SMB Updates – November 2019


Welcome to this month’s update news, highlighting the new functionality we have brought to the SMB platform this month.

Firstly, a massive thanks to all clients for your ongoing feedback, comments and suggestions. They all help us continue to make SMB the most powerful and efficient HR management tool for small businesses.

So, here’s a rundown of the updates for November 2019:

  • Repeating Absences
    For scenarios where employees have absences that fall on the same days each week/month, such as working at home every Tuesday, you can now setup repeating absence records that automatically populate multiple absence records
  • Noticeboard attachments
    As an update to the Noticeboard functionality, you may now upload and attach files to notices. In addition, if you are emailing notices to employees, those files can be added to the emails as an attachment
  • Self Auto Approval of Holiday Requests
    Enhancing the existing automatic approval functionality, you can now set holiday requests to automatically approve in cases where the person making the request has permissions to approve their own requests
  • Competency Framework Required Levels
    Extending the Competencies module, you can now set required levels for all competencies within frameworks and track employees against those required levels.
  • Holiday Period Sickness Allocation
    When setting sickness allocation for employees, you may now assign the allocation in line with the employee’s Holiday year
  • Types of absence to show on published calendars
    We have extended the functionality for the company absence calendar by allowing you to now not only select which types of absence should be shown to employees on the holiday calendar, but also which types should simply be shown as “Absent”. This was previously a global setting
  • We have lots of ideas and plans for the system moving forward, and of course look forward to continuing to hear all of your great suggestions!


Is your cloud HR solution UK-ready?


Be wary of non-UK native HR software

It’s a globalised market in a shrinking world. We move physical products from one side of the world to the other within a day. We buy digital content, media and entertainment as downloads on demand from servers in data centres anywhere in the world across the internet.

So why should UK based companies be wary of subscribing to online HR management software that is designed to be native for other countries?

Think local not global

Large online HR software vendors selling their products to the global market provide localisation to customise software to the specific requirements of different regions, territories and countries.

While software localisation is an established practice, the fact the software is not developed specifically for the UK can create immediate problems or be indicative of issues further down the line. These include:

  • Delays to rollout – while the software is customised for UK businesses
  • Functionality gaps – may not be able to deal with UK specific employment requirements
  • Compliance gaps – may not be meet compliance under the UK’s employment laws
  • Support gaps – UK customers may experience support of questionable capability and quality delivered from offshore
  • Data sovereignty – privacy issues may arise if personal data is held offshore

HR software for the UK market with UK data from SMB

SMB HR software is UK native. The software is specifically developed and supported to meet the needs of UK companies:

  • UK company – SMB is a UK company providing HR software in our home market
  • UK HR software – designed, engineered, hosted and supported in the UK
  • UK stored data – UK data sovereignty assures privacy and security under UK laws

To experience first-hand how SMB streamlines and prevents routine HR admin soaking up management time in UK businesses take our free 14 day trial or simply get in touch to find out more.

Click here to see the article ‘Building Data Centres in Europe ‘Won’t Solve The Data Sovereignty Problem’ at techweekeurope.

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