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With work-from-home and hybrid work arrangements here to stay, it’s more important than ever for HR professionals to stay close to their people. Unfortunately, traditional in-person or site-specific tactics such as onboarding and offboarding don’t fit this new paradigm.

What’s more, the complexity of today’s HR function itself continues to intensify with everything from changing compliance requirements to escalating cybersecurity issues. One HR misstep in these areas can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial hits to your bottom line 

It’s clear that when it comes to successfully managing the HR function today, specialized Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) technology is more critical than ever. But, with all of the HR tasks already on your plate, how do you make time to figure out what technology and which vendor are right for you and your organization?

This quick HR software guide can help.

Understand your needs

When you understand your own HR practices, it’s easier to communicate what you need to potential HR tech vendors. Begin by asking yourself a few questions, like:

  • How do you currently provide access to HR information that all employees need to know? How can access be improved?
  • How do you manage employee engagement? What could be done to enhance that engagement?
  • Does your management team use personnel-related data for action planning? How can that data be upgraded to offer even clearer pictures of the state of your organization?

Develop an HR Tech evaluation process

Next, bring together a group of HR, Marketing, Finance and IT representatives to evaluate what HRIS features will work best for everyone concerned. Use input from this group to evaluate and compare vendor solutions and services. Keep in mind factors such as:

  • Does each prospective vendor have credible experience in HR and payroll technology in industries similar to yours?
  • Do they offer extensive back-up storage for your data?
  • Can their technology integrate easily with your current IT systems
  • Can the HR technology adjust to meet your ever-changing needs
  • Do prospective HR tech vendors align with your organization’s cultures and values?

Once you evaluate all your potential vendors, go deeper into specific features, such digital hiring and onboarding, easy benefit administration and integration with payroll and HR solutions.

Connect with your tech vendor

Finally, after you’ve chosen an HR tech vendor, be sure to monitor and document the performance of the new systems they put in place. Be candid with your vendor about what’s working and what could be improved. With regular engagement, you’ll find that, over time, your vendor evolves into a valued business partner.

When it comes to your HR function, the right technology vendor can help protect and even grow your business. To learn more, download your free copy of the HR Solutions Buyers Guide.

Find the best HR vendor for your business.