In simple terms, SaaS is the software distributed as a hosted service which is available over the internet. SaaS gives small to large size companies, the opportunity for the transition of software acquisition risks and then to shift IT from a reaction cost center to a value producing, proactive part of the organization.
The cloud computing model only seems to be getting better after the year 2011. According to Gartner, SaaS along with the rest of the applications is going to grow exponentially in the coming 2 to 5 years for large, medium and small sized businesses. SaaS is getting more affordable for small sized and medium sized companies. SaaS services are availed by small sized companies, from law firms to retailers. Many SaaS applications are focusing on CRM especially in the areas like supply chain, sales, finance, outside locations etc.
In the manufacturing segment also it looks positive for SaaS, as there is increasing need to bring the operations up to date in the areas like lean inventories, supply chain optimization, increased visibility etc. with the help of on demand applications for ERP and supply chains.
Technology have been associated with global connectivity and in this era of increasing importance for connectivity , the accessibility of SaaS applications on demand can act as a catalyst for its further growth and increased credibility as people will get used to it. Though speed and security associated with cloud was a concern in the past, cloud has been advancing on that ground too.
POMODORO technique is used to manage time and is developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980s. This technique aids in achieving a set task by means of converting time into a valuable ally. The main features expressed by POMODORO users are managing breaks, reducing interruptions and completing tasks. The main objective of POMODORO technique is to aid people in systematically managing their time in terms of observation, tracking and evaluation so as to improve one.
POMODORO technique can be used for maintaining sustainable pace in extreme programming teams. Extreme programming team experiences a common issue of identifying strategies for reinforcing practices and for increased speed. While most practices identified at least one strategy, that is considered to be optimal by testing and approving practically among the community, sustainable pace is a major area where an ideal strategy was missing. Here comes the significance of POMODORO technique as it is a time management strategy used to organize personal work and study, which can be also applied to extreme programming. POMODORO technique is extensively used among the Italian Agile teams than elsewhere.
Many companies still create unnecessary paperwork by using a paper-based system for recording and monitoring employee leave and absence.
This not only clutters up the office with sheets of paper, it also affects productivity and can slow down the business, as holiday forms are time-consuming to fill out and file and can be easily mislaid.
Using a paper-based leave management system additionally makes it difficult to keep track of who’s in and who’s out of the office, or to see if employees are taking unwarranted time off.
LeaveMaster eliminates time-consuming paperwork in your organisation by allowing employees to quickly and easily book time off using a simple, automated system.
It also stores data on all types of leave, including holidays, sick days and training days, in a single, secure place, so you can get an accurate and up-to-the minute picture of who’s in, who’s out and who’s about to be away in your organisation, as well as who’s always off sick.
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Over the past year, more than 15 million days were lost in NHS organisations as a result of sickness absence, new statistics show.
The figures have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and show that 15.56 million days were lost to sickness in the NHS over the past 12 months.
NHS organisations in the North-East had the highest rates of sickness absence while NHS organisations in London had the lowest rates.
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Employees who work for big companies take more sick leave than employees who work for small businesses, a report has revealed.
According to the Sickness Absence in the Labour Market 2012 report, issued by the Office for National Statistics, organisations with more than 500 employees lost more working hours as a result of sickness absence in 2011 than firms with 25 to 49 and 50 to 499 employees.
Meanwhile, businesses with less than 25 employees lost the lowest amount of working hours because of sickness absence, most likely because staff felt they could not take sick leave as their work load would not be covered by their colleagues.
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According to a new survey, the majority of UK organisations are planning to invest in HR technology over the coming year.
Conducted by Towers Watson, the survey found that 31% of companies are planning to increase their spending on HR technology in the next 12 months, while 53% of companies are planning to match their previous year’s spend.
The most common reason given for investing in HR technology was to increase efficiency levels.
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A survey has revealed that, on average, sickness absence cost UK companies £743,175 last year. This amounts to £618 per employee.
The annual XpertHR absence rates survey has also revealed that British employees took an average of 6.4 days off sick last year, with public-sector absence rates exceeding those in the private sector.
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The majority of British HR directors do not bring in extra members of staff to cover employees who are on holiday, a survey has revealed. Instead, line managers and colleagues typically have to take on the work of staff who are on leave.
The survey was conducted by OfficeTeam who interviewed 200 HR directors. 85% of the directors surveyed said they do not bring in extra staff to take on the workloads of employees who are on holiday. Instead, they expect other members of staff to take on extra work.
Meanwhile, 37% of the surveyed directors said that an absent employee’s line manager typically assumed responsibility for their work.
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Nearly a quarter of UK employees have lied to their line manager in order to get leave approved, a survey has revealed.
Conducted by Skyscanner, the survey has also revealed that 7% of employees have pretended to be ill in order to go on holiday and 4% have faked a family emergency to get their employer to grant them time off.
The survey additionally found that staff have falsely claimed to be snowed in or attending the funeral of a close friend in order to avoid going to work.
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A survey has revealed that British employees spend up to three hours a day working during their summer holidays.
The survey was conducted by Regus who interviewed 2,500 workers. 39% of the employees surveyed said they spend up to three hours a day on work-related activities while on holiday.
Meanwhile, 25% said they use smartphones and tablets to check emails and to stay in touch with the office when they are on leave
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According to a recently-published study, almost a fifth of the UK’s workforce may feign sickness over the next two weeks in order to watch the Olympics.
Published by Badenoch & Clark, the study reveals that 18.5% of UK employees think that they, or their colleagues, may be tempted to call in sick during the London 2012 Games.
Over a quarter of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 have said that they would be tempted to take a sickie during the Olympics, and 26% of Londoners have claimed that they, or their colleagues, might call in sick or miss work during the Games.
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Implement LeaveMaster and you will be able to establish a single, streamlined system for applying for leave in your organisation.
Instead of requesting leave using different paper-based or spreadsheet systems, depending on which system their team or department uses, all of your employees will be able to book their holidays using the same fast, automated online system.
This will significantly speed up holiday booking and leave processing in your organisation and will substantially cut the amount of time your line managers and employees spend on holiday administration and paperwork.
Your managers and HR professionals will also be able to keep accurate, up-to-date records of all forms of staff leave and absence and will be able to efficiently manage resources by seeing at-a-glance who has booked holiday in the company and when they are going to be away.
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The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) has advised employers that they may be hit with an influx of holiday requests in the run up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
According to research conducted by the CIPP, nearly one in six UK employees are planning to book leave in order to watch events during the Olympic Games.
With a large number of employees looking to take time off, the CIPP has warned employers that they may face administrative difficulties trying to process a large volume of holiday requests at the same time and need to make sure they are prepared in advance.
The payroll body has also advised employers that they need to be ready to deal with competing requests for time off and should have a policy in place for staff who want to work irregular hours during the Olympic period.
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You will also be able to maintain high levels of productivity and customer service during popular holiday periods by efficiently managing and monitoring employee leave.
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According to a new study, private businesses in the UK lose around £3.1 billion each year as a result of long-term sick leave.
This rises to around £6.5 billion when public sector organisations are included in the figures.
The study was conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and has also revealed that organisations with more than 500 employees lose an estimated £620,000 per annum because of long-term sickness absence.
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Following a new European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling , employees who are ill or injured during a period of annual leave now have the right to re-take their leave a later date, irrespective of when they became sick.
Prior to the ruling, workers who fell ill, or who were injured, while on annual leave were permitted to turn their holiday into sick leave and re-take their annual leave at an alternative date.
Under the new ruling, employees who were already ill or injured before taking annual leave are now also able to re-take the leave at a later date, if their illness or injury continues into the annual leave period.
The UK Government is planning to amend the Working Time Regulations 1998 to incorporate the new ECJ ruling.
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A supermarket employee who pretended to be ill in order to go on holiday with her friends, was caught red-handed when she ran into her boss at the holiday resort.
The employee was unable to get time off work, so she feigned illness and took a week of sick leave so that she could go to Magaluf in Spain with her friends. However, when she arrived at the holiday resort, she discovered that her boss was staying in the same apartment block as her.
She later found out that she had booked the holiday at the same travel agent as her manager.
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Less than a quarter of all British employers know the costs of staff absenteeism, a survey has found.
The survey was conducted by employers’ body EEF and Westfield Health. It found that just 22% of UK firms measure the direct cost of sickness absence. As a result, the EEF has committing itself to developing a template for businesses that will help them to calculate the costs of absenteeism.
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According to the findings of a research report each bank holiday in the UK costs the economy £2.3 billion.
Published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the report also states that scrapping bank holidays in the UK would boost annual output by £19 billion.
However, these figures have been called into question by an impact assessment prepared by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which assessed the impact that the recent bank holiday on June 5 had on the UK economy.
According to the assessment, the bank holiday, which was added to the calendar to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at best cost the UK economy £1.2 billion.
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In a blog post last week, we discussed how employers have been warned about employees taking unwarranted sickness absences during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
However, employers have additionally been warned that members of staff may also take sickies over the next three weeks in order to watch international football on TV.
The Euro 2012 football tournament starts on Friday 8 June and many matches kick off at 5pm, including England's opening game against France on Monday 11 June.
Employers have been informed that they may notice an increase in short-term absenteeism during the tournament, as a result of employees faking sickness absence in order to watch matches at home.
To avoid unauthorised absences and to minimise disruption during Euro 2012, employers have been encouraged to adopt a flexible approach to working hours and to consider letting staff take time off at short notice and allowing them to leave work early.
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UK employers have been warned that employees may take unwarranted sickness absences during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
An extra bank holiday has been added to the calendar on Tuesday 5 June, in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. However, employees do not have the automatic right to take the day off and, in many cases, it will be up to employers to decide whether or not to grant staff the day off.
According to an article on the Personnel Today website, if employers do expect their staff to come into work on June 5th, they may experience a number of unauthorised staff absences, as a result of employees deciding to take the day off anyway by calling in sick when they are not really ill.
Employers have been encouraged to deter staff from taking unwarranted sickness absences during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, by making it clear that employees who call in sick may be subject to disciplinary action unless they can prove that their sickness was genuine.
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