SelectHR Lite brings human resources functionality to SMEs

23rd July 2010

Access, the mid-market consulting, software and solutions provider is putting HR functionality into the hands of small businesses with the release of SelectHR Lite. The special version of the software, aimed at companies with less than 150 employees comes with full HR functionality and is available on a monthly subscription model making it more attractive for companies that wouldn't be able to justify the capital investment.

The move by Access, which follows its successful re-branding last year is part of a growing trend among solutions providers to offer broader HR solutions to the mid-market.  Alex Reeves, marketing director at Access told FSN, “companies with fewer than 250 employees struggle with HR issues. They are big enough to have serious compliance issues but often too small to employ an HR Director, but automation frees up valuable time to keep up to speed with constantly changing statutory requirements.”

Reeves told FSN that the SelectHR Liteproduct provides both HR and Payroll capability but confirmed there are no plans on the table to branch out into HR advice.

"We've simply included the parts of the solution that are suitable for a smaller customer and delivered a great HR solution at an affordable price," said Dee Caporali, sales director at Access Select, the HR and payroll solutions arm of Access. "Using a rental model really opens it up to companies of every size."

Having functional HR software can greatly reduce the burden on the HR department with modules that store and search employee records in an efficient way, whether it's for training and recruitment purposes or absence and holidays. SelectHR Lite has self-service as an optional extra which allows all employees to maintain their own basic records, again greatly reducing the workload of human resources, as personal records, training, holidays and absence requests can all be entered individually via the dashboard on each employee's computer.  This not only saves time but also reduces the need for rekeying essential information.

"The market for HR software has traditionally been larger companies; small businesses may have wanted the functionality but it was not financially possible," continued Dee. "As well as being affordable, there's also very little in the way of installation required, and all staff can use it via their desktop web browser - it's the closest solution to an off-the-shelf product you can get."