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Introducing Sage Source

20 Feb

Sage Source - Improve Your Work Life SuccessFor almost a year now I have been talking about Return on Employee Investment because I believe every organization should look at their decisions with this idea in mind. Employees are the single most important asset of a company and numerous studies have shown that customer satisfaction is directly related to employee satisfaction. 

For small businesses, hiring and retaining the best employees are some of the most difficult tasks because of competition for the best talent. Larger organizations have an advantage because they can use their size to offer employees a plethora of benefits and access to technology at a reduced cost.

Today, I am extremely excited because a new idea is being introduced into the market to help solve this problem and aid in the competition for the best talent. I’m proud to announce that we’re launching a forward-thinking new cloud services platform named Sage Source

Sage Source is an easy to use employer and employee portal that allows employers to offer services to their employees that they only dreamed of and all with minimal administration.  It also provides value in savings to small and mid-sized companies by giving them access to business related services at enterprise savings levels. The initial release provides immediate value to companies in several areas and the savings and value will continue to grow as we continue to add more business and employee services to the platform. 

I can honestly say that this is the most exciting thing I have seen to help small businesses engage their employees in a long time. Sage HRMS customers on a current Sage Business Care plan will have immediate access to the new offering and I invite you to learn more now by visiting the Sage Source website.

 

Top Five Best Practices for HR Conferences

25 Apr

HR Conference Tips and TricksWhen it comes to corporate conferences, a less experienced business person may think: This is my chance to break out of the office, and all on the company’s dollar! But you know better. It’s not about the minibar or hotel pool, it’s about getting the chance to network with other professionals in your field, gain insight on new technologies in human resource management and pick up a few more skills.

So we can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for the trip. Here’s five tips on how to get the most out of the next conference you attend.

1. Set goals before you depart for the conference.

What do you want to achieve while there? Don’t just skulk along the outskirts of the meeting hall. Decide to collect a certain number of business cards and build meaningful professional relationships with peers. Are you simply going for the free conference bag and ballpoint pen, or will you go to as many roundtable discussions about personnel management and HR software as possible, taking copious notes?

2. Conferences are jam-packed – don’t get overwhelmed.

Most conferences will post the agenda before the event, giving you the chance to highlight the can’t-miss speakers and sessions you should to attend. From there, plan out your schedule accordingly. If you have a chance, do a little research on the featured lecturers so you can jot down a few questions for the Q and A that will likely take place afterwards.

3. Network with other HR professionals.

Conferences are one part education, one part networking, and this is your chance to pick the brains of fellow HR professionals from around the country and expand your base of colleagues.

As much as we warn you about social media abuse in the office, professional websites such as LinkedIn or Gist are great ways to manage contacts and build your own profile, as well as your company’s. Don’t discount the value of these sites – they are playing an increasingly important role in recruiting practices, and also give you the chance to sound off about professional challenges.

4. Interrogate the software vendors.

Is your company currently using a Human Resource Management System, or do you have payroll software? If so, conferences offer a great opportunity to learn more about the services your current vendor offers, and gives you the chance to compare your company’s software with others.

This is also the time to learn about additional functions and tools that can optimize your use of HRMS and payroll software. Some HR professionals wrongly think that these systems are only good for keeping track of hours and benefits, but the technology offers much more – such as running reports on benefits and calculating performance metrics. Ask vendors how you can apply your HR software to managing personnel, and brainstorm about what solutions can help your company achieve maximum return on employee investment.

5. Get home, breathe, follow through and follow up.

After days of listening to HR gurus, it’s time to go back to the office and take your place as the resident management expert. Sort through your notes and write up a review of the conference. Try making a bulleted list of the key points, along with a more detailed packet of innovative techniques or programs you think your company could implement.

From the summary, pick a few initiatives you want to start right away. It could be a wellness program or an incentives system. Brainstorm with your coworkers and start drafting plans for how you can get the ideas rolling.

You may be maxed out and exhausted when you get home from a conference, but it’s vital to reach out to the people you met and solidify those fledgling relationships. Go through the stack of cards you likely collected, and reach out to your new connections. Send a few thank you emails, or pose the questions you wished you had asked back at the conference center.

What do you think, did we miss any great ideas on how to maximize time spent at HR conferences?

Will You Be Our Next Winner?

30 Mar

Sage Summit 2011Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Sage Customer Awards Program. We want you to tell us how Sage has helped your company reach its goals and what a great job you’ve done since your Sage implementation. The Customer Awards Program at Summit 2011 in Washington DC is your chance to do just that!  The Sage Customer Awards Program gives you the opportunity to be recognized for your outstanding achievements through the use of Sage solutions. 

There are six award categories in which to nominate your organization: 

  • Best Use of Multiple Sage Solutions
  • Community Stewardship
  • Extraordinary Customer Experience
  • Healthcare Best Practices
  • Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement

Pick the best category for your company, answer a few questions online at Sage Customer Awards Program and you’re nominated!  Easy as that!

 Winners will be chosen by three expert judges and will be honored at Summit in Washington DC.  Besides recognition, the Customer Awards Program provides tremendous benefits to your organization.  In addition to a crystal trophy recognizing your outstanding achievement, you will also receive a $1,000 contribution to a charity of your choice and free registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations for Sage Summit in July. 

Starting March 2, 2011 fill out a nomination form online at Sage Customer Awards Program!  Tell us how Sage has helped your business thrive!

Key Information

  • Sage Summit 2011 in Washington DC, Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
  • Partners: July 10-15, 2011 | Customers: July 12-15, 2011
  • Nominate your company for a Customer Award: March 2-May 3, 2011
  • Winners announced: June 2, 2011

If you have any questions on the program or the application process, feel free to send an email to Melissa Metcalf at customer.awards@sage.com.

Why Sage Summit? The Top 5.

2 Mar

Sage Summit 2011If you’re a Sage customer or business partner – you don’t want to miss out on Sage Summit 2011.

Sage Summit is “the single best event of the year for connecting with and learning from a diverse community of peers, product experts, and industry thought leaders.”  I know you might just think that is fluffy marketing language so if you need a little more convincing here are my top 5 reasons why you should attend

1. Surprises – You never know what a breakout session will entail, last year we unveiled the ability to operate the Abra Employee Self Service (Abra ESS) function of Sage Abra HRMS from any device that has access to the Internet – including iPhones and iPads.  Forget about having to be chained to your desk to approve time off or look up employee records, now do it all from your mobile device on the go!

2. ROEI – Sometimes it is difficult to sell the Return On Employee Investment (ROEI) of attending tradeshows and conferences, this year we’ve got you covered with our convenient justify your trip template.  Use it to build your case about why you need to attend.

3. Integration – Ever wished you could find an application to integrate with your Sage solution that would help make certain tasks or functions easier?  Look no further than our massive tradeshow floor.   

4. Networking – The makeup of this conference is so diverse that you’re bound to meet some interesting people.  In attendance will be customers, exhibitors and industry thought leaders, Sage partners and consultants and Sage employees and product experts.  Bring those business cards!

5. Speakers – Be prepared to be entertained as well as learn a thing or two as Summit has a variety of featured speakers including small business expert Rieva Lesonsky and Mary Anne Osborne from our very own Sage HR R&R webcast series.  You’ll also enjoy hearing from Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy – the real life family from the Hollywood blockbuster The Blind Side

Registration is now open for customer alumni and business partners, for first time customers registration opens next week! Don’t miss out, visit SageSummit.com for more information.

Ask an Expert: HRIS Selection

10 Nov

Recently, I was featured on the Daily HR Solutions blog in an Expert Q&A post. I had the opportunity to answer a few questions about HRIS tool selection and about what makes Sage Abra HRMS an effective Human Resources software tool.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

1. What are the most important factors for HR professionals to consider when choosing an HRIS?

Depending on the company, there are many factors to consider. Ease of use has been and always will be on the forefront in the decision-making process (a comment made by more than 60% of our customer base). Other criteria include: price, windows-based, SQL, reporting capabilities, employee self-service, integrated HR and payroll, attendance tracking, training management, job and pay history, interfaces to GL.

Since technology plays a large role in the HR function, HR professionals should seek an intuitive HRIS system with the business intelligence for exceptional reporting. It also helps the strategic component of the HR role and the ability to maximize the return on employee investment (R.O.E.I.)

You can read my full Q&A session by visiting the Daily HR Solutions Blog and if you have any questions about HRIS selection, let me know by posting a comment below.

Sage HRMS Educational Partner Program

10 Nov

Sage HRMS is proud to announce the Sage HRMS Educational Partner program, an initiative which provides U.S. educators and students with the latest version of the Sage HRMS software free of charge for learning purposes. Sage HRMS is an award-winning human resource management system (HRMS) for small and midsized companies that centralizes employee data, simplifies core human resource (HR) and payroll administration and enables better workforce-related decisions, resulting in the improvement of overall company efficiency.

“The Sage HRMS Educational Partner program allows institutions to give their students the benefit of real-world experience in HR,” said Johnny Laurent, vice president and general manager of Sage Business Solutions. “Our goal is to give students pursuing human resources degrees the tools they need to succeed in the classroom – and in the workplace.”

With the Sage HRMS Educational Partner program, registered educators receive free Sage HRMS software for their classrooms, as well as free installation support. A full edition of Sage HRMS can be installed on the institution’s lab computers as well as onto the instructor’s personal computer to facilitate course preparation. Students can install the Sage HRMS student edition on their personal computers for learning purposes.

To qualify for the Sage HRMS Educational Partner program, instructors must certify that they are affiliated with an educational or nonprofit professional or vocational training institution and that they plan to use Sage solutions only as part of their teaching, training, advising, staff development and/or research activities with that institution.

Students can obtain a student version of Sage HRMS through registered educators in the Higher Educational Industry program. Educators interested in learning more about the Sage HRMS Educational Partner program can contact Sage at customerloyalty.sagehrms@sage.com.


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