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What is the HRIS software program?

I am asking because I'm currently in school for an associate's degree in Human Resources. I have not come across this software program at all during my schooling. I'm wondering what it is, the functions of the software program, and are there any classes to take in order to use the program? I've noticed that on most job applications knowing how to use this software program is a requirement. Among other human resource software programs. #computer-software #human-resources #compensation #payroll #talent-acquisition #talent-management

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Adam’s Answer

HRIS, Human Resources Information Systems, are software applications that enable HR professionals to manage their organizations. A good solution (shameless plug, I work for Workday which is widely considered to be the best) will cover every element of an employee lifecycle from recruiting to onboarding (benefits enrollment), time and leave, payroll, performance evaluations and compliance reporting in addition to analytics. A good HRIS provider will enable users to predict things like when an employee might be at risk of leaving the company, or whether top performers are paid at market rate, and which teams work best together.


I know Workday offers internships, so looking for internships with software companies that provide HRIS might be a good place to start. Otherwise, most people get experience with HRIS systems by learning them on the job.


Other companies providing HRIS include: Ultimate, Oracle, SAP/SuccessFactors, SumTotal, Kronos, and more. Google these companies and watch their videos to learn more.

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Joseph A.’s Answer

Hi Montessa,


Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) have evolved over the years from simple electronic record keeping systems to viable workplace tools for human resources professionals. Depending on the sophistication and complexity of the HRIS, they can help HR professionals with maintaining training and development data, performance management, succession planning, recruiting and selection, compensation record-keeping, and many other HR-related activities, Many organizations integrate their payroll systems and time management (time clock) systems with their human resources management systems for better service and interface of information. Some HRIS assist recruiters with resume scanning and storage and can even flag archived resumes for a possible match when jobs become vacant. HRIS have become more sophisticated as the needs of organizations have demanded. Many organizations now permit employees to access parts of the company's HRIS so that employees could update certain information such as change of address or income tax exemptions. Many organizations have scanned employees' hard copy personnel records into their HRIS to go paperless (or as paperless as possible) maintaining electronic employee records. Organizations should select the HRIS that best suits their needs and provides optimal support, although cost can be a factor for some organizations.

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Elliot’s Answer

HRIS, Human Resources Information Systems, are tools that organizations use to help with their Human Resource functions. There are several providers and tools out there! There are a few angles to consider when thinking about careers around HRIS systems. Most folks use HRIS systems as a user, meaning you are executing tasks and initiatives in the system. In the Human Resource field that could look like submitting legal documents for hiring a new employee. There are also more technical options where the employee works behind the scenes building the HRIS system that works for the company.
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Natalie’s Answer

A HRIS is a Human Resources Information System. A HRIS can handle the full employment life cycle including: recruiting, onboarding, benefits, compensation planning, payroll, employee record management. Most of the training you will get with these systems will come from on the job experience.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Montessa!

HRIS stands for Human Resource Information Systems. This is a great field to get into as it's growing fast. More and more companies are evolving from paper based transactions (applications, employee changes, benefits, etc.) and moving into a HR system. These systems can cover anything from applicant tracking (so managing career websites and job postings and candidate applications) to employee payroll, benefits and time keeping.

You can research the internet to learn more about the different systems out there, as there are many, and maybe even visit those companies websites to get a better understanding on how they work.

I have a career in HRIS and I kind of fell into it. I had no idea what HRIS was until I was given an opportunity while in a different position. I learned best by trial and error, and reading up on some user guides. It's a bit difficult to study how a system works without having the ability to go in there and see it. A HRIS internship would be a great foot in the door opportunity.

Best of luck!

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Molly’s Answer

There are many to choose from. Do your research. Use Google, other social media, literature, The Harvard Business Review for researching your topics of interest. See if you can find a professional or two in your area to set up a 30 minute meeting or conference call to ask questions, get insight and feedback. What would they have done differently, if they had known what profession they would end up with? People love to share their stories and it could help you avoid some early mistakes in your career.

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