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New Zealand-based Fusion5's Jemini aims to be a complete human resources system for medium to large organisations.

Jemini covers the HR lifecycle, from attracting candidates to offboarding, Fusion5 executive director Chris Radley told iTWire.

The design of the system — which is still in beta — is intended to engage a 20-year-old employee just as well as a 55-year-old, and to "manage the whole person", he explained.

Other important considerations include getting away from the idea that payroll runs in batch mode, and designing for larger screens first, in order to accommodate larger tablets, forthcoming foldable devices, and technology such as Microsoft Surface Studio.

"If you start big, you can scale down," said Radley. The reverse was more difficult as it tended to lead to the ineffective use of screen real estate, he suggested.

There's also a social aspect, for example to let your peers know how you are feeling, or to find co-workers that you can join for a lunchtime run.

The design process for Jemini involved the identification of various user personas and then creation of a system to meet their requirements – for example, to reduce paper, increase self-service and make processes more employee-centric, provide better reporting and analytics, improve knowledge retention when HR employees leave, better support the needs of mobile managers, and streamline HR processes generally.

The post-modern, human-focused UI is intended to make work more enjoyable, thus encouraging people to use the product. After all, every employee would use some part of the payroll module at some stage.

Jemini - New HR software from Fusion5

Jemini can take a proactive role, such as alerting an employee that they have accrued excessive leave or have received a lot of negative feedback, or telling a manager that their staff turnover is too high or that training requirements aren't being met.

The new payroll engine moves away from the traditional model where data is entered and subsequently processed in a pay run. Instead, payroll data is continuously updated while remaining compliant with ATO and other relevant requirements.

About 99% of feedback about the payroll module was positive, even from older workers, Radley said. "People are comfortable with it after about 15 minutes."

He predicts that within five to ten years, there will be a move to a "pay yourself" model, allowing employees to bring their payday forward to a date that suits them, for example to receive December's pay before Christmas.

More generally, he pointed out that the UI is very consistent right across the product, and the use of "doing screens", "analysing screens" and so on made Jemini more enjoyable to use and resulted in users connecting at an emotional level.

People saw the benefits of new-generation software such as Jemina, Radley said, especially when they wanted to give their staff tools that were fun to use.

When it came to implementation, Fusion5 had a different approach to that of most vendors, he said. The company did a lot of preparatory work with the customer, producing a report explaining how it should be done in those particular circumstances. "We put our effort into pre-adoption."

Furthermore, the company has developed a robotic loader and tester, enabling it to provide a migration service on a fixed-price basis rather than the usual hourly fee.


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