The 7 Best HR Software To Help Your Business Thrive in 2022

Choosing a human resources (HR) software is important as it acts as a moderator between an employer and their employees. It helps manage and automate critical HR tasks, such as recruitment, talent management, onboarding, benefits administration, attendance tracking, and performance management.

The right HR software can improve the lives of HR professionals by helping to streamline all their tasks. However, selecting the wrong software could overburden their work. To help you shortlist the right tool, we’ve created a list of top-rated HR software solutions that have received top ratings by real software users like you.

This report recognizes seven products that stood out among 1000+ applications in 16 HR-related categories to deliver excellent value, according to feedback from thousands of reviews from software users.

Here’s our list of seven products, selected based on their appearance in at least eight FrontRunners reports—our annual reports that rate the top software products based on user reviews. The products that appeared in the most FrontRunners reports appear at the top of the list.

  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 8

ClearCompany is a talent management software solution designed for businesses of all sizes. It helps manage recruiting, employee onboarding, applicant tracking, performance management, and other HR functions.

Scores for categories in which ClearCompany is listed

Scores for categories in which ClearCompany is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about ClearCompany:

Pros:

  • “I like how easy to give users access and the customer service is great and helpful.”
  • “We use Clear Company not only for Recruiting purposes, but also for background checks/screenings. The Recruiting site is great and easy to create a requisition and monitor the applicants.”
  • “That I can upload files like Caliper tests, emails and additional info to a candidates profile and the same for employees. Like union cards, intern confirmation letters to name a couple.”

Cons:

  • “If same candidate applies for 10 different positions, you will actually have to open each application. Also, running reports is tricky.”
  • “Notes don’t transfer to new application for candidate, no notifications on actions from managers.”
  • “So I don’t like that I don’t have an overview in the dashboard of what internal packet items have not been completed.”


Source

FrontRunners reports that listed ClearCompany in 2022: Employee Engagement, 360 Degree Feedback, Onboarding, HR, Performance Management, Recruiting, Applicant Tracking, Talent Management


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 7

BambooHR is an HR software solution designed for small and growing companies. It helps businesses streamline their employees’ employment lifecycle, from recruiting to retirement, using a single centralized tool.

Scores for categories in which BambooHR is listed

Scores for categories in which BambooHR is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about BambooHR:

Pros:

  • “There is so much to love about BambooHR. From the user perspective, it is very easy to keep track of work time, PTO, and to communicate with the HR department.”
  • “The Customer Service team at BambooHR is great and always accessible. Most importantly, it is easy to use – which was important to us for our more technology-averse employees.”
  • “I love the Time Clock and its ease of use. Also, like that I can literally take care of all of my HR needs in one place.”

Cons:

  • “We had a difficult time converting the time off feature to accommodate our accrual system and flex time (earned days off).”
  • “I don’t like how the way of viewing company files works. It is not user friendly and there have been a few times where it gets stuck.”
  • “From a salesforce admin perspective – it’s a bit limited on reporting and integrations. I am not even able to get HR to send me reports on new hires ahead of time so that I can provision users.”


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FrontRunners reports that listed BambooHR in 2022: Talent Management, Attendance Tracking, Onboarding, HR, Recruiting, Applicant Tracking, Performance Management


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 7

Connecteam is an all-in-one HR software solution that helps businesses better manage their HR and daily functions, from employee training and recognition and rewards to employee scheduling and task management.

Scores for categories in which Connecteam is listed

Scores for categories in which Connecteam is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about Connecteam:

Pros:

  • “The Time Clock and messaging features attracted me and then there are so many other bonus features that adopting Connecteam was a very easy decision.”
  • “I also love the capacity to develop and implement different workflows based on our needs. Finally, when I ever I have an idea or design question, the team at Connecteam is always ready to help.”
  • “I love how easy it is to make my staff’s weekly schedule on this app. My staff loves the clock in and out feature.”

Cons:

  • “If the person who created the job is away, there is no way to see the message.”
  • “One of the cons of connecteam for me is the fact that you get charged when sending a text message through the number on the directory list.”
  • “I dislike that I can’t book 1-2-1 sessions for employees – a live timetable I can send front end to customers so they can book my employees out per session.”


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FrontRunners reports that listed Connecteam in 2022: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Time Clock, HR, Attendance Tracking, Workforce Management, Employee Scheduling


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 7

Eddy is an all-in-one HR tool designed for small and midsize businesses. It streamlines tedious HR processes, such as application tracking and employee onboarding. It also assists in improving the employee experience by allowing businesses to move away from paper- and spreadsheet-based tasks.

Scores for categories in which Eddy is listed

Scores for categories in which Eddy is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about Eddy:

Pros:

  • “The hiring features within eddy are self explanatory and easy to use. When I am looking to hire, I can easily check the candidates that have applied or are in the middle of the process.”
  • “One of the features I like most about the software, is the Onboarding for new employees. I love that I can send an invitation with a welcoming message and all the paperwork needed for our new hires.
  • “The employee profiles have made it easy for me to track my employees performance reviews, raises, etc.””

Cons:

  • “Also getting out of state Tax stuff set up has been a pain.”
  • “I feel the software should have access to review paystubs and pay info. Having a separate website is a hassle and inconvenient.”
  • “Its a little annoying that in order to go from one employees profile to another that I have to go all the way back to the list of employees and search for the next.”


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FrontRunners reports that listed Eddy in 2022: Time Clock, HR, Onboarding, Attendance Tracking, Recruiting, Talent Management, Applicant Tracking.


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 6

TimeForge is a workforce management solution that streamlines various HR functions, such as hiring, onboarding, employee compliance, employee scheduling, attendance tracking, task management, reporting, and analytics.

Scores for categories in which TimeForge is listed

Scores for categories in which TimeForge is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about TimeForge:

Pros:

  • “Personally, I really liked the sales forecasting tool. We were able to use this to help our managers create weekly schedules and enforce a labor cost percentage.”
  • “Easy to create schedules and disseminate pertinent information to staff.”
  • “I like most that we can view our documents remotely. Can check time of team members from headquarters office.”

Cons:

  • “The only negative feedback that I can provide would be around enterprise-wide messaging. I would like to see more granularity in messaging recipients.”
  • “Too many available reports and can be a struggle to find the specific one you are looking for.”


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FrontRunners reports that listed TimeForge in 2022: Time Clock, Workforce Management, Attendance Tracking, HR, Employee Scheduling, Applicant Tracking


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 5

Paylocity is an online payroll and HR software solution that helps businesses of all sizes manage a wide variety of functions, including payroll, HR, attendance, hiring, onboarding, talent management, workforce management , and applicant tracking.

Scores for categories in which Paylocity is listed

Scores for categories in which Paylocity is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about Paylocity

Pros:

  • “Paylocity has been the best HR resource I have used. It’s easy to use to manage employees, request time off, direct deposit etc all via the application on my iPhone.”
  • “I manage payroll and Paylocity makes it very easy to complete and I love how there are so many things that integrate with the system. For instance, our 401(k) provider connects, as well as the benefits module.”
  • “I love how easy Paylocity is to use. As a user, it’s extremely straightforward, has a great mobile app and allows me the ability to edit data on the fly.”

Cons:

  • “The report feature is the most difficult to use than any other HRIS or Payroll system I have used in the past such as Paycom, ADP, Paychex, Compupay, etc.”
  • “Sometimes finding where configuration options are is tough, payroll vs. company set up. But, overall, there aren’t many changes I would make, and none that I can think of.”
  • “It is difficult to add multiple pay types (i.e., regular work, vacation) within a single day. It can also be a little glitchy when the manager tries to remove accidental lines on a paycard.”


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FrontRunners Reports that listed Paylocity in 2022: Onboarding, Performance Management, Workforce Management, Benefits Administration, Talent Management


  • Number of appearances in 2021 FrontRunners reports: 5

Rippling is an employee management platform that offers comprehensive solutions for payroll, IT, HR, benefits, and more. It helps automate daily operations, such as employee scheduling, attendance tracking, and onboarding.

Scores for categories in which Rippling is listed

Scores for categories in which Rippling is listed


Here’s what reviewers on Software Advice say about Rippling:

Pros:

  • “I love that this software combines all aspects of HR into one easy to use system. From signing up for health insurance to vision to submission of PTO request, Rippling makes it all so easy to manage.”
  • “Rippling employee benefits platform is so easy to use. The content is logically presented and flows from one topic to the next with great ease.”
  • “From benefits enrollment to time off and paystubs, Rippling provides a complete experience for employee needs. The application is modern, easy to navigate and provides me with what I need.”

Cons:

  • “I would say if Rippling beefed up their time tracking functions they would be the whole package and more. I am all about using as few platforms as possible to avoid frustration and confusion.”
  • “If I have to say one thing, it was some of our employees had a little trouble understanding the W2 enrollment.
  • “No option to directly download Pay Stubs from the app while using it on the phone. Must login to Rippling on computer to do so.””


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FrontRunners reports that listed Rippling in 2022: HR, Attendance Tracking, Applicant Tracking, Benefits Administration, Talent Management

Find the best HR software to help your business thrive in 2022

If you own a small business, HR might not seem like a top priority. But the truth is, HR is important for any company. Luckily, finding the right HR software streamlines and automates your key business operations, such as employee scheduling, feedback management, and recruiting—making all those day-to-day tasks much more manageable.

Learn more about Software Advice FrontRunners

To come up with this top-rated product list, we looked at all the FrontRunners reports for each HR related category published over the first half of 2022 (January 2022 to June 2022). From there, we noted which products have appeared in multiple FrontRunners reports across the multiple categories.

For qualification, each product must have been featured in at least eight of the following categories FrontRunners report: 360 degree feedback, applicant tracking, attendance tracking, benefits administration, employee engagement, employee recognition, employee scheduling, HR, learning management systems, OKR, onboarding, performance management, recruiting, talent management, time clock, and workforce management. In the event that two or more products were featured in an equal number of software categories, we listed them alphabetically.

Software Advice’s FrontRunners data play a vital role in creating this report. To produce our FrontRunners reports, we consider recent, published user reviews for individual software products in order to rank and score them based on their usability and customer satisfaction scores.

The data we collect for FrontRunners reports falls within a set time frame and is not updated after publication (in this case, as of July 7, 2022). For that reason, FrontRunners reports should be interpreted as a snapshot of reviews data.

To learn more about FrontRunners methodology, you can find our current version and explanations for inclusion criteria and scoring here.


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