70 HR Silos

On August 16, 2016, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

There are somewhere between 70 and 120 discrete silos of HR software. They are the component subsets of the ten or twelve major areas of expertise. Each is available as a subscription service. Each arrives with the paucity of support that makes SaaS so profitable.

No single HR Department will ever implement all of these options. And still, they are necessary.

They stand as evidence of the fact that there are no standard practices in HR or HRTech. Rather, HR is always a snowflake. It looks like other snowflakes bit is driven by the business and its needs, not some overarching HR reality. As we get more and more comfortable with HR as a set of good practices that are tailored, we will become more adept at understanding how a department might best organize and execute.

Effective HR is always a reflection of the underlying business and never, ever primarily a reflection of HR standards. That’s why some HR operations include safety and aggressive drug testing while others shrink from those notions in horror. Both are right.

If you take a good look at the image and its associated file, you will probably disagree with one or more aspects of it. While it’s basically illegible here (because it’s too big), it will expand to fill your screen if you download it.

I’m certain that I’m missing about half of the picture. If you’ve got feedback, please send it to me at john at hrexaminer.com

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Part II is an exchange withDr. Chris Andrews, an Australian expert on HR Standards.


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