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What is core HR?

Core HR, or core human resources, encompasses fundamental practices, policies, and processes essential for managing an organization's human capital effectively. It includes various functions that contribute to the smooth operation of the organization:

Recruiting and Hiring: Developing strategies to attract and select the best candidates, including job postings, candidate screening, interviews, and background checks.

Training and Development: Providing employees with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need through onboarding, training programs, workshops, and coaching.

Performance Management: Setting expectations, evaluating performance, providing feedback, setting goals, and nurturing talent.

Employee Engagement: Creating a work environment conducive to satisfaction and productivity, including conducting surveys, focus groups, and recognition programs.

Compensation and Benefits: Designing packages to attract and retain talent, including determining compensation levels, benefits programs, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

HR Compliance: Ensuring adherence to all relevant laws, regulations, and internal policies, including equal employment opportunity, wage and hour laws, safety regulations, and benefits compliance.

HR Analytics and Reporting: Collecting, analyzing, and reporting data and metrics related to HR activities and the workforce to inform decision-making and drive strategic initiatives.

HR Strategy and Planning: Developing and implementing HR processes, policies, and initiatives that align with organizational goals and objectives through workforce analysis and improvement strategies.

Core HR typically retains essential employee information such as personal details, contact information, job titles, salary and benefits data, performance reviews, and training records. This information enables HR teams to manage the workforce effectively, ensure compliance, and make informed decisions.

Core HR software, also known as a human resource information system (HRIS), supports these functions by offering tools and features for managing employee records, benefits administration, payroll processing, performance evaluations, and more. The benefits of using an HR platform include improved efficiency, data accuracy, compliance, employee engagement, recruitment, and decision-making support, among others.

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