Sage People’s Triton release making Waves

The latest Triton release from Sage People, named after the Greek god who was a messenger of the sea, has certainly been making waves. It focuses on 7 ways that Sage People helps improve the user experience and enables HR managers to be more efficient.

Client feedback so far has been positive as they begin to upgrade elements relevant to their organisations. Elements changing include:

  • Payflow support for multiple bank accounts
  • Groups and teams pilot release
  • Time and attendance: enhancements to same day absences and to the absence calculator
  • Reward planning (Compensation Planning) beta release
  • US tax forms
  • Payroll pilot enhancements
  • Know Your People pilot release
  • SEO enhancements for talent acquisition
  • Employee API pilot release
  • Team member sharing speed and performance improvements
  • Telemetry roll out

Exciting times as Sage Business Cloud People on the Salesforce platform continues improve and enhance capabilities for people efficiencies, insights, collaboration and employee engagement. The release is part of their continued commitment to deliver a highly effective HR solution that meets the evolving people management needs.

To find out more about the upgrades see here

Or if you would like any support or help getting the most from your Sage People investment, please call us on 01908 030360 or contact us

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

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.

Sage People Nautilus Release

We are looking forward to the new forthcoming Sage People Nautilus Release that is in the pipeline. This latest update will help to deliver improved visibility and control of the entire workforce with targeted and tailored communications, continuous feedback mechanisms and enhanced user experience across the system.

We particularly like the improvement to the Performance module where key components for performance assessment have been consolidated in a single, easy-to-digest overview. Now managers can access objectives, and review and update them with all the relevant context to hand, such as continuous feedback, providing a highly informative and interactive performance review experience.

Performance Review now also allows the capture of two-way feedback on an employee’s performance throughout the review period. Managers and employees can add comments, actions and goals. There is a choice to keep it informal, or add a formal check-in process.

So, exciting times as Sage People continues to finetune and improve things as part of it’s continued commitment to deliver a HR system which not only meets today people management requirements but future ones.

If you would like any help in upgrading Sage People, 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.

 

 

Sage People Technical Update, May 2017

Salesforce are due to retire their default certificate on August 7th 2017 details of this can be found here.  If your organisation uses Single Sign On and you are using the default certificate this service will stop working on this date.

Sage People have produced a guide to enable you to check if this affects your organisation: https://www.fairsail.com/sage-people/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/How-to-check-for-default-certificate.pdf

Fyi Sage People have also produced a guide to replace this certificate when using ADFS here:

SFDC Expired Certificate Notification

If you use Okta, Azure or Onelogin as your authentication service, please note these guides are currently being created, so watch this space.

If you need help replacing certificates please call Tugela on +44 (0)1327 317701