Product Introduction

Actus Performance & Talent Management Software has been specifically designed by Business Psychologist Lucinda Carney, to encourage year-round conversations and ongoing feedback. The Software is simple and intuitive to use, yet versatile enough to align with your existing processes or culture.

Actus provides all the features that you would expect from a performance & talent management solution and many extras that you may not have considered, forming one great value solution! Take a look at all the features listed below as part of our standard offering. They are all highly configurable to align with your current or future process.

You may also wish to explore our range of additional modules, many of which were developed as a direct result of clients requirements and exist to provide a comprehensive HRM solution or to be used as a standalone product.

Actus Dashboard
Actus Dashboard
Actus objective management software
Objective Setting
Appraisal Overview
Appraisal Overview
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9 Box Grid
360 Spidergraph and 360 Questions
360 Spidergraph and 360 Questions
Clear software reporting
Appraisal Graphical Reports
Recognition and Enquiry
Recognition and Enquiry

Standard Features

We are told by clients who have shopped around that we provide the best value in the marketplace by offering the most complete performance and talent management system at the most affordable cost. All the features listed below are included in our standard offering and are highly configurable to align with your current or future process.

Objective Setting

Setting and monitoring SMART objectives that are aligned with business goals gives clarity and focus. Add, edit and review performance against objectives throughout the year.

  • Ability to set and monitor organisational, team and even shared SMART objectives
  • Align with balanced scorecard or company categories
  • Milestones and reminders encourage year round focus
  • Real time comments tracking saves time during appraisal

Appraisals

Any ongoing performance management process needs to be supported by aligned appraisal templates. Actus offers the facility to have one or many templates.

  • Highly configurable templates and workflow
  • Supports ‘check-ins’ and probationary reviews
  • Facility to include behavioural competencies and performance ratings
  • Replicate your existing process or use our expert consultancy to enhance it

One to One Meetings

Regular 1 to 1’s are a key part of ongoing performance management, turning Actus from an appraisal system into an essential management tool.

  • Ability to plan 1 to 1 agenda’s and send diary invites
  • Configurable templates to drive consistency
  • Performance conversations can be documented to provide an audit trail
  • Can be used to document team meetings and allocate actions too

Development, Training and Qualifications

Engaged employees feel they have a future within an organisation and can be retained and motivated by feeling their aspirations are taken seriously and can be fulfilled.

  • Supports 70:20:10 approach to development
  • Allows real time training needs analysis, enabling greater responsiveness
  • Facility to incorporate in-house training courses and certificates
  • Supports compliance by tracking key qualifications including expiry dates
  • Track and report on Continual Professional Development as you go

Recognition and Feedback

Engaged employees feel they have a future within an organisation and can be retained and motivated by feeling their aspirations are taken seriously and can be fulfilled.

  • Puts feedback at the centre of the appraisal process
  • Drives engagement through a positive recognition and feedback culture
  • Enables spontaneous peer recognition against values or competencies
  • Gather feedback outside the direct reporting line to provide evidence of performance
  • Ability to request qualitative or quantitative feedback & report on it

Career and Talent Management

Regular 1 to 1’s are a key part of ongoing performance management, turning Actus from an appraisal system into an essential management tool.

  • Ability to track and monitor career discussions
  • Fosters understanding of individual motivators
  • Gives HR visibility of talent profile
  • Supports succession planning and retention
  • Supports engaged employees

Reporting

Real-time reporting is a key benefit of moving away from paper. Our reports can be accessed at the click of a button, freeing up HR and other key staff from administration to focus on more pressing organisational priorities.

  • Reporting on all aspects of the system
  • Ability to export, extract and manipulate reports as desired
  • Interactive graphical and bell curve reporting for moderation purposes
  • Bespoke reporting service on demand

Additional Modules

The following functionality can be provided as standalone or add on functionality to Actus Performance Management Software

HRM System
Actus Absence & HRM

Absence & HR Management System functionality can be provided together or as separate modules. As you would expect, they can also be combined with the main Actus providing end to end Performance and Talent Management Functionality.

  • HR Database
  • Fully configurable including encryption
  • Personal and professional details
  • Onboarding to offboarding
  • Absence Management
  • Individualised working patterns
  • Holiday entitlement to half days
  • Incorporates Bradford Factor
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360 feedback software
Actus 360 Feedback & Survey

‘360’ or ‘multi-rater feedback’ can be a highly powerful method of development. It works by gathering feedback from a number of sources including peers, direct reports, senior colleagues and customers. The Actus 360 Module provides a flexible and cost-effective method of providing multi-rater feedback throughout your organisation.

  • Create and manage surveys
  • Design and manage your own survey templates
  • Instantly generated 360 feedback reports
  • Choice of reviewer categories
  • Automatically invite and assimilate responses
  • Graphical and free text reporting
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SM&CR Compliance
Actus Comply & Regulate

Actus Comply & Regulate is a module that enables businesses to clarify key responsibilities and report on compliance against these obligations to external professional bodies if required. Particularly topical for financial services institutions looking to comply with SMCR but just as relevant for other industries with regulatory obligations.

  • Define and allocate key roles and responsibilities
  • Track delegation of authority
  • Full audit trails and reporting
  • Enables Compliance and HR to work in partnership
  • Document CPD achievement
  • Fully integrated into appraisal process
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Who are your data subprocessors?

As part of GDPR compliance, clients also need to know about any Data Subprocessors as part of the Actus Service Provision. Full details of these are provided within our Privacy Policy, an updated version of which can be downloaded from this site.

Memset Ltd is our data host, based in the UK and here is a link to their data processing addendum which explains our contractual relationship with them on behalf of our customers by using them as a data Subprocessor for Actus Software. If you have any further questions around data security you can contact us on security@actus.co.uk

How do you carry out Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA’s)?

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)

Where Actus is acting as a Data Processor to provide a SaaS Service or a Data Controller our DPIA has been assessed as being low to medium risk and the controls outlined above are considered to be sufficient. Our DPIA process is as follows:

We describe the nature, scope, context and purposes of the processing.
We ask our data processors to help us understand and document their processing activities and identify any associated risks.
We consider how best to consult individuals (or their representatives) and other relevant stakeholders.
We ask for the advice of our data protection officer.
We check that the processing is necessary for and proportionate to our purposes, and describe how we will ensure data protection compliance.
We do an objective assessmentof the likelihood and severity of any risks to individuals’ rights and interests.
We identify measures we can put in place to eliminate or reduce high risks.
We record our decision-making in the outcome of the DPIA, including any difference of opinion with our DPO or individuals consulted.
We implement the measures we identified, and integrate them into our project plan.
We will consult the ICO before processing, if we cannot mitigate high risks.
We keep our DPIAs under review and revisit them when necessary.

Our Data Security Officer is Chris Carney and can be contacted at security@actus.co.uk

What is the scope and type of Data Processing when using Actus?

PROCESSING, PERSONAL DATA AND DATA SUBJECTS
1. PROCESSING BY THE PROVIDER
1.1 SCOPE
Personal data collected and processed via the software application of the Supplier in relation to some or all of the following HR or compliance related activities including but not limited to employee performance management and appraisal; talent management; absence management; professional development and feedback; storage of personal data for HR reporting and remuneration; Monitoring of regulatory compliance and assurance.
1.2 NATURE
The Supplier’s software is being used to process data to allow the Customer to operate an online HR database and Employee Performance Management system for its staff.

1.3 PURPOSE OF PROCESSING
The purpose may include some or all of the following depending on the modules that the Customer has selected: Performance Management and Appraisal; Training & Development; Professional Revalidation; Feedback & Development; SMCR assurance and accreditation Other related HR recording and reporting.

1.4 DURATION OF THE PROCESSING
For the duration of the agreement.

2. TYPES OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE DATA
The following data may be held within the standard Actus system (this list may be subject to update)
• Employee ID
• First Name
• Last Name
• Job Title or Role
• Email address
• Gender
• Known as
• Hire Date
• Bespoke HRD fields as agreed with the client

Other Personal Data includes but may not be limited to:
• Objectives & Measures
• Feedback
• Appraisal data or ratings
• Personal development plan/career aspirations
• Department
• Location
• Other HRD fields if relevant

3. CATEGORIES OF DATA SUBJECT
Users of the Actus System

For further information contact security@actus.co.uk

Do you support Single Sign on or Active Directory Integration?

The quick answer is YES, however we do need to work on a case by case basis for this. We are able to provide SSO hosting and connection or pure SSO connection and one of the first questions that we will ask is whether you have already your own IdP server in place that we can connect with or whether you need us to set this up from scratch and host this for you. As you can imagine the former is quicker, simpler and cheaper but we have plenty of experienced in delivering both!

This question is best to get the techies talking on so just get in touch and we can set up that conversation.

What are your support T&C’s

You can obviously download our full support policy, however our target response times for telephone or email is 2 to 4 hours depending on priority, usually much quicker!

Actus is so easy to use that most enquiries tend to be easily resolved by your internal HR Admin team. We provide them with the training to act as first line support and they can contact us for additional help as needed. They can email or speak to our support team between 8.30am and 6pm GMT although we also offer emergency out of hours response if required.

We have many international clients who have found this approach works well for them, but we are able to provide managed service or out of hours support on a case by case basis if required.

What are you doing about GDPR?

As an ISO27001 accredited provider, thankfully many of our established processes already meet the needs of GDPR. From an Actus point of view – we are the data processor and you are the data controller for your users which means that in the eyes of the ICO it is down to you to ensure that your staff know why you are processing their data using Actus or any other internal system!

Obviously, we want to help our clients as much as possible in complying with GDPR and we have introduced a couple of new features that may be helpful. The first one is around obtaining consent on log-in. If you choose (and are not using SSO) then we can arrange for one-off or every time pop up consent form for your users when they log into Actus. We have also put in place the option to control how long staff data is retained for within Actus which is also key to GDPR.

All of the other security that we place huge importance on anyway is relevant in terms of keeping your users’ data safe and outlined elsewhere in the FAQ’s

 

Actus the business

Our contract and sign off process provides us with formal consent to remain in contact with our clients and prospective clients and we operate an opt in policy only for marketing.

As a business, we continue to monitor the guidance issued from the ICO and will update this statement and our processes as appropriate.

How much does it cost?

Actus™ is costed on a licence basis and will vary subject to your volume of users. Following a free system demo we issue you with a full proposal that we know is highly competitive – try us and you’ll see!

If the software’s so easy to use, why do I need training?

To be honest, if you were motivated to do so, you could probably find your way around the software without training as it is very intuitive. However 90% of our clients are dissatisfied with the quality of their existing appraisal process – perhaps it is viewed as a tick-box exercise or the conversations lack quality. Essentially they want to use this move as an opportunity for culture change – to drive high performance and engagement and that’s why we recommend training. Our consultants are experts in culture change – yes you learn how to use the software, but more importantly we motivate your managers and staff to first want to use it and secondly to use it well. So the training includes ‘Hearts and Minds’ and skills like writing a good quality objective or giving great feedback (we also offer lots of other training too if you are interested – check out the Learning resources section of the website to download our brochure).

We think it was Deming who said that: “80% of software initiatives fail due to people issues” – our training and change management support means that you can be one of the 20%!

How long does it take to set up and roll out?

Well to be honest this depends on you!

To give you an example of how quickly we can move, we have set up, implemented and trained the system out in less than a week – this is because the client wanted to move quickly and worked with us providing their data upon request. We’ve then had companies who wanted to roll it out over a longer time period (9 months to be exact) and again, we worked with them, at their pace to ensure implementation aligned with their project timelines!

Essentially, because the system is configurable, all we need to get started is to understand what aspects you want to turn on and off (configuration), agree terminology and look and feel. and get your data uploaded which is really quick and easy if your data is accurate and up-to-date, we just need a few fields on a spreadsheet.

In reality, what takes the time is paperwork and logistics (getting ‘bums on seats’ for training) so 6-8 weeks is a reasonable lead time. Talk to us and it is likely we can meet your requirements.

Where is Actus hosted & how secure is the data?

Actus Software is securely hosted in the UK Cloud (which basically means in Reading!) Why is this important? Well, first of all, because the software is cloud based it means it is available 24/7 via the internet. It also means that you always have the most up-to-date version and you don’t have to install anything to use it. This in turn means you don’t have to hassle (or really involve) your overworked IT guys in order to use it. Now clearly it is important that the data is safe, which is why we choose professional hosting with leading provider Memset, you can see from this link that they have all the credentials that are needed to keep your data safe. You can download our security and back-up policy at the bottom of the page.

However, the fact that we host in the UK cloud is really relevant too (lots of the other software companies are US based which can be a bit complicated). The UK has some of the most stringent laws around data protection and because we host in the UK your data is bound by this. Some companies don’t like hosting in the US or even Europe because (in theory) the US government can demand access to any data (not that they are likely to be that interested in your appraisal – but it is the principle). If you want to know more look up Safe Harbor. It may not be your biggest concern, but because we are fully hosted and backed up in the UK there is no need to worry!

Oh and by the way we are also registered on the UK’s digital marketplace which means we have had to jump through lots of hoops to show we are accredited to sell to government.

Any more security or technical concerns, just get in touch!

What makes Actus different from other software?

It’s a busy marketplace and it sometimes hard to tell the difference between different solution providers, here are some of the reasons clients have said we stand out

  • Highly Configurable – we can map to practically any appraisal process – our HR background comes in handy here too as we (usually!) understand what you are trying to achieve it and how it translates into the software too
  • Comprehensive functionality – more features than most providers, included as standard: objectives; milestones; one to ones; appraisal; feedback and recognition; calibration
  • Designed to embed ongoing conversations – One to ones; Milestones; check-ins and aligned messaging
  • Expert consultancy & training – We understand HR (because we have felt your pain!) and we started out as a training organisation which means we can help you upskill your managers and accelerate culture change with one end to end solution
  • Best in class service – You are more than a number at Actus, we actually talk to our customers and don’t hide behind an automated email response if you contact support. Our support team are always getting amazing client reviews for their responsiveness
  • Highly security conscious – We actually have ISO 27001; 14001 & 9001 accreditation in our own right, not just through our hosting provider. This means that you can be confident that our security credentials are legitimate, it’s worth checking this detail with some of the others!

Honestly, we could go on but why not have a chat with us to find out more?