Going Open Source with our Singapore Payroll Gems

At PayrollHero we are proud of our work and want to share it with the business community of Singapore.  Over the coming months we intend to release the payroll aspects of our code for free to the public.

That’s right, we are going open source with our Singapore payroll code!  Any developer or interested party will be able to scrutinize the code responsible for Singapore Payroll calculations like CPF.  PayrollHero’s payroll transparency will allow anyone the opportunity to use our code . It will engage the software community to provide the best possible product to all our clients – this will result with furthering our mission to bring Payroll Accuracy for Singapore Employees.

We write our software using a language called Ruby on the Ruby on Rails Framework (we flew DHH to Whistler in 2004). The Ruby community is a passionate collection of developers who have helped us create the HR Platform we have today. This is our opportunity to give back to the community who helped us get to where we are today.

Not a developer but you are interested in learning more about the quality of our code at PayrollHero?  We use a program called code climate that systematically grades every line of code that we write.  It helps us to write the best code possible and gives a neutral and outside indication of it’s quality using a GPA system.  We don’t release anything less than a 4.0 GPA!

code climate singapore payrollSecurity important to you? Our code also receives a Security Scan performed every few hours for potential vulnerabilities. When anything is found we immediately act on the alert.

Here are the links you need for our Singapore Payroll CPF Gem:

Source Code: https://github.com/payrollhero/singapore_cpf_calculator
Gem: https://rubygems.org/gems/singapore_cpf_calculator
Code Climate Score: https://codeclimate.com/github/payrollhero/singapore_cpf_calculator

Singapore Payroll Software by PayrollHeroWant to learn more about PayrollHero Singapore? Head over to singapore.payrollhero.com to find out more about our Charter Client Program.

Singapore Payroll Software by PayrollHero

Singapore Payroll Software by PayrollHero

Exciting news – PayrollHero is expanding its payroll functionality to Singapore and we are signing up Charter Clients. What is a PayrollHero Charter Client?

Charter Client ~ an early adopter that signs up for a product at a special price and gets to contribute to its formation.

Are you interested in learning more about the Singapore Charter Client program? Drop us an email and we will get in touch right away. (email: sjagger+singapore@payrollhero.com)

We will be holding an exclusive event next week in Singapore. Contact us for details.

New Security Feature: Password Strength Policy

As we continue to enhancing security across PayrollHero, we have created a new system that enforces a password policy on user’s password. Users are now required to use at least the following in their password:

  • one lowercase letter
  • one uppercase letter
  • one number
  • 8 characters in total for the password length

We’re hoping this will help to avoid using simple passwords and secure everyone’s data.

This change will be effective November 3, 2014 and will affect all new user creations and password changes.

We also added Two Factor Authentication a few weeks ago. Read more here.

Visit to Manila’s White Cross Children’s Home

We spent the day at the White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan, Philippines today playing, feeding and cuddling the many children in the orphanage.

White Cross Orphanage is a child caring agency in San Juan, Philippines that provides temporary shelter for children, who are 0–6 years old. Accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), it gives refuge to children of unwed mothers, indigent families,tuberculosis patients, mentally or physically-incapacitated parents, prisoners, or victims of incest or rape. These children are provided with medical assistance, educational care, and financial support to help them in their early years.” (wikipedia)

We did a quick tour of the facility, saw the different rooms and spent some time with the babies as well as the 2 – 4 year old kids. The facility was clean, and the kids seemed quite happy, but it was obvious they were lacking in many of the basics. We brought bags of rice, diapers, toys and food, but they need more. The infant room had 17 babies under the age of one with 2 caregivers tending to them.

A big thanks to Mindy for organizing the day and spending much of her time at White Cross since her arrival in the Philippines.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Welcome to the family, FamilyMart

familymart-payrollhero2FamilyMart joins many successful food & beverage and retail businesses in the Philippines that have chosen PayrollHero as their time, attendance, scheduling, HRIS, business intelligence and payroll platform.

FamilyMart is a joint venture between Ayala Land, Inc., part of the Ayala Group, one of the country’s largest business groups, and Stores Specialists, Inc., part of the Rustan Group, one of the largest retailing groups.
They plan to open 100 stores in 2014 within the Philippines and just launched their franchising efforts to as part of their goal of having 500 stores in the country by 2018.
FamilyMart franchising launch event at the Dusit Hotel in Makati, Philippines.

FamilyMart franchising launch event at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, Philippines.

Pictures From An Amazing Morning with Local Filipino Kids

We had an amazing morning with the PayrollHero team feeding the poor at the Real LIFE Foundation community kitchen. Every Saturday, the Real LIFE Foundation conducts a feeding program for more than 100 malnourished children. These children range from 3 – 14 years of age and come from squatter communities in Pasig, Metro Manila.

The kids were fun, excited to play games and have a healthy meal. Some were very much under weight and obviously hungry but it was great to be able to help in a small way.

Big shout out to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Philippines) who is their largest corporate donor and who introduced us to the program.

If your team is interested in participating you can get more information here.

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How Much Can You Afford To Lose?

The American Payroll Association estimates that 1.5% – 10% of gross payroll is from time theft. That can be a huge number depending on the size of your business.  Image you are using punch cards for your staff and you have a monthly payroll of P2,000,000. That means you could be losing anywhere from “P30,000 – P200,000″.

Mary Grace Cafes Choose PayrollHero

cafe-mary-payrollheroExciting times over at PayrollHero. Mary Grace Cafes have chosen PayrollHero for their time, attendance, scheduling, HRIS, payroll and business intelligence needs as well as becoming a PayrollHero Lab location. Welcome Mary Grace!!

“At Mary Grace, we believe in keeping our employees happy as they keep our customers happy. With over 600 employees and growing, we were in need of a tool to provide better transparency, accuracy and convenience to cut out manual processes from our HR processes so that employees can focus on giving excellent customer service. PayrollHero looks to be exactly what we were looking for and more! Apart from automating tedious timekeeping, attendance, scheduling, and payroll tasks, PayrollHero has employee engagement tools to strengthen our company culture. We look forward to the potential and promise of their platform
Adrian Dimacali, HR Director, Mary Grace Foods, Inc. 

PayrollHero’s New Customer Feedback Tool (Beta)

Collect customer feedback in real time and get the results in the palm of your hand. Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 12.50.15 PMWe are launching the newest tool to the TeamClock, Customer Feedback. Now within your TeamClock iOS your employees can not only clock in and out for work, view their schedules and give feedback to management via the Daily Pulse but customers can get involved too.

Introducing Customer Feedback within the kiosk mode of PayrollHero’s TeamClock. We have launched the beta version of the Customer Feedback tool within Krispy Kreme, a PayrollHero Lab and will continue to roll out the product across their stores in the Philippines.

Customer Feedback lets your customers quickly and easily “like” a specific employee or the whole team right through the TeamClock iOS app. And in turn, those “likes” show up in the Xray Insights app in real time.  It’s time to rethink your punch clock!

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Want to see it in action? I shot a quick video that shows the Customer Feedback tool in action and how the data shows up in real time within the Xray Insights app.

Below is what the kiosk homepage looks like within Customer Feedback. It can be designed for any retail or restaurant brand.

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Did you notice the “Apply For A Job” button? More details on that soon…