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Kronos Workforce Ready logo
 
Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform that combines workforce management with human capital management (HCM) capabilities and is suitable for businesses of all sizes.  Kronos Workforce Ready is a single cloud-based... Read More
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Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform that combines workforce management with human capital management (HCM) capabilities and is suitable for businesses of all sizes.  Kronos Workforce Ready is a single cloud-based... Read More
 
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Sage offers web-based payroll solutions designed for small and midsized companies in many industries.  For companies with 10 employees and 5 departments or less, Sage Payroll Essentials is a straightforward platform can be accessed... Read More
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Sage offers web-based payroll solutions designed for small and midsized companies in many industries.  For companies with 10 employees and 5 departments or less, Sage Payroll Essentials is a straightforward platform can be accessed... Read More
 
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BambooHR is a cloud-based human resources (HR) software service for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS)... Read More
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BambooHR is a cloud-based human resources (HR) software service for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS)... Read More
 
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Jobvite Hire is a cloud-based applicant tracking system (ATS) that enables users to manage hiring processes including job distribution, screening, interviewing and sending out offers. It’s suitable for midsize and enterprise recruiting... Read More
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Jobvite Hire is a cloud-based applicant tracking system (ATS) that enables users to manage hiring processes including job distribution, screening, interviewing and sending out offers. It’s suitable for midsize and enterprise recruiting... Read More
 
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RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read More
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RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read More

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Viventium is a cloud-based payroll and human resources (HR) solution for small to mid-size businesses. Key features include payroll, HR, talent acquisition, ACA tracking and business intelligence. A mobile Employee Self Service (ESS)... Read More
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Viventium is a cloud-based payroll and human resources (HR) solution for small to mid-size businesses. Key features include payroll, HR, talent acquisition, ACA tracking and business intelligence. A mobile Employee Self Service (ESS)... Read More
 
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Vibe HCM is a human resources platform that combines core HR, payroll and benefits, onboarding, communications, talent management, analytics and real-time AskHR functionality. Vibe HCM has been deployed for midsize to large companies... Read More
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Vibe HCM is a human resources platform that combines core HR, payroll and benefits, onboarding, communications, talent management, analytics and real-time AskHR functionality. Vibe HCM has been deployed for midsize to large companies... Read More
 
iCIMS Talent Platform logo
 
iCIMS offers a platform of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions. iCIMS provides tools for recruiters and hiring managers throughout the process, from recruiting talent to onboarding new hires. iCIMS Recruit gives users access... Read More
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iCIMS offers a platform of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions. iCIMS provides tools for recruiters and hiring managers throughout the process, from recruiting talent to onboarding new hires. iCIMS Recruit gives users access... Read More
 
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Greenhouse is an applicant tracking system and recruiting software designed to help businesses find suitable candidates, conduct focused interviews and optimize their recruiting process. Greenhouse is an integrated platform that streamlines... Read More
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Greenhouse is an applicant tracking system and recruiting software designed to help businesses find suitable candidates, conduct focused interviews and optimize their recruiting process. Greenhouse is an integrated platform that streamlines... Read More
 
ADP Workforce Now logo
 
ADP Workforce Now is a human capital management solution for companies with more than 50 employees. The core capabilities of the solution include human resources management, payroll, benefits, talent management, compliance, time and... Read More
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ADP Workforce Now is a human capital management solution for companies with more than 50 employees. The core capabilities of the solution include human resources management, payroll, benefits, talent management, compliance, time and... Read More

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Paycor’s Perform is an integrated cloud-based software suite that offers functionality to encompasses the entire employee lifecycle - from recruiting and onboarding to time and attendance management. Collectively, the solution offers... Read More
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Paycor’s Perform is an integrated cloud-based software suite that offers functionality to encompasses the entire employee lifecycle - from recruiting and onboarding to time and attendance management. Collectively, the solution offers... Read More
 
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Sage People enables mid-sized to enterprise companies to manage their workforces through its cloud HCM system. It allows organizations to transform how they acquire, engage, manage and develop their people, from a local to multinational... Read More
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Sage People enables mid-sized to enterprise companies to manage their workforces through its cloud HCM system. It allows organizations to transform how they acquire, engage, manage and develop their people, from a local to multinational... Read More
 
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Planday is a web-based employee scheduling platform suitable for businesses of almost any size or vertical. In addition to scheduling, Planday also allows managers to oversee employee hours, vacation requests, shift-swaps, payroll... Read More
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Planday is a web-based employee scheduling platform suitable for businesses of almost any size or vertical. In addition to scheduling, Planday also allows managers to oversee employee hours, vacation requests, shift-swaps, payroll... Read More
 
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PiiQ by Cornerstone, formerly Cornerstone Growth Edition, is a cloud-based employee performance and learning management system that helps businesses to streamline their employee performance review process and prioritize learning for... Read More
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PiiQ by Cornerstone, formerly Cornerstone Growth Edition, is a cloud-based employee performance and learning management system that helps businesses to streamline their employee performance review process and prioritize learning for... Read More
 
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Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based performance management solution. It enables users to recruit talent, customize learning initiatives, generate compliance reports, prepare high performers for succession and more. Cornerstone can... Read More
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Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based performance management solution. It enables users to recruit talent, customize learning initiatives, generate compliance reports, prepare high performers for succession and more. Cornerstone can... Read More

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Halogen TalentSpace is a modular strategic talent management solution suitable for midsize and enterprise businesses. The integrated suite offers comprehensive tools to streamline talent management activities, including recruiting,... Read More
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Halogen TalentSpace is a modular strategic talent management solution suitable for midsize and enterprise businesses. The integrated suite offers comprehensive tools to streamline talent management activities, including recruiting,... Read More
 
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Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read More
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Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read More
 
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Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® is a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution designed to help organizations manage their HR, payroll, and talent needs. A configurable solution, UltiPro has functionality for recruiting and... Read More
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Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® is a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution designed to help organizations manage their HR, payroll, and talent needs. A configurable solution, UltiPro has functionality for recruiting and... Read More
 
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BizRun is cloud-based human resources (HR) software with an emphasis on the visual. Managers and employees interact with a living org chart to accomplish daily HR tasks and view the entire organization’s structure.  Core features... Read More
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BizRun is cloud-based human resources (HR) software with an emphasis on the visual. Managers and employees interact with a living org chart to accomplish daily HR tasks and view the entire organization’s structure.  Core features... Read More
 
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Precedent HR offers a cloud-based applicant tracking system (ATS) suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include job posting and management, resume searching and skill matching. The ATS enables users to post jobs to... Read More
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Precedent HR offers a cloud-based applicant tracking system (ATS) suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include job posting and management, resume searching and skill matching. The ATS enables users to post jobs to... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Brian Westfall,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: September 1, 2017


Having a human resources (HR) system that HR personnel, recruiters, managers and employees can access on their smartphones or tablets outside of the office is no longer a “nice-to-have” luxury. It’s now a necessity in today’s constantly moving, increasingly flexible work environment.

That doesn’t make selecting the right HR mobile app for your business any easier though. With hundreds of systems offering dedicated mobile apps to choose from, with varying levels of device compatibility and ported functionality, it can be difficult to separate out the best solutions from the bunch.

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Mobile app for BambooHR

To help, we’ve created this essential Buyer’s Guide for HR mobile apps. Whether you’re an experienced buyer, or researching HR apps for the first time, the goal here is to ensure you have the necessary knowledge to make the best purchase decision for your business.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is a Human Resources (HR) App?
Common Functionality of HR Apps
Benefits of a Dedicated HR App
How Much Do HR Apps Cost?
Key Considerations When Selecting HR Apps

What Is a Human Resources (HR) App?

HR apps are downloadable programs for mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets that allow users to perform a number of core HR tasks on the go. Employees can check their pay stubs, change their mailing address or request paid time off (PTO); managers can adjust shift schedules and recruiters can even conduct video interviews if an app allows for it.

Though all cloud-based HR systems are accessible through a mobile web browser, not all systems have dedicated mobile apps. Here are some details on how native mobile apps and mobile websites can differ:

Key Differences Between Native Mobile Apps and Mobile Websites

A native mobile human resources app versus a mobile website

Common Functionality of HR Apps

HR app functionality can vary wildly depending on what vendor you’re looking at, the breadth of features offered and the system’s intended end-user. Some apps are only meant to be used by HR personnel, while others include self-service functionality for employees and managers.

That being said, here are some common HR functions to look out for that vendors often include in their mobile apps:

Personnel tracking Update employee contact and job title information, manage rosters and teams and view the company org chart.
Time and attendance Request and approve time off, clock in and out of shifts and monitor employee hours.
Payroll Calculate and run payroll; check pay stubs.
Recruiting Manage candidate pipelines and share job listings; read resumes and applications.
Performance reviews Create, share and manage employee performance appraisals.
Learning management Take mobile e-learning courses, complete assessments and review training program performance.

Benefits of a Dedicated HR App

The main benefit that a dedicated HR mobile app brings to your organization is flexibility. If there’s an HR-related task you need to do immediately, whether it’s a payroll run or updating an employee’s benefits, you no longer need to be at the office or at your desktop computer to do it. In a fast-paced, growing business, this immediate access to important employee information can result in thousands of hours saved over time.

Here are some other benefits:

  • Employee self-service. With employee self-service (ESS) functionality available on their mobile device, employees now have more freedom to take care of HR-related tasks themselves (updating personal information, logging shift hours)—saving you and your HR department valuable time.
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  • Mobile optimization. If you’ve ever had to pinch-and-zoom your way around a website on your smartphone, you know the pains of a non-optimized mobile experience. A dedicated app is built with the mobile experience in mind, making it easier to navigate on a smaller screen.
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  • Offline access. The main drawback with a cloud-based system is that if your internet goes out, you can’t access it. Some mobile apps avoid this problem by offering an “offline mode” where you can jump in and see important information without a connection. You can also access the system using your phone’s cellular data connection.

How Much Do HR Apps Cost?

If you’re new to the world of HR software, these systems are typically priced one of two ways.

The first way, called a perpetual license, involves paying one large fee upfront to own the software in perpetuity. This type of license is more common in on-premise systems that are housed and maintained by the customer, on their own server.

The second, more common way is a subscription license. In this pricing method, customers pay a monthly or annual fee to use the software. Sometimes this is an unchanging flat fee, but more often the fee fluctuates depending on how many employees you have at your company or how many users will need to access the system. This type of pricing tends to go hand-in-hand with cloud-based systems.

Outside of a few exceptions, access to an HR system’s mobile app comes included with the software purchase. Once you have the system setup, users can download the app from their device’s respective app store or the vendor’s website and log in using the same information they use to access the system on their computer.

Key Considerations When Selecting HR Apps

Even the best desktop-based HR systems can have a lackluster mobile experience. Here are some things to consider as you research mobile HR app offerings:

Device compatibility. If your employees are predominantly Android users, but your vendor only offers an iOS app, that won’t work. Survey your employees to find out what mobile devices they have, so you can find a compatible solution.

Limited functionality. Mobile apps rarely offer a true one-to-one experience with the same functionality as the main software platform, because of data constraints, the smaller screen size and other factors. If a vendor doesn’t offer the functionality your organization needs for mobile, look elsewhere.

User permissions. Consider what an employee can do when they login to the mobile app. Does that differ from what a manager can do? Or a recruiter? If you plan on having multiple users access an HR system through a mobile app, make sure you can set different user permissions so that rank-and-file workers don’t start messing with your payroll numbers.

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