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Using LeaveMaster, you can book and approve time off and keep track of who’s in and who’s out of the office, quickly, easily and efficiently. It gives everyone in your company access to a fast and fuss-free online system.

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According to figures released by Travelsupermarket.com, millions of British employees may not be able to take their full annual leave entitlement this year.

Research conducted by the travel price comparison site has revealed that the average UK employee still has almost five days’ leave left to take, while 12 % of British workers still have 11 or more days left and have almost certainly left it too late to take their full entitlement.

LeaveMaster shows you at-a-glance how much leave you have taken for the calendar year and how many days’ holiday you have remaining, making it easy for employees to keep track of their leave entitlements and ensure they do not miss out on holidays.

LeaveMaster also enables you to automatically carry over untaken leave into the next calendar year, providing this is permitted within your organisation.

You can find out more about LeaveMaster’s powerful features here.

In last week’s blog, we revealed how you can quickly and easily add any type of leave and absence to LeaveMaster.

In today’s post, we would like to discuss how it is just as effortless to amend staff leave allowances for any leave or absence type for the current year.

So if, for example, you wish to grant an employee an extra day’s holiday, as they worked over a weekend or have been working long hours, you simply go to LeaveMaster’s Amend Leave Allowance page, select the employee from a drop down menu and select annual leave.

The employee’s details and annual leave balance then appear in your browser and all you need to do is credit the employee with the extra day, add a comment explaining the reason for the addition and click on Submit.

The employee’s leave balance will then be amended for that year only, with the employee granted an extra day.

Find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features and functionality.

According to the findings of a new survey , businesses that implement absence management initiatives can reduce their absence rates by 30%.

Conducted by XpertHR, who interviewed 114 employers, the survey also revealed that organisations that change their approach to absence management can reduce the amount of working time lost to staff absence by as much as 80%.

You can read the full survey here.

Or to find out why implementing a web-based leave management solution should be a key part of any organisation’s absence management policy, download our free white paper.

Did you know that you, or your Systems Administrator, can quickly and easily add any type of leave and absence to LeaveMaster?

All you need to do is go to the Leave Type page, click on Add New Leave Type and provide details of the type of leave you wish to add, such as training days, unpaid leave or days in lieu.

You can select a colour for the leave so that it will be included in LeaveMaster’s quick colour-coded overviews. And you can also specify how many days of that leave type each employee in your organisation is permitted to take in a year and whether employees are permitted to carry forward a specified number of untaken days into the next calendar year.

Then all you need to do is save the leave type and it’s added to LeaveMaster.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s powerful features and functionality, click here.

The CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition drew to a close on Thursday with a keynote panel discussion featuring representatives from the CIPD, the TUC, the BBC and the British Government. In a lively debate, the panelists discussed topics such as performance management and the Government’s proposed back-to-work scheme.

With the conference and exhibition now over for another year, we would just like to thank everyone who took the time to visit the LeaveMaster stand.

It was a pleasure meeting everyone and we hope all our visitors obtained a useful insight into the time and cost-saving advantages of using LeaveMaster to book holidays and manage absence.

When an employee asks for time off, their line manager, more of often than not, decides whether to authorise the leave based on a gut feeling about whether the employee will be needed during the time they want to be away.

This is especially the case in organisations that still use a paper or spreadsheet-based leave management system, as the only way the manager can find out if the employee will be required is to wade through paperwork or scan spreadsheets to see if anyone else is going to be away at the same time.

If an employee requests leave via LeaveMaster, however, their line manager can make an informed decision about whether to approve or deny the leave in seconds.

All the line manager needs to do is login to LeaveMaster and click through to a Grant Leave page, where they can see at a glance which employee has requested the leave, the type of leave they wish to take, the start and end dates of the leave, how many days leave they wish to take and their current leave balance for that leave type.

The same page also contains a calendar that shows the line manager who else in the organisation has booked or requested time off that might conflict with the leave request they are considering; so they can check to see if authorising the request will leave teams or job functions under-staffed. They can then approve or reject the leave request with one click of a button.

To find out more about LeaveMaster’s invaluable features, click here.

Systems Valley announces enhanced version of innovative leave management application London, 09 November 2010: Systems Valley, a provider of leading-edge technology solutions and services, has launched an enhanced version of its popular leave and absence management application: LeaveMaster 2.0. Used by organisations across the UK, LeaveMaster is a web-based application that allows employees and managers to quickly and easily book, authorise and record all types of leave and absence, including holidays, training days and sick days, using a fast, automated system. It has been enhanced with new time and cost-saving features and a new user-friendly interface.
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As we have announced in earlier blogs, we are at the 2010 CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition this week.

You’ll find us at stand G80 in the exhibition hall, so if you are attending the conference make sure you drop by. We would be delighted to meet you and will show you how you can use LeaveMaster to save time and money.

The 2010 CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex from Tuesday to Thursday and is the UK’s premier HR event.

You can find out more here.

Or if you would like to reserve a time to speak to us at our stand, call us on 0800 33 456.

We are pleased to announce that we are currently working with Dr. Fiona Robson, absence management specialist at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

Dr. Robson has a wealth of experience in identifying and developing best practice in absence management interventions and is the author of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) absence management toolkit.

Dr. Robson is working with us in a consultancy capacity and will be providing advice on how to maximise the effectiveness of LeaveMaster and position it as a critical node in the holistic model of absence management.

The 2010 CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition is now only a week away. Taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex from the 9th to the 11th of November, it will feature more than 65 seminars on 10 key areas of HR.

If you haven’t booked a place yet, you can still pre-register for free fast-track entry to the exhibition here.

Then make sure you drop by stand G80 in the exhibition hall, where we will be demonstrating the time and cost-saving benefits of using LeaveMaster.

To reserve a time to speak to us on the stand, call us on 0800 33 456. Or click here  to find out more.