“Leave management is designed for managers, not end users”

by bold-lichterman

Frenchweb : With new technologies and mobility, leaves and absences are upset: what are the major trends that you observe?

Bilal Hmiche, co-founder of ManaSoft: PSeveral particularly interesting trends are making themselves felt. The first is the realization: HR managers now influence management on the need to be equipped. No more sheet of paper flying from office to office! This allows them to devote their time to more value-creating tasks; and above all it delays a recruitment (of another HR to compensate for the lack of time) not providing direct turnover, which is often delicate in this period.

The second trend concerns the end user. The company blurs the home / work border, by bringing his work he also brings his tools. On ManaTime, 25% of leave is taken outside of working hours and 40% of users have logged in at least once from their home.

The entourage of our users being likely to go on ManaTime, user-friendliness is essential. And for once, conviviality is not yet a trend today!

What are the main difficulties encountered by SMEs, and what are your tips to help them manage leaves and absences? What about large groups?

As I mentioned earlier, too many companies still manage their leave with paper sheets, possibly with a spreadsheet. Overall, dematerialization is not effective for the majority. Once this course, this peninsula passed, it can be difficult to find the tool user-frendly, which adapts to the industry and the equipment and to the growth of the company!

Even so, the solutions offered today are designed and developed for leaders, not end users. They must be adopted as a lasting replacement for paper.

To effectively manage paid leave, there are not an infinite number of solutions: a dematerialized absence management process must be established. Either by using software such as Manatime, CakeHR or Zefyr. Either by developing the solution internally, but it is more intended for large groups.

For large groups, it is very different! They are looking for a solution that will adapt first to their information system, then to their organization. They want support for configuration, interfacing to the existing system and staff training. The tool itself is no longer the center of the debate as long as it meets the specifications. From my experience, calls for tenders for listed companies end in the same way: a specific development; SaaS is even criticized.

How will this management evolve in companies?

The evolution of leave management goes hand in hand with dematerialization and global monitoring. In order to rationalize costs and know the profitability of projects, leave management will evolve towards time management. Each employee will indicate the time spent on each project.

It may sound oppressive, but structural growth will allow companies to better understand their future challenges. All private or public organizations will manage their leave in an IT way with: dashboards for decision-makers and mobility for users.


With the smartphone becoming the user’s business card, the possibilities offered are immense! We are working on our mobile application: when the smartphone is connected to the company network or when the user arrives at the premises (GPS tracking), the presence is recorded automatically with this on-board badge reader.

We are in a period governed by growth, I think that in the very long term, society will have found the right balance between work and leisure. With a job market less focused on money and more on well-being, permanent contracts will naturally be replaced by fixed-term contracts or freelancing, thus offering citizens the freedom to live at their own pace. This will be the end of leave management software! But rest assured, new projects to replace them will emerge.

Manasoft designs management software for businesses. In particular, Manasoft publishes Manatime, a tool for managing employees’ working time.

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