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…

Imagine A 1400 PHP Smartphone For The Philippines


Imagine a P1400 ($35USD) smartphone in the Philippines. Wouldn’t that be great? Well Mozilla is trying to make that happen. With their successful launch of a $33USD smartphone in India, Mozilla is looking at the Philippines to see if there is a market fit for their super low cost smartphone.

“At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.”

I had the opportunity to have dinner last night with Gen Kanai, the Director of Asia Community Engagement for Mozilla and 500Startups Mentor to learn more about the phone and play with a developer version. It will be great to see them make this phone a reality in the Philippines.

Would you buy a 1400 PHP smartphone? Learn more

Google’s answer to the low cost smartphone is the Android One, which is cheaper than most smartphones listed at about $100USD.

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Taking Adventure Engineering To The Next Level

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Ian Keen and Melinda MacNamara

At PayrollHero we hire what we call #AdventureEngineers (video) and our team takes that to the next level. From taking avalanche courses to setting up an office in Whistler to touring around Southeast Asia we are all in when it comes to adventure.

What is an Adventure Engineer? Noun: An unusual and exciting, experience or activity built around a flexible work schedule.  

As part of our commitment to being ridiculously client focused we are bringing our Whistler team into Southeast Asia for a few weeks of learning, client meetings, ideation sessions and adventure. What is interesting is that one of our colleagues on the iOS team, Ian Keen’s girlfriend is joining him for the trip. It seems that Adventure Engineers hang out with like minded adventurers. Ian’s girlfriend Mindy is coming to Manila and is set to make the best use of her time. She has reached out to a few orphanages and is going to visit the kids, bring them toys, coloring books and the like. She has setup a GoFundMe page to raise $300 with all proceeds going to Manila kids in need.  Check out her page if you want to support her in her adventure.

Hey Guys, I’ll be in Manila for a month and while I am there I am going to volunteer in an orphanage and do some work with street kids. 

I will be buying some colouring books and crayons, basic food and clothing. Any additional funds will also go towards buying things like this. 

I’ll be posting lots of photos of the places I go and the things I buy. 

Help me to directly help the kids in Manila - every cent raised will go straight to the kids. 

Thanks Mindy



PS. We are hiring more adventures, from client services, to iOS, Android and Ruby engineers, get in touch with us if you have the chops to be an #AdventureEngineer.

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Daily Time Records in the Palm of Your Hand

IMG_9401Are you looking to get more business intelligence in the palm of your hand? Check out PayrollHero’s Xray Insights (itunes) as it gives you exactly that. You can see your companies daily time records (DTR) in real time in our iOS app. You can quickly and easily see who has clocked in, where they clocked in, who is on break and if any clock in or out photos have been flagged. It is a quick and easy way to keep an eye on your business.

Within the Flag Wall tab of the Xray Insights you can see;

  • Employee Clock In/Out
  • Clock In/Out Status (ie. early, late)
  • Clock In/Out Location (ie. Rockwell Store)
  • Break In/Out
  • Mismatched Clock Photos

All in real time. Download the app today!