HR Software Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing human resources and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting or using the search box below.

  • C

    corporate travel management software

    Corporate travel management (CTM) software is a computer program or suite designed to oversee, regulate, and coordinate the travel activities and expenses of a company's employees.

  • corporate wellness technology

    Corporate wellness technology is software, and sometimes associated hardware, that human resources departments use to improve and manage workers' health and well-being.

  • E


    E-recruitment, also known as online recruitment, is the practice of using technology and in particular Web-based resources for tasks involved with finding, attracting, assessing, interviewing and hiring new personnel.

  • electronic resume

    An electronic resume is a plain text (ASCII), PDF or HTML document that provides an employer with information regarding a job candidate's professional experience, education and job qualifications and is meant to be read by a computer program instead of by a human being.

  • employee assessment software

    Employee assessment software is technology that helps an organization determine to what degree a job candidate is a match for an open position.

  • employee engagement

    Employee engagement is a human resources (HR) metric generally considered to be the willingness of an employee to expend discretionary effort at work.

  • employee engagement software

    Employee engagement software helps workers feel more satisfied with their jobs and absorbed in the mission and culture of their organization, and, therefore, more productive and effective.

  • employee experience

    Employee experience is the depth and breadth of how a worker perceives his job and the company for which he works, across the entire employee life cycle.

  • employee life cycle

    Employee life cycle -- sometimes spelled as employee lifecycle -- is an HR model that identifies the different stages a worker advances through in an organization and the role HR plays in optimizing that progress.

  • employee referral software

    Employee referral software is technology that enables HR managers to collect candidate recommendations from current employees to fill job openings.

  • employee self-service (ESS)

    Employee self-service (ESS) is a widely used human resources technology that enables employees to perform many job-related functions, such as applying for reimbursement, updating personal information and accessing company benefits information -- which was once largely paper-based, or otherwise would have been maintained by management or administrative staff.

  • expense report software

    Expense report software is a computer program or suite that provides enterprise administrators with a clear picture of the organization's spending through automated analytics and reporting.

  • H

    Halogen Software Inc.

    Halogen Software Inc. is a talent management software vendor.

  • Hawthorne effect

    The Hawthorne effect is the modification of behavior by study participants in response to their knowledge that they are being observed or singled out for special treatment.

  • HipChat

    Atlassian HipChat allows employees to collaborate, work as teams and manage goals, all in real time, whether they work in the same office building or are located around the world.