it can provide one single source of truth. In addition, there are small business options that include not only HRMS functionality, but also other areas such as timekeeping and expenses.

Design HRMS Processes with the Long Term in Mind

When designing and configuring your HRMS, be careful not to fall into the trap of only building for today’s world. While it may make sense to have three levels of approval on a promotion, such processes may not be scalable or optimized for your future plans. Save yourself a headache and avoid later re-design by making your processes as efficient and streamlined as possible from the get go.

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Heather Batyski

About the author…

Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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Heather Batyski