Three reasons your startup needs to invest in an HRMS

Startups are in a unique position when it comes to selecting an HRMS. When a startup is funded and on a fast track for growth it can be an exciting time for the business, although such an environment can create its own challenges. An HRMS is an essential tool in managing HR for startups - it can schedule tasks effectively as well as to provide strategic value in shaping your future business operations. What are the main challenges in HR for startups and how will an HRMS help to solve them for you?

Managing rapid headcount expansion

Successful startups struggle to find and on-board talent in a fast manner to support the business needs. Your company needs an HRMS to help in the requisition approval and job posting process to help keep pace with recruitment needs. Many data efficiencies are available in an HRMS to save time. As multiples of the same position are hired, an HRMS will allow you to minimize data entry by entering one requisition with multiple openings.

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As your startup structure is evolving quickly, it can be a challenge to ensure that the latest information is at hand. What is today’s headcount? Do you have enough seats and offices for next month? An HRMS removes the reliance on paper and allows you to have real time data.

The evolution of HR processes and standardization

In the early days of a startup, there is usually a flat organizational structure and a small number of leaders. HR administrative tasks are often accomplished by an email, phone call or chat as everyone is closely connected and employees know each other. This formation is not sustainable in the long-term, however. An HRMS will provide the foundation for your future HR operations by enforcing standardization in your data elements and pre-delivered processes, pages and configurations. Many HRMS allow for out of the box use with minimal time spent in defining business policies and system usage.

Tracking talent to grow the business

Startups often have employees who do a variety of roles in the early days of the business. Employees are able to take on more responsibilities than they would have done in an established organization. Your HRMS allows you to track these skills, competencies and projects so that you are ready to use these established talents as you grow the business and train future employees. Over time, your talent data is useful to provide succession planning and to ensure that your top performers can be recognized.

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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