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HR Software Options

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HR Technology Options

If you work in Human Resources or HRIT, there are so many new and exciting HR software options available in the marketplace. It's a great time to discover new solutions that can really change how you find, onboard, manage, and train your employees (and more!).

As a Technology Matchmaker, we work with clients to find, select, and buy new HR software and solutions for companies of all shapes and sizes. As such, we have seen so many changes in the market and are impressed by the new vendors entering the arena. HR software has developed to new levels in the last 5 years.

What are the latest developments in HR Software?

The HR software world is going through a real change right now. There are so many new and exciting technological changes happening, all driven by the changing world of work. Some of the latest developments taking place across HR software include:

  • AI-driven Recruitment and Candidate Selection: AI algorithms were increasingly being used to analyze and assess candidate profiles, predict job fit, and even conduct automated initial interviews. This helped streamline the hiring process and identify the best candidates more efficiently.

  • Employee Engagement Platforms: Software solutions were being developed to gauge and enhance employee engagement. These platforms offered features like pulse surveys, sentiment analysis, and employee feedback mechanisms to help HR teams understand and improve the overall work experience.

  • Performance Management and Feedback Tools: Modern performance management software incorporated real-time feedback mechanisms, goal-setting features, and performance analytics. This allowed organizations to assess employee progress more effectively and promote continuous improvement.

  • Learning Management Systems (LMS): Advanced LMS platforms provided personalized learning paths for employees, incorporating AI-driven recommendations based on individual skill gaps and career goals.

  • People Analytics: Data-driven HR tools were gaining prominence, helping organizations make data-backed decisions on workforce planning, talent management, and employee retention strategies.

  • Onboarding Automation: HR software aimed at simplifying and automating the onboarding process, enabling new hires to integrate into the company culture faster and more smoothly.

  • Payroll and Benefits Management: Advanced payroll systems integrated with benefits administration features, simplifying compensation management and ensuring compliance with tax regulations.

  • Remote Work Solutions: With the rise of remote work, HR software adapted to facilitate virtual collaboration, team management, and performance tracking for distributed teams.

  • Employee Wellbeing and Health Monitoring: Some HR platforms started incorporating wellness programs, mental health support, and even health tracking features to promote employee wellbeing.

  • Gamification and Rewards Platforms: Companies explored gamification elements in HR software to motivate employees, encourage healthy competition, and recognize outstanding achievements.

What are the most exciting HR software options?

Our HR Technology Longlist is a list of exciting HR software options that might be worth including in an initial market analysis. In our latest report, we list a variety of companies that offer services across the employee lifecycle and some are sure to be useful for the next step in your HR software plans.

The HR Software Guide features over 50 companies that sit across the range of technology areas listed above. Some have been in the industry for many years, and others are new entrants that are pushing the boundaries of HR tech and leaning on the latest capabilities to really change the market.

The full Longlist HR Software Guide can be found here and contains companies including:

How is HR software changing to meet the needs of HR teams?

The business world is always changing and although HR software and technology may appear to be relatively slow-paced, this could not be further from the case right now. There is a variety of changes across the whole HR software landscape. Here are just a few examples:

  1. Cloud-Based Solutions: HR software is increasingly moving to the cloud, providing more flexibility and accessibility. Cloud-based solutions allow HR professionals and employees to access the software from anywhere, promoting remote work and collaboration.

  2. AI and Automation: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation are revolutionizing HR software. AI-driven tools can help with candidate sourcing, resume screening, and employee engagement analysis, and even suggest personalized learning and development paths for employees.

  3. Employee Experience Focus: Modern HR software is shifting its focus from just administrative tasks to enhancing employee experience. User-friendly interfaces, mobile apps, and self-service options empower employees to manage their information, time-off, benefits, and more efficiently.

  4. People Analytics: HR software is incorporating advanced data analytics to help organizations make better data-driven decisions about their workforce. Insights from HR analytics can improve employee retention, identify skills gaps, and optimize workforce planning.

  5. Performance Management Reimagined: Traditional annual performance reviews are becoming less common. HR software is adapting to support continuous performance management, allowing for real-time feedback, goal tracking, and skill development throughout the year.

  6. Wellness and Mental Health Support: HR software is increasingly incorporating wellness and mental health support features to address the growing need for employee well-being and work-life balance.

  7. Integrated HR Ecosystems: Rather than standalone HR software, there's a growing trend toward integrated HR ecosystems. Companies are opting for platforms that combine HR, payroll, benefits, and other related functions to streamline processes and reduce data discrepancies.

  8. Remote Work Considerations: The rise of remote work has led HR software to adapt to support virtual onboarding, team collaboration, and performance tracking for remote employees.

  9. Compliance and Security: With increased data privacy regulations, HR software is focusing on improving data security measures to safeguard sensitive employee information.

How do we help the HR team?

We like to think that we are building a bridge between businesses with a need for modern technology, and the exciting technology vendors that are helping to change the industry. In terms of the HR software space, perhaps our most useful service is the HR Technology Matchmaker.

The HR Technology Matchmaker Service is designed to connect HR leaders with the most exciting HR software vendors on the planet. We work to understand the areas of interest and write this as a solution brief or problem statement that can be shared with the HR Technology community. We then take the challenge to the vendors and arrange a series (or one event - see our Technology Day service) of 'Matchmaker Presentations' where the technology companies can present how they can help the HR team.

From there, if a project resonates, we run Rapid RFI and Rapid RFP selection processes to help the HR team to select and buy the right solution for their needs.


There has never been a more interesting time in HR software. If you have an interest in implementing new HR tech across your department or business, take a look at the HR Technology Matchmaker or the HR Technology Longlist and take a step moving in the right direction!


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