Virtual HR definition

Virtual HR refers to a range of options that connect employees directly with HR systems, allowing them to input data directly and bypass the need to go through a third-party – typically a member of the HR department.

For employers, this has the benefit of reducing the time commitment of HR staff to maintain the integrity of employee information and also of providing more up-to-date information on staff needs which can be collated and acted upon. For employees, virtual HR allows them to ‘own’ their own data at the company and also keep on top of training needs and appraisals, making these an on-going process rather than a once-a-year affair.

As well as providing employees access to self-service tools, virtual HR systems commonly allow the HR department to automate many common tasks, like information dissemination, payroll, administration and regular newsletters.