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Kronos Workforce Ready

Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform that combines workforce management with human capital management (HCM) and talent management capabilities and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It offers features... Read more

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Zenefits

Zenefits is an all-encompassing HR SaaS platform designed specifically for small to midsize businesses. The Zenefits People Platform includes a robust offering spanning HR, Benefits, Payroll, Well-being and Performance apps that combines... Read more

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BambooHR

BambooHR is a cloud-based HR management software solution for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS), time... Read more

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eddyHR

EddyHR’s mission is to help small and midsize businesses move out of paper and spreadsheets, and into an intuitive, modern, all-in-one HR platform. EddyHR is unique because of its seamless combination of hiring, onboarding, and people... Read more

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Paycor

Paycor 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 tools for... Read more

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TimeWorksPlus

TimeWorksPlus is a cloud-based time, attendance, and leave management system for small to mid-size businesses. This software can capture time data from web-based clocks or physical clocks for employees onsite, mobile, and working at... Read more

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Dayforce HCM

Dayforce, provided by Ceridian, is a cloud-based solution for Payroll, Benefits, Workforce Management, Human Resources, Talent Management, Document Management, and Analytics. As a single application, Dayforce provides organizations... Read more

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Namely

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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RUN Powered by ADP

RUN Powered by ADP (RUN"), 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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UltiPro

Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® is a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution designed to help organizations manage HR, payroll, and talent needs. A configurable solution, UltiPro has functionality for recruiting and onboarding... Read more

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iSolved

iSolved is a unified, cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution that offers key workforce functions including payroll, HR, time and attendance and benefits enrollment, as well as people-centric functions such as learning... Read more

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Viventium

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, business intelligence, and time and attendance. A mobile Employee... Read more

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PurelyHR

PurelyHR is a cloud-based leave management solution for small to midsize businesses. The system’s core modules allow HR departments to track staff leave requests and approvals as well as manage diverse time off policies and hierarchies.... Read more

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UZIO

UZIO is a SaaS-based online marketplace that provides cloud-based HR, payroll, and benefits management software and services. It is built for small and mid-sized businesses. This integrated solution offers local/regional brokers, employers,... Read more

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iCIMS Hiring Suite

Support the entire candidate experience from start to finish with an end-to-end enterprise recruitment technology platform. iCIMS offers best-in-class recruiting products for your hiring life cycle, available as part of one unified... Read more

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Workful

Workful is a cloud-based payroll and employee management solution designed to help small businesses automate processes for internal communication, time tracking, onboarding and more. Key features include direct deposit, geo-fenced... Read more

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ExactHire

ExactHire is cloud-based hiring software that offers applicant tracking, text recruiting, external job board posting, and offer letters. Optional integrated employee onboarding, background checking, and employee assessments are available. ExactHire... Read more

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TimeSimplicity

TimeSimplicity makes employee scheduling easier for small to mid-size businesses. This software guides schedulers through shift-building based on business need, certification rules, labor laws, and employee preferences. TimeSimplicity... Read more

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BerniePortal

BerniePortal is a cloud-based human resources software platform for small and midsize employers. BerniePortal’s features address each phase of the employee lifecycle from hiring to COBRA administration including: applicant tracking,... Read more

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SentricHR

SentricHR is a cloud-based Human Resources (HR) and payroll software designed for midsize and large businesses. It offers core HRIS, benefits, recruiting, talent management, time and attendance, absence management and payroll. SentricHR... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 1, 2020

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.