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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:’s free app tracks employee records such as performance reviews, attendance data and exit interviews. Additional for-fee add-ons provide more functions.

Also,’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.’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 costs $49 to over $199 per month, depending on the number of job openings an organization fills at one time. 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:

  • is a free reference app that includes a glossary of more than 270 HR terms and defines key federal employment laws.
  • provides a free self-service benefits app that enables employees to check balances, transactions and claims for HSA, FSA and HRA health benefit accounts.
  •’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 (under the By Application tab, click on Human Resources) or (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

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