Choosing HR software: 10 things to look for

Selecting a new piece of HR software can be a daunting task. There’s a lot to think about. At the end of the day, the chosen software won’t just affect the HR department – it’ll affect the organisation as a whole.

While there’s an understandable element of risk associated with investing in any software, there’s also a huge opportunity for HR. Get it right, and you can greatly improve working processes and boost productivity. By freeing up HR personnel to perform a more strategic role within the organisation, the right HR software can really enhance the value and impact of an organisation’s HR function.

So, you know what you need: a solution that’s going to reduce time-consuming admin, leaving you with both the time to focus on top-level strategy and the tools to turn your vision into reality. It’s just a case of finding a product that fits the bill. For 57% of companies, it’s a decision they’re planning to make in the next 18 months.

Of course, choosing the right product is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you in your search. From where to source recommendations to the questions you should be asking vendors, this guide will set you on the right path to finding the best solution for you. So, where to begin…


Fellow HR professionals are a good place to start. They’ll be able to provide a wealth of information and advice to help inform your choice.

In fact, recent research shows that 59% of business buyers turn to industry peers before making a decision on HR software.While you don’t necessarily need to pull with the crowd, it would be unwise to ignore them altogether.

As well as talking to peers directly, you can follow their discussions on industry forums. Threads on these sites provide detailed, candid reviews on the realities of working with different solutions.

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