Qikker Solutions has developed Epad, a web-based HR and communication channel which ensures that all employees can be reached wherever they are working. Powered by technology from Sorce, the intranet, extranet and portal specialists, Epad lets employees take control of every aspect of their day-to-day work. This includes keeping abreast of company initiatives and announcements, seeking advice and collaboration from internal experts, completing annual appraisals, organising time off, or applying for a new internal position.
As more housing associations join forces through mergers and acquisitions, HR teams are often left having to manage two separate systems. The pressure of a distributed workforce combined with the compliance required by the Audit Commission, places pressure on HR systems and processes.
Epad helps to reduce costs by protecting existing HR technology investments. Epad integrates with any back-office system, so disparate systems can be merged into one portal providing a single point of access to common systems and tools. Epad also fulfils Audit Commission requirements by providing a complete audit trail.
Mark Barlow, managing director, Qikker, said, “Epad increases the value of HR departments in housing associations as it provides a complementary internal communications channel and enhances HR systems without burdening internal IT resources.”