If HRMS Features Were Christmas Gifts: What Would Be under Your Tree?

It’s that time of year where children are eagerly anticipating opening the gifts under the tree. Are they on the naughty or nice list? Or is it a functional but boring gift of socks and underwear? In that spirit, let’s consider if HRMS features were Christmas gifts, what would we expect to find on Christmas morning?

The Nice List

Mobile enabled HRMS technology – from Manager self-service to candidates applying online to jobs from iphones, mobile HRMS features are the technology everyone wants to get their hands on and no one wants to be the last one to get them.

The connection of HRMS with social collaboration – whether it is a connection of social media to the recruitment processes or embedding social communication into the core HRMS and employee peer review processes, social collaboration HRMS features are on everyone’s wish list.

The Naughty List

Systems that do not easily integrate with each other – Often, many departments will have a vote on HR decisions. This may result in different applications being chosen for different processes. Some of these systems do not integrate easily or without additional middleware and as a result, extra data entry or maintenance efforts need to occur.

Systems that do not provide for compliance and auditing requirements – Audits are a major effort and being able to show who made configuration changes and user security levels is essential. Many systems do not support such background logging or aren’t able to produce the correct documentation so it’s an effort on the HRMS team to support an audit.


The globalization catch-up – Many vendors have come in through the US market with great HRMS offerings and are just starting to expand globally to meet the needs of customers in international markets. So we’re seeing an expansion of processes to incorporate the data, reporting and process changes needed to support non-US markets.

Absence management – for many years, absence management was an afterthought, or something that occurred in a time & attendance system and integrated into payroll. Now, we’re starting to see more efforts being focused in this area, to enhance the existing basic functionality, to that it can be part of the overall HRMS suite.

If you didn’t get what you wanted this year or if your New Year’s resolution is to make some changes to your HRMS landscape, be sure to check out the HRMS Software Guide for ideas.

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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