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have carried out detailed checks to ensure potential purchase. More so, this is a cost to
that their prospective employee has either the supplier which they will later cover in the
the required permission to work or does not deal, as well as a cost to you which you
need it. won’t be able to recover. Spend that time
Through the vast amount of technological
talking to existing clients. Once you are
solutions now available to combat this issue,
satisfied, negotiate an early termination for
it can often be a minefield for a company
your piece of mind if the product does not
deciding which one to purchase and
perform as required.
implement. Ask yourself the question: “Is it To summarise, bear in mind the four ‘golden
worth the money and will it deliver the results rules’ when choosing new technology for
I require?” your business:
My advice is to buy the absolute minimum for
1. Ask the supplier to prove that the
In his regular slot, Graeme
as little as you can. Don’t buy heavy weight
technology works: if the supplier can’t
Hughes of Innovise, one of the
systems which you will only use 10% of. Buy a
show you the technology working for
UK’s leading and fastest growing
cheaper, functionally less rich system which
another client, then you need to be wary as
does what it says on the tin and meets all of
to what you are committing yourself to.
suppliers of managed IT solutions
the requirements.
Avoid your business turning into the
and workforce management supplier’s test environment
software, talks technology.
So what should you buy?
The first thing to consider is your existing IT.
2. Go and see it working somewhere else:
The right to work is a tricky and Do you have a PC or a Server Room? Do you
If you are unsure that the technology will
administratively difficult process for any want to install it on your IT equipment or
work in your environment, go and find
cleaning business. Those who do it well are access it via the web? The next thing to bear in
somebody who is already using it.
either very small, heavily invested in an mind is the people who will be using the new 3. Invest in people who know the technology:
administration arm or have technology technology. Consider how IT literate your staff Whilst some of your staff may have worked
supporting them to make the whole process are, and how complex this software may turn on similar technology in the past, it is a
faster and more accurate. out to be. The cost to deliver training may be good idea to have someone who has
The Asylum and Immigration Act (1997)
high and a lengthy process if the software is worked with the exact technology before.
makes it a criminal offence to employ
not easy to use, and at the end of the day, if
4. Don’t over engineer the requirement and
someone who does not have the right to work
the users find the system too complicated to
therefore the solution you think you need
in the UK and all employers have a legal
adapt to or too difficult to operate, they will be
to buy: Keep it simple.
responsibility to perform identity checks on
unlikely to use it properly if at all. The risk for
all people employed by them. A recent
wasted time and money is therefore very high.
amendment to the Act dictates that these Coming to the choices thereafter, how do you
checks must now be carried out before an know if one product will do the job or not?
employee starts work for you. To avoid Don’t expect free trials, nor try to get one.
prosecution employers must show that they This is not the best way to evaluate a
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