A ‘Demo­cratic’ HR man­age­ment app

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

CEBU-BASED IT company Kon­sum Tech­nolo­gies has de­vel­oped a cloud­based hu­man re­source man­age­ment ap­pli­ca­tion that brings about more “demo­cratic” HR pro­cesses in the work­place.

With Ashima, em­ploy­ees can record their at­ten­dance, view their work sched­ule, re­quest for leaves and over­time, and view payslips us­ing their mo­bile phones.

For em­ploy­ers, Ashima han­dles pay­roll pro­cess­ing and man­age­ment (pay­check), work sched­ule man­age­ment (shifts), as well as time­keep­ing (hours), among oth­ers.

“De­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of HR and its dif­fer­ent pro­cesses is a nec­es­sary con­di­tion for com­pa­nies to at­tract, re­tain, and en­able their em­ploy­ees- their most valu­able re­source,” said John Joseph Mer­cado, Kon­sum Tech­nolo­gies chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Tra­di­tional way

Cur­rently, the HR de­part­ment in the Philippines is highly hier­ar­chi­cal and fol­lows cen­tral­ized struc­tures, which lead to “dis­con­nected em­ploy­ees,” said Mer­cado.

The app, which was first de­vel­oped about two and a half years ago, was in­spired by Kon­sum Tech­nolo­gies, a BPO company in Cebu City that had ex­pe­ri­enced us­ing an out­sourced hu­man re­source man­age­ment ap­pli­ca­tion that did not serve the needs of the company.

In­stead, Mer­cado and his team de­cided to cre­ate their own. That was when Ashima was con­ceived in 2015. How­ever, it was only this year that Kon­sum Tech­nolo­gies launched it in the mar­ket with about 20 BPO com­pa­nies now us­ing the plat­form.

The largest company that adopted Ashima is a BPO company with a 2,400-work­force.

Woo­ing the mar­ket

The plan is to have more com­pa­nies in Cebu and in the coun­try adopt this HR ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, Mer­cado ad­mit­ted that it will be not be as easy to con­vince com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially those that are still “very tra­di­tional” in their HR pro­cesses.

“They are used to do­ing things this way (tra­di­tional and paper-based pro­cesses). To get be­hav­io­r­ial change is a mind­set change. It’s eas­ier to be in BPO be­cause you’ve got younger peo­ple,” the of­fi­cial said.

He added that par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in­crease en­gage­ment of the work­force, which in turn is a cat­a­lyst for in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion.

Ashima is a Ben­gali word for “lim­it­less.” The app was built by 30 peo­ple work­ing for Kon­sum Tech­nolo­gies.

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