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Business & Leadership magazine 13 Jan 2009

Today Business & Leadership magazine – Ireland’s business news service wrote about

Alistair Thacker, CEO, 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 cost to use? 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. 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 will save you money from day one,” he added.

You can read the full article here: removes hassle of holiday time

Thanks to – Ireland’s Software for Business Blog who gave us this write-up today:

Evolution, the NovaUCD-based human resources software company, has announced the launch of (, an application enabling organisations to track their employees’ annual or sick leave with the minimum of time and effort. It is also the first online annual leave system to cater for part-time and shift work employees. enables organisations to reduce mistakes in administration of annual leave by automatically enforcing parameters set by each organisation. Its flexibility ensures that organisations have complete control over the number of departments and locations covered, and can create other leave types such as maternity leave, parental leave and jury duty. Organisations can also create their own subdomain with a customised login page including branding the system with their own corporate logos. is provided as a software-as-a-service and is available for free to organisations with 10 or fewer employees based in one department and one location. For organisations with more than 10 employees the cost increases on a sliding scale depending on the number of employees, departments, locations, leave types to be catered for.

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Snow costs UK companies over £2.2 billion in staff absence

More employees stayed at home last week due to adverse weather, than ever seen before, according to absence management organisation FirstCare.

Almost 14% of the UK workforce stayed at home on Wednesday, over 15% on Thursday and just over 10% on Friday because of the extreme weather conditions the UK. It is estimated that the direct costs to the UK companies will exceed £2.2bn*.

Aaron Ross, CEO of FirstCare, said:”With the cold snap continuing into next week we expect high levels of absence to persist”

“It is paramount employers review and revise their working plans for the days ahead to ensure employee safety is at the top of the agenda. Whether it’s asking employees to work from home or even closing the office, all activities should be effectively communicated with staff and information around pay given. In addition, guidance should be given on what business activities are essential and which can be put on hold until the weather improves.

“Employers should also give appropriate advice to their employees about how to travel safely in the icy conditions. Already, and as FirstCare saw in February 2009, the emergency services are reporting an increase in fractures and injuries as people make unnecessary journeys and end up slipping on ice.

“We advise all employers to ensure that they are also making adequate provisions to ensure the safety of employees in their car parks and communal areas as the treacherous conditions remain.”

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