We love documentation

Our spec before the editing starts...

Regular readers of this blog will know that for the last few months, we’ve been designing a new version of AnnualLeave.com for 2012. We’re really excited about it. We’re nearing the end of the design phase, and we’re almost finished the functional specification (all 690 pages of it! – It’ll hit 700 by the time we sign it off, no doubt).

As any developer will tell you, documentation is about as much fun as root canal surgery, however it’s a highly important and ultimately time-saving in the long run. A good rule of thumb is that 1 hour spent on documentation saves 10 hours of development time.

So, what’s going to be in the new version?  Well, all in good time.  We’ve got some fantastic features coming that we know you are going to love. We’re going to release details of all the new features in the coming weeks, along with screens-shots to whet your appetite.

So, even though we’re about the sign off the spec and let the development team loose to start coding, we’re still open for ideas and requests.  Drop us a line for anything you’d like to see in our employee absence planning system and we’ll do our best to incorporate it.

Having said that, with a spec that’s 690 pages, there’s a good chance it might already be in there!


How much does sickness absence cost your company?

Bupa have published a useful calculator which will calculate how much sickness absence is costing your company each year.  You can see it here: http://www.bupa.co.uk/business/all-business/workplace-health/workplace-absence-calculator

Thousands of companies use AnnualLeave.com to track and record their employee absences and we hear from customers every day who state that the simple act of recording absences has actually reduce the number of suspected fraudulent sick days.  It’s called the Hawthorne effect: Simply by monitoring something, you change it’s behaviour…

New AnnualLeave.com video on You Tube

Here’s our new video, we’d love to hear what you think of it!

Sunday Business Post: HR Application for staff leave

We were delighted to be covered in the Sunday Business Post earlier this week.

AnnualLeave.com article in the Sunday Business Post

Sunday Business Post: "AnnualLeave.com will save you money from day one"

The article read:

Dublin company Evolution has launched new software to manage staff leave. Online tracking system AnnualLeave.com caters for full-time, part-time and shift workers. It is provided as a software-as-a-service solution, which allows companies to tailor content based on the type of leave involved.

For example, in addition to annual leave and sick leave, they can also include maternity and parental leave and jury duty.

The application is available free of charge to organisations with ten or fewer employees based in one department and in one location. For organisations with more than ten employees, the cost increases on a sliding scale depending on staff numbers, departments, locations and leave types.

Established in 2006, Evolution is a human resources software company headquartered in NovaUCD, the innovation and technology transfer centre in University College Dublin.

“AnnuaILeave.com is online, affordable, easy-to-use and once it’s set up, you need never worry about employees’ absences again. If you look at the high cost of time and mistakes that are inherent in manual systems, you’ll see that AnnualLeave.com will save you money from day one,” said Alistair Thacker, Evolution’s co-founder.

This article appeared in the Sunday Business Post on Jan 17th 2010.

Business & Leadership magazine covers AnnualLeave.com

Business & Leadership magazine 13 Jan 2009

Today Business & Leadership magazine – Ireland’s business news service wrote about AnnualLeave.com:

Alistair Thacker, CEO, AnnualLeave.com

Annualleave.com is the first online annual leave tracking system to cater for part-time and shift-work employees, and is designed to accurately track employee leave while reducing costly mistakes that can occur when organisations automatically enforce set rules in its administration.

Flexibility and control

The flexibility of this application allows complete control over the number of departments and locations included while creating specific leave types, eg, maternity leave, parental leave and jury duty.

Businesses can also create their own sub-domain with a customised login page that carries their branding and corporate logos.

How much does AnnualLeave.com cost to use?

AnnualLeave.com is SAS (Software-as-a-Service) and is free to organisations with 10 or fewer employees based in one department and one location while larger organisations are charged for its use on a sliding scale.

“For many company owners and HR managers, managing your employees’ annual leave, sick leave and other time off is a lot of hassle and it really shouldn’t be,” said Evolution founder Alistair Thacker.

“Companies get to a certain size where a wall planner or spreadsheet just won’t work anymore, and the big HRIS systems are far too expensive. AnnualLeave.com is online, affordable, easy-to-use and once it’s set up, you need never worry about employees’ absences again.

“If you look at the high cost of time and mistakes that are inherent in manual systems, you’ll see that AnnualLeave.com will save you money from day one,” he added.

You can read the full article here: http://www.businessandleadership.com/news/article/19030//novaucd-start-up-launches-hr-software-for-tracking-annual-and-sick-leave/