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Small tech budget? Try tapping into HR apps

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Human resources departments with small budgets can turn to a growing variety of free and low-cost mobile and web-based applications to increase efficiency and cut costs.

Here’s a sampling of what’s available:

Several apps help you in managing HR systems. Example: Waypointhr.com’s free app tracks employee records such as performance reviews, attendance data and exit interviews. Additional for-fee add-ons provide more functions.

Also, OrangeHRM.com’s free app manages personnel information, recruitment, benefits, attendance and more. The site’s app store sells add-on modules in several areas, including résumé archiving, training and HR policies. Add-on costs range from $100 to $1,500.

Hiring, recruitment and applicant tracking apps are also available.

Applicantstack.com’s e-recruitment software costs $65 to $350 per month, depending on the number of people who use the software and the applicant capacity required. The Resumator.com costs $49 to over $199 per month, depending on the number of job openings an organization fills at one time. Jobvite.com offers a for-fee app that enables HR to recruit candidates through social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Some specialize in a specific area:

  • HRatyourfingertips.com is a free reference app that includes a glossary of more than 270 HR terms and defines key federal employment laws.
  • HRconcepts.biz provides a free self-service benefits app that enables employees to check balances, transactions and claims for HSA, FSA and HRA health benefit accounts.
  • Gradience.com’s app specializes in attendance and timekeeping. Cost: $219. Another version of the tool includes an “FMLA Tracker” for $459.

Online resources: To identify top HR apps, go to www.softwareadvice.com (under the By Application tab, click on Human Resources) or www.appappeal.com (click on Employment in left column, then HR Management).

13 great apps for employees: To find a description of 13 great apps to help keep employees on task and in maximum productivity mode, go to www.theHRSpecialist.com/13apps.

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