HR dashboards have come to play a critical role for data-driven HR departments. Besides providing stakeholders with important information at a glance, HR dashboards also give HR personnel the quick insights they need to make important talent management decisions, through things such as data visualizations.
If you’re overwhelmed by data and looking for an HR dashboard to make sense of it, you’re in luck: These days, most HR software systems have dashboards that don’t require a business intelligence pedigree to use.
But with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to discern which dashboards will actually aid in your decision-making and which ones will lead to even more confusion than before.
The quickest and easiest way to come up with an HR dashboard shortlist for your business is to compare dashboard reviews from current and past users.
That’s why we’ve analyzed real user reviews of HR software products on Capterra to determine the best-reviewed HR dashboards.
Users of these products mentioned the dashboard functionality positively in their reviews more often than any other. The products are listed alphabetically.
(For a full breakdown of the methodology for this report, click here.)
Product overview: BambooHR is a small to midsize business HR suite with applications to support core needs such as recruiting, personnel tracking, and time and attendance, and strategic needs such as performance management and employee engagement measurement.
Employee data is housed in a single, centralized database and BambooHR admin users can leverage pre-made dashboards and reports to track a variety of metrics for their entire workforce, or just a select group.
For issues such as employee turnover, shown in the example below, data is automatically broken down by factors such as termination reason, manager, or length of service to help HR personnel diagnose root causes.
Employees have their own dashboard view where they can quickly glance at company announcements, birthdays, upcoming training, and accumulated PTO.
The employee turnover dashboard in BambooHR (Screenshot provided by vendor)
Product overview: Dayforce, from Ceridian, is a robust human capital management (HCM) suite suitable for businesses of any size. Within Dayforce, users can manage all of their HR, payroll, benefits, and talent management needs.
Along with standard dashboards that come with the system, Dayforce users can also create their own dashboards using a wide variety of parameter and filtering options. A feature called Quick View allows users to type what they’re looking for (e.g., “Show headcount by age band”) and then populate a dashboard view.
If users are scrambling to quickly present important HR metrics, with a click of a button, they can export Dayforce dashboards as a PowerPoint presentation.
The employee headcount dashboard in Dayforce (Screenshot provided by vendor)
Product overview: Gusto is a core HR system for small businesses. Originally a standalone payroll platform, Gusto has expanded in recent years to include functionality for benefits administration, onboarding, PTO tracking, and employee pulse surveys.
Abandoning more traditional visualizations, Gusto instead utilizes a sticky note motif for its central dashboard to surface the most pressing needs for its users. Clicking on any of the sticky notes takes the user directly to the screen where they can take care of that need. Additional, but less pressing, reminders pop up on a side panel.
If users want more in-depth stats about their organization, the reports function allows them to view basic dashboards that leverage employee payroll, tax, benefits, and PTO data.
The main admin dashboard in Gusto (Screenshot provided by vendor)
Product overview: Paycor Perform is a comprehensive HCM suite with applications for recruiting, onboarding, payroll, benefits administration, time and attendance, learning management, and more. It’s a solution suitable for businesses of all sizes to manage the entire employee lifecycle.
Within the platform’s reporting and analytics application, Workforce Insights, users can monitor built-in dashboards for factors such as employee turnover, headcount, and overtime costs to identify important trends. Along with showing historical performance, Workforce Insights also uses predictive analytics to forecast future numbers.
Data can be broken down by business unit or location, and dashboards can be manipulated into a variety of different visualizations (e.g., bar charts, pie charts, heat maps, etc.) based on user preference.
The employee headcount dashboard in Paycor Perform (Screenshot provided by vendor)
Product overview: Built for businesses with 100 employees or more, Ultimate Software’s UltiPro is an HCM solution with functionality to handle a wide variety of HR needs such as recruiting, onboarding, payroll, benefits administration, time and attendance, learning management, and performance management.
UltiPro’s analytics and dashboard tool, Workforce Intelligence, allows users to pull data across all of UltiPro’s functions to gain a quick, holistic view of their employees. Besides visualizations of past data, UltiPro dashboards also visualize predictions for things such as employee retention and future high performers through predictive analytics capabilities.
With employee feedback surveys, UltiPro can also perform sentiment analysis on the data to give users quick updates on how happy (or unhappy) their employees are at any given time.
The time and attendance dashboard in UltiPro (Screenshot provided by vendor)
Product overview: Touted as “social HR software,” WebHR is another HR suite with modules that span the entire employee lifecycle from recruiting, onboarding, and payroll to performance management and learning management. If you have five employees or less, you can even adopt WebHR for free.
Within the central HR dashboard view, WebHR users can quickly glance at various charts that break down their company headcount by age group, department, seniority level, and more. Beneath each chart is a table with the raw data if users want to delve further.
Clicking on other modules reveals similar dashboard views where users can see trends in compensation costs, important recruiting KPIs, overtime allotments, team performance, and more—each with additional filtering options.
The HR dashboard in WebHR (Screenshot provided by vendor)
A final dashboard confessional
Not all HR dashboards are created equal. Knowing which HR systems have dashboard capabilities that are easy to use, while still offering detailed insights, can help tremendously with your software purchase decision.
That being said, the best dashboard in the world won’t make a lick of difference if you’re feeding it bad data. In addition to auditing, cleaning, and organizing the employee data you have today, talk to software vendors about their implementation services to understand how much help you’ll have in translating and transferring your data to your new software.
HR professionals will be the first to admit that, when it comes to data and analytics, they’re not very effective today. A great dashboard is the first step to getting better.
To be considered for this report, products have to include employee database functionality and have at least 20 published reviews that mention dashboard or dashboard-related terms on Gartner Digital Markets sites (Capterra, Software Advice, or GetApp) within the past two years.
Products deemed to be recruiting-focused applicant tracking systems, and not core HR systems used for internal employee management, were removed from consideration. Sentiment analysis was then performed on the review snippets mentioning dashboard or dashboard-related terms to determine the percent of snippets that mentioned dashboards positively, neutrally, and negatively for each product.
This report constitutes the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Capterra or its affiliates.
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