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.

  • N

    nine-box grid

    The nine-box grid is a human resource management (HRM) tool used by supervisors to rate the performance and potential of employees.

  • O

    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a performance management framework designed to encourage companies to set, communicate and monitor broad organizational goals and results.

  • organizational network analysis (ONA)

    Organizational network analysis (ONA) is a quantitative method for modeling and analyzing how communications, information, decisions and resources flow through an organization.

  • P

    Passive Candidate

    A passive candidate (passive job candidate) is anyone in the workforce who is not actively looking for a job.

  • payroll software

    Payroll software automates the process of paying salaried, hourly and contingent employees.

  • performance and accountability reporting (PAR)

    Performance and accountability reporting (PAR) is the process of compiling and documenting factors that quantify an institution's profitability, efficiency and adherence to budget, comparing actual results against original targets.

  • performance management software

    Performance management software is designed to improve business performance by spurring employee productivity.

  • R

    radical candor

    Radical candor is a management technique that focuses on challenging employees directly while also caring for each person on a personal level.

  • recruitment

    Recruitment is the process of finding, screening, hiring and eventually onboarding job candidates.

  • recruitment management system

    A recruitment management system (RMS) is a set of tools designed to manage the recruiting process.

  • recruitment marketing

    Recruitment marketing is the combination of strategies and tools used by an organization to engage and nurture potential talent in the pre-applicant phase.

  • recruitment process outsourcing (RPO)

    Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) involves an employer turning the responsibility of finding potential job candidates over to a third-party service provider.

  • reference checking software

    Reference checking software is programming that automates the process of contacting and questioning the references of job applicants.The entire process occurs on the Internet and may be used independently or integrated with an applicant tracking system.

  • S

    social media recruiting (social media recruitment)

    Social media recruiting is an HR strategy to better attract active and passive job candidates.

  • social sourcing

    Social sourcing, also called social recruiting, is a type of e-recruitment in which recruiters and HR managers search for job candidates by using social media sites. It can also refer to the process of gathering referrals from employees to staff a position or to posting an opening on social media websites. 

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