What Are the Easiest Human Resources Management Systems?

By Jack SteinLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 7:19:38 PM ET
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As the tasks of HR departments intensify, so should the technical capabilities of the software solutions managed by every organization. Efficient Human Resources Management Systems (HRMS) work to help companies meet the constantly changing demands of evolving technology. The best systems feature both Human Capital Management (HCM) and Human Resource Information System (HRIS) technology and focus mostly on reducing costs and managing workforce roles like employee productivity, time off and hiring.

With an array of software solutions to consider, pricing and essential features become key factors in the decision making process. You want to select a product that fits your budget but also provides all the functionality you need to manage your human resource operations. The best options are often software solutions that are highly rated by your peers, offer real-time analytics and work efficiently for the long haul. To help you find your desired Human Resources Management System, we've analyzed various solutions to determine the top contenders when it comes to ease of use and efficient operation.


BambooHR is a cloud-based HRMS for small and midsize businesses, who can use the application’s diverse features to efficiently manage payroll processing, time tracking, applicant tracking, automated alerts and employee data analytics. It also offers customization tools, numerous administrative functions and resources for customer assistance and inactive staff management. Administrators can grant access to all the workers for certain tasks or completely restrict access to HR personnel who need it.

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The BambooHr system uses a subscription-based pricing format (pay-per-employee) and includes a one-time implementation fee. It's compatible with both iOS and Android devices for mobile recruiting and hiring.


As a product of Ultimate Software, UltiPro is a cloud-based HCM software solution aimed at helping companies process payroll faster and more efficiently and facilitate ongoing staff recruitment and training. This configurable software system can also administer workplace surveys to gather employee feedback related to the workplace. Organizations can leverage those surveys as well as other business intelligence and reporting functionality across all of its solutions.

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Through UltiPro, Ultimate Software manages millions of cloud-based employee records across various industries worldwide. It's compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS operating systems.


Bitrix24 software is a free business management suite that's ideal for all company sizes and is currently being used by more than six million businesses worldwide. Organizations use the software to manage, engage and reward employees using likes and badges. It features real-time communication, an employee registry, workflow automation, a report builder and a self-service system that employees can access themselves.

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The system allows users to store and search for human resource (HR) files and employee contracts in one location. Moreover, its social intranet assists in training employees and workflow management. Administrators can establish and maintain employee access permissions and record their organizational charts in the database as well.


With an easy-to-use platform, Zenefits includes most of what startups and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need for benefits administration in its array of HR solutions. It features well-being and performance apps that integrate with consulting services and linked partner applications to significantly improve HR administration. Startups and small businesses can choose either Zen, Growth or Essentials pricing packages to manage their human resources effectively at the level they need.

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Zoho People (Zoho HR)

Zoho People software is a cloud-based human resource solution that favors all business sizes. From employee leave and attendance management to employee self-service and time tracking, Zoho People has it all covered. It features drag and drop functionality, HR file cabinet, form customization and appraisals, and much more. The application is compatible with HP-UX, Mac OS, AIX, Windows, Linux and Solaris systems. With the free version, you can add up to five workers. Monthly access for larger numbers of employees are subject to a pay-per-employee pricing system.

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APS Software

APS' mission is to make payroll and human resource management easier. Since 1996, APS software has provided payroll and tax compliance services to small to midsize businesses. In 2004, the company switched to its current cloud-based solution for workforce management. Apart from managing employee payrolls and attendance, APS software is also part of the ACA Compliance Group. Employees and administrators can access the APS system from any computer or smartphone.

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iCIMS is packed with features that cover the human resources needs of SMBs. It seamlessly connects HCM and HRIS to form an efficient, end-to-end business recruitment platform. The system consists of award-winning recruitment marketing, hiring and advanced communication suites that help reduce management costs and the time to hire new personnel.

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