CLF Distribution invests in workforce management technology and streamlines flexible working

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One of the UK's leading wholesalers will soon be able to offer both customers and staff increased flexibility.

Southampton based CLF Distribution, a wholesaler of premium health and nutrition products, has invested £30,000 in Tamworth Workforce Management Systems provider Crown Computing's Open Options workforce software suite in order to reduce lead times and increase the flexibility it can offer its customers, while sharing these benefits with its team.

This new software gives employees access to real time information allowing them to manage their time more effectively and with greater flexibility, thereby increasing productivity.

The Open Options modules used by CLF include; Time and Attendance, Activity Manager and Employee Self Service (ESS) and includes integration with CLF's Sage payroll application. The software has also been combined with AccuTime Solutions' biometric finger print scanners.

Robin Holiday, Managing Director of CLF, said while it is difficult to quantify the return on investment at this stage, feedback and the initial efficiency improvements have been positive, with less time spent on administration.

He said: "To continue to grow we need to engage the team so everyone benefits from this continued growth. Crown offers this by enabling employees to manage their time more effectively with greater flexibility."

While time was previously logged manually creating an arduous paper trail, the new system enables employees to manage their time and attendance more accurately by clocking in and out, request holiday, record absenteeism and note banked overtime, which is then paid back or returned as holiday.

As a result, the new system improves planned & un-planned absence administration workflow across the entire organisation.

The new system also records activities assigned to staff within CLF's distribution centre, which means management teams now have a single viewpoint of all production and output and make more informed decisions about the way it manages its team.

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