3 reasons you should outsource HRMS selection to consultants

HRMS selection is an opportunity to make a strategic decision that will positively impact your business and customers for years to come. There are many competing interests and pitfalls when it comes to choosing a new HRMS, but the employment of an HRMS consultant can save you time, effort and frustration in the long term. Here are three important reasons why you should outsource HRMS selection to consultants.

1. Extensive knowledge across the market

HRMS consultants have extensive knowledge of HRMS solutions on the market today and their performance in a variety of areas such as core HRMS, benefits, payroll, learning management and talent management. Your staff may be experts in your current HRMS but an HRMS consultant can provide expertise across the market, ensuring your selection process is well informed.

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The right consultant with the right contacts can answer many questions that could sway your selection one way or another. Which vendor is in line for extensive funding and associated product upgrades? Which vendor is about to be acquired by a tier 1 major player with price hikes in the pipeline?

2. Workplace politics have less influence on the selection decision

Selecting a new HRMS can be a stressful time, not only are you evaluating new software features every day, but personalities and past politics often come into the picture. A misguided employee can derail your project team and set them on the path to failure.

You need impartiality during HRMS selection as overbearing opinions can alienate key stakeholders and skew project goals.

Outsource HRMS selection and you will recruit valuable additions to your selection team without the past baggage of prior decisions and projects, who can look objectively at your current state while guiding discussions. You need impartiality during HRMS selection as overbearing opinions can alienate key stakeholders and skew project goals. An HRMS consultant is able to define and refine requirements and will help you to rank and rate these requirements, providing an objective evaluation of HRMS applications that can address your HR needs.

3. HRMS consultants can forecast long term requirements

An HRMS consultant has the ability to look across multiple HR roles and understand HRMS requirements, not only in the near future, but also from a strategic, long-term standpoint. An HRMS consultant will consider your long-term HR goals and use their past experience to ensure your HRMS provides solid value for many years to come. A strong HRMS consultant will also understand the impact of the HRMS as a part of your technology landscape and how your new HRMS will fit into the overall employee experience.

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Heather Batyski

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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