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Simplifying HR with Tech: Affordable Tools and Systems for Your Small Business

So, you're running a business, and you're always swamped with employee and people-related items, right? We get it. You just want to build and grow your business, without the employee management headaches. But guess what? There are some really cool people tools and platforms out there that can make your life a heck of a lot easier. And the best part? They won't cost you an arm and a leg. Let's dive in and check out a few of our favourites 😍

The HRIS - the Ultimate HR Tech Tool and System

Picture this - all of your people-related stuff in one spot. Employee information, time-off requests, reporting, performance reviews, you name it. That's what a Human Resource information System (HRIS) is perfect for.

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They're the jack of all trades - an invaluable tool as you grow beyond ~10 employees, helping streamline all your essential tasks like payroll, benefits, compliance and more.

BambooHR is an excellent starting point for smaller businesses due to its user-friendly interface and essential HR functions. As your business expands and requires more customization, HiBob or Rippling offers great flexibility to adapt to your evolving needs. Implementing an HRIS saves you time, reduces errors, and allows you to focus directly on growth.

Payroll and Benefits Management - Without the Headache

Having a payroll and benefits system is a game-changer for small businesses. Even if you have just one or two employees on payroll, managing this yourself can be quite the headache. These systems automate the nitty-gritty, ensuring everyone gets paid correctly and on-time - key to keeping your business compliant.

Gusto is a fantastic choice for its simplicity and all-in-one features, making it a breeze for small businesses to manage payroll, taxes, and benefits. On the other hand, Humi is a great Canadian option that offers a more comprehensive HR platform, tailored to the unique needs of Canadian businesses.

Recruitment and Applicant Tracking

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An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is like a superhero for your hiring process. When your small business starts to grow beyond a handful of employees, keeping track of job applicants becomes quite the juggling act. An ATS streamlines everything, from job postings to managing resumes and scheduling interviews.

Lever is a top fav of ours for its collaboration features and interface, making it easy for your team to stay on the same page. Greenhouse is another great option known for its powerful analytics and reporting tools, giving you insights to continually improve your hiring process.

Performance Management

Performance management systems are like the internal coach for your entire team, helping everyone stay focused and aligned on their goals. It's crucial to have a structured way to track performance and provide feedback, not only for your employees, but to help the business make meaningful decisions and org plans.

Lattice is a great tool for setting clear goals and facilitating regular check-ins. It offers a range of tools for feedback, one-on-ones, surveys and more. It's particularly well-suited for businesses that are scaling quickly and need a system that can grow with it. 15Five on the other hand is often praised for its simplicity and ease of use. It's a great choice for businesses just starting out.


Investing in the right HR tech tool or system can be a game-changer for your business. It's all about finding the ones that fit your needs, values and budget. And if you need a hand choosing, implementing and even continuously managing the new system, that's what we're here for!

Let's chat and get your HR tech sorted.

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