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Time & Attendance systems set for a Resurgence to support more flexible ways of working says Carval
Demand for staff time management functionality up almost 50% in last three years as recession hits
John Ovington, Sales and Support Director at Carval Computing said; “The ubiquitous adoption of mobile technology has led to a huge increase in more flexible ways of working. Managing this flexibility where there may be many different work patterns can be an issue. Add to this the realities of business during a recession with organisations needing to ensure that they are using their workforce as efficiently as possible to meet business demands and you get a highly complex challenge.”
“At Carval, we have seen a marked resurgence of interest in staff time management systems during the last three years, which has coincided with the start of the recession. While organisations may not be thinking of traditional T&A solutions, nevertheless we are being asked for a range of T&A type features that harness the latest technology including solutions that work on mobile phones, utilising GPS for location information. We have also been asked for facial recognition technology for field based workers, homeworkers and those working in challenging and/or high security environments so that organisations can monitor remote workers in the same way that they would on-site workers.”
At the very basic level T&A ensures that the company knows who is working, when and where. It highlights any absence, including late arrivals and early leavers. When linked to an access control system, it also shows up if any staff attempt to enter a restricted access area. All of this helps to ensure that staff work the hours that they are paid for, and are paid for the hours they work, promptly. This is particularly useful where staff work varying hours, or organisations are moving to banked hours, demand scheduling, zero-hours contracts or where agency or temporary workers are used. It ensures that the company is able to draw down employee hours as required, and where outside staff are used, that the company is correctly invoiced.
T&A systems eliminate the requirement for timesheets and manual inputting of hours, which can lead to rekeying mistakes leading to payroll errors. Overpayments can be difficult to recover, especially if they are not identified straight away and can lead to bad feeling with staff. Underpayment can be equally damaging to staff relations.
John Ovington continued; “T&A systems have moved on a long way since the days of clocking in and out with a punch card. These days it is more a case of logging in and out, with staff more likely to clock in at their desks, or using biometric readers, proximity readers or their mobile phones. Automation of the collection and recording of staff hours saves time and resources while ensuring that everyone is treated equally. This is great for staff as well as the company. This is a win/win situation that is being recognised by more and more organisations.”
Notes to Editors
Founded in 1986, Carval is a leading provider of Human Resource Management and Payroll software.
The company’s HR Unity range of flexible and easy-to-use solutions is the only truly integrated HR, Payroll, Time & Attendance and Self-Service software available in the UK. The range comprises:
• Unistaff (Human Resource management software)
• Uniwage (Payroll software)
• Unitend (Time and Attendance software)
• Unity Online (Employee and Management Self-Service)
The HR Unity range includes a number of market-leading features. Unistaff HR Software includes recruitment, training & development, absence management and a P11d module as standard. Uniwage Payroll Software has both HMRC Enhanced Recognition and PAYE RTI Recognition.
Carval is committed to providing forward looking solutions that harness the latest proven technology, and meet current and expected legislation. Carval participated in HMRC’s RTI Pilot Scheme with many clients and as a result was able to deliver a mature product ahead of legislation coming into force.
Designed to provide a future proof solution, HR Unity supports an unlimited number of companies, employees and users. This flexibility enables the system to adapt and grow to meet business requirements over time.
Twice yearly legislative upgrades are provided free of charge so that users know that they are always using the latest commercially available version of the HR Unity range. This eliminates any concerns about obsolescence or budgeting for expensive upgrades.
With over 20 years’ experience and sector qualified professional staff, Carval understands business needs and works with clients and users to deliver a solution that's right. From 100 employees to 5,000 and from initial consultancy to implementation Carval have a solution to suit.
High profile clients include: Addison Lee, Colne Housing, UK Coal, Day Lewis plc, National Housing Federation, St Andrews Links Trust, The Royal Mint, and Scotmid Co-operative
For more information please visit: www.carval.co.uk
Tel: 01908 787700
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