The Phantom Menace

With over 1,500 customers you’d expect us to hear some rather extraordinary stories and you’d be right. In our 45+ year history we’ve heard many stories about the antics that companies have uncovered through our Time and Attendance solutions. In our #ItCouldNotHappenHere series we cover our “favourites” – one in each post.

Ever wondered where George was? Well until a Time & Attendance system was installed no-one had cause to question him. He was never late, never sick and rarely – if ever- took holidays. In fact, he was an exemplary employee, bar for the one simple fact that George didn’t exist despite receiving a regular salary! In a large business, with so many employees, it’s hard enough to track the real ones, let alone the ghosts unless you have a Time & Attendance system. Then the ghosts mysteriously do a vanishing act…

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The Deck of Cards

With over 1,500 customers you’d expect us to hear some rather extraordinary stories and you’d be right. In our 45+ year history we’ve heard many stories of the antics that companies have uncovered through our Time and Attendance solutions. In our #ItCouldNotHappenHere series we cover our “favourites” – one in each post.

The joker in this pack is lateness. What do you do when you’ve been reprimanded for lateness several times and are about to score a hat-trick? We discover the answer every time we service a card machine when dozens of cards drop down the back of the device. Of course, you pretend to swipe in but really slip the card behind the machine and tell the supervisor that your card is “lost” and that you arrived on time for work today…

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July 21st, 1969 02:56 UTC – Man First Walked on the Moon

On July 21st, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. 50 years on as we celebrate their milestone achievement in aeronautics, and our companies inspiration of space and time, HFX looks back at some of the technological developments that followed this historic feat.

  1. DNA testing – scientists began sequencing DNA molecules in the late 1970’s. by 2003 all DNA sequencing was completed.
  2. Electric Car – although electric cars have been around since the 1920’s, it wasn’t until 2008 when tesla revealed their first model that an electric car that did not have significant obstacles for production or sales.
  3. Fibre optics – from the 1970’s the quality of optical fibres improved enough to allow is use in communication appliances, quickly becoming the preferred choice for telecommunication and networking.
  4. Laparoscopy (non-invasive laser and robotic surgery) – the first minimally invasive surgery was carried out in 1987, while in the 1980’s lasers were discovered to be able to cut organ tissue. These developments helped make surgery more precise and safer.
  5. Photovoltaic solar energy – developments in photovoltaic solar energy in response to the oil embargo and energy crisis in the 1970’s has led to commercial solar power plants as well as individuals having the ability to heat their own houses and buildings.
  6. IEEE 802.16 – antenna which can transmit internet access up to a 30-mile radius at speeds comparable to DSL and cable broadband.
  7. Mobile Phones – 1983 Motorola introduced the first widely available handheld cell phone.
  8. GPS – in 1978, the first satellite in the modern Navstar Global Positioning System, GPS, was launched. In 2000 President Clinton granted non-military users access to an unscrambles GPS signal.
  9. Cloud Computing – a term first mentioned in 1996 in a Compaq document has been in existence since 2000 whereby Apple, Google and NASA have all had interpretations. Cloud Computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computer power without a direct active management by the user.  At HFX this particular development now enables us to offer a fully SaaS workforce management solution, whereby we have the capability to provide customers the use of our applications on a cloud infrastructure.

In an age where technology is ever developing, not only with new applications and development of existing technology, it is unfathomable to think that while brave astronauts were walking on the moon, back on earth DNA mapping hadn’t started, electric cars becoming part of the normal motor vehicle landscape was a wish and you still had to wait 13 years before mobile phones were to become widely available. With progressive technology it’s important to recognise how far developments have come to progress further. For without developments of the past you would not now have the latest developments from cloud-based software to technology that’s yet to be developed.

As we celebrate those who ventured into the unknown, we must recognise those behind the front line, the developers and engineers who made the Apollo 11 mission a success. Without those who had not contributed their part with forward thinking, technology and software would not be where it is now.   

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HFX closes first quarter with nearly £1m new business as retail sector invests in workforce management solutions

HFX achieves record £1million sales for Q1 2019

Flamingo Flowers, Blue Diamond Garden Centres and DX Network Services benefit from seamless and efficient workforce management with HFX’s cloud time and attendance and rostering solutions 

HFX, one of the UK’s leading developers of cloud-based workforce management solutions, has announced a record first quarter, with nearly £1m sales to new clients in the retail sector, including Flamingo Flowers, Blue Diamond Garden centres and DX Network Services, the delivery company. All three organisations have selected HFX‘s cloud Time and Attendance (T&A), as well as its Rostering and Cost Management solution, to manage large numbers of employees working across multiple locations. 

Flamingo Flowers, a supplier of flowers and vegetables to leading supermarket chains including Tesco and Sainsbury’s, has selected HFX’s solution to manage 1700 employees across its five UK locations and headquarters in Stevenage. 

DX Network Services, the parcels delivery specialist for the legal profession and passport office, has over 4000 employees across 70 UK sites, while Blue Diamond has 30 garden centres. They have also selected secure biometric fingerprint terminals to manage access control as part of the HFX’s integrated Time and Attendance solution. 

All three companies have invested in HFX’s Rostering, Budgeting and Cost Management solution to create and track cost-efficient rotas for staff, both to meet seasonal demands and to ensure compliance with working hours regulation and staff wellbeing.

Nicola Smart, COO at HFX said; “We have seen a massive increased demand for our cloud workforce management solutions. Cloud technology is accelerating the move away from large scale, monolithic enterprise suites to ‘Best in Class’ applications that provide ‘plug and play’ capabilities enabling organisations to put together a solution that meets their own individual requirements with ease.

“Our Rostering and Budgeting solutions reflect the New World of Work – companies can capture multi-dimensional attendance data in many different ways – by time, location, activity and cost centre. Having this information at their fingertips enables companies to plan resources and have the right staff working at the location, at the right time, to deliver their services or meet production targets profitably while ensuring staff wellbeing at the same time.”