Traditionally HR professionals have spent up to seventy percent of their time on administrative activities, but the pressure is now on for them to focus more on transformational work and so deliver more to the business. HR departments are addressing this expectation both through structural changes that enable them to standardise policies and procedures and through use of technology.
However many HR departments have undergone a significant restructure in recent years. The main drivers for this change are cited as:
- The need to improve services offered to the organisation
- Enabling HR to become a more strategic contributor
- Repositioning HR to fit the wider organisational model.
- Reducing costs
- Providing more responsive customer service
- HR systems can eliminate or reduce the need for hard-copy employee files, keeping all of the information very organized and easy to access in a virtual electronic filing cabinet.
Features of HR Software
HR software features can vary from system to system, but often include:
- Employee information database
- Payroll systems
- Applicant tracking systems
- Recruitment functionality
- Self-service portals
- Performance management options
- Social HR feeds
- Benefits management
- Project tracking and goal setting
- Development assistance
- Compliance data and assistance
- Employee lifecycle management