We have been having a very enjoyable, and very productive time at the Tahoe sprints. Amongst other achievements, we have agreed the specification of those issues to be included in version 1.4 of CiviHR, scheduled for release in time for CiviCon London in September. This release will focus on improvements to the existing features, following the feedback we have received from our users.
The issues include the fixing of the Directory so that it only displays active individuals who work for the organisation, and the creation of a more comprehensive pop-up screen for entering details of Emergency Contacts. You can see a full list of issues on Jira by clicking here.
While at the conference last week in San Francisco, we received a number of enquiries from organisations interested in becoming pilot customers for CiviHR so we are hoping that we may soon have one or two North American non-profits to...Read more
We're excited to share that CiviHR 1.2 stable is ready for release. If you are new to CiviHR 1.2, you can read about its beta version here.
CiviHR 1.2 will save manhours and paperwork in non-profits in several new ways:
- Employees can make absence requests and manage them as well.
- The HR manager can initiate leave applications on behalf of employees, and approve them at the same time.
- The HR manager can accept or reject leave requests.
- One can use built-in Absence Types or create custom ones.
- The HR manager can see Absences in a calendar view for a selected period of time, colour-coded...
Involving, and listening closely to feedback from the end user has been one of the key strategies for the development of CiviHR since before its first release. We are delighted to share that SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) has joined our end-user team on March 4th, 2014.
SNEHA (http://www.snehamumbai.org/) believes that investing in women's health is essential to building viable urban communities. Through its programmes, it targets four large public health areas - maternal and newborn health, child health and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and prevention of violence against women and children. It has been serving communities in Mumbai, India for over two decades and has now...Read more
CiviHR 1.2 Beta was released yesterday, most of the team is already working on the Recruitment module (see Tim's blog with mockups), while the rest of us are now putting together business requirements for the next major module - Training. This is an exciting time in the CiviHR project!
The Purpose of CiviHR Training
As in the past, I shall start by attempting to define the purpose of CiviHR Training. In non-profits - as with any organization - the people who work there are the biggest assets of the organization. They frequently take on new and challenging roles to make up for shortage of staff. The HR manager must ensure that each person gets an environment in which they can grow professionally and is fully equipped to deliver...Read more
The Beta version of CiviHR 1.2 has now been released. This version adds an Absences module to CiviHR, allowing the recording and management of Vacations, Sickness, Maternity, Paternity, TOIL, and Other Absences.
Staff and volunteers can view their past and present absence requests, and request approval for future ones. The administrator can define absence periods, public holidays and new types of absence.
For a full list of new features, please click here.
(This post is a follow-up to previous discussions about developing recruitment functionality for CiviHR. More information can be found in the first, second, and third blog posts well as the requirements wiki.)
We've recently had some great discussions about translating CiviHR's businss requirements for recruitment into a design with specific visuals and data models. Three concepts have been central to the discusion:
- Job Vacancies are openings for new employees (or interns, contractors, or other selective positions).
- Job Applications are...
A Quick Update
Since the Previous Blog
One of our key strategies for the development of these business requirements was to involve HR professionals in the process, based on the reasoning that they would be the end user and hence best placed to identify gaps and priorities. Such collaboration and communication demand time. However, it does yield rich benefits - the requirements have grown sharper with each iteration. We would love to improve further with your feedback and ideas, so please do share your comments...Read more
Progress Made Since Previous Blog
In my previous blog on CiviHR Recruitment, I had shared our approach to develop the business requirements for this module. We created the first version and shared it on our wiki page for feedback from the Civi Community. We also reached out to several reputed nonprofits to get some feedback straight from the horse's mouth - the HR professional who is the intended end user of CiviHR.
We are delighted to share that we are now benefitting from the over two decades of domain experience that Mr. Sajan Thomas, Head - Human Resource at Magic Bus India brings with him. He has worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sector, and as such has a nuanced understanding of the similarities and differences of the HR function in both worlds.
Sajan says, "...Read more
Version 1.1 of CiviHR is now ready for release. The main features added have been three workflows (based on CiviCase) to record and manage individuals who are:
1. Joining an organisation
2. working their Probation period
3. Leaving the organisation
Other important features that have been added include:
4. The hrprofile extension (used by the Directory in CiviHR) adds a re-designed "profile listing" screen (with Ajax and full-text search). This allows faster searching/filtering of the Directory using a single "Google style" search box as per the picture below:
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