With the economy improving, most private companies are gearing up for growth. As the technological expectations of both companies and employees intensify, so does the desire for the simplification of use.

It’s a paradoxical situation that HR operatives find themselves in, where they want added layers of functionality and predictability from systems but, at the same time, want those added layers of functionality and predictability to give them fewer headaches–to have complexities simplified. For large companies with more than a few thousand employees, robust HR systems are likely to be in place, with teething problems ironed out, but for SMEs driving for growth, there’s often pain stemming from pushing at the walls of a Payroll system that’s simply reached its limitations. Like a bonsaied tree, further progress is restricted by confined digital space, which is hardly a good thing.

Today, flexibility and scalability are bywords for success. With the traditional structure of the workforce-workplace paradigm being forced to change because of legislative changes in the pipeline, and technology and demographic shifts giving rise to calls for greater working freedoms, increased mobility and the growing complications associated with personnel management will incite the need for more intuitive and user-friendly systems fit and ready to cope. But what if your company is still using legacy systems, relying on basic payroll and HR management software, or good old-fashioned Excel spreadsheets, just to get by? What if the next step to sanity isn’t a leap and a bound to full bell’s and whistles software–at a price commensurate with the top shelf features, many of which won’t, at first, be used–but the need for something lower key and more appropriate?

As the UK and wider global economy enjoy a continued upturn, many businesses in the 500-plus employee range, planning for growth, need a payroll, HR and self-service solution that can comfortably handle their existing business requirements without creaking at the seams the moment the next recruitment drive comes around. Having a system that has room to breathe is vital. And while there are various SaaS options for small and large businesses, there’s not much available for small companies stepping into ‘medium-size’ territory. Before ResourceLink Express came along, it was something of an industry oversight. Which is why accommodating this niche has been focal. So if you think that ignoring this giant piece of the UK’s economic pie makes no sense, you’re aligned with the thinking of the decision makers and developers at Zellis.

Because, while dealing with large companies of many thousands of employees that require quite complex software solutions is quite normal, far smaller companies of 500-1000, collectively, form a significant part of businesses, all in need of robust HR, payroll and self service capabilities. When you consider Google was started by just two university students–Larry Page and Sergey Brin–in 1998 and that, today, the company headcount, of what is now a £283billion (market cap) company, stands at 55,000, it demonstrates that it sure makes sense to look after the ‘little guys’.  Likewise Apple, started by two penniless computer enthusiasts, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, today, employs 66,000 people directly in the US with almost 2million jobs created directly and indirectly worldwide. So, for any business planning for growth, having a sensible, scalable, thoughtful HR solution is vital. Because you never know how quickly growth will happen.