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Genius Foods improves efficiency and increases visibility with Carval HR Software

Britain’s leading free-from bakery brand selects Carval HR, Payroll and Time & Attendance integrated solution to centralise functions and reduce administration burdens.

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Carval Computing has announced that Genius Foods Ltd has selected its HR Unity solution to manage HR and Payroll functions for 550 employees across the company’s four locations.  HR Unity has reduced time spent on administration by automating manual tasks; improved the quality and accuracy of data; increased efficiency in processing payroll enabling the company to extend the deadline window by a week; and improved business visibility providing management with an accurate view of costs versus productivity. 

Genius Foods has grown rapidly through expansion, acquiring several smaller businesses in recent years and wanted to consolidate existing systems onto one integrated platform that offered the latest innovations in HR and Payroll software and also provided them with a foundation for future growth. After conducting a review of applicable solutions, Genius Foods selected Carval’s HR Unity solution. 

“We wanted a solution that would grow with our business and had a well-defined features roadmap, giving us the confidence that this solution would continue to evolve and remain leading edge,” explained Stewart Ross, Business Systems Manager at Genius Foods Ltd.  “Carval ticked all the boxes, it offered the best functionality and value added services for the price point. Also its project deployment approach was a better cultural fit for Genius Foods multisite manufacturing business.” 

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Genius Foods LogoWith an aggressive timeline of three months in place, implementation work commenced swiftly. Prior to launch, extensive training was delivered to managers, HR and Payroll personnel, in addition to user workshops being held across the company. The process accelerated user adoption at a pace that even surprised the implementation team. 

“The feedback we received from the user workshops was overwhelmingly positive. In fact the users were so keen for more functionality that we changed the scope of the project mid way through the implementation and accelerated the launch of the HR self-service module. The system is so intuitive to use that we didn’t experience any reluctance from staff, in fact it was the exact opposite!” commented Stewart. 

Genius is using several of the HR Unity modules, including HR Management, Payroll processing  which is handled remotely by Carval, Time and Attendance and Mobile Apps. All the modules are fully integrated and seamlessly blended, which ensures that data once entered is immediately available throughout the system. 

The HR Unity online Self-Service feature allows employees to update their HR records, check outstanding holiday allowance and book leave. The request is automatically sent to their manager to approve. Managers who may be travelling are also able to access the solution remotely through mobile apps to approve annual leave requests and view upcoming team absences. In addition, the company have 10 international workers who travel extensively and who use Mobile apps to access the system and request annual leave.

John Ovington, Sales and Support Director at Carval commented; “Implementing an integrated HR solution can deliver real business value as evidenced by the results achieved in a short period of time by Genius Foods Ltd. By providing employees with an intuitive and easy to use solution that improves business processes and increases efficiency, the company has increased productivity and driven greater engagement with the workforce.“ 

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