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Lunchtime tackles absence with Honeydew – client interview

We recently asked Jillian Scotney HR Director from Lunchtime about their experience working with Honeydew.

Lunchtime is schools contract caterer with schools across London, Cambridge shire and Norfolk. They have been using Honeydew’s system since January 2017.
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Summer 2017 will see the launch of Engage Android application. We anticipate to have the beta version ready for testing in July.

What will the Engage app allow users to do?

The first version of our native mobile app will be limited to Return to Work interviews. It is aptly nick-named the ‘RTW tool’. We know a lot of our users spend a lot of time on the road and work at multi-site organisations where access to a computer is not always available. To help these operational managers and supervisors manage employee absence effectively, we’re making the RTW form available in a mobile app.

Why just Android?

The first version of our mobile app will be launched in Android because more than half of our mobile users are on the Android platform. Once the beta testing is complete and the alpha version of the Android app has been launched, we will focus our attention on an iOS version of the RTW tool.

Who can use the app?

The RTW tool is available to all registered managers and supervisors. All managers currently using the web application will be invited to download the beta version and submit their feedback. If you’d like to become a beta tester, contact us to be notified when the app is available to download. You need to be an existing user on Engage, have an Android device and a Google account to participate.

What next?

The RTW tool may not be the end of the road for Engage for mobile. Depending on the feedback we get and how popular the app proves to be, further features will be considered. If you have any suggestions on what to add to the mobile app next, get in touch!

According to a recent BBC documentary, UK is one of the most sleep deprived nations in the world. Over time the amount of sleep we get on average has been declining. These days many don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours per night.
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This month our maintenance schedule focused on absence review meeting tasks.
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The Society of Occupational Medicine has published a report building the business case for Occupational Health (OH). Many employers are concerned about the cost of Occupational Health services but this report aims to show that effective use of OH adds real value.
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Consolidating both holiday and absence records in the same database brings great benefits managers. Here are 5 reasons why move your holiday records to Engage as well as absence.
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At the height of the Pokémon Go craze last summer, Dave Schilling wrote in the Guardian that “there are some haters out there who claim Pokémon Go is poised to ruin our already tenuous society… Pokémon Go is the first mass entertainment in years to require a person to leave the house to play it.
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Honeydew Health Ltd is the company behind Engage software and we are on the lookout for a new star employee to join our team. If you think you fit the bill or know someone who does, please get in touch!

Job title: Customer Success Manager
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Ealing and Hammersmith West London College is a busy further education college. In a bold move in their sector the college decided to proactively  tackle a culture of high absence in September 2015. They’ve achieved more than £150,000 in annual savings through absence reduction.
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Vertas is the fastest growing multi-service facilities management company in UK’s eastern region. They have been using Honeydew’s system since November 2014. By tackling absence proactively, they achieved more than £217,000 quarterly savings.
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