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According to FirstCare , businesses lost as much as £181 million a week in the first week of January as a result of absence.
The absence management firm recorded absences in both public and private sector organisations in the first week of the year and determined that cold and flu-related absences were up 12% from the same period last year. This meant that employers had to absorb the cost of losing a total of 1,097,000 days to absence, with the NHS alone losing an estimated 71,900 days at a cost of more than £11.8 million.

By deterring staff from taking unwarranted sick days and giving managers and HR professionals a powerful tool for tackling absenteeism, LeaveMaster helps you significantly reduce the costs of absence.

Find out more.

In last week’s blog, we discussed how you can quickly and easily create new user types in LeaveMaster and define what they can and can not do.

But it also couldn’t be more effortless to add new users to LeaveMaster and amend their account details.

When a new employee joins your organisation, you, or your Systems Administrator, can use LeaveMaster’s automated Users feature to add the new user to the system in seconds.

You can define the new user’s job type and user type and set their leave allowances for each leave type. You can also specify who will approve the new employee’s leave and who will approve the leave if that person is away.

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

In a post last week, we revealed how easy it is to add new teams or departments to LeaveMaster. In today’s blog, we’d like to discuss how you can quickly and easily create new user types.

Using LeaveMaster’s User Roles feature, you, or your Systems Administrator, can define which types of user in your organisation have access to LeaveMaster. Examples of user types include employees, administrators, line managers and senior managers. However, you can create any user type you want.

You simply go to the Systems Administration section of LeaveMaster and choose User Roles. A list of all current user types in your organisation will appear in your browser and to add a new user type, you simply click on Add New Role.

You can then use the Permissions feature to define which aspects of LeaveMaster different user types in your organisation have permission to use and to define what each user type can and can not do within the solution.

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

In an earlier blog, we discussed how you can use LeaveMaster to get an instant overview of all leave and absence in a particular team or department.

But what if you want to monitor leave and absence in a team or department that has only recently been formed and is not currently included in LeaveMaster?

Using the Departments feature, you, or your systems administrator, can add the new team or department in seconds.

You simply go to the Systems Administration section, click on Add New Department, fill in the department name, description and Head of Department fields and click on save.

You can then use LeaveMaster’s powerful reporting features to generate leave summary reportswho is off reportsBradford Factor reports  and more for that team or department.

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

Did you know you can change the look of LeaveMaster and re-brand so that it matches your organisation’s corporate image?

Using Page Objects, you or your systems administrator can quickly and easily add your organisation’s logo to LeaveMaster and customise the look of the solution so that it follows your brand guidelines and identity.

To find out more about customising the look of LeaveMaster, call us on: 0800 33 456 30 or Contact Us.

As your managers and HR professionals return to work after the Christmas break, one of their primary objectives will no doubt be to prepare and plan for the year ahead.

Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to effortlessly plan for 2011 using time-saving features such as the Company Holidays feature.

The Company Holidays feature enables you to quickly and easily create a list of company holidays for 2011, including all public holidays, which all members of staff can view.

When they get back to work, employees will be able to see at-a-glance all public and company holiday dates for the upcoming year. LeaveMaster will also automatically discount those dates when it calculates staff leave balances throughout 2011.

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

In recent posts, we’ve discussed how easy it is to schedule leave and absence reports created in LeaveMaster and email them to internal and external contacts.

However, as well as scheduling and emailing your reports, you can also export them to a wide variety of formats for further analysis.

After you have generated a leave and absence report, you simply select a format from the Export to the Selected Format drop down menu. You can choose from formats such as Excel, PDF, TIFF, Rich Text Format and CSV. Then you just click on Export and the report will be exported to your chosen format and downloaded to your computer.

To see for yourself how easy it is to create, schedule, email and export leave and absence reports using LeaveMaster, contact us and we will give you a comprehensive demonstration.

In a post last week, we revealed that, using LeaveMaster, you can schedule reports like the Leave Summary Report , the Who is Off Report.  and The Bradford Factor report so that they are automatically generated and sent to you at designated times.

But did you know you can also use LeaveMaster to email leave and absence reports to anyone inside or outside your organisation?

All you need to do is generate a leave and absence report  in LeaveMaster, then click on Email This Report. A pop up box will appear in your browser in which you can provide your email address and specify who you would like to send the report to.

After you have added a subject line and any comments you wish to make, you just need to hit Submit and the report will be sent to all the email addresses you have specified.

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

In blog posts over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about some of the invaluable leave and absence reports you can create using LeaveMaster, including a User Leave Transaction Report, a Leave Summary Report, a Who is Off Report. and The Bradford Factor report.

But did you know you can schedule any report in LeaveMaster so that it is automatically generated and sent to you at designated times?

For example, if you want to keep track of who has been absent in your organisation, you can arrange to have Who is off Today reports emailed to you on a daily or a weekly basis.

Or if you want to keep track of your employees’ latest Bradford Factor scores, you can arrange to receive regular Bradford Factor reports.

You can choose to receive scheduled reports every day, every week, at the beginning or end of every month or once a year, and you can have the reports sent to you in both PDF and Excel formats.

But why not contact us and we will show how easy it is to schedule any leave and absence report using LeaveMaster.

In recent posts, we’ve discussed how you can use LeaveMaster to generate a User Leave Transaction Report, a Leave Summary Report and a Who is Off Report.

In today’s blog, we’d like to discuss another report that you can generate: The Bradford Factor report.

The Bradford Factor is a unique formula that helps you tackle the costly problem of employee absenteeism. By giving each of your employees a rating based on the number and length of their absences, it allows you to see which of your employees are hurting your business through little and often absences.
 
Using LeaveMaster, you can quickly and easily generate a report that shows you the up-to-the-minute Bradford Factor scores for all employees in your organisation. You can see the latest scores for all employees in a specific department, or generate a report that shows you the up-to-date score for every member of staff.

You can then warn staff who are about to exceed their Bradford Factor limit or take action against those whose score is above an agreed level.

For more information about how the Bradford Factor scoring system works and how it helps you reduce absenteeism, click here

In recent blogs, we’ve revealed how you can use LeaveMaster to generate a wide range of leave and absence reports,  including a User Leave Transaction Report and a Leave Summary Report.

One of the most invaluable reports that you can generate using LeaveMaster is the Who is Off Report. This shows you who was absent in your organisation during a specified time period.

You can use the Who is Off Report to see if an employee was absent on a particular day or during a specified time period. You can also see who was absent in a particular department, or from your organisation as a whole, over a selected time period, which can be anything from a day to a year.

To find out more and see LeaveMaster’s time-saving reporting features for yourself,  contact us and we will give you a comprehensive demonstration.

In a post last week, we discussed how you can generate a User Leave Transaction Report in LeaveMaster that displays up-to-date leave and absence information for individual employees in your organisation.

However, you can just as easily generate a report that gives you an instant overview of all leave and absence in a particular team or department.

Using the Leave Summary Report feature in LeaveMaster, you can create a report that shows you at-a-glance the leave and absence records for all members of a specified team or department within your organisation

You can specify which year you would like to view departmental leave and absence records for, and you can then email the report to colleagues or export it for further analysis.

Find out more about LeaveMaster’s powerful features.

Using LeaveMaster, you can generate, email, export and schedule a wide range of leave and absence reports for selected employees, specific departments or for the whole of your organisation.

One of the most invaluable reports that you can generate is the User Leave Transaction Report, which displays up-to-date leave and absence information for individual employees.

The report takes only seconds to create and shows you at-a-glance how many days’ leave a selected employee has taken for each leave type, either throughout the year or during a specified time period.

You can also see how much of their annual allowance the employee still has left to take for each leave type offered by your organisation.

But why not see LeaveMaster’s invaluable reporting features for yourself? Contact us and we’ll give you a comprehensive demonstration.

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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