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‍What processes or features do you wish your HRIS supported?

From "the ability to export employee data" to "self-service," here are eight answers from HR leaders on which features should exist in an HRIS:

  • Approve Team Leave

  • Help With Equipment Management

  • Workforce Planning Headcount Reconciliation

  • Headcount Planning

  • Ability to Export & Import Employee Data

  • Creating Customized Reports

  • Employee Self-service

  • Company Stock Options Eligibility

Approve Team Leave

Our HRIS doesn’t have a feature that allows managers to approve or disapprove their own leave requests. This can be a problem because it means an HR rep has to physically look over their shoulders and review their requests. This process is both time-consuming and difficult to scale. It’s something I wish our HRIS had because it would take a lot of strain off our HR team and make things easier for our managers.In addition, managers might feel micromanaged by HR because they have to approve their own leave requests. It can create a bad work culture where people feel over-scrutinized and micromanaged. That’s why it’s important to have a system that can automate this process, so it’s less hands-on for HR and managers alike.

Help With Equipment Management

Every year, companies get closer to developing the ultimate HRIS Software. Unfortunately, to date it simply does not exist. One feature I wish our current ATS offered is a robust system for managing equipment. With approximately half of our workforce remote, the ability to deploy, track and receive equipment seamlessly would be a serious value add for my team. My team could seriously increase our productivity if our current HRIS could differentiate between the different types of equipment needed for different teams and provide hassle-free options for employees to return equipment at offboarding. As our company continues to grow, this need will only increase. Our HRIS does a lot for us. Adding this functionality would be an amazing help to my organization and others with similar challenges.

Workforce Planning Headcount Reconciliation

I love a strong HRIS tool!  However, none are able to definitively show headcount planned growth vs actual headcount in real-time. Meaning, if you are a high-growth company that is hiring over 100 employees a year, and need to run reports or analytics against your actual growth in a point of time to manage your spend and runway. It's a very manual process where HR needs to closely partner with finance to reconcile target versus actual in any given month. It would save both functions countless hours on spreadsheets from various systems to create a report. Hours that could be spent driving strategic initiatives, instead of back-office spreadsheets.

Melissa Bruno, Chief People Officer

Headcount Planning

One of the most challenging processes HR professionals do each year is plan and track headcount. The process requires attention to detail, data integrity and the ability to model out different scenarios. For smaller companies without a robust HR system like Workday, this typically means building complex spreadsheets that require pulling reports from their HRIS. If an HRIS could enable that process within the tool itself, it would save time and increase accuracy, transparency and outcomes for the headcount planning process.

Rachel Kleban, CEO & Principal Consultant, Rachel Kleban, LLC 

Ability to Export & Import Employee Data

One feature that my HRIS cannot currently support is the ability to export employee data in a format that can be automatically uploaded into other applications. This would be extremely beneficial to me since I often have to hire employees from other companies and need their resumes and references quickly to get them on board.The HRIS I use now does not have this feature and I am forced to manually enter the data for each employee. This can take hours depending on how many years of employment history they have, and it is very time-consuming.

Creating Customized Reports

There are many features and processes that an HRIS can support, but there are always ways to improve them. One feature that I wish my HRIS had is the ability to create customized reports. Currently, the system only allows for a few standard reports, which can be useful in some situations. However, there are often times when I need specific data that is not included in those reports. For example, I might want to know how many employees have taken advantage of our tuition reimbursement program in the past year. I could easily pull that information if I could create a custom report. Another process that I wish my HRIS could support is online onboarding. We still require new employees to come into the office on their first day to complete paperwork and other tasks. However, if our HRIS could support online onboarding, new employees could complete most of those tasks before their first day, making the onboarding process more efficient.

Employee Self-service

HRIS does not support employee self-service. It might be challenging for SMBs to keep their employee-related data updated. Organizations like ours that have outgrown their startup size and are considering enlarging the HR team to handle the increased workload can rely on HRIS technologies that come with a self-service portal.Employee Self-Service (ESS) in HRIS will be a valuable feature for addressing this issue. By giving employees access to their personal information (such as their profile, time off, benefits, or payroll), HR personnel can reduce the amount of time they spend on tedious administrative work. 

Company Stock Options Eligibility

One process or feature that an HRIS can't currently support, but I wish it did, is a way to let employees know whether they are eligible for company stock options. Stock options are a great way to motivate and reward employees, but they're only available to employees who have been with the company for a certain amount of time. This information is usually stored in a spreadsheet or database, but it would be great if there was a way for employees to check and see for themselves whether they are eligible. 

This would save time for both employees and HR staff, and it would also help to ensure that stock options are only given to employees who are eligible. In the future, I hope that this feature will be added to HRIS systems so that everyone can keep track of this information and know exactly how stock options are being allocated.

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What features do HR leaders wish their HRIS platforms supported?

HR leaders desire features such as the ability to approve team leave, assist with equipment management, support workforce planning and headcount reconciliation, facilitate headcount planning, enable easy export and import of employee data, allow for the creation of customized reports, provide employee self-service capabilities, and indicate eligibility for company stock options.

Why is the ability to approve team leave important for HR leaders?

HR leaders highlight the importance of a feature that allows managers to approve or disapprove their own leave requests. Automating this process can alleviate strain on HR teams, make it easier for managers, and contribute to a healthier work culture by reducing feelings of micromanagement.

How can HRIS platforms assist with equipment management?

HRIS platforms could enhance productivity by offering robust systems for managing equipment, particularly for remote workforces. This would involve tracking, deploying, and receiving equipment seamlessly, streamlining processes for both HR teams and employees.

What challenges do HR leaders face in headcount planning?

HR leaders express challenges in headcount planning, particularly in high-growth companies where manual processes are required to reconcile planned versus actual headcount. They seek HRIS solutions that provide real-time visibility into workforce growth and facilitate accurate reporting to manage spending effectively.

How does the ability to export and import employee data benefit HR leaders?

HR leaders find it time-consuming to manually enter employee data when hiring from other companies. They desire HRIS platforms that support the automatic export and import of employee data, enabling quick onboarding and enhancing efficiency in the hiring process.


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