The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's HR Software Show (HRSS) is a "Tomorrow's World" for the tech-savvy HR professional. Of the technology on show, that which wasn't quite ahead of the curve certainly wasn't that far behind it.
Certainly, mobile apps are helping to satisfy the needs of those managers and employees who want to access HR and payroll systems while out and about.
Among those unveiling and talking about mobile apps were industry heavyweights Sage and ADP. The former unveiled a mobile app - operating on the iPhone and Blackberry platforms - that enables users to access its HR and payroll systems.
Users of the app can check various personnel services such as holiday requests, absence notification and pay, and line managers will be able to take a departmental view. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes or Blackberry app stores and is free for employees of Sage customers who use the SnowdropKCS HR and payroll package.
ADP marketing manager Nicola Smith said that the HR software giant would soon be releasing mobile apps which would allow out-of-office access to payslips, absence, holidays and other personnel information and systems.
Importance of social media
Meanwhile, social media continues to make its mark on HR.
HR software specialist Access used the HRSS event to give details of a social media site for its customers where they can access reports, post information on their HR software issues and give each other advice. The initiative is called ReportShare
In addition, talent management software specialist SilkRoad chose the show to give some detail of its Point product.
Part of a cloud-based talent management suite, Point offers various social networking features for use in the workplace and enables employees to use forums to post details of expertise and to collaborate with colleagues. Managing director Nick Roi said that Point was being offered to clients for testing.
Employees can be very testing for HR departments; how much better might it be if their queries could be handled automatically without wasting valuable HR time