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    Small Business HR Technology - What's Changed in Two Years?

    I got a super question in the email yesterday from a reader asking if I had any advice or recommendations for the best, or at least most interesting HR Technology solutions for the small business.

    It is a great topic for sure, and as I was trying to craft some kind of thoughtful response, I turned to the wise wizard of Google to help spur a few ideas by typing 'small business HR Technology' into the 'please tell me what I need to know box' and hoped for some inspiration.Jasper Johns #6 - nothing to do with HR Technology, I just like it

    Of course there were a few sponsored results on the top of the search results, but much to my shock and surpise, the 3rd organic result was a post I had written about Small Business HRIS system over two years ago - 'HR Technology for the Small Business - Core HRIS'.  While it was neat to see one of my posts show up pretty high on page one of the results, it also made me think that two-plus years is an eternity in the technology space, particularly for solutions that are targeted at smaller organizations and even sole entrepreneurs. I took a quick look at the post from 2009, and besides thinking, (this is boring), that it likely is really out-of-date, and thin on depth for other solutions and resources besides Core HRIS that can potentially assist small businesses with HR and recruiting challenges.

    So what has changed in the last two years?  What should the small business, I am thinking under 100 or 150 employee type firms mainly, be thinking about in terms of solutions and resources to meet their HR and Recuiting challenges?  Of course the effects of mobile and social have both grown tremendously in the last two years, but what else? 

    Rather than do what I (lamely) attempted two years ago, and list out 5 or 6 HR Technology solutions that I recommend for the small business, I want to put the challenge out to the readers and to the solution providers to tell me what solutions should be on the small business owner's radar screen. 

    If you are an HR or Recruiting pro in a small business, what tools and technologies have you used that are helping you solve your business challenges?  Please share the names/links in the comments.

    And if you are a small business HR Technology solutions provider - please feel free to describe and pitch your solution in the comments - you never know, in a few days this post might start showing up on the first page of Google search results for 'small business HR Technology', and it might not be a bad thing to have your name and link in the comments.

    So what do you have to recommend?

    Come at me, Bro

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    August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIronflow

    One thing that has not changed is that there are plenty of HR Technology solutions in the market. But what has changed is that small businesses have access to an "all-in-one" performance management system that they can afford. ReviewSNAP, www.reviewsnap.com, offers a performance review, 360 degree survey, compensation, goal management, and ad-hoc reporting module in one solution. Rather than buying them per module you have access to all modules at a price that can be afforded by companies of all shapes and sizes.

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    ReviewSNAP is not new to the market in the last two years, but the additions and enhancements ReviewSNAP has made in the last two years have taken performance management to the next level.

    August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Arringdale

    I would like to see the suggestions because it is not easy to find an affordable solution that does "everything". We have 110 ees in the US/Canada and our HRIS (ADP) is functional but not always pretty. We use the following modules of our HRIS and have moved to mostly paperless operations:
    Recruitment - online posting and application, integrated communications, and Applicant tracking for AAP
    HR - data and reporting
    Manager and Employee self-service
    Benefits - bi-weekly carrier connections, invoicing, Open Enrollment self-service
    Performance Management
    Time management

    Would be interested to see how the others work since I have not really looked in 2 years. Thanks for provoking the conversation (again).

    August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

    Ironflow - Thanks for sharing your information here!

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