Human Resource Information System (HRIS) - Meaning & Definition

Published by MBA Skool Team, Last Updated: May 10, 2013

What is Human Resource Information System (HRIS)?

A cross between Human Resource Management and Information Technology, Human Resource Information System is software solution to perform the HR functions of an organization. The goal of the HRIS is to maximize capacity, accuracy and reliability by merging different parts of human resource management such as payroll, benefits management, employee engagement and training, streamlining the processes and transforming it into a less capital intensive system.

HRIS mainly uses integrated databases on which are built a comprehensive set of applications such as leave applications, manpower budgeting, expenses, etc. It also provides reporting and analysing capabilities to the user which makes the day-to-day function of the HR a lot less cumbersome.

Most Popular Modules

The most popular modules that can be found in various HRIS across organizations are:

  • Employee Self-Service (Leaves, Attendance, Profile)
  • Training (Schedules, Courses)
  • Recruitment (Requisitions, Candidate Applications, Manpower budgeting)
  • Benefits Administration
  • Performance Management (Appraisal)

Example: Many organizations implement an HRIS in co-ordination with their HR and IT departments. This includes all the modules stated above plus others. Example of such a system is Peoplesoft. Sometimes, organizations choose to implement an ERP along with some of the basic modules as stated above.

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