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The HR Department usually has broad reach within most organizations and often deals with a high volume of processes and policies. Yet many HR specialists still routinely manage requests through email, phone calls and paper forms. In fact, 40% of their time is spent on administrative work such as entering data from one systemto another.
“Just shoot HR an email”
Employees are used to it but even for relatively small organizations, the workload on HR can quickly multiply. Automating your routine HR processes makes a huge difference. Systems like Workday and PeopleSoft have specific HR workflows but they’re extremely expensive and are hard to fit to your business needs – implementations routinely run into 7 figures.
Many of our customers have successfully automated their HR processes literally in a matter of days at a tiny fraction of those costs. The forms and workflows exactly fit their business requirements and are easy to design/customize using our browser-based designers. Here are 5 common HR processes that we see customers automating.
1. Employee On-boarding & Off-boarding
Ensure that your new employees go through a consistent on-boarding experience. Collect accurate information with online forms that perform validation. Employees need to enter data just once and sign just once. Automatically generate Government PDFs like a Federal W-4. Notify relevant departments such as I.T. (procure a smartphone or laptop, access to network drives).
2. Vacation Request
Reduce administrative overhead, ensure regulatory noncompliance and prevent lost productivity due to unscheduled absences. Accurately capture approvals and dates for leave requests with complete, traceable documentation.
3. Travel Expense Report
The most painful part of business travel for many employees. Avoid the usual to-and-fro emails between employees and managers for pre-authorization of travel and expense reconciliation. Capture approvals and expense quickly and accurately using an online workflow even on-the-go on a mobile device.
4. Time Sheet Tracking
Managers typically spend several hours per week sorting through employee time sheets. Using email for this process is guaranteed to be frustrating for everyone concerned – a slow, arduous, error-prone process that’s impossible to track. Automate this process to ensure accurate fully-validated time sheets that just work.
5. Annual Performance Review
Streamline the usual Word documents or Excel spreadsheets with an automated performance review process. Reduce completion time, ensure accuracy and consistency, integrate electronic signatures and let employees see where they are in the process. Ensure compliance with your organization’s HR policies.
These 5 HR processes are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more from Employee Status Change to Benefits Enrollment to Change of Personal Information, Hiring & Recruiting, Absence Records and many others.
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Employee On-Boarding is one of the most common day-to-day workflows. Many customers choose Live Forms for this and other HR workflows. With Live Forms, automating this workflow is easy and provides several benefits:
- New employees only need to provide information once.
- Errors and omissions are eliminated.
- Required PDF documents like Federal and State W-4s are automatically generated.
Watch this short (3 min) video to quickly see how digitizing this routine workflow with frevvo can help save you time & money.
Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.
The organization was using Adobe LiveCycle forms or DocuSign and e-mailing documents around for signatures and approvals. However, as major browsers on desktop and mobile devices dropped support for the Adobe plugin, it was getting increasingly difficult to use. They decided to standardize on a single product that could handle forms, workflows and signatures.
We wanted a single, affordable solution that would be able to address our forms, workflow and document signature requirements. frevvo’s modern, browser-based solution is easy-to-use, meets all our business needs at a reasonable price.
Live Forms is the best web-based forms & workflow solution on the market today to address our needs.
Chief Information Officer
Mercy Ships selected frevvo Live Forms because it provided an easy-to-use solution that handles forms, workflow as well as signatures at an affordable cost. In addition, frevvo’s generous support for non-profit organizations and world-class Customer Success team have ensured a successful deployment.
Mercy Ships has now automated 70+ day-to-day forms and workflows from HR to Volunteer processes with several more to be rolled out in the near future.
One of the business problems customers most frequently solve with frevvo is HR process automation. Routine things like Employee On-boarding, Leave Approvals etc.
These everyday activities take an exorbitant amount of time if done manually. Employees and managers are waiting longer than necessary and spending more time/money than necessary to tackle these routine tasks. There’s also a much higher rate of inaccuracy in the manual process. Our infographics and other blog articles discuss how frevvo’s affordable, cloud-based workflow products for HR process automation can improve efficiencies in these areas. We’ve also created a short (2 min) video below to show you the benefits of using frevvo for HR process automation.
Interested in learning more? Visit our website to and see how customers are already using frevvo’s public and private cloud solutions to digitize their HR approval workflows.
Safety Technology Holdings, Inc. (STH) is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of critical safety related test and measurement systems.
STH was using a mix of InfoPath forms, custom-built applications or e-mailing paper/PDF documents around for approvals. They decided to standardize on a single product to automate their approval workflows starting with HR and I.T. and then branching out to other departments.
“We are truly happy with frevvo Live Forms. Our primary considerations were adoptability, simplicity and integration.
frevvo forms look good and they’re very user friendly. They also integrate with our existing business systems. Our users have to enter less data, make fewer errors and don’t have to chase down approvals by email.
Live Forms is the best web-based forms & workflow solution on the market today to address our needs.”
– Michael Ruggirello, MIS/IT Systems Administrator
frevvo Live Forms works with their existing Microsoft infrastructure and ERP system. The forms and workflows are extremely dynamic, eliminate typos and errors and dramatically improve efficiency. Live Forms provides end users with a fantastic user experience on all devices yet is powerful enough to meet their unique business needs.
We’ve discussed in previous posts how customers are using frevvo for HR process automation. It’s one of the most common areas for automating workflows with frevvo.
The fact is that everyday approval processes such as employee on-boarding, leave approval and time sheets take an exorbitant amount of time if done manually. Employees and managers are waiting longer than necessary and spending more time/money than necessary to tackle these routine tasks. There’s also a much higher rate of inaccuracy in the manual process.
It’s 2016! There’s simply no excuse for outdated, manual systems that cause delays, result in unhappy customers and missed business opportunities.
With affordable, cloud-based workflow products for HR process automation, there’s no need to deal with printing PDFs for signatures, correcting Excel-based time sheets, or tracking down approvals in email.
Many of our customers choose frevvo to automate their human resources (HR) workflows. Getting a new employee on-boarded is a common use case.
We’ve created this short (8m) video to help you install, configure and try out this template. We know that it’s one of our most frequently downloaded workflow templates.
Click on the image to view the video and see how you can start automating your own Employee On-Boarding workflow in less than 10 minutes. You can also view the documentation for this template.
Finnair is one of the most innovative and longest-operating airlines in the world. The airline specializes in flights between Asia and Europe, and its vision is to be the number one airline in the Nordic countries and the most desired option in Asian traffic. At the end of 2013, Finnair employed 5,803 people.
Finnair has faced severe cost savings needs during the last several years as the industry structures have been changing. As a way of finding cost savings and means of increasing operational efficiency Finnair aimed to digitize its form processes and workflows. Consequently, minimizing the manual work in handling and correcting the paper forms, making the coordination of up-to-date form versions easier, ensuring correct workflows and archiving methods as well as increasing process lead times were essential objectives.
Overall the project was a success as we overcame the challenges faced during the project. The digital MSR report provides optimal information sharing and accelerates and strengthens our corrective actions. – Niko Pakarinen, Safety and Quality Advisor, Finnair
Working with our partner Ambientia, Finnair chose frevvo Live Forms because of its:
- suitability in terms of ease of use (and extending the use of the form application independently throughout the corporate organization)
- agility in terms of workflows
- enterprise readiness in terms of integrations with Finnair’s intranet platform as well as operational systems.
The first project in introducing Frevvo within Finnair was developing maintenance and safety report for Finnair Operations. For this project, extensive integrations were made between Frevvo and Confluence (intranet platform) as well as a Grails based integration application and Q-Pulse (operational safety report system).
The challenges faced throughout this project were extensive as it involved integrating several applications across several platforms. The connection between Confluence and Frevvo was the easiest part of the integration and the business rules and functions available in Frevvo made the rest of the integration possible as Frevvo was configured to make API calls to the Grails platform, which in turn made API calls towards the Q-Pulse system. – Eric Salonen, Solutions Expert, Ambientia
In future, Finnair aims to develop new digital form processes (workflows) with frevvo Live Forms and to widen the use of the solution to other business areas.
OSRAM Sylvania manufactures and markets a wide range of lighting products for business and industry, consumers, for the automotive industry, and for the computer, aerospace and other major industries worldwide.
OSRAM Sylvania wanted to consolidate their HR processing in a single Service Center in Mexico. However, supervisors in multiple locations still needed to submit a variety of HR forms including salary changes, shift modifications etc. Some of these forms required approval by HR, controllers and others.
We needed an affordable solution that worked with our existing PeopleSoft, our HR Portal using single sign on and other infrastructure and that was easy to use and met our business needs.
After reviewing and trying a number of solutions, we decided that Live Forms has the best combination of usability, price, support and business capabilities on the market today.
– Roger Rudenstein, ERP Manager
Today, several HR functions are automated. Employees use the familiar existing HR portal – no need for a separate login. Integration with PeopleSoft reduces data entry and errors. Supervisors can sign and approve electronically from any location.