Global HR without the global cost
It is undeniable that today, HR, even at smaller firms, operates on a truly global landscape.
And, at the biggest firms, a global solution can be an absolute necessity. For these firms, the baseline requirements of any HR software is flexibility, inter-connectivity, easy-to-use interfaces – that appear the same wherever the log on is - alongside rigorous security and audit controls.
When HR Grapevine spoke to Michael Howard, Owner & Managing Director, Frontier Software, they explained that with the above being so important, as well as compliance with core local requirements, HR systems must be able to deliver in a flexible manner for truly global firms.
Michael said: “Multi-country, multi-company, multi-currency and language are all needed to deliver a global solution. However, the software must also be adaptable to the working practices of each country, especially for those core elements of HR administration such as holidays, managing leave, compensation payments and specific in-country legislative reporting requirements.
“The software must provide an accurate, up to date view of data from a single source to ensure consistency across the organisation, regardless of real or imagined borders. Consistency and reliability will foster trust in the data and the software.”
However, if your business is considering a global approach to HR there is much to consider – and it’s easy to get caught up intricate parts of the software or roll-outs that didn’t go to plan in the past.
Which is why Michael explained what the baseline deliverables should be when choosing the right software for your HR function.
HR Grapevine has listed these below:
Of course, there is one important element that shouldn’t be forgotten either: cost. Yet, Michael doesn’t believe an outlook that is global in nature should come at an unaffordable cost.
“Thinking global doesn’t have to mean spiralling costs for maintaining the database and infrastructure. The delivery of global HR software in the cloud means there is now a platform for software access and a vendor should be able to offer either a licences approach for software usage, or a subscription model of pricing - an affordable option for all. “Global capability without large investment and complexity is here today and Frontier Software is leading the charge,” they added.