HR Goes Mobile | HR Fishbowl

Written on August 24, 2011 by Charlie in Guest Post, Technology, Trench HR

I have trouble keeping up with technological advances; I have an easier time keeping up with what’s fashionable for 9 and 6 year-old girls (my daughters for those of you who might have gone astray with that comment). One thing I know, though, is mobile is where it’s at, baby. And what’s really cool is that mobile is very much migrating into the world of work. I’m not smart enough, though, to impart any wisdom about what’s surfacing as useful and relevant to the Talent Management realm. But it’s important for us to all to keep up with it…So I asked a buddy of mine to get us there. Kyle Lagunas is the HR Analyst at Software Advice. He blogs about technology and trends in human resources by day, and flexes his culinary muscles by night. I think you’ll get some meaty insight from his following guest post…thanks, Kyle!


Today’s anytime-anywhere mobile access is changing the way we do business. When leaving home or the office, what are the must-have items you would never go without? Wallet? Got it. Keys? Yup. Your mobile recruiting application…? Well, sure! With the right apps, users can manage job requisitions, access employee data, and even review employee performance from their mobile devices. HR technology developers have jumped on the mobile bandwagon, and are working hard to bring new solutions for hiring, managing and tracking HR to the mobile market.

Many of the mobile HR tools currently on the market are focused on acquiring and managing talent. However, a new crop of applications are popping up that allow business owners to dive into highly valuable data on the go. While some apps are available as standalone products on the Android Market or iTunes App Store, many SaaS providers have mobile versions of their web applications created specifically for use on mobile devices.

The mobile technology market is growing rapidly, and there are new solutions emerging all the time. But based on functionality, ease of use, and downright coolness, there are a few stand out.

Acquiring Talent

Kenexa 2xMobile allows hiring managers to run their hiring processes on the go. The application focuses on key hiring tasks so you can execute the most basic actions needed to move the hiring process along. This free app syncs with Kenexa’s SaaS-based applicant tracking system, but users must have a Kenexa license.

Jobvite is an innovative candidate sourcing solution that has a lot of people talking. This application enables your employees to send job invitations (or Jobvites) to members of their networks on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook from just about anywhere. To plug in to this tool, though, you’ll need a Jobvite subscription.

Managing Talent

Vortex’sMobileManagerConnect is a web-based workforce management tool that allows users  to manage their operations’ scheduling needs on the go. You can review, edit and approve time cards, violations and time off requests, all of which syncs with existing HR management and payroll systems. The app is free, but users need users Vortex Connect license to use it.

diversityDNA is a mobile diversity training app that offers insights into the impact cultural differences have on workplace conduct. Covering the basics of cultural diversity, this mini course illustrates best practices for communicating in the workplace. This simple, straightforward tool is a great start for businesses interested in enlightening their workforce. The best part? The app is free!

RyppleFeedback is a web-based application that turns performance reviews into a far more engaging experience. Leveraging social networking concepts for a more collaborative experience, Rypple makes it easy for you to recognize achievements and offer regular feedback to your employees. Rypple currently offers various subscription options from free to $9 per user per month.

Additional Resources

HRatYourFingertips is an HR terms and concepts reference tool. Valuable for the layman and guru alike, this application is divided into three sections. The glossary covers 270+ key terms and concepts. The HR Laws section contains information on federal laws, including eligibility and compliance standards. The app also contains a beginner’s guide for writing an employee handbook. This mobile app is currently available only for the iPhone or iPad.

HRConcepts’ MobileBenefits gives employees the ability to tap into health benefit account information on their smart phones. Review claims and account balances, and submit new receipts by taking a picture with their mobile devices. Transmissions are encrypted and secure, and sensitive information is never stored on your mobile device. This straightforward tool takes employee self-service one step further.

What are some applications that are helping make your life easier?

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