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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

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The Human Resource Information System (HRIS) is a software or online solution for the data entry, data tracking, and data information needs of the Human Resources, payroll, management, and accounting functions within a business. Normally packaged as a data base, hundreds of companies sell some form of HRIS and every HRIS has different capabilities. Pick your HRIS carefully based on the capabilities you need in your company.

Typically, the better The Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) provide overall:

  • Management of all employee information.
  • Reporting and analysis of employee information.
  • Company-related documents such as employee handbooks, emergency evacuation procedures, and safety guidelines.
  • Benefits administration including enrollment, status changes, and personal information updating.
  • Complete integration with payroll and other company financial software and accounting systems.
  • Applicant tracking and resume management.

The HRIS that most effectively serves companies tracks:

An effective HRIS provides information on just about anything the company needs to track and analyze about employees, former employees, and applicants. Your company will need to select a Human Resources Information System and customize it to meet your needs.

With an appropriate HRIS, Human Resources staff enables employees to do their own benefits updates and address changes, thus freeing HR staff for more strategic functions. Additionally, data necessary for employee management, knowledge development, career growth and development, and equal treatment is facilitated. Finally, managers can access the information they need to legally, ethically, and effectively support the success of their reporting employees.

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