What is Human Resources Software?

What is Human Resources Software?

Human resource software is designed to help employees and management perform at their full potential and is implemented by businesses of all sizes to boost productivity and overall employee satisfaction.

Effective human resources software will integrate recruiting, onboarding, workforce management, time scheduling and management, payroll solutions and strategic human capital management.

Human resources software is sometimes called human resource management systems (HRMS), human capital management (HCM) and Human resources information systems (HRIS). Though each term sounds different, they all refer to the system a company uses to effectively manage employees.

Why Use Human Resources Software?

If you’ve ever worked in an office, run a company, or owned your own business, you’re most likely familiar with human resources. Whether referring to the term or a department, at its core, human resources is about people. But have you ever thought about the actual system in place to help ensure a company’s people perform at their full potential? Human resource software, or HR software, is designed to do just that.

People are elaborate, and they contain countless components. Likewise, a myriad of features can comprise human resource software, from recruiting, onboarding, and payroll to time management, performance, and retention. Just like people are diverse, there are different kinds of HR software solutions. There’s traditional, on-premises software, which is installed and utilized on individual computers. Today, however, cloud-based software is more prevalent—and often preferred—primarily because of its advanced features and accessibility. Taking technology a step further, software on the cloud can be mobile compatible, which means employees can access important information not only from their desktops, but from anywhere at any time via their laptops, smartphones, and tablets.


UKG’s human resource software, UKG Pro™, is a unified, cloud-based solution that puts people first. It’s engaging, easy to use, and engineered with multiple generations in mind. From hire to retire, UKG Pro simplifies HR so employees can focus on what they do best each day, instead of spending valuable hours filling out mounds of forms or worrying whether they’ll get paid on time. Plus, UKG Pro offers features such as comprehensive performance analytics, so managers always know who’s high-performing or even at high risk of leaving.

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Just because people are complex doesn’t mean HR software has to be. To learn more about how UKG Pro can simplify human resources, check out our HR Solutions page.