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Maximizing your HRMS/HRIS in 5 Simple Steps

HRMS/HRIS

The purpose of the HR department is to ensure that employees’ welfare is well taken care of effectively and efficiently while working with C-suites to design and implement company HR strategy in talent acquisition, development, succession, and retention. With the latter taking up more and more of the HR department’s responsibilities, it is instrumental that they obtain all the help they need.

 

With the ever-increasing pressure on businesses and HR departments, an integrated HRMS (Human resource management system) or HRIS (Human Resource information system) or more recently known as integrated human capital management system (HCM) is known as HRMS/HRIS tool that should works for you and not the other way around, to empower you and the department to deliver the services efficiently and timely.

 

Here is a checklist you can use to see if your HRMS / HRIS is working for you and giving you the maximum benefits:

  • Do you have multiple pieces of HRMS/HRIS software and hardware that resulted in multiple manual entries and hence, more work?
  • Do you have difficulty in producing ad hoc reports that your management team wants at short notice for decision-making?
  • Are you facing challenges such as not having the right IT resources, expertise, budget, or security to maintain HRMS/HRIS  hardware and software in-house?
  • Does your HR software vendor provide only HR/payroll software and not talent management such as performance appraisal, recruitment, and training management software? i.e. They cannot provide you with a strategic, single-integrated, and easy-to-use human capital management that takes care of core HR functions and talent management.
  • You face a constant turnover of staff in your HR department that affects the quality of HR services such as payroll, statutory reporting, recruiting, etc.
  • The HRMS/HRIS software company you work with is not based locally and/or does not give timely and knowledgeable advice. Service level is not up to the expectation that affects your HR service delivery.
  • You don’t get a clear idea from the HRMS /HRIS vendor regarding how they are going to take advantage of new and emerging technology to support your department in the near future.
  • Is your HRMS/HRIS integrated with your ERP/ accounting system etc?
  • Do you have a business continuity plan for the HR department?

 

If you find that you have more than 5 areas that do not meet the expectations you may want to seek a total HR solution which is more than just HR payroll software typically provided by an HR software vendor. HR solution encompasses HR software for the daily HR operation, plus the hardware and its services, HR services such as payroll outsourcing, HR advisory services, talent management software and services, etc.

 

Here are the suggested 5 steps to maximize the benefits of HRMS/HRIS to empower you to be productive, and competitive and drive your business performance:

  • Managing and working with your current software or IT vendor:

You should have a comprehensive list of both short and long-term requirements to work with your current vendors to identify possible solutions and services to meet the requirements. The present HRMS software vendor may have functions that you need and can increase your productivity. It may just be a matter of more modules like training and learning Development, performance appraisals, etc.

Identify the gaps and decide if you should continue to work with the current vendor(s) to reach your departmental objectives. Alternatively, if you want to engage other suppliers/ service providers to complement or even replace the current HRMS/HRIS with an integrated HRMS and Talent management system.

You can consider subscribing to HRMS software as a service (SaaS) or hosting your current HRMS and the associated hardware in the cloud. This will reduce your challenge in sourcing for the right IT resources to maintain the hardware and software. In addition, you can work with the vendor regarding your business continuity plan for your HRMS and the associated hardware and systems software in the event of major disruption or disaster. A good software vendor would be able to provide you with hosting services and give you advice on preventing data disasters.

To be an HR partner to the top management of your company, having an integrated HCM system is critical. You can either replace the current HR payroll software system with a totally integrated human capital management system with good reporting and analytical tools or consider starting with just a comprehensive talent management system and integrating it with your current HRMS. While both work perfectly fine, the latter approach will require less budget, and change management but provide you with fewer benefits.

With the challenge of internal resource turnover and at times lack of expertise and knowledge, one has to look at the external service providers that may be able to do the job at the right time and hopefully at the right price. It will augment your staff availability and the expertise that is required. There are many firms that provide payroll outsourcing, training (general and tailored), performance management advisory, recruitment services, learning management planning and advisory, and leave and claims management services.

  • Process management and resource planning

It will be critical that the HR department documents the company’s HR processes and service delivery expectations explicitly and comprehensively. The head of the HR department can use the blueprint to implement an HRMS /HRIS that helps the department to be competitive. A clear process description will help to manage the HRMS software vendors in terms of their HR software and their service delivery. In addition, the HR management will be able to decide which processes can be outsourced what service levels are required, and what processes can be outsourced ( ie contract staff or contract services for expertise in HR matters, etc).

In summary, a clear HR departmental process and service standards together with a well-executed management process in managing the HRMS/HRIS vendor will be key to success. It is also important that the vendor that you work with can be an HR solution provider, ie they provide more than just integrated human capital management but also provide seamless HR services. Ie It will be very advantageous to find a supplier that can be your HR partner that provides total HR solutions.

 

The IQ Dynamics group consists of companies that specialize in providing integrated human capital management software, cloud hosting and IT services, and HR services such as payroll and HR processing and advisory services.

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