Talented people are a company’s greatest asset but more often than not, human resource management as a function appears to be broken as it moves between various recruitment stages and on to career planning, performance management and career development. Typically this is observed in organizations undergoing tremendous growth or ones that have a high turnover, so talent managers end up focusing more on recruitment activities (gap analysis, forecasting etcetera), which is also important for them.
human resource management as a function appears to be broken as it moves between various recruitment stages and on to career planning
After all has been said and done, it would appear that it is extremely useful to automate the more mundane aspects of human resource (HR) management so that HR professionals can be effective in areas that will greatly benefit from a human touch – interviewing, profiling, strategy and the like.
But finding the right software to stay on top of a growing workforce is not an easy task. New solutions for workforce management are being developed on daily basis. Whilst most of them promise to enhance productivity by simplifying shift scheduling, time tracking, collaboration and communication, delivering on that promise depends on two things:
- The time you are willing to carve out in your busy schedule to evaluate the current systems you have in place (what works and what does not).
- The patience you have for researching and testing new solutions that will replace your current systems (and hopefully make your talent acquisition and employee retention a doddle!)
Sometimes you will get it right, sometimes you won’t, but as long as you are within the ‘free trial’ period, it won’t cost you a penny to cancel one service and switch to another. To help you get started, we identified five software products that tick most of the boxes when it comes to human resource management.
Target: SMEs, Agencies, Enterprises
Use: Managing employee personal information, timesheets & absence
PARiM HR software allows you to deal with all the operational and administrative tasks related to your workforce. The application manages all your employee information including passport and visa expiry, training certificates, holidays, absences and company assets (e.g staff uniforms). In addition to this, PARiM’s mobile app for iPhone and Android records a GPS location of every shift start and end.
Key features of PARiM
- Shift & Rota Planning
- Tracks Employee Details
- Manage Holidays & Absences
- Record & Track Company Assets
- Track Certificate Expiry
More about PARiM application (screenshots, score, reviews) and the option for a good side-by-side comparison can be found on the PARiM listing.
Target: Startups, SMEs, Agencies, Enterprises
Use: Managing employee timesheet & schedule, Reporting, Team communication
Ximble is a multi-device tool that allows your workforce to easily check, edit and report their tasks from anywhere at any time. You can create and manage tasks and timesheets of your employees and contact them directly through the system. You can also generate reports to discuss metrics, highlight the trends and discover issues.
Key features of Ximble
- Integrated QR code and biometric devices
- GPS tagging or fencing via Android or iOS
- Unlimited locations, departments, positions and time zones
- Create and view employee schedules from any device
More about Ximble application can be found on Ximble profile.
Target: Personal, Freelance, Startups, SMEs, Agencies, Enterprises
Use: Implementing processes, Setting goals & objectives, Task management reporting, Team communication
Weekdone is a tool for HR, project management and internal collaboration. It is convenient because of its multi-device accessibility (Web App, iOS, Android). The team dashboard makes it easy for teams to conduct weekly employee progress reports, set goals and objectives as well as communicate with the other team members.
Key features of Weekdone
- Set team and personal objectives via Objectives and Key Results
- Regularly share team progress, plans & problems
- Compile weekly or daily summary via e-mail, web & mobile
More about Weekdone application can be found on Weekdone listing profile.
Target: SMEs, Agencies, Enterprises
Use: Employee news, Contact book, Policies
WISP is an easy way to communicate and let your employees know about the latest news, policies and changes within your organization. It replaces heavy intranet resources with an agile and easy-to-use multi-device app that employees can check to get the information they need.
Key features of WISP
- Employees News
- Staff Contact Book
- Company Policies
More about WISP application can be found on the WISP listing.
Target: Teams big and small
Use: Time tracking, Team monitoring, Task monitoring, Reporting
Staying ‘on time’ and ‘on budget’ seems to be straightforward with this tool. Quickly check task completion, time spent on each of the tasks and the people involved. Automate time-tracking, monitor projects and team status.
Key features of Timeneye
- Billable time entries
- Team status monitoring
- Project status monitoring
- Manual and automatic time tracking
More about Timeneye application can be found on Timeneye profile.
The above five examples are just a sample of different workforce management software currently available on the market. If you want to expand your search further, you can also browse through the Human Resources software on Crozdesk. You can view the sub-categories, see our software guides and read about other applications in more detail or do a side-by-side comparison.
Once you get a basic understanding of difference between key functionalities and prices, your next step is to narrow down your selection to one or two products that (on their own or combined) cover all your HR needs.