Human Resource Management – How To Make It Easier

Human resource (HR) management covers a wide variety of functions within an organisation including employee management, talent acquisition, payroll, development, and performance. Therefore, by definition HR management can be a time consuming, administrative headache. So what can you do to make it easier?

There are numerous HR software products and platforms available to manage different elements of your business so we have looked at some of the most popular tools available to help you and/or your managers.

Our suggestions should help you to carry out HR tasks with the least amount of fuss.

Charlie HR

Charlie HR is an HR platform for small businesses that solve the challenges that chew up time on a day to day basis. As a platform that every SME should be using to keep all team members in the loop. It pledges to get rid of administrative headaches and empower teams with easy access to everything from key documents and contact details to leave requests and payroll info. From a guided onboarding process for new hires and a secure team directory to a holiday booking system and smart notifications, Charlie exists to automate many of the arduous tasks that come with building teams, so businesses can focus on the people themselves.

Benefits include

  • Manage time off
  • Company time off
  • Employee records
  • Company structure
  • On/offboarding
  • Notifications
  • Reporting

Charlie HR offers a 14 free trial and then if you find this is the right platform for you and your business it will cost £4.00 per person per month.


BambooHR is a platform designed for small and mid-sized businesses, providing small and growing companies with a user-friendly platform where they can migrate data from complex spreadsheets to a modern Human Resource Information System (HRIS) that fits their specific requirements.

BambooHR’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can administer all aspects of the employee’s life cycle, and provide the necessary personnel visibility using strategic indicators such as retention and turnover.

The platform provides a sleek and modern its interface with a comprehensive feature suite that includes all relevant HR functions, personnel data modules, tracking capabilities, and advanced reporting opportunities.

The system utilizes a mechanism to follow the performance, which makes it a very good choice for growing companies.

Benefits include:

    • Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
    • Employee Self Onboarding
    • Time-Off Management
    • Employee Database and Records
    • HR Reporting
    • Custom Workflows
    • Electronic Signatures
    • Mobile App
    • Employee Satisfaction with eNPS surveys

BambooHR also offers the possibility to integrate it with more than 20 HR systems and business management apps.

When it comes to pricing BambooHR has a quote-based pricing scheme, where each package tailored to meet the needs of each client. However, they provide the option to take a free trial to ensure their platform is what you are actually looking for.


Namely is a comprehensive human resources platform that unifies components of payroll, talent management, and benefits in a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system.

Namely is ideal for mid-market companies in just about any industry, and it’s suitable for companies that are seeking a platform that can be configured to match their unique company infrastructure.

The platform provides a human resources information system (HRIS) offering a centralized location to store employee information. It is an end-to-end HR, payroll, and benefits solution that easily fits well into any company culture. The system comes with a robust set of features, all designed to simplify and accelerate HR processes and workflows. Among the offerings it brings to the table include payroll, benefits administration, a robust HRIS, 360° performance reviews, time off tracking, goals, team planning, reporting, and more. Users can scale the system based on their needs and business requirements.

Benefits include:

  • Mobile App
  • Custom Profiles
  • Org Charts
  • Time Off Tracking
  • Reporting
  • Calendar
  • Resources
  • Roles and Permissions
  • Workflows
  • Employee Wellness
  • Commuter
  • Non-traditional offerings

When it comes to Client support, Namely provides a dedicated Account Manager for each client and can deliver 24/7 support in using all features within Namely’s platform.

The technology they use is very simple and straightforward plus highly scalable. Namely gives users the edge when it comes to HR management.

Given the benefits of Namely the pricing information is available only upon request.


BreatheHR offers streamlined employee profiles, so you and your business stay organised. Through the application, employees can manage many of their own HR functions. Employee information can include documents, performance reviews, and absences, all in one place. You can also store ID documents, pay information, education data, contracts, and much more.

A company library enables you to publish and communicate important information to employees. It also allows you to choose to share information with specific people or the entire company to ensure everyone stays up to date on company policies and other time-sensitive documents. You can even track who has read a particular document and send gentle reminders to those who haven’t.

The employee dashboard allows workers to see at a glance how much holiday time they have remaining, deliverables coming due, expense reports, an employee directory, and more. The platform also allows you to create reports to identify patterns and share them with managers.

Benefits include

  • Holiday booking
  • Performance management
  • Control sickness absence
  • Employee records
  • Document
  • Expenses and Time Logging
  • Custom fields

Breather HR also offer a 14-day free trial. Pricing then starts at £9/month and scales based on the number of employees.


People HR is designed for small to mid-sized businesses and provides a platform for all key HR functions, including applicant tracking, personnel tracking, performance review, and more.

As the platform is a cloud-based solution can also be accessed from anywhere at any time and includes an employee-tracking database, that allows users to create new employee records, fill in key contact information, and store documents. Unlimited document storage is also accommodated on the platform, so users can attach as much paperwork is necessary to each employee profile.

Within the applicant tracking module of PeopleHR, users can create new job offerings, as well as build out a custom career page that matches the branding of a company’s site. Each job posting can be completely customized. Once a candidate applies, they’re added to the recruitment pipeline, and recruiters can view all candidate information.

Within the performance module, employees can request 360-degree reviews for receiving feedback from peers. Managers can set goals for employees, and track their progress in real time.

People HR Prices vary depending on the number of employees and the level of plan.

We hope our pick of the best HR software platforms helps you to consider if your HR needs would be more streamlined and less time consuming if they were in the cloud rather than on your desk or in that to do pile!

Remember under GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 as an employer you have a wealth of employee data and possession of that personal data also brings a responsibility to ensure that it is securely held and used in a responsible manner. The new standards introduce greater levels of transparency, security and accountability. HR software can help with HR and Data Protection compliance.