Stacking Up: Where Does AbsenceSoft Fit in the HR Tech Stack?  

February 23, 2023
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In today’s modern workplace, companies use many technologies to help with daily tasks. An HR tech stack is a set of software solutions used to help HR professionals do their job. These tools cover various areas that HR is expected to manage, such as payroll, administering benefits, and even leave management. HR tech stacks are crucial in improving efficiency, enhancing the employee experience, and minimizing mistakes.  

What does today’s HR tech stack look like? 

HR departments use many different solutions to cover different HR tasks, with larger organizations using anywhere from 5-8 different solutions to fit their needs. The conventional HR tools include:  

  • HRIS  
  • Payroll  
  • Benefits  
  • Recruitment  
  • Employee Experience  

If you are in HR, you know HRIS, payroll, and benefits management solutions like the back of your hand. The HRIS or Human Resources Information System is a platform that standardizes, maintains, and manages employee information and HR policies and procedures (think tools like Workday, ADP or Paycor.) With 98% of companies considering a cloud-based HRIS system, it is the most commonly-used system in the HR tech stack.  

A payroll system helps ensure you are paying your employees properly. It can also be used for depositing employment taxes and monitoring transactions. Popular payroll systems include QuickBooks and PayChex. A benefit system, such as Zenefits, is an engagement and communication platform that houses all your benefits in one place. Both systems play a key role in the HR tech stack.  

Other forms of technology in the HR tech stack include recruiting and employee experience solutions. These range from onboarding software and video interview platforms.  

Keep in mind that every tech stack is different and is constantly evolving to fit the needs of the HR team that it serves.  

Another important part of the stack: leave and accommodations management technology

Both leave and accommodations are getting increasingly complicated. New state, and even city, leave laws are being passed yearly. With remote working being the “new normal,” managing employees that reside over the country is a big undertaking. To make HR more efficient, make compliance easier, and improve employee experience, many organizations are adding leave and accommodations management software like AbsenceSoft to their HR tech stack.  

In 2013, AbsenceSoft was created to fill the need for a leave management tool in the HR tech stack. AbsenceSoft is a leave and accommodation management solution that delivers scalable, easy-to-use, and configurable software to manage FMLA, ADA, disability, and many other forms of leave easily and efficiently. As cloud-based SaaS, it provides a centralized location that entire HR departments can easily access to receive and process leave and accommodations requests.

Where does AbsenceSoft fit into your HR tech stack?  

If you have decided to add a leave management system to your HR tech stack, and are considering AbsenceSoft, you might want to know how all these systems fit together.  

Think of all these solutions as lines of communication. The ultimate goal is to create less manual work for your HR team, while also ensuring more accurate eligibility. In order for AbsenceSoft to correctly calculate eligibility and ensure leave compliance, we need three pieces of data: 

  • Employee information  
  • Organization information  
  • Time information  

For most HR teams, this data can exist in two different places, either an HRIS system or a payroll system. For some companies, their HRIS will have all this information and they won’t need AbsenceSoft to interface with their payroll system. On occasion, some organizations need to pull their time information from a payroll system. 

AbsenceSoft is “system agnostic,” meaning that the platform can import data from virtually any HRIS or payroll system.

In order to gather the appropriate data points, your team at AbsenceSoft will set up a file feed. This file feed will run daily and feed up-to-date data from your HRIS system to AbsenceSoft. This enables the employee, organizational, and time information to be automatically updated in the AbsenceSoft system. HR team members can rest assured that the systems stay up to date and leave eligibility will be calculated accurately.  

AbsenceSoft also provides an outbound feed that can communicate back to your HRIS system. Your HRIS can be updated with the decisions made through the AbsenceSoft platform, including leave dates and return to work dates. This can be useful for large teams who want to have information housed all in one system, or for those who need multiple teams to have visibility into leaves.  

Final Thoughts  

With two-thirds of companies investing in their HR tech stack yearly, it’s clear that the HR tech stack is constantly evolving to fit the growing marketplace. AbsenceSoft’s agnostic system ensures you can continue to use the platform, regardless of changes to your tech stack. In addition, finding a solution that keeps you 100% complaint with federal and state leave laws is becoming increasingly important with an uptick in ever-changing leave laws.  

If you have more questions about how AbsenceSoft can fit in with your current tech stack, our team of experts would love to chat: contact us here.