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…

We’d love to hear your ideas…



We’ve signed up to GetSatisfaction.com the independent website where customers can raise ideas, ask questions, report problems and give praise.  We’d love to hear your feedback.  You can either click the “Feedback” link at the side of this page, or click here: http://getsatisfaction.com/annualleavecom/

We’d love to hear your general feedback and ideas, but if you require support on a specific issue, please email support@evolution.ie – please don’t post your private details on GetSatisfaction.com – after all, it is a public website! Thanks!

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.