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Making the decision to acquire a new HRIS is an exciting prospect. HRIS can help organizations progress, develop, and grow faster, increasing productivity and ultimately earning potential. However, the beginning of the journey can be intimidating, as the information to process is abundant.

The ultimate success of the system relies on making the right selection, proper implementing and training, and using it in ways that are beneficial to the company. Therefore, the first steps are critical.

Figure Out Why You Need It

The very first step of the HRIS journey is to figure out why your organization needs a HRIS. Typically, there are some processes that could stand more efficiency. Making a list of which system processes you believe could benefit from automation is a great first step and can provide focus and clarity for the rest of the journey.

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Consult Key Managers and Employees

After a preliminary list has been drawn up, consulting key managers and employees can help to refine the priorities for the system. Managers and employees from different departments may have different ideas about what would be of greatest benefit to the organization, which can provide a fresh perspective and new insights.

Perform Due Diligence

Before settling on top priorities for a new HRIS, due diligence should be performed. This may include tracking exactly how much time is needed to complete certain tasks that have been identified as inefficient using the current system. Then one must calculate how much money or how many hours could be saved by automating those tasks.

Having quantitative data can help you clearly see what would benefit the organization the most. During this process, it’s best to show those results to everyone involved in the decision making.

Establish the Budget

Some organizations make the mistake of establishing the budget during the first phase of the HRIS journey. With a firm idea of needed features, you can better research the common cost of those features through top HRIS vendors and make more informed decisions about how much the total costs may be with purchase, installation, and training. Acquiring all of this information before establishing a budget will help to prevent overrunning the budget later.

Contact Vendors

Vendors can provide demos that allow you to picture exactly how their solution will work in your organization. Vendors will explain how they can help with implementation and training, which may  add value to a system and save time. It may also be possible to negotiate with vendors and score better prices or bundle deals for additional features.

Establish Implementation Timeline

Figuring out an implementation strategy and timeline can help save a lot of headaches and increase the efficiency of the project from the get-go. If the vendor offers to send a representative to assist with implementation and training, it may be worth the added expense. Otherwise, it may be helpful to hire a HRIS consultant to help configure the system to meet the needs of the organization and manage the project from start to finish.

Taking these steps before purchase of a new HRIS can help to ensure success and a good return on investment. It can also help you clearly see if the journey will be worth it before setting out.

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Authored by: Dave Rietsema