HR technology solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses

Introducing an HRMS gives smaller enterprises an excuse to upgrade outdated equipment
By Gerson Safran
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/28/2003

It’s nearly an article of faith in the HR community that technology can help human resources departments transform themselves from the administrative gatekeepers of employee files and payroll (little more than the personnel departments of yore) into the strategic partners they want to be.

But too often discussion about HR management systems (HRMS) assume the organization is large with thousands of employees and therefore more likely to need, and able to afford, top-of-the-line systems and the latest upgrades. These discussions often overlook some of the unique issues faced by small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

There are no hard and fast rules for this one, but let’s say small organizations have 100 or fewer employees and a medium-sized one is up to 500 employees. The research shows that there are many more small- and medium-sized organizations than there are large ones, and they employ the majority of the workforce.