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Time to Breathe with New HR Tool

Time to Breathe with New HR Tool

A regional law firm has hailed a new system for tracking staff holidays and absence as a ‘major boost’ to efficiency within the business.

Alsters Kelley, which has nearly 100 staff across four offices in Coventry, Nuneaton, Leamington and Southam, has recently subscribed to the system called Breathe HR – through Warwick-based HR and recruitment company HansonLawrie.

The two companies, both Corporate Members of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, have worked together over several years after initially meeting through the Chamber.

HansonLawrie has supported Alsters Kelley on the recruitment side and has, more recently, advised and implemented the new Breathe HR system across the business.

It means all holiday is now booked and tracked through the cloud-based system and it also monitors staff absence and can spot trends and produce easy-to-understand reports.

Alsters Kelley has implemented the system in consultation with its team across its four offices and it has already led to efficiency savings and a reduction in paper use.

Staff have their own online profile which allows them to keep tabs on their own holiday allowance and they can even book time off outside of work hours.

Dale Ball, Senior HR Business Partner at Alsters Kelley, said: “The paper booking system for holidays and for tracking absence was becoming unmanageable across the four offices.

“Breathe HR has helped us to streamline everything and has been a major boost to the efficiency of the whole process, which has cut right down on the number of hours in a week we would spend managing these aspects of HR.

“Staff have inputted throughout the process and it has made life so much easier for them too.”

He added: “It’s great to have this relationship with HansonLawrie, which originated through the Chamber and has seen us working together over several years.”

HansonLawrie celebrates its fifth anniversary of supporting businesses with HR and recruitment services later this year.

Paul Lawrie, Director of HansonLawrie, said: “It’s great to have an ongoing relationship with Alsters Kelley and once we knew that they were looking for this kind of solution we could advise what was best for them.

“The beauty of Breathe HR is that it is really simple to use and has everything a business needs both in terms of increased efficiency and, also, in the reports and data it can create that is really easy to follow and understand.

“Using a paper-based system for booking holiday and monitoring absence is a real time burden for a company of this size and is so inefficient.

“We find that once this kind of system is implemented, neither the company nor the staff would want to go back to doing it the ‘old-fashioned way’.”

Zoe Sweeney, Corporate Manager at the Chamber, said: “It’s great to see two Corporate Members working together in this way, and building these kinds of business relationships between local companies is exactly what the Chamber is all about.”

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