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 WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • E

    employee poaching (talent poaching)

    Employee poaching (talent poaching) or job poaching is the recruiting of employees who work at competing companies.

  • employee referral software

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

  • employee resource groups (ERGs)

    Employee resource groups are workplace clubs or more formally realized affinity group organized around a shared interest or identity.

  • employee retention

    Employee retention is the organizational goal of keeping talented employees and reducing turnover by fostering a positive work atmosphere to promote engagement, showing appreciation to employees, and providing competitive pay and benefits and healthy work-life balance.

  • 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.

  • HireVue

    HireVue is a vendor of enterprise video interviewing technology headquartered in Draper, Utah.

  • HR help desk

    HR help desk refers to a central source of information employees can consult about human resource questions.

  • HR service delivery

    HR service delivery is a term used to explain how an organization's human resources department offers services to and interacts with employees.

  • HR technology (human resources tech)

    HR technology (human resources technology) is an umbrella term for software and associated hardware automating the human resources function in organizations.

  • HRIS (human resource information system)

    A human resource information system (HRIS) is software that provides a centralized repository of employee master data that the human resource management (HRM) group needs for completing core human resource (HR) processes.

  • human capital management (HCM)

    Human capital management (HCM) is the comprehensive set of practices for recruiting, managing, developing and optimizing the human resources of an organization.

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