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Monday, March 10, 2008

Zoho Introduced Zoho People, A Human Resource Management Application

image Zoho announced a new addition to the Zoho Suite - Zoho People.

Zoho People is a Human Resource Management Application for HR team in an organization. This new business application joins other zoho business applications - Zoho CRM, Zoho Meeting, Zoho Projects and Zoho DB.

About Zoho People

Zoho People has several modules for HR Team (admins) and for Employees in an Organization. The key modules are:

Organization Module: This module is used to define the structure of your organization including departments, designations/titles and also the Org Chart.

Recruitment Module: The Recruitment module eases the hiring process in an organization. It automates the steps involved between searching a candidate from resume database to hiring him an employee. This module also lets managers raise job requirements and admins post openings on the website.

Forms Module: The Forms module has a set of pre-created forms (mini-applications) for common tasks in an organization like filing expense reports, reporting leave etc. With Zoho Creator integration, this module lets admins create new forms or customize existing forms and make them available to all employees.

Checklist Module: This module lets admin automate business processes and define the flow based on conditions. Tasks can automatically be assigned to users or groups based on defined flow.

Self Service Module: This module acts as a self-service module for Employees and Managers. All the employees have access to this module. Managers can define job openings and organize their team structure. Employees can submit information to the HR department using the forms defined by the HR team (like submitting an Expense Report or informing about a leave etc).

Roles and Permissions: This module is used by admin to define fine grained access for different roles based on permissions - which drill down to field level, action level and form level.

The video below gives a quick overview of the key functionalities in the application.


Customization is the key for an application like this. Considering the fact that every organization has it's own structure, Zoho People is made completely customizable. Right from the top level tabs till the forms inside the application, everything is customizable. Zoho Creator is integrated inside Zoho People allowing teams to customize every form in the application.

Who Should use Zoho People?

Zoho People is really targeted at a level beyond the very small (say 50+ employee) businesses. Very small businesses can keep track of people in ad-hoc ways, (spreadsheets work!) but once a company reaches a certain size (even 25-30) keeping track of things like recruitment, IT resource allocation, benefits, vacations, skill management etc. becomes time consuming. In fact, that is the level at which a business typically gets a dedicated HR person. That is where Zoho People steps in.

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