Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics Solves HR Problem

Pay As You Go System Aids Freight Forwarders With Employee Management
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – UK – EUROPE – Like many SME’s freight forwarding and feeder specialist Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics recognized that, with a growing number of employees to support, they needed an HR solution that would help them manage their human resources much more efficiently. The company has experienced steady growth and broadening of its service portfolio to the point where the company is now one of the largest European short sea and multimodal container transport companies in Europe.

Samskip believe they have solved the problem by selecting the Cezanne OnDemand online HR software solution, a pay as you go facility with fees adjusted monthly according to the average number of staff. Pricing is just £2 per employee per month for companies of between 50 and 500 employees for HR and absence management, with performance management costing just an extra £1.

Despite the French sounding name Cezanne are headquartered in London and after considering a number of different HR software applications Elaine Pelisson, HR Manager based at the Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics headquarters in Rotterdam decided to go with OnDemand. She explains:

"We were managing employee data using Excel spreadsheets, which were getting increasingly time consuming to maintain, and didn't give us the information that we required to support the business. We wanted an HR system that we could implement quickly and cost-effectively, that could be used on a global basis and that would not only give our HR team instant access to the information we need, but allow us to provide a much better level of service to both managers and employees.

"We particularly liked Cezanne's approach - not only the range of HR functionality provided by the system but the fact that we are able to get up and running very quickly without having to rely on an IT department or other internal teams. Because we are using the service online, we've got none of the administrative overheads or financial risks associated with traditional HR systems, and Cezanne takes care of the system updates too."

The company plans to take advantage of Cezanne's data upload service to help them speed up the transfer of data for their 230 employees in the Netherlands into the Cezanne OnDemand system. They'll then extend the system to cover employees in the other offices, before introducing employee and manager self-service. The company has also taken the Performance Management module, with the aim to roll it out in time for the next appraisal cycle.

Cezanne OnDemand is provided on a Software-as-a-Service basis, which means it is hosted and delivered online via a secure server, with updates automatically provided to clients as they are released as part of the subscription fee. There's no need for small businesses to continually invest in their own hardware or software, or in installing updates. They simply log on via the Internet and have immediate access to the latest version of the system from wherever they are.

Available in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French, the Cezanne OnDemand HR software suite offers a wide range of features covering general HR administration, manager and employee self-service, absence management, legislative compliance, employee performance management and reporting.