UltraHR Infection Control Feature Release

Press Release: Returning to a ‘New Normal’ at Work: UltraHR Adds New Infection Control Feature to HR Software to help fight COVID-19

Businesses across the United Kingdom have been adversely affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus and the introduction of strict lockdown measures in March 2020. With non-essential business premises now being encouraged by the Government to open their doors and resume trading from 15th June, owners and HR Managers are facing growing concerns about how they can keep their workforce safe.

The good news is: UltraHR has got it covered. With a brand-new Infection Control and Alerting feature, you can use your UltraHR software to screen employees across the whole company.

So how does it work?

Gone are the days of calling up your boss to report sick. UltraHR is a mobile-enabled sickness app that records symptoms, absence and lateness and alerts management automatically.

The advanced tracking features of this HR software make it easy for Managing Directors to quickly identify symptoms of Coronavirus in the workplace and reduce the risk of spreading the disease further. If an employee displays symptoms of COVID-19, for example, they are told by their app to self-isolate and seek medical advice. Meanwhile, Management can instantly notify colleagues via text and email of any contamination at their place of work, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the wider team.

The alerting system uses prompts to assess an individual’s suitability to return to work. For instance, the software will trigger them to answer questions about their health and any symptoms they might have experienced during the last 48 hours. According to their responses, the app will either ask the person to stay at home or will notify them that a member of staff will be in contact to discuss their return. As well as ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ answers, the software also enables employees to provide more detailed information about the nature of their illness.

As we begin to return to this ‘new normal’, we must also find ways to effectively manage time and resources. At just the touch of a button, employees using the UltraHR software package can alert their managers that they are running late using their mobile device. Captured data can then be used to produce powerful insights into individuals’ attendance patterns as well as assess a team or department as a whole. Lateness frequency, common reasons for absence and the amount of work time lost are among some of the statistics that may be logged and used to identify ways to maximise staff efficiency.

“UltraHR is simple to use and provides us with an overview of personnel status at the touch of a button. We are able to oversee our staff from one dashboard and keep on top of everything we need to, streamlining our HR management.” – Leitz (UltraHR client)

For more information, visit uhr.org or get in touch with the lovely UltraHR team on 01279 464470.

UltraHR HR Software Sickness Infection Control


Is Your Shopping Centre IT & Data Compliant?

 

There are a variety of different IT systems and services installed at every shopping centre, including the Car Park, CCTV, BMS and Footfall, to name but a few. It would be easy to think that the respective providers of these systems would manage and maintain the networks they are installed on to make sure they are secure from hackers and other online threats, however unfortunately this is often not the case as many third-party providers will only accept liability for their own equipment and not the data network they are installed on, or the Internet connection which is used to remotely access them. This leaves a huge black hole in the IT security at each centre and could potentially lead to catastrophic failures and expensive outages if the systems go down. We have already seen several shopping centre’s car park systems unable to take payment for several days, costing the landlord thousands of pounds in lost income. Aside from this, there is the data security aspect, for which the potential fines for non-compliance are huge.

It is worth pointing out that many of these third-party systems such as the Car Park or BMS may have been installed several years ago, with the data cabling and infrastructure being even older. We have seen some cable installations dating back as far as 20 years! In many cases, they have not been maintained or checked for quality or security and are simply left untouched from the day of installation. Unlike electrical installations, which require certificated installers and regular maintenance, data networks are not afforded the same regulatory checks.

Hackers and online scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated and we are seeing an increase in third party systems being hacked into as these criminals broaden their target area. One of the highest profile cases was the hacking of the display screens in Cardiff Town Centre, where inappropriate political messages were displayed on them. Sadly, this was not an isolated incident, as there are far more hacks like this that happen but do not get publicised.

So, what can be done to firstly protect your centre’s IT systems but also make sure they are compliant? In the first instance, we advise contacting the third-party provider and check if the system is installed on a data network, and if it is, whether they support and maintain it. If the answer is no, then the next step would be to contact your IT support provider and ask them to carry out an audit of the various third party systems. They will most likely need to liaise directly with the system provider, so that they have all of the information they require to access the system.

ITVET have been providing Managed IT and Communication Services to the shopping centre industry for over 10 years. If you would like us to carry out an in-depth IT audit of your centre, please contact our network security team on 01279 464470.