Posted on by Jessica Peaty

Selima at CIPD ACE 2016: Review

This year’s CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition at Manchester Central was another great event which gave Selima the opportunity to meet numerous decision makers looking to transform their organisation’s HR, payroll and workforce management solutions. The event brought together a wide variety of exhibitors, speakers and visitors which lead to a dynamic, atmospheric and productive couple of days for everyone involved.

The Annual Conference and Exhibition is a key event in the calendar where a wide range of the industry’s leading suppliers showcase their products, innovations and services to the HR community.

A common theme this year was a requirement by many organisations to bring together several systems within their operation into a single integrated HR and workforce solution. For many organisations, having a mix of old disparate systems combined with manual processes is inefficient and does not offer organisation-wide business intelligence. That lack of a comprehensive insight across the workforce can be costly and ultimately hamper decision making.

Another popular topic of discussion was improving employee engagement through better use of technology. Employee engagement is important to get the best out of your workforce and to create more of a community feel. Pushing out information to employees via a notice board should be consigned to history in an age where people make significant use of the internet in their everyday lives.

Throw the forms in the bin and empower your employees to view and update important information about themselves via our self-service portal. Complement that with access to holiday booking, training requests, working patterns and whole host of other services to keep your employees connected to all aspects of their employment and career development with your organisation.

We also had some visitors to the Selima stand talking about employees becoming an increasingly costly asset with factors like increases in the National Living Wage. Effective deployment of labour in the service, hospitality and retail sectors is vital to ensure costs remain within budget but that levels of customer service are maintained to brand standards. Getting the right tool for the job is crucial to delivering on these two important goals.

Recruitment is always a hot topic at every CIPD event and this year was no exception. The market of job boards, applicant tracking systems and other recruitment tools keeps growing but using these systems in isolation can make on-boarding new starters into the HR system a headache. Many companies also now want to look at creating talent pools of pre-assessed candidates to sit on the reserves bench ready to be contacted to fill urgent vacancies. This is particularly the case in service industries.

Selima provides modern, intuitive cloud-based software for the full lifecycle management of your workforce. The comprehensive functionality is modular so you can take the components that fit your operational needs from:

  • HR
  • Employee Zone
  • Absence
  • Training
  • Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Attendance
  • Mileage
  • Expenses
  • Recruitment
  • On-Boarding
  • Reporting

Exhibition visitors were particularly impressed by Employee Zone, Selima’s user-friendly employee self-service solution which can be accessed via desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone for an empowering experience.

Lots of people were impressed with Selima’s newest product, the integrated Recruitment and On-Boarding modules which deliver a full-service applicant tracking solution along with branded jobs portal, jobs board integrations and pre-employment document management.

The star of the Selima show was the Scheduling module which delivers best-in-class staff scheduling and rota management functionality. The latest innovations around Labour Optimisation and Analytics were also extremely well received, and are yet more tools to help businesses with lots of hourly paid scheduled employees make the most effective use of their workforce.

As expected, all the team at Selima were delighted with the turnout at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition which seems to get bigger and more valuable each year. Of course, we’re already eagerly awaiting next year’s event to introduce even more innovations and to catch up with our growing community of users, product champions and potential new hires at Selima!

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