With the expansion of the internet and its services, human resources (HR) mobile apps are becoming common in the workplace to allow employees to directly access information immediately about important issues, such as benefits and compensation, training, and schedules.
Much of today’s workforce is not tied to a desk; instead, it is traveling the globe, working in isolated locations (forests, mines, ships), or working remotely in another state. As such, these workers do not have easy access to the human resources department.
Assuming there are no portal access issues, mobile apps can make life easier for employees who want to see their income for the last two months, to make sure their Social Security number is correct, or to update their personal information.
Well-designed and user-friendly human resource mobile apps essentially create a form of employee self-service. This, in turn, lowers the workload of the HR department, shifting the responsibilities and time spent to the employee.
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Why adopt HR software with mobile accessibility?
Mobile technology is altering the way people interact with one another and is changing the way businesses are organized and operated. It offers the opportunity for organizations to remodel and improve the way human resources deal with their responsibilities. The goal of human resource software is to boost productivity and to provide immediate communications with staff and management.
HR with mobile accessibility can be reached using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone from almost anywhere. The mobile application can be used to view time entries, vacation requests, and benefits, from a convenient location. This type of app is especially useful for organizations with few desk jobs but many employees in different locations.
What makes a good HR app?
Mobile apps can allow employees to stay connected with co-workers, request time off, and check pay stubs on demand. However, there are a number of other useful features:
- On-the-go access
- Intuitive, user-friendly design
- Improved HR efficiency
- Improved regulatory compliance
- Employee self-service
- Secure, easy access to the portal
The challenge with using HR mobile apps
While in some cases problems can arise due to user error, there are issues that can occur that require replacing or investing in devices that will allow employees to access the mobile app portal. Most mobile HR apps are supported on both Android and iOS. However, before making a decision, companies should ensure their employees have a compatible phone or tablet to use the app.
HR solutions with the best mobile experience
There is a reasonable selection of human resources mobile apps that serve a variety of business sizes and industries. Listed below are some of the more efficient, user-friendly HR mobile apps.
When I Work
When I Work is a simple and easy-to-use human resources application that offers features for clocking in and out, employee attendance, and managing shift schedules as well as a team chat app for easy employee communication. In addition, it has an online time clock with GPS that saves time on tracking employee hours by sending hours directly to payroll with a few clicks.
The Homebase employee scheduling app is especially good for restaurants and retail businesses that hire hourly employees. It lets employees see their schedules, and it sends out reminders. This software package also tracks business performance, providing a real-time view of labor costs and sales. Additionally, it helps in staying compliant with the labor and scheduling laws. In addition, Homebase integrates easily with a number of popular payroll providers, and employee timesheets are formatted automatically for easy and seamless communications.
The software provided by Freshteam provides basic features, such as scheduling and time-off requests, but the software emphasizes recruiting staff and simplifying the hiring process. As such, it works well for forming short-term project teams and for supporting interview scheduling and hiring new staff. Moreover, it is designed for businesses with less than 50 employees and using multiple job boards.
BambooHR is an easy-to-use software designed for growing businesses with between 50 and 500 employees. It offers a variety of basic features in one application that are easy to understand and navigate and automate a variety of tedious HR functions to ease the management of employee information.
Rippling is a well-designed and easy-to-use HR software package with a mobile app that is praised for its user interface. It is good for companies using a variety of software applications and has a number of useful features, such as the Time Clock Kiosk, which makes managing hourly employees easy. In addition, the Rippling mobile app makes it easy for employees to view pay stubs, find coworkers’ contact info, and manage passwords. And many of its features are accessible with a single tap in the appropriate spot on a smartphone or tablet.
Selecting the best HR mobile apps
Seeking mobile app HR software specific to your business’s needs requires a little research. Be sure to consider the tasks your HR personnel perform and how a mobile software solution might help identify functions needing automation and help allow your HR team to focus on increasing employee engagement.