Five mobile HRMS for your vendor shortlist

You’re in the market for a new HRMS. You’ve worked through your criteria and requirements and you’ve definitely decided your business and workforce will benefit from a system that comes with a mobile app. Now all you need is a shortlist of vendors/products to consider. But who to choose? Here are five respected options to start you off…

1. BambooHR

BambooHR specializes in serving small and medium-sized businesses and offers the classic HR self-service function for any business: time and attendance management. Users have a personal dashboard that shows their current leave or paid time off balance, and managers can see who’s in and who’s not, and manage time off requests. The app also gives access to the company directory which will be a practical help for organizations with a larger workforce.

BambooHR’s  Play Store review score is 3.4 out of 5, which may seem a little low until you realize that it stems from reviewers  wishing for more functions. However, for smaller enterprises BambooHR is more than sufficient.,

2. Fairsail

Since 2015, Fairsail have offered a mobile app version of their HRMS for both iOS and Android (plus a version for the Apple Watch). The goal was to offer the full HRMS experience on the move, with key features including real-time communication via messages, notifications and reminders; central control re: access, allowing for better security should a device be lost or stolen, and making the app fully configurable to your own branding.

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A PCMag review in January 2017 called the Fairsail app, “a solid HR management suite suitable for larger companies with foreign operations,” giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

3. CezanneHR

Another company with an SME focus, Cezanne’s mobile app – like many here – is focused on self-service: checking calendars to see who’s in, processing time off requests, company directory access. But users can also view their ‘pending tasks’, implying some kind of to-do list capability, though I’m not sure that makes HR, “more enjoyable for everyone,” as the Cezanne promo video claims!

Currently scoring 4.1 out of 5 on the Google Play Store website, Cezanne’s positive reviews focus mainly on the app’s simplicity and ease of use.

4. ADP

As one of the ‘big guns’ of HRMS, it’s unsurprising that ADP was one of the first vendors to make a mobile version available. The functionality is fairly standard – access to pay data, time and attendance (punching in, requesting time off), manager access to workforce scheduling, easy communication with colleagues – but it’s also solid and reliable.

Some reviewers (of the iOS version) find the latest release’s beefed up security to be a little too much, allowing them to view pay stubs, for example, but no longer to email them or save them to the cloud. However, from the employer perspective, more security is likely to be a good thing.

5. PeopleStrategy

The eHCM app from PeopleStrategy has also been around almost two years now (which hopefully means any teething difficulties have been ironed out) and is available for iOS and Android. The emphasis here is self-service, with eHCM offering access to pay data, tax and benefits statements, and allowing requests for time off, access to an employee directory, and even facilitating onboarding for new hires. Reviews on rate PeopleStrategy’s app highly for user-friendliness.


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Dave Foxall

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Dave has worked as HR Manager for the Ministry of Justice for a number of years, he now writes on a broad range of topics including jazz music, and, of course, the HRMS software market.

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