I have been asked to set up a HR department in my company of 25 employees. I'm not sure where to start. What is the best HRIS to use.
Can I just use excel? Has anyone used google docs for to manage time and attendance?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I prefer excel than google docs. Well that is obviously the personal choice. I would say select the one in which you have immense experience.
From India, Mumbai


Greetings from Gray Matters Consulting.

I saw your posting and understand that you are planning to set up your HR Department.

In this context wanted to apprise and introduce Gray Matters Consulting, the organisation I represent as one of the few organizations in the niche HR Advisory Services segment, offering HR Consulting services to Companies across Industries.

We offer HR Consulting services to mature as also start up Companies. For start up companies we partner with them to set up their HR Department through our unique " HR Onsite Model" whereby we formalise the Vision , Mission ground rules , HR policies, Job & Salary Bands, Talent Management, Learning & Development ,PMS Infrastructure etc and once we mutually understand, the Organisation has reached a state of maturity we recruit the HR Team and hand it back to the Organisation to take it forward.

We also undertake discreet assignments such as formulating the HR Policy, Manual, Employee Grades etc. as per the requirements of our valued clients.

Our domain of operations extend Pan India and beyond the borders as well.

A brief list on our offerings is given below for your convenience and our company profile is also attached for your perusal.


Gray Matters People Solutions offerings help clients realize the value of their people. We know people are your organization’s greatest asset and we can work with you to discover and optimize their value. With our experienced consultants in India, we have the people, tools and methodology to handle your most demanding needs. We can scale our learning to address virtually any assignment, from the simplest to the most complex.

HR Advisory Services

Gray Matters Result Oriented Workplace (GROW) © Model offers the following services:

PLEDGE© – Process Led Group Envisioning Workshops

OSE© - Organizational Structure Effectiveness

RCTP© - Role Clarity & Task Prioritization

JBM© - Job Banding Methodology

MTM© - Measures That Matter - Performance Management System (including Balanced Scorecard Design & Implementation)

JCA© - Job Competency Analysis (Mapping & Assessments)

RTNI© - Rapid Training Needs Identification

Belief Index© - Employee Engagement Survey

Our HR Advisory team also helps clients in:

HR On-Site© – for SME’s, Design & Implementation Support

PMS On-Site© - for SME’s, Design & Implementation Support

360 Degree Survey

Compensation Strategy & Structures

Retention & Reward Strategies

Leadership Development & Transformation

HR Strategy formulation

HR Effectiveness Audit

HR Communication & Branding

HR Operational Improvement

HR for Family Businesses

Training & Development

In the last five years, we’ve conducted Behavioral Programs for various Corporate Houses in the key business verticals. Do refer to our

attached brochure “Gray Matters Training Credentials” for details of the training programs offered by us. Besides the listed programs, our talented team of trainers

can cater to the needs of your organization and design programs based on your unique training needs.

You can also visit our website Gray Matters for more details.

We shall be glad to hear from you on the above.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Probhat K Goswami

Senior Consultant

Gray Matters Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

294 S N Roy Road, First Floor, New Alipore, Kolkata - 700038

T: +91 33 2498 7647 I F: +91 33 2498 7648 I M: +91 9830435014, 9433062993 Mail:

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The task assigned to you is huge, there are a number of ways to go about it. But the first thing to do is to list out the priority of each activity you wish to establish.
Once you have the list write down a few lines for each item on this list, this will tell you what you activity you wish to perform for each item. This will help you get clarity on each activity.
Review your list and see if they are in proper order, that is, does activity 2 really follow 1 and so on, do this for your entire list make necessary changes and you will end up with the final item/activity list.
Set up a complete by date for each item.
Once you have completed the list I am willing to review it for you and help you towards completing your task.
Best regards

From India, Hyderabad

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