Barbour refreshes workforce IT

J Barbour & Sons

has just signed a five-year contract to streamline spreadsheet-reliant processes and improve the management of its 500-strong workforce with new human capital management (HCM) software.

The outdoor clothing manufacturer and brand currently administers its existing payroll system, together with HR records, using a variety of spreadsheets and word documents that are difficult to manage and prone to manual error.

The multi-site organisation, which covers both manufacturing and retail operations and employs almost 500 employees on a monthly or weekly salary basis, will initially deploy core human resources (HR), payroll and time and attendance software modules from specialist provider TeamSpirit

TeamSpirit's Time and Attendance module will also be integrated with feedback data terminals to collect employees' working hours, as they 'clock' in and out.

Barbour said its decision to select TeamSpirit was based on its ability to provide HR, payroll and time and attendance functionality in one, integrated system. And Barbour's financial director had had previous experience with its systems.

"We are excited at the prospect of implementing TeamSpirit which will integrate a number of business functions in a single piece of software," said Neil Harper, Barbour's IT development manager.

He said the company's long-term reliance on manual processes meant "we were forever importing data from spreadsheets into our payroll system."

He added: "[Now] we can look forward to many of these processes becoming automated; the flexibility of the system will also provide us with the ability to link to other internal systems."


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