Sage People Winter 20 Release

As the season turns, Sage People are getting ready to release their next set of enhancements with the Sage People Winter 20 Release. With this latest release, they are aiming to improve efficiencies and offer users more flexible ways of working while improving engagement.

Aligning with Salesforce

Also, with this release, Sage People have dropped the nautical theme and now base the naming and timing of their releases on the Salesforce model. Salesforce, in some cases, announces new functionality a year in advance hence Winter 2020. In reality, Sage People are updating their customer live orgs on the 28 October (for EU8, EU9 and EU15 located orgs) and then on 4 November for all others

 

Sage People Winter 20 Release includes the following new features:

  • Groups and teams – improve how users organise, develop, recognise and communicate. Enables self-service users to create project groups, etc. and administer these. Groups can be formed across reporting lines for agile project planning purposes rather than hierarchy based.
  • Absence accrual log pagination – improves the user experience and performance of absence accruals. These screens have been made more manageable by enabling HR Managers to view results based on a date range.
  • Absence calculator 2.0 now in payflow – extending the recently improved absence calculator to payflow. This means payflow can now include absence records created as part of the new Time Off functionality.
  • Delegated access to timesheets for executive assistants – creates more flexibility around timesheet management. For example, delegated assistants can now create, submit and approve timesheets for their manager or their colleagues.
  • Absence balance enhancements – improve visibility of leave balances so you can plan more effectively. Accrual balance can now be displayed in the hr portal for any absence type that accrues, e.g. additional or voluntary entitlements, etc. and not just accruals based on holiday patterns.
  • Continuous conversations (beta) – improve how you manage performance through better engagement. Replaces the continuous feedback functionality. Continuous conversations are more flexible and are not coupled to Performance Reviews anymore. So Continuous conversations can occur independently from the Performance Review screen in the self-service. Managers and direct reports can now also add attachments to conversations.
  • People management workflow (pilot) – enhances the user experience of people management processes. The pilot begins week commencing 11 November. This enhancement is set to revolutionise how managers work with HR Requests. A new user interface means that manager-based changes, promotions, etc. have separate screens. Managers can also generate proposed changes for several employees at one time.
  • Update to the hiring manager portal – gives hiring managers more flexibility and control over their job posts. Further fields can be presented to hiring managers, as part of the list of vacancies that they see, as well as individual vacancies themselves, so that they have all the information they need to hand.

 

To find out more about the enhancements, or if you would like any support or help to get the most from your Sage People investment, please call us on 01908 030360 or contact us

The Fight against a Toxic Company Culture

How many companies have you heard of that have a ‘toxic’ environment? One where the workplace is characterised by negative attitudes, poor interpersonal relationships, bad work styles which affect the morale and productivity of employees and impacts on efficiency, customer service and the profitability of an organisation.

 

Employee engagement and company culture

So how do you improve employee engagement?  Several studies have shown that a ‘toxic’ or negative company culture can be improved by high levels of employee engagement and effective communication irrespective of market and business.

But this does not mean an organisation just saying “we’ll send out emails to all staff” as both communication and engagement needs to be so much more than this. Employers need to open two-way dialogue at all levels, involve employees in the decision-making processes and ultimately promote engagement in the company mission and values. This process has two benefits, the first is that employees feel informed about the direction of the company, allowing them to promote this externally. The second is that the company attracts applicants that have the same values and objectives.

When employees feel involved and engaged in the direction of the business, their commitment to the company and its goals increases, lending to a higher retention rate and improvement to overall company culture. With current staff aligned with the values of the business, it sets the foundations for new employees to know that they are part of the larger organisation.

 

Using HR technology to engage employees

So, to increase employee engagement within your organisation you involve them, try to see the world through their eyes and stay connected with and be aware of their milestones and issues.

HR technology now plays a vital role in helping to promote consistency in management styles and enables a continuous two-way dialogue. This gives employees the opportunity to share their workplace issues and helps to develop trust.

Enlightened organisations are ditching the annual appraisal in favour of continuous assessments and are increasingly using instant feedback tools.

While the needs of staff may vary, organisations must understand the basic needs of their employees to be valued, recognised and respected. Whilst HR technology cannot replace the personal touch it does provide a quick, easy way to manage employee data and facilitate employee engagement in a consistent, continuous way.

 

In conclusion

While investing in employee engagement has not always been high on the agenda. The increasing evidence showing the positive correlation between profitability and employee engagement has meant improving company culture has become a boardroom priority. Forward thinking organisations are turning to HR technology to help facilitate these initiatives especially in competitive markets where companies have to work leaner and more efficiently than ever before to stay ahead

So, watch this space as employee engagement is used in the battle against toxic workplaces with HR tech providing increasingly useful tools for managers.

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

Sage People Mirny Release Update and Absence Calculator Changes

Sage People has announced details of the new Mirny release which was installed in customer sandboxes in August. FYI the production release will happen in early September and includes the following functionality:

•    Further enhanced performance management
•    Hiring manager portal expansion
•    Internal communication templates
•    Storage of absence balances in standard fields
•    Wave App (pilot)
•    Further enhancements and bug fixes

For more information on these features check out this presentation by the Head of Product Development.

They have also announced that they will be deprecating an old absence feature set with this release.  You may remember in the Victoria release last year September they released several absence enhancements, including the ability to change the order holiday is deducted (from TOIL, carry over, and accrual) and support for carry over with expiry greater than 12 months.  To do so, a new absence calculator was built that could be switched on by customers.  Now this new calculator will be switched on automatically for all customers in the Mirny release.  FYI it is backwards compatible, so you should see no impact, but it is still important to validate in this sandbox release.

If you would like to discuss this Sage People Mirny release – do call us on +44 (0)1327 317 701 or via out contact form.

 

 

Are you Ready for Liemba, Sage People’s Latest Upgrade?

Sage People recently announced details of Liemba, their exciting new release which comes into effect soon. The Liemba update include significant enhancements including:

  • WX UI improvements (menu bar, top masthead, HR Noticeboard and Internal Communication display enhancements)
  • Enhanced performance management
  • Support for configurable groups and teams in WX
  • Pulse surveys (pilot programme)
  • Automated manager and span of control reporting
  • Sage People Android App

New Pulse Survey

Thpulse survey sage peoplee element that excites us most is the new pilot programme of Pulse surveys. We believe that this is going to become an invaluable addition to the software’s employee engagement toolbox. Pulse surveys allow employees to give quick and relevant feedback and makes data collection easy. It is great for insightful analysis and reporting to inform business decisions.

If your organisation would like support managing your Sage People upgrade call the Sage People support experts, Tugela People on +44 (0)1327 317701.

HRIS Consultancy: Phase 2 for Westminster Abbey

westminster-abbey_938x183-banner-2We were delighted to commence with Phase 2 of the HRIS consultancy project for Westminster Abbey. In the Spring we audited their existing HR processes and suggested process improvements and helped to create the HRIS brief.

The second phase is focused on helping them manage the implementation of their selected system, Midland HR. Working with the team at Westminster Abbey we will ensure that the implementation project remains on budget and on schedule.  We will also help embed the new system within the organisation and ensure that users are properly trained.

If you are looking for expert HRIS consultancy support contact HRIS expert, Thomas Schilling, on 01327 317701.