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New version release: 1.6.9 is here

Written by Frank - 09 May 2017 Category: Version release

 

 

It might not feel much like spring here in London, but CiviHR is embodying the growth and renewal of the season with a new version release. Updates were successfully completed yesterday, so you don’t have to do anything to get the latest, best version of CiviHR

Let’s check out what’s new!

  1. We’ve upgraded to the latest stable version of CiviCRM (4.7.18), which Jamie Novick blogged about here. This update fixes some minor bugs that were affecting CiviHR’s performance, including:
    • Changes to ‘Relationship type’ in the Managers tab now save correctly
    • ‘Add Identification Record’ form now loads blank; previously, it showed the details of existing records
  2. Pension providers are now managed using the ‘Organisation’ contact type.
  3. You can now define biweekly and bimonthly pay cycle options to Job Contracts, as requested by our pilots the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the Boys and Girls Club of London, Ontario.
  4. We’ve fixed the issue where only one manager received email notifications about leave request when the User making the request had more than one leave approver. Thanks to UK Youth for flagging it up.
  5. The Staff Directory previously listed Contacts’ private email addresses when those were the first ones entered. This has been fixed so that only work emails are listed in the directory.
  6. And of course, we’ve made numerous small bug fixes and updates to make using CiviHR smoother and easier.

As always, thanks for being part of the CiviHR community! We’re heading ever closer to the next ‘big’ release, where we make the leap from 1.6 to 1.7, with a brand new Leave and Absence module, so stay tuned for that.

Introducing our new Community Outreach & Marketing Manager

Written by Frank - 17 Mar 2017 Category: CiviHR

I thought I’d use the blog this week to introduce myself as the new Community Outreach and Marketing Manager for CiviHR, taking over from Fernanda Munhoz.

I thought I’d use the blog this week to introduce myself as the new Community Outreach and Marketing Manager for CiviHR, taking over from Fernanda Munhoz. I’ll be running marketing for CiviHR, as well as interactions with our growing community of pilots, partners and developers. My professional background draws on several areas, including sales, marketing and education. I've most recently been working with a startup serving the university sector.

This is an exciting time for CiviHR. While we continue to onboard organisations as pilot users, we’re moving steadily towards a stable version that will be available for public use this autumn. It’s great to be working on a project from early on like this, as we establish a strong identity to go with the product the developers have been working on for the last 18 months.

One of the great things about working with a system built by and for non-profits is becoming familiar with the huge variety of activities covered by the loose term ‘third sector’. I’ve already met people from organisations with such disparate focuses as canal boat appreciation, hackspaces and community radio stations, and people with responsibility for enormous organisations with thousands of volunteers alongside those running microcharities out of their front rooms. All of them are united by a desire to build communities and improve people's lives, which could hardly be a better motive for going to work every day.

In addition to providing some of the basic code for our software, CiviCRM has also provided a model of the kind of community we hope to build around our product. I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk about CiviHR at the UK’s first CiviCamp up in Manchester, and at the CiviCRM meetup at Compucorp HQ earlier this month. It was inspiring (and mildly surprising) to see such a strong community based around a CRM―something I doubt could be achieved without the open source philosophy that underpins both CiviCRM and CiviHR.

If you have any questions about CiviHR, whether you’re an existing pilot or you’ve only just heard of the project, please get in touch with me at frank@civihr.org or 07841 023 287. Alternatively, take CiviHR for a test drive at our demo site!

A new design that will change user experience

Written by Jon - 11 Jan 2017 Category: Feature release

User experience design is important in every software application.

User experience design is important in every software application. It covers everything from the way that users are able to navigate the application, to the design and layout that they see on their screens.

For the past few months we’ve been working hard to improve CiviHR’s user experience and interface and thought it was about time we pulled back the curtain to show you some of this new project.

‘In order to make changes to the look and feel to make a big impact on our user’s experience’, explains our designer Jon, ‘ we painstakingly isolated all of the components that go into making CiviHR, from buttons right through to drag and drop fields, and started cataloging and redesigning them in a style guide, the results of which can be seen here: https://scene.zeplin.io/project/57221da2ff142947059ccf5b

With this new design, the system becomes brighter and friendlier, and for the user it means easier navigation in their HR portal.

You will also find changes in: 

  • more depth and contrast to create a clearer display on a greater range of screen

  • the use of colour to create an inferred hierarchy to help with page structure

  • improvement in the usability of key fields

  • a consistent look and feel throughout the application

To view more designs, visit our demo page here: http://demo.civihrhosting.co.uk

About CiviHR

CiviHR is a project to create a great open source HR solution for non-profit organisations. By developing technology in a collaborative manner the benefits can be shared by non-profits everywhere.

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