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    Activ Absence welcomes Nikki to the Team!

    Nikki Roberts to join the online holiday planner team

    The Activ Absence team are proud to announce that our latest member, Nikki Roberts has joined us from a successful business development background gained in the IT and telecoms industries.

    Nikki will help manage the teams growing list of customers, as well as assisting the new business team.

    We are all looking forward to working with her.

    Posted in on February 17, 2015

    We understand – its December!


    Festive Fun means HR headaches!

    Activ Absence are the absence people, so we understand only too well that end of annual leave year, seasonal sniffles and the fallout from a month of partying combine to make a perfect storm for your overworked HR team.

    Just 15 minutes of your time to view Activ Absence now could really reduce your stress next year, saving you time and money – and as we know its a busy time, we’ll even thank you with a free £5 M&S Gift Voucher just for viewing an online demo by the end of January.

    Call 01656 750858 to book now – limited spaces available

    Posted in on December 15, 2014

    Tackling Absence Management in Wales – Activ Absence and hcrc join forces!

    Tackling Absence Management – a key issue for businesses

    Tackling absence management is a key issue for businesses in the current economic climate. Many employers are seeking to prevent and manage long-term absence with a view to making a positive impact on this key workplace issue, however short term absences and ‘sickies’ can be equally detrimental. Recent studies have shown that in some organisations absenteeism can account for 30% of overall payroll costs when you factor in statutory sickness pay, lost productivity, administration, temporary staff and training.

    A structured approach works best

    Tackling this problem requires a structured approach with good knowledge and complete awareness. Local specialists Codel Software and hchr Ltd have joined forces to help welsh businesses manage absence issues.

    Codel Software are the Bridgend based developers of Activ Absence, one of the UK’s leading online absence management solutions. Activ Absence enables businesses to fully manage all aspects of absence via its cloud-based platform and has gone down a storm with both HR managers and staff members alike.

    Good Absence Management means more time to focus on People

    Tackling absence management Adrian from Codel

    Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Codel Software

    Says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director from Codel Software, “We give HR Managers more time to focus on people. There are tools out there that record data such as annual leave, sickness absence, maternity leave and so on, but we actually manage, record, report and give everyone in the chain an understanding of the reasons for absence.

    More information means more motivation

    Activ Absence is easy to use on any device with an internet connection. Trends and patterns are flagged up automatically, Key HR reports can be generated and distributed to supervisors, line managers and directors, whilst employees have their own portal and can self-serve many of the mundane aspects of holiday and sickness queries such as annual leave requests, return to work forms and so on. They see exactly for themselves what their line managers see, which has been proven to increase motivation.”

    Software helps, but a combined approach is best

    As with most personnel related issues, sickness and absence needs to be dealt with in a fair, understanding and sympathetic way, with effective monitoring and a consistent approach – therefore software alone is only part of the solution. There is still a need for professional support and treatment advice, agreeing and reviewing return to work plans for individuals, and co-ordinating the complete return to work process with interviews and discussion as appropriate. This is where the hchr team comes in.

    Tackling absence management with Heather Cooper

    Heather Cooper, Managing Director, hcrc Ltd.

    What gets measured gets done!

    Heather Cooper, Director from hchr ltd, added “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Codel Software in helping to tackle absence management concerns in local businesses. Absence is costly, especially within SME’s and can have an adverse effect upon colleagues and productivity as a whole. What gets measured gets done! Activ Absence gives us the information – we can give you guidance on what to do next.

    SME’s are often confused about what powers they have to manage absence. No supervisor or manager in the business can hope to be an HR expert but they can expect to be given sound advice and strategies to enable them to manage absence effectively. hchr offers the human resource element, which combined with an efficient software solution will be of huge benefit to our existing clients. We are looking forward to helping businesses improve their levels of absence management through a joint approach.”

    Activ Absence has Prestigous clients as well as SMEs

    The growing list of prestigious Activ Absence users include various NHS trusts, the NSPCC, GKN, Kingfisher Beer Europe and Charles Stanley Stockbrokers, however the combined approach is entirely scalable whether you have 10 staff or thousands. The message to Welsh business owners is that every organisation whether small or large can enjoy cost savings and improved operational efficiency through a tailored, professional approach to absence management.

    Posted in on December 2, 2014

    New Activ Absence Brand Launches at CIPD Conference 2014

    Activ Absence Control is now Activ Absence!

    Following the hotly anticipated release of the new 7.11 version, Activ Absence Control has been re-branded simply ‘Activ Absence‘.  The new name is, like the software, simple, clean, and easy to use.

    Activ Absence launched the new brand at the prestigious CIPD Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, which is widely recognised as the ‘forum’ for all things HR and it was particularly well received by the plethora of HR experts, managers and consultants who attended the conference.

    Commercial Director Adrian Lewis observed:

    Every single HR Manager I speak to on a daily basis is looking to reduce the headache of sickness absence management.  They are also tired of the manpower it takes to answer a flurry of simple questions from employees asking ‘how much holiday have I got left?’.  Even simple requests like ‘have you got any holiday forms left?’ when asked for the twentieth time that day can drive HR teams to despair!

    We re-branded ourselves as Activ Absence because our software is about so much more than controlling one aspect of absence management.  We are all about actively managing absence in all its forms, empowering employees to resolve their own day to day queries and freeing up the HR team to manage their staff rather than managing the administration behind staff absence.  Our software makes it simple and easy and now our name reflects that ethos!

    The Activ Absence team are now working at double-speed to ensure that all conference enquiries are on target for pre-Christmas deployment ready to start the new staff holiday year.  The number of users is expected to double over the next 12 months and the company have already recruited additional staff to cope with the increased volume.  The outlook for Activ Absence in 2015 and beyond is looking very positive already!


    Posted in on November 20, 2014

    Activ Absence Management Team gains a new Team Member!

    absence managementActiv Absence is pleased to welcome experienced Marketing Co-Ordinator Lisa Baker to the Activ Absence Management Team.

    Lisa brings a wealth of website management as well as marketing experience to the Activ Absence brand.

    Latest Version

    Lisa’s decision to join the team coincides with our release of the latest version of the software, which has been developed as a result of continued customer feedback.  There is no extra charge for existing customers who wish to upgrade to the new version, they are automatically eligible as part of the service.

    Lisa said:

    I’m really excited to be working with the Activ Absence management team. Activ Absence is a fantastic software product. I’ve been in business myself for many years.  I have therefore experienced some of the challenges HR managers face.  I could have done with this absence management system myself over the years – the latest version is absolutely brilliant!

    We are currently offering a free demonstration of the latest version of Activ Absence, please get in touch if you would like to be among the first to see it.

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    High Impact HR – CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition

    Activ Absence, a leading provider of online staff annual and sickness absence management solutions will be exhibiting at the prestigious CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014.

    The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is the meeting place for the HR profession.  Join us and like-minded peers to hear the latest thinking, get practical ideas from industry-leading suppliers, and explore new ideas and solutions to your HR challenges.

    Activ Absence will be exhibiting on Stand 398.

    When and where?

    Manchester Central (formerly GMEX), Petersfield, Manchester.  M2 3GX

    Wednesday 5 November        09:00 – 17:00

    Thursday 6 November             09:00 – 16:30

    How much does it cost?

    Entry to the Exhibition is FREE. If you pre-register you will be sent a free-entry badge before the exhibition. Click here to register

    Posted in on September 30, 2014

    Welcome to the Activ Absence Commercial Team – Jemma Hughes

    The expanding commercial team at Codel Software offers a very warm welcome to Jemma Hughes this week as the new Marketing Co-ordinator for the Activ Absence brand!

    Jemma graduated with a BA degree in Media Studies, specialising in Marketing and PR from Swansea University last year. She brings a creative flair and wealth of experience in PR and Marketing to the team both through her academic background and extensive work experience in Public Relations, Events and Marketing in blue chip organisations in London as well as her ongoing involvement through a national charity.

    On behalf of the team, we wish her the very best in her new surroundings at Codel HQ and keep an eye out for the latest news on the new releases of the Activ Absence modules hitting your inbox soon!

    Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director


    Posted in on June 27, 2014

    Helping Hands Home Care successfully deploy Activ Absence Control

    A very big thank you to Denise Monaghan, HR Manager of Helping Hands – The Home Care Specialists for providing the following testimonial:Helping Hands Choose Activ Absence management

    Activ Absence Control is an easy system to use and is visible to all Departmental Heads / Teams. For a company like Helping Hands who have many Managers working out in the community it is a great tool to be able to see who is in/out at a click of a link.

    We manager absence levels through the Bradford factor which is visible to all employees on their dash board and this has had a positive impact on the absence levels, there are very clear expectations, the absence triggers set support the HR function and the Departmental Managers to monitor absence effectively and consistently.

    The system is productive as there is no more paper or filling in of forms. The history log of the return to work interviews is key to managing absence and the reporting on trends of absence is very beneficial to monitoring absence cases/meetings with individuals.

    The technical departments response is effective and quick, I requested a particular report that wasn’t already in the system, I was very impressed that within 48 hours they had set it up and delivered what I needed.

    All in all, we are very happy with the system, it has improved our absence monitoring and reporting processes.

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    Codel Software Ltd are snap happy!

    We had a great time this week with a photo shoot at our new offices!

    activ absence management new offices

    With big thanks to Seren Global Media, Hoosh (photographer) came along to capture some shots of the two Directors, the building and the people who helped make the move happen. We were really lucky that we had glorious sunshine which made our new building look even more spectacular!

    We are hoping to have some coverage in local and hopefully national press over the coming weeks, so do keep an eye out for us.

    We’ve got a few of the shots taken below for you to see, but if you are ever in the area, please do feel free to pop in for a cuppa!



    L-R… Richard Hocking (Technical Director, Codel Software), Adrian Lewis (Commercial Director, Codel Software), Mary Alexander (Barclays Business Manager), Darren Lewis (Director, Thomas Simon Solicitors, David Rowe (Partner, WBV Accountants)


     Codel Software Ltd, Charnwood Park, Bridgend


     Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Codel Software Ltd


    Richard Hocking, Technical Director, Codel Software Ltd


    Software Development Team Floor

    Posted in on June 20, 2014

    We’ve moved!

    Our new address is listed below, feel free to pop in and say “hello”…

    Codel Software Ltd
    Unit 1c Charnwood Park
    CF31 3PL

    downstairs front2 reception2 upstairsview


    Posted in on June 9, 2014
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