An eight-year relationship using Actus
The relationship with Actus has evolved since 2013 with Leeds Federated having used the system in many ways. For example, to embed a detailed competency framework within their appraisal and to use the recognition tool to improve engagement levels. The culture of regular 1:1’s supported by Actus is well-established now many years on and with regular engagement calls, the relationship is one of a partnership where they are continuously looking for new ways to get the most from the system. Megan and her Team regularly attend the product webinars to support them in getting the most out of the system, whilst a number of staff are also due to start one of our training programmes: Actus Hybrid Management Training.
Megan has also previously taken advantage of one of the free Organisational Development Reviews with a senior Actus Consultant. This enabled her to reflect on the effectiveness of their current appraisal form and revise it proactively, with the help of Actus. This subtle switch of the appraisal form changed the focus from being retrospective to more future-focused and rebranding appraisals as ‘Achievement Conversations’.
Evolving with Actus Software
One of the reasons that Megan continues to advocate Actus is the flexibility and people-focused approach of both the system and the company. She has always found the accessibility and responsiveness of the Support Team hugely valuable, particularly the personal approach when dealing with requests or issues.
As an organisation, Leeds Federated needs to ensure it is providing value and operating efficiently. Now Head of Corporate Services, Megan feels able to justify the investment in Actus compared to other HR modules when challenged for a number of reasons outlined below.
Justifying the investment
The business case for Performance Management Software
Configurability and Flexibility – As outlined above, it is far more cost-effective to tweak an already established technology like Actus Software to support cultural goals than it is to start again.
Built-in People Focus – Actus is designed by people with an HR background and this shows in many places, which means the system can be adapted to support hot topics like wellbeing, mental health and resilience, as well as longer-term goals like career aspirations.
Visibility and Alignment – For a future-focused organisation like Leeds Federated, it is important for the Leadership Team to be able to easily visualise top-level performance which Actus supports through the alignment of individual objectives with top-level goals.