Transparent recording of working hours helps boost staff morale

hfx, a leading provider of flexible working systems, has announced that Thorogoods, a national timber merchant, has upgraded to hfx’s flagship product Etarmis to record and manage flexible working for staff. Thorogoods invested in hfx’s workforce management system to manage time and attendance for all personnel working on site. Using Etarmis has resulted in payroll and production efficiencies, improved staff morale and enabled the company to comply with health and safety regulations.
Etarmis is hfx’s fully integrated workforce management system that can be interfaced to HR, payroll, access control, finance and other key business systems. Thorogoods is using data from the time and attendance system to calculate staff payroll and manage sickness and holiday entitlement.
Robert Thorogood, Financial Director at Thorogoods, commented; “We had been using hfx for a number of years and felt that a move to hfx’s latest version, Etarmis was the progression that we wanted to make to support the business. We have changed our operating systems and hfx integrates well. It is so much easier to use and to get the information that we need.
“hfx saves our payroll staff at least three hours a week by having the new system, despite having increased the number of staff. Productivity has definitely improved as we know when we have the right staff in to operate the equipment. Everyone knows that the system is accurate so there is no dispute – and we have seen a definite improvement in timekeeping.”
Thorogoods is using both the remote clocking in and out option as well as proximity cards to manage time and attendance for all its staff. Having visibility of staff on the premises is important to meet production schedules, where certain machines require set numbers of operatives. Registering staff on site, spread over several acres, is also important for Thorogoods to meet health and safety legislation requirements.
Paski Matarazzo, Business Development Director at hfx said; “The way that we all work has changed dramatically in the last ten years and we have designed Etarmis to meet those changes. We have worked in close collaboration with our customers like Thorogoods – people who know what they need from a time recording, absence planning and personnel management system to support their growing business.”

hfx’s Etarmis integrates with all the mainstream HR systems (including Oracle, SAP, PeopleSoft and Northgate), enabling organisations to manage flexible working, while keeping employee data synchronised across HR and payroll systems.


About Thorogoods
Thorogoods is a family-run timber merchant supplying top quality hardwood
and softwood products to meet a wide range of specifications and customer requirements.
Based in East Anglia, it started trading in 1963 with the founding principle to offer top quality timber, expert advice, exemplary machining facilities and a personal service to customers.

Thorogoods’ experienced buying team makes regular trips to Europe and North America to personally work with its chosen specialist sawmills to ensure its timber is sourced to customers’ requirements. The company has a fully equipped on-site mill with experienced craftsmen to provide machining, moulding and laminating.
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About hfx
Founded over 40 years ago, hfx has a proven history of developing innovative staff time management solutions. The company introduced the concept of flexible working hours in the 1970s with its Flextime® system, and has continued as a leader in the delivery of flexible working solutions.

Its flagship product, Etarmis, with its ‘one card – one solution’, incorporates access control, photo ID, time and attendance recording, flexitime management and provides seamless integration with major HR and payroll systems. Highly customisable, Etarmis can be configured to meet exact requirements and can support unlimited numbers of work patterns.

Based in the Home Counties just north of London, hfx services clients across the public and private sectors throughout the UK. High profile customers include Home Office, Merck, Bentley Motors, Adidas, Buhler Sortex Ltd, The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), Eaton Limited, MoD, National Farmers’ Union, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Hertsmere Borough Council, North Lanarkshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Exeter City Council, Isle of Man Government, MoJ, Pendle Borough Council, Met Police, Flintshire County Council, Office for National Statistics, UK Intellectual Property Office, NHS Business Services Authority, Pembrokeshire County Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, and many more.

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