Choosing the right HR software for your business can be a very daunting task. It appears there are so many packages to choose from, so where do you start?
This blog provides ten things to consider when making a decision that best supports your needs, and yes, be warned, there is a shameless plug for Evalu-8 in the final paragraph or two.
First and foremost you should consider what you need the HR software to do for you and your colleagues. Compile a wish list and do not compromise when selecting a provider.
Sensitive data will need be accessed via the HR system, consider where the data will be hosted or stored and how it will be backed-up. Also consider permission levels for each employee to ensure they can only see data they need to.
Being introduced to a new HR system can be daunting for some employees, so look for a package that is intuitive, clean and easy to use - even for the least technologically minded employee. Think about using a SaaS package which is peppered with prompts and tips to help employees navigate the system, after all it is essential it works for them, so they use it.
Cloud based HR software will provide access via multiple devices using an internet connection. The hosting is taken care of, meaning you benefit from regular updates and upgrades without the costs associated with the physical hardware required for storing software on your own premises.
Consider the areas where you require support. Who will set everything up initially? How will key employees be trained on how to use the HR system? Who will roll it out across all employees? Once up and running. what kind of response will you receive to ongoing enquiries and will this be an additional cost to your business?
Most HR software is priced per employee per month ranging from around £2 to around £6. Be aware of additional charges for things such as set-up, support, development, integration and a “modular” approach to the available features.
Does your preferred supplier have a policy of ongoing development to ensure it is kept up to date with the latest advancements. Will you be charged for future development? What is on the roadmap for future development?
Once you have identified the HR software that meets all of your requirements. Why not consider other features within the HR software that could save you time, effort, make cost savings, or add security to your business?
Check if you will you be tied to a contract? Ask if you see a demonstration or even try the HR software before making any commitment?
Consider requesting a testimonial from a similar organisation to your own, either by size, industry or business need.
The Evalu-8 team truly value each and every one of our customers, regardless of size or industry. We love to hear ideas and suggestions that will support your business and improve our product, so in the unlikely event Evalu-8 cannot do something you require - ask us about our rapid development policy. We will build it for you. Evalu-8 comes will all features and not just selected modules or packages. A simple pricing structure (just £2 per month per employee) gives you access to all aspects of the system including new features as and when they are released.
Contact us to find out more, to arrange a demonstration or commence a free trial. We promise there will be no-hard sell and are confident Evalu-8 will meet your every need.
Let the software do the hard work for you.
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In response to the Taylor Review of workers’ rights, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Has released new guidelines to help employers and employees calculate holiday pay. They insist the responsibility to pay correctly and raise awareness over entitlement falls on the employer.
A BEIS spokesperson said: “We want to see more businesses getting holiday pay right for their workers, helping to maintain a fair working environment for all. The onus is on you, as a responsible employer, to check your workers are receiving the correct amount.” In addition a BEIS poll highlights 81% of employees felt productive, happy and refreshed after taking a paid holiday. Providing every reason to ensure employees receive what they are entitled to, but it seems confusion is still abundant.
A survey by Kantar to 2,000 employees shows 50% of participants thought employees on zero-hours contract were not entitled to holiday pay. Alarmingly 52% thought they had to work for three months before being entitled to holiday pay. In addition the “Unpaid Britain” report (2017). Found 1.8m employees did not receive the minimum holiday pay they were entitled to.
In conclusion, legally, each hour worked accrues an entitlement to paid holiday. With the majority of employees entitled to 5.6 weeks off, paid, per year. Therefore Zero-hours contracts, agency workers and irregular hour contracts are included in this.
Evalu-8’s self-service holiday feature incorporates a holiday calculator based on the employees working patterns and working hours. This includes casual workers. Above all the employee’s individual dashboard provides a summary of holiday entitlement, days taken and remaining. Evalu-8 enables you to control every aspect of employee’s holidays. This includes whether the holiday request requires authorisation, who can authorise them and restrictions around how many employees from a particular team, site, department or role can be off at any given time.
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All Evalu-8 accounts use SSL-encrypted connections by default. You never send or receive sensitive information in plain-text it is all encrypted. Because we host all your data with Amazon (AWS) we can be confident that your data is kept in secure data centres. The same data centres that are used by government, banks etc.
Evalu-8 cares about protecting the privacy of the data entrusted to us by our customers. This is one of the core values of our business. We will not EVER give, sell or show your data to anyone without your explicit permission.
No service is ever perfect, no matter what they say. Evalu-8 achieves an average 99.9% up-time. This sounds good and is good, and nearly every other web service will offer the same level of up-time. However, just to be sure you know what this means and to be completely transparent, 99.9% in normal English means that the service will be down a total of and no more than 8 hours & 45 minutes a year.
We take our role as custodian/guardian/gate keeper of your data extremely seriously. We have multiple backup systems in place to protect your data, please see below:
Evalu-8 systems /services follow to industry best practices in security.
A recent study conducted by Opinion Matters, on behalf of the Open University, has shown 75% of UK workers do not know what skills their employer requires of them. In total 2,000 workers were polled. It was also revealed 25% of workers did not know how they could upskill themselves at work.
Above all the results have prompted calls for employers to improve communication, learning and development investment. As well as information provided to employees regarding what is expected of them in their current and future roles.
In conclusion it is accepted employers are investing vast sums in an attempt to address the skills gaps, however it is felt more can be done to train and develop employees to support them in coping with the evolving requirements of their current or future roles.
Responding to the findings, CIPD skills policy advisor Lizzie Crowley said: “The fact employees don’t know what skills they need points to the need for employers to get a lot better at communicating to their workforce what skills are required to enable them to progress within their current organisation.”
In October 2018, CIPD published research that found almost half of UK workers reported being mismatched to their roles. With 37 per cent over-skilled and 12 per cent under-skilled. Nearly a quarter (24%) of employees had not received any training in the last 12 months.
The worst affected were part time, older, self-employed or low-wage workers. The study also revealed line managers were often viewed as gatekeepers to development opportunities and considered not to have the time or experience to fulfil their roles effectively.
A separate study by the British Chamber of Commerce found businesses face significant and increasing difficulties in recruitment. This spans across all sectors with a skills shortage exacerbated by a lack of applications from EU nationals. This only serves to strengthen the argument that businesses need to focus on the education and development of employees.
The evaluation feature within Evalu-8, a cloud-based employee management tool, will objectively assess an employee’s skill level within a particular role. This will remove the ambiguity as to what skills are expected.
A traffic light-based report then pinpoints the precise areas of strength and weakness. This will enable the manager to deliver coaching or training in the specific areas they are required. Above all Evalu-8 will inform the employee of exactly what skills, knowledge and behaviours are expected in their role. In addition it will highlight how employees stand against this criteria. And how they compare to their colleagues that are doing the same job.
Visit https://evalu-8.com to learn more, arrange a call or a demonstration to see how the software can do the hard work for you.
After the launch of our new staff rota feature we thought we would share with you, the good practice guidelines for shift design from the Health and Safety Executive, so here it is:
Applying, where reasonably practicable, good practice guidelines will help reduce the risks that workers are exposed to by shift working:
We hope we found that useful? The shift rota feature allows you to design shifts and publish them to your employees. Should there be a shift they can not attend they can inform you via Evalu-8. Likewise if you have any open shifts up for grabs, employees can request to claim those, and you will receive a notification.
Whilst the shift rota has been designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind, should you require and guidance or support our friendly team are waiting to help.
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Evalu-8 is a cloud based system designed to support business owners and managers in every aspect of employee management. Three comprehensive tools are included in one great package including performance evaluation, HR and time/attendance.
2019 is expected to be a transformational year for Evalu-8 and this role will play a key part. We are looking for someone to make telephone calls to businesses and articulate what is good and great about the cloud based software with the view of booking online demonstrations to be hosted by one of the directors.
In return we are offering flexible working hours and days, competitive hourly pay and commission. Previous experience of telesales or appointment setting is required, promoting software is desirable but not essential.
This is an important appointment for Evalu-8 so please take the time to read our website content and send a covering letter highlighting why you should be considered for the role along with your CV.
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