The critical first step to purchasing new HR software is always identified as assessing your specific company needs. While all of the experts agree that you must understand your needs before you can begin to determine what you want an HR software solution to do for you, actually assessing needs is easier said than done.
To make this part of your software selection journey easier, we have provided a sample of a needs assessment worksheet. The worksheet is general so as to apply to nearly any type of workplace, but you can tailor it and expand on it to fit your specific industry and company and use it as a guideline for your needs assessment.
|Feature||Priority Ranking||Departments Affected||Gaps in Current Systems||Notes|
|Self Service Portals|
|OSHA and Safety Tracking|
|Reporting and Analytics|
Planned Dates for Important HR Software Selection Milestones
|Vendor Research Completed|
|Shortlist of Vendors Compiled|
|Vendor Demos and Presentations Scheduled|
|Contract Negotiations Completed|
|HR Software Solution Selected|
- Will a Request for Proposal (RFP) be drafted and submitted?
- What is the up-front and monthly budget for HR software?
- Which type of solution is desired? (Hosted, on-site, web-based)
- Will intensive training be required to transition from current systems?
- Will projected future growth alter a system’s ability to meet company needs?
|Best Fit Criteria||Vendor #1||Vendor #2||Vendor #3|
|Do features line up with priorities?|
|Do reviews indicate adequate customer support?|
|Does pricing fall within budgetary limitations?|
|Are contract terms acceptable?|
|Are employees and managers on board with solution?|
Existing Software Integration Capabilities and Needs
|Software Function||Current Vendor||Able to Integrate with Software Options (Select from Shortlist)|
|Time and Attendance Tracking|
|Learning Management and Tracking|
Needs Assessment Goals
Utilizing a worksheet such as the one outlined above won’t guarantee that you will find and purchase the optimal HR software solution for your workplace, but it can help you to assess where your HR processes need work. This in turn can both assist you with selecting new software and with altering your HR processes for optimization. Additionally, a needs assessment can introduce you to functionality that may be new or improved.
After Completing a Needs Assessment
After completing a needs assessment, your organization should be in a better position to begin narrowing down the search for HR software. You can use the information within the worksheet to critically assess vendor comparisons and software summaries in order to determine how well given software will fit your needs.
If you decide to rely on vendor matching consultants, you will have compiled most or all of the information that they will require to assist you with HR software selection. You can easily plug in this information using a vendor matching tool or work side by side with a representative to determine your best HR software options.