Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Having the right Human Resources Management Software (HRMS) solution is essential in modern businesses. As more organizations move away from traditional business models and embrace the flexibility of remote work, a streamlined system is a necessity.
If you’ve been trying to evaluate which software you need for your growing organization, keep it simple. Here are five simple tips on choosing the best HRMS solution for you.
Define Your Needs
The first step to choosing the right HRMS solution for your business is to define your needs. Different options will have a variety of capabilities. Some organizations will require a robust user interface that supports a large enterprise while others need something simple and streamlined for a small team.
The primary focal points of HRMS includes payroll, recruitment, and onboarding, scheduling, self-service, benefits, and performance (source: https://www.hrpayrollsystems.net/hrms/). Figuring out which components your company requires now, as well as in the immediate future, is the key to choosing the right system.
Ask for Referrals and Recommendations
Don’t hesitate to reach out to other organizations to ask for their recommendations. Use your network and some primary research to see how other businesses similar to yours feel about their HRMS. Look at the referrals and testimonials listed on vendors you’re considering and reach out privately for further details.
Remember that referrals and testimonials posted through the vendor’s website are only going to include the highlights. Even the best systems have a few challenges; take both positive and negative reviews with a grain of salt.
Narrow Down Your Options
Once you’ve defined your needs and received referrals, start narrowing down your options to a shortlist. Ideally, you’ll have between three and five vendors for consideration.
Some of the metrics you might use to narrow down the options include your budget, the perceived pros, and cons of a system, scalability, responsiveness, etc. Once you get further into the vetting process, you’ll find the final selection easier.
Another important consideration to keep in mind when narrowing down your options is security. As the business world shifts to cloud-based technology, prioritizing the security of your employees’ personal information is paramount.
Use a Demo
Reach out to the vendor to set up a demo of their software. Not only will this experience give you a better idea of the user-friendliness and onboarding process with this HRMS solution, but it also provides insight into the support and service you’ll receive as a customer.
When going through the demo, note the complexity of the installation process and how easy or challenging the learning curve is for beginners. Don’t hesitate to ask about training options and continued education with the software.
When conducting the demo, be sure that the right people are involved. Include those that will be using the system on a daily basis, such as payroll administrators or HR managers. Don’t forget to include those who will be using it occasionally for recruiting and onboarding services as well.
Evaluate Customer Support
Customer support is of the utmost importance when choosing an HRMS solution. For many organizations, the continued support options are more important than the software itself. Look for a provider who knows that HRMS is not a one-size-fits-all approach. The ideal vendor will listen to your needs, find the right solution for your unique problems, and support you after the sale.
You will get a great idea of the customer support environment during the demo process. Between this experience and the referrals you’ve received from other customers, you should be able to make an informed purchasing decision.
Having the right systems in place can streamline your standard operating procedures for a more efficient, profitable business. Choose the right HRMS solution for your needs to bring your business into the future.by