Handy 2019 Sage People Checklist

With the New Year nearly here, we’ve put together this handy checklist of Sage People end-of-year housekeeping tips to ensure you start 2019 with Sage People running smoothly.

Our 2019 Sage People Checklist:

  1. If you use exchange rates and they need to be updated annually, do remember to update them.
  2. Check that Sage People licences for all leavers have been deactivated and review that there are enough licences available for your medium-term requirements.
  3. Remember to create absence adjustments for 2019 for those who have them.
  4. Check date ranges on scheduled reports to ensure they mirror the company financial year.
  5. Remember to post your Christmas and New Year messages on your Employee Self Service or better still schedule them to appear/disappear.
  6. For those using strategic objectives, remember to edit the strategic objectives picklist to align with the companies 2019 Corporate Objectives.
  7. Remember to check that Snapshot reporting is working and is scheduled to run in case you need headcount figures as at the end of the year.
  8. Ensure that public holidays (bank holidays) that are not set as “reoccurring” are entered for 2019 (and beyond if you have future years).
  9. Remember to check that Hold Absence Balances has been set to run, as this is very useful for reporting.
  10. Those using the Resource Manager, remember your new Active Resource Plan for 2019 to track the budgeted and signed off New positions.
  11. Remember to check that Carry Over has been set up on your absence accrual patterns.
  12. Consider setting up and using Pulse surveys to capture feedback from employees for an end of year engagement check-in.
  13. Also consider using WX Reports if you don’t already, they can give Managers insights into their team’s performance over the last year, including absence, objectives and recognition, and ensure they can effectively track performance over the year to come.
  14. Finally, schedule any annual compliance notices to appear on the Employee Self Service and track which employees have signed the agreement.

Or alternatively check out our Sage People managed services packages where we take away the hassle of making sure Sage People is running efficiently. Call us on +44 (01908) 030360 to find out more.

Latest Sage People’s Return on Investment (ROI) Figures

Research by Forrester Consulting commissioned by Sage People makes for interesting reading as it delves into the functional and economic impact of converting to Sage People.

It starts by establishing the main reasons why organisations selected Sage People. Pleased to report that these tally with our experience of why clients are drawn to Sage People. They include:

–        a single record of truth for each employee giving real-time visibility across their workforce.

–        the analytics and actionable people-related insights that can help management deliver on business strategy.

–        it allows for future growth across multiple sites and geographies.

–        business processes improvement especially by automation.

–        access for its mobile salesforce.

–        a way to engage employees and provide a consistent experience for everyone.

 

The report then goes on to look at the economic impact of their Sage People investment. Unsurprisingly it is all pretty impressive and shows that the benefits of using Sage People outweigh the costs significantly over a three-year period. ROI is a swopping 62% and the point of payback of investment in just over a year, with the most significant saving made in HR and people analytics.

Sage People ROI

The research was based on in-depth interviews with a number of Sage People customers, which were applied to a composite organization (global, midsize enterprise headquartered in US with employees in 4 other countries) to illustrate the benefits and investments. In our experience this is representative of organisations adopting Sage People in the UK, Europe and Australia as well.

These ROI research findings and the picture it paints across the different areas of HR will provide useful fodder for who those looking to make a business case to invest in Sage People. In particular, those high growth, international companies looking to address HR pain points like:

  • no single HR system with difficulties in provide accurate HR data to the board.
  • HR productivity and bottlenecks issues in part due to inefficient processes and disparate systems where access to the information / reports is centralised in HR
  • no HR consistency at a local level plus a lack of global visibility / compliance
  • high attrition levels and recruitment spend.

To access the full ROI research findings please see here.

If you would like discuss any of the points raised in the article please contact us here at Tugela People, a Preferred Sage People Partner.

Latest Sage Business Cloud People Poseidon Release

The Greek god theme continues with the latest Poseidon release announced by Sage People this week. It comes hot on the heels of the Odyssey release in April.

And here at Tugela People we are very excited about the Poseidon release not only because it delivers big enhancements to the user experience, but also because it overhauls the absence calculator to give better visibility on absenteeism. And importantly in light of the new GDPR regulatory regime it includes security enhancements for better data protection processes so that compliance is simplified.

Poseidon was installed in customer sandboxes in early June and the production release will follow in late June.

The Sage Business Cloud People Poseidon release includes:

  • WX UI Refresh – screen space is increased through a redesigned People Bar hidden by default; further WX service bar enhancements
  • Talent Acquisition Security Enhancements – security improvements have been added to the candidate and agency portals and the ability to disable the sending of resumes via email to prevent download
  • Absence Calculator Refactor –  refactored for speed, reliability, and configuration
  • Work Schedules – support for flexible working patterns and different hours per day
  • System Admin Enhancements – policy page cleaned up and made simpler with intelligent validation

Exciting times as Sage Business Cloud People continues to improve and finetune elements as part of their continued commitment to deliver a highly effective people management solution.

If you would like any help with Sage Business Cloud People Poseidon release, or would like to discuss any points raised in this article please call us on 01327 317701 or contact us

Tugela People Spring Conference

Tugela People Spring Conference 2018

We’re back from another invigorating Tugela People conference packed with Sage People training, team-building, company updates, meeting new team colleagues and knowledge sharing sessions.

A highlight was the African drumming team building session on the second day which ended in a show to welcome and WOW our VIP Sage People guests.

A big thank you to everybody who took part and travelled to be with us for our Spring conference – especially our wonderful Sage People partners. All in all, a great event full of laughter, collaboration and enthusiasm. We are already looking forward to the next one

Latest Sage Business Cloud People Odyssey Release

And so the epic Sage Business Cloud People journey continues with the latest, aptly named Odyssey release which was announced last month and is now being delivered across the platform.

Sage Business Cloud People Odyssey release includes:

1.)  An enhanced onboarding process

2.) The ability to add comments to Timesheets

3.) Extended and enhanced field coverage to support US Payroll requirements, including:

– New fields on Salary and Absence objects for Pay Code

– New fields on the Benefit Plan to hold Employer Match and Employer Match Limit percentages.

– Enhanced validation for the Social Security Number field, now linked to Work Location

Preferred Partner Perspective

As preferred partners we are excited to be rolling this latest release out for our customers who want to ensure they fully benefit from the latest enhancements. In particular, we are excited by the enhanced onboarding process in the new release which enables easy identification and controlled visibility for Pre-Boarders. A useful addition.

So, watch this space as Sage Business Cloud People continues to improve and finetune elements as part of their continued commitment to deliver a people management solution which not only meets todays requirements but future ones as well.

If you would like any help in upgrading the Sage Business Cloud People Odyssey, or would like to discuss any points raised in this article please call us on 01327 317701 or contact us

Embracing Continuous Performance Management

Here at Tugela we welcome the continued move to continuous performance management among our clients as they embrace the new functionality introduced in the recent Nautilus update of Sage Business Cloud People.

 

Continuous Performance functionality update

The new release consolidates key components required for performance reviews to a single place. Objectives can be reviewed and updated with all the relevant info to hand, giving a better, more informed / interactive performance review experience.

It now also facilitates continuous review type conversations that allows you to capture and manage two-way feedback on an employee’s performance throughout a review period. Managers and employees can add comments, actions and goals – they can either keep it informal, or add a formal check-in process.

 

Factors driving the shift to Continuous Performance Management

Here are some of the main reasons the traditional yearly appraisal is being phased out:

  • Managers are embracing continuous performance management they are finding that the regular one-to-ones or ‘check-ins’ with their staff enable them to give real-time feedback and reduce Recency Bias that could skew the annual appraisal. With these more frequent interactions they can also address performance issues and deliver recognition in a flexible, timely way. According to CEB, roughly 90 percent of HR managers believe that the traditional review process does not give an accurate picture of an employee’s performance. While continuous performance management collects feedback data throughout the year so managers enjoy a more comprehensive picture of an employee’s actual performance.
  • Employees expectations are shifting. They not only live in an increasingly self-service world where immediate feedback is the norm but expect more in terms of career development Also, as Generation Y’s preferences and motivations filter into the workplace this is set to continue.
  • Technology is facilitating this shift away from the laborious annual review process. For example, the next generation of software like Sage Business Cloud People’s Nautilus release is helping to make the transition easier. In part because the interface is already familiar and easy to use but mainly because it saves time and with global screens adds value for all the users in the process.
  • On a broader scale, organisations recognise the benefits to their bottom line as this increased communication and interaction results in heightened employee productivity and performance, whilst also reducing employee turnover as a result.

 

In conclusion…

We believe continuous performance management is an effective, cost-efficient way to boost morale and increase productivity and is here to stay as the next generation of HR software makes the process relatively painless and easy to manage. And we’re pleased to see this transition being so wholeheartedly embraced by all involved in the process.

If you would like to discuss any of the points raised in this article please contact us.