|This image captured from the webpage of Blue Night Corp. shows the startup's "Albam" app, designed to automate companies' HR and payroll management.|
By Jun Ji-hye
Smartphone apps developed by startups to automate companies' personnel management are attracting attention, at a time when anxiety and confusion still linger at businesses here after the 52-hour workweek went into force July 1.
Since the revision to the Labor Law to reduce the maximum workweek from 68 hours to 52 hours took effect, large companies have seemed to adapt themselves to the rule to some extent through systematic preparations over the months. But mid-sized enterprises are still struggling to adjust their working environment to the shorter workweek.
Blue Night Corp., a startup founded in 2014, said its Albam app, aimed at automation of HR management and a payroll system, would resolve difficulties of enterprises.
With the Albam service, which utilizes beacon technology and cloud computing, employees can clock in when they arrive at work, and clock out when they leave work easily and simply with a single tap using the app.
Managers can check on employees' attendance in multiple workplaces in real time and set work schedules for more accurate attendance management.
The startup said the app helps enterprises with many employees as well as franchise head offices with multiple workplaces manage their employees more efficiently.
The app provides notification when a person's working hours approach or exceed 52 hours.
Albam is also available for PCs, and attendance records and related data can be sent via email or downloaded into an Excel file.
As well as smart management of working hours of employees, the app also offers a service that automatically calculates payroll including tax, benefits and paid sick days based on employees' work schedule and attendance record.
"We offer a tailored service in accordance with situations and policies of each company," said an official from Blue Night Corp, noting that the app is already being used by thousands across the globe, including franchises, fashion brands and convenience store brands, such as Nescafe, Missha, It's Skin and ST Unitas.
Another startup Shiftee's employee time clock and scheduling app is also expanding its influence in the market.
The company said its service helps manage timesheet by each location, department or team.
"Our service prevents off-location clock in and out using GPS coordinates and a location's Wi-Fi," said an official from the firm. "By binding a single device to each employee, it also prevents surrogate clock in and out."
The calendar-based scheduler of the service creates shifts and leaves easily, and manages multiple locations at one place, the firm added.
The service also offers an automated payroll for employees and exports each staff's pay details, including attendances in Excel.