It’s amazing how many people are aware of ‘The Cloud’ but don’t know they’re using it, over 75% of businesses are in, or are looking to move to the cloud for a variety of reasons.

But first, if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, shop online or bank online you are actually more familiar to the cloud then you already know. They all use the cloud because it’s simple, it’s mobile and pretty much anyone can use it, working in real time makes your life easier. This is why HR is moving to the cloud, for the same reasons you use the above; Instant access, easy to use. Cloud makes business simple?

So you’re probably wondering how using HR in ‘The Cloud’ can simplify your business.

How can a cloud based HR system help a small business?

Cloud based HR is ideal to manage your employees’ personal data, right-to-work documents, annual leave and training records from one application. Working from self-service Cloud HR means employees can update and manage their own data and absence from any device in real time, ultimately reducing your admin and cost.

Adopting cloud based HR solutions, staff become empowered – as they have instant access to the applications and resources through their smart phone or laptop. These self-service aspects, mean employees can view and amend their personal details reducing the time spent keeping data up-to-date.

Using Cloud HR can simplify workflows, reduce absence costs and improve the way information is reported, enabling HR staff to delegate their time much more proactively on supporting the development and growth of the company. It’s just like shopping or banking online, reducing the time spent doing chores lets you be more productive.

What to look for when selecting Cloud HR software?

When choosing a Cloud based HR solution, keep your eye out! It’s important to do your research. Make sure you understand how the cloud system works and understand the potential uses companywide. Don’t just look for the cheapest options online, look for those who are happy to provide a demo and have plenty of information to back up their lucrative claims.

HR systems hold a lot of important data, and are relied upon to keep things moving within an organisation, so you need to be able to trust your workflow isn’t going to be compromised. So once you’ve considered the above, take a closer look at their credentials, ensure they have back up services, security and support systems to make sure your information is protected and doesn’t just fall from the sky


The key benefits of using a cloud HR solution for a small business is that there is no need for costly financial instalments. With monthly subscriptions making payments the more affordable option for small and growing companies. With cloud’s mobile access and visibility making complicated processes simple.  

Manage your employees’ personal data, right-to-work documents, annual leave and training records from one solution, anywhere, anytime. Cloud HR lets employees update and manage their own data and absence from any device, ultimately reducing admin and costs.

Using Cloud HR software takes away the headache, and restrictions from conventional methods. Letting you, the business and your staff grow and develop in uncaged environment, from the office, home or on the go, it is ideal with more and more flexible work hours and remote staff.

Once you’ve got an idea of what to look for, bond with the suppliers test demos, ask questions about potential benefits for your company, check any security issues you may have and ensure they have a strong customer support line. Ultimately make sure you find a company you can trust and develop your business with into the future.

Webinar – 10th December 2013, 11am GMT

Designed especially for small to medium businesses, Ally Maughan, HR Consultant from People Puzzles, and Tony Rockall from Access, will show you how to make key HR processes more efficient and how aCloud HR can provide support, the webinar will cover:
  • Holiday and absence management
  • The true cost of sickness
  • Managing employee information
  • Policies and right to work management
  • Performance management

Register here for the webinar on December 10, 2013 at 11am GMT