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News Release

SMEs waste up to 17 work days a year managing holiday bookings for staff

Keeping up with the holiday paper trail means SMEs are wasting precious time and money
Released: 9th January 2013
Publisher: breatheHR

9th January 2013: The January blues are here again and many of us are already thinking about booking a break in the sunshine. But, if you run a small business, managing holiday bookings for your staff can be a time-consuming and costly business.

Many SMEs still track staff holiday allocation using paper based forms, which need to be located, distributed, collected and the data recorded on a master document each time a staff member books some time off.

breatheHR, a Sussex based , online HR company for small and medium sized companies, estimates that an average business, with around 50 staff, spends 125 hours a year (that’s 17 lost work days!) just managing holiday requests for their staff, using these outmoded methods.  breatheHR also calculates that for a company of 25 staff, managing holiday allocation can waste up to nine working days.

As a result, many SMEs are switching to cloud based online HR systems such as breatheHR, which allows staff to ‘self serve’ when booking holidays, which reduces the time spent by more than half.

Jonathan Richards, CEO and Founder of breatheHR, explains: “Small businesses want to get the most from their people but don’t always have additional resource to manage HR tasks such as holiday bookings and performance management. Our easy to use software helps SMEs automate routine HR admin freeing up valuable time to focus on people development and business growth.”

50 employees Paperbased (30 minutes)
50 employees – 30 minutes x 5 holidays a year x 50 employees = 7,500 minutes – 125 hours (17 working days)

breatheHR (10 minutes)
50 employees – 10 minutes x 5 holidays year x 50 = 2,500 minutes – 42 hours – 6 working days.

25 employees – Paperbased (30 minutes)
9 working days lost.

25 employees – breatheHR (10 minutes)
3 working days lost.


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