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The 2021 Personnel Today Awards HR Technology Provider of the Year was judged to be Bright HR which moved at high speed to support employers with a full suite of software as the Covid pandemic swept in. We review the winning submission and those of the runners-up in a tightly contested category.
HR software company Bright HR enables organisations to manage HR in one place either on mobile or desktop. Last year, when the pandemic hit and the government’s Job Retention Scheme was announced, Bright HR responded quickly to deliver a full suite of software to support employers through the new rules, regulations and processes.
This included a Furlough Navigator to help employers plan wage claims, which has logged more than 116,000 furlough records to date. Another tool is the Back to Work Navigator, which helps employers with every element of bringing staff back to the office safely, such as a rota planner to set up staggered shifts and cloud-based storage for furlough documents. Thanks to a national TV and audio campaign the Back to Work Navigator has now been used over 69,400 times.
BrightSafe is a new health and safety platform that can be used to create risk assessments, including more than 55,000 e-learning courses and an “on the go” app where employers can manage health and safety from their mobile. VaccTrak Lite supports organisations to keep track of which employees have been vaccinated against coronavirus, including the ability to store and access a digital vaccination pass. In the financial year 20/21, these innovations helped Bright HR increase its revenue by 51% year on year.
One in four suffer from a mental health problem each year, yet only between 2% and 10% seek treatment, according to EAP industry figures. 87% wanted to help people find “healthy emotion regulation” and “mental fitness” to deal with life’s challenges, particularly in light of the pandemic.
The company has created a digital workplace platform that empowers people to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. An algorithm measures mental fitness, returning detailed data to the individual. There are daily check-ins, advice, exercises, life coaching and coping strategies available, as well as professional support. Employers receive data on an anonymous, aggregated basis to provide insights on the health of the organisation and to identify trends.