9 HR Tech Tools for Building & Empowering Your Teams in 2021

From talent acquisition and employee relocation to remote onboarding and culture management, here’s a selection of HR tech tools for building and managing a happy distributed workforce.

Like everyone else in the people business, you’ve probably spent the last year revising and boosting your HR capabilities to adjust to a dramatically different world. The right HR technologies and tools can reduce manual effort significantly while streamlining your processes and leaving you with more time to focus on the bigger picture. But which tools are the right ones?

Here’s our list of standout HR tech tools for solving your biggest HR pain points, simplifying your processes, and freeing up precious human effort at all stages of the employee life cycle. 

Hiring software: Greenhouse

Greenhouse is, of course, one of the biggest names in HR tech. Their software and services are designed with one simple goal in mind: to make businesses become great at hiring. 

Greenhouse is the fastest-growing enterprise talent acquisition software provider, used by companies like Time Inc. and Airbnb to design and automate all aspects of their hiring. In a sea of talent acquisition tools, Greenhouse stands out among the rest by integrating with more than 360 software platforms.

Candidate screening for distributed teams: Toggl Hire

For a slightly less traditional and more 2021-like approach to hiring, try Toggl Hire, a candidate screening tool for remote and distributed teams. Aiming to make recruiting more effortless and enjoyable, Toggl Hire helps recruiters and hiring managers test candidates’ skills and readiness for remote positions. This helps you cut back on time spent poring over resumes or cover letters. No more endless hours screening applications, or trying to clumsily translate past roles into current experience. 

Workforce management: Workday

Workday’s human resource software solutions are designed to help you manage people-related tasks in a more cost-effective, efficient way. Organize staff, pay your employees, and manage everything from hiring to retirement in one place. 

Workday’s sweeping software solutions allow you to analyze and keep track of your entire workforce. By automating and streamlining processes, Workday takes repetitive tasks off HR’s plate, allowing you to use your time and resources in more impactful ways.

HR automation for SMEs: Personio

Another great one for the one-stop HR tool pile, Personio is Europe's leading HR software for SMEs and the continent’s most valuable tech company. Personio automates and simplifies tasks to make HR processes as transparent and efficient as possible for small and medium-sized businesses, freeing up HR teams’ time for people and strategy. 

The Personio solution supports all core HR processes and includes human resources, recruiting, and payroll. This one's for you if you’re looking for a holistic solution that caters specifically to SMEs.

Employee relocation and immigration: Jobbatical

Employee relocation and immigration didn’t stop in the pandemic, but it did become more complex. To support employers moving talent internationally, Jobbatical released its relocation and immigration software in 2020. Initially built for Jobbatical’s internal team of relocation agents, the software saved 10,000 hours of work for clients in the past year alone. 

With one-time data collection on Jobbatical’s immigration platform, talent doesn’t have to enter any information more than once. Application forms are pre-filled and downloadable in seconds, reducing manual application creation time by 6-7 hours per relocation case. The fast information exchange on the platform translates to a 20-30 percent decrease in manual work for employers and employees, streamlining and shortening the entire immigration process significantly.

We had to include our own software on this list because it’s been a game-changer for our relocation and immigration services. Check it out here.

Employee onboarding: Sapling

The employee onboarding experience was already a big talking point before the pandemic. Employers were becoming increasingly aware that their onboarding experience can be a make-or-break moment for new hires, setting the tone for the rest of the time they spend at the company. Now that onboarding has become a largely online experience, using the right tools for it is a must.

One of those tools is Sapling, a people operations platform that manages everything from onboarding to offboarding. Sapling's self-service portal allows new employees to complete onboarding tasks, sign documents, access employee handbooks, and much more. An automated workflow feature helps users automate administrative tasks and manage workflows. 

Culture management: cultureIQ

A solid company culture has perhaps never been more important than it is today. Keeping your culture cohesive throughout your organization is key to building an empowered, engaged workforce. 

CultureIQ is a leading global culture management company that helps organizations align their culture with strategic business objectives. Check out CultureIQ if your culture initiatives don’t seem to be having the impact you’re hoping for.

Performance management: Lattice

Lattice connects performance management, employee engagement, and employee development in a unified solution designed to develop engaged, high-performing teams. This is a great tool for making sure your teams are happy and performing their best even when they’re remote.

Working with people teams across the globe, Lattice aims to turn managers into leaders, employees into high-performers, and companies into the best places to work.

Employee wellness: Humanoo

Investing in the health of your employees is one of the smartest and most under-utilized long-term HR strategies. Humanoo is a people management app that combines health, exercise and nutrition information and lets you set health challenges for your employees. Based on its studies, Humanoo claims to be able to increase health activities by 30%, lower BMI and stress levels, and increase motivation. 


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This is by no means an exhaustive list of HR tech tools and software worth checking out. The HR tech landscape has blossomed, with exciting new tools cropping up left and right. As we continue to adjust to—and shape—the new world of work, Jobbatical will be expanding this list to help you navigate and find the right tools for you.

Keep an eye on our blog for the best resources on building and empowering an international team. And, of course, take a look at our immigration services and software that will change the way you think of employee relocation forever.


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