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Dinamiks Ltd adds roles functionality to its world class employee performance management solution, Dinamiks

July 4th 2013.  Chichester, UK.   Dinamiks, the cloud-based employee performance management solution with users on four continents, has been enhanced through the addition of roles-led functionality, which gives management greater flexibility at employee appraisal time and throughout the year.

UK-developed Dinamiks features three roles, which between them (i)enable teams in remote locations to have a local manager in addition to a line manager at head office, who can support their personal development and manage local objectives, all of which can be aligned to the business goals;

(ii) allow a second manager to review, comment and provide a second level sign off – useful for businesses that like the assurance of a second review as part of their sign off of the performance appraisal;

(iii) allow mentors to be associated with individuals within or across teams. This functionality is useful because mentors can be very beneficial in sharing knowledge and skills to develop team members and teams.

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, says, “The added roles functionality in Dinamiks comes in response to user demand across continents. We listen carefully to our users because they are at the forefront of using the cloud-based approach in HR and are keen to deepen their use of Dinamiks across their organisations. The new functionality has been beta tested with them and meets all their requirements.”

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals, and recording the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans, and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks also reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: dinamiks.com

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

(+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

The newly enhanced Dinamiks ensures businesses and organisations comply with The Bribery Act 2010, which came into effect in 2011

December 9th 2011, Chichester. Dinamiks Ltd has announced that its newly enhanced online compliance and employee performance management tool Dinamiks – www.ikdevelopments.com – is capable of handling all Bribery Act 2010 compliance requirements.

The act came into effect on July 1st 2011 and amends and reforms UK criminal law while providing a legal framework from which to combat bribery, or attempted bribery, in the UK and internationally.

Dinamiks allows a business to ensure that all staff and management – including the board and, optionally, suppliers and external partners – are aware of the requirements of the act, provided the business inputs basic user information.

The act covers business kickbacks, corrupt commissions and other forms of illicit business payments that are used secure business or government contracts. The act also prohibits payments made to obtain a business advantage, such as expediting goods through customs, attempting to receive a more favourable tax treatment and influencing legislation.

“We have deepened the compliance capabilities of Dinamiks so that it can be used in complete confidence for Bribery Act 2010 compliance,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd.

“Specifically, Dinamiks can be used to implement compliance awareness objectives and development processes – and create proper records and an audit trail.”

Under the new offence of failure to prevent bribery, businesses are criminally responsible for bribes on their behalf by “Associated Persons” whether they know about them or not. There is a defence, that the business has in place “Adequate Policies” to prevent bribery.

What can a business do? It must do something, because all businesses operating in the UK are covered by the act.

The law can be summarised into four key crimes (i) bribing (ii) receiving a bribe (iii) bribing a foreign public official (iv) failing to prevent bribery.

Barnes says that compliance awareness objectives and development processes form one of the planks of an “Adequate Policies” approach that fits all businesses:

*Drive the initiative from the top
*Conduct risk assessment for your business
*Develop a plan to close gaps
*Review existing related polices and create new ones
*Include agents and other service providers in the awareness
*Implement compliance awareness objectives and development processes
*Seek external support

“It is critical for businesses, government departments and other types of organisation to maintain proper books and records and ensure total transparency of payments made, corporate hospitality given and to whom,” says Barnes, “and in addition that on a predetermined calendar cycle, all employees read and understand all the policies associated with good practices, to prevent bribery.”

For further advice and information contact shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com or phone (+44) (0)1243 538835

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at http://www.ikdevelopments.com

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, (+44) (0)1403 711177

paul@western-pr.com

Dinamiks Ltd offers 60 days free use of Dinamiks to help companies adapt to new retirement legislation

Dinamiks helps employers demonstrate just cause and follow due procedure, while managing employees’ performance

May 31st 2011.  Dinamiks Ltd, the online employee performance measurement provider, is offering new users 60 days free use of its online tool, Dinamiks.  The move is designed to help companies adapt to the new retirement legislation, which sees the default retirement age of 65 being phased out from April 6th 2011.

Replacing the usual seven day free usage, the free 60 days will enable users to take advantage of the six month transition period to full implementation of the legislation,  and put protective measures in place including demonstrating just cause and following due procedure.

“The change in retirement age legislation has consequences for many businesses, large or small, including firms having to have a good reason to ‘retire’ someone,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Services Director, Dinamiks Ltd.

“That could spell trouble for employers unless they can demonstrate just cause and follow due procedure.

“Many companies will have situations where age, experience and capability may be a challenge and where the business will require evidence leading up to and beyond the legislation change, to justify why staff should retire from a role – or even why they should stay,” says Barnes.

“Employers who fail to embrace the new legislation may face claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination.

“It’s our view, though, that the legislation also gives firms an opportunity to get a better grip on their employees’ performance and thereby deliver a boost to the performance of the business.”

New redundancy legislation

Other new challenges faced by employers in 2011 are the higher costs associated with making employees redundant.  The maximum limits on statutory unfair dismissal compensation, redundancy payments and other awards were increased on February 1st.

“Dinamiks can assist here, too, because it helps employers conform to employment law,” says Barnes. “It does this by providing an audit trail of performance, behaviour, attitude and the ability of individuals to meet set objectives.”

More at:
www.ikdevelopments.com/articles/TakingActionForDefaultRetirementAge.aspx

About Dinamiks.   Dinamiks (i) aligns every employee’s objectives to those of the business (ii) provides the means to set development plans, and track and record progress (iii) provides a record of capability for all employees, thereby supporting a common and consistent set of guidelines and principles that apply across all employee ages of the business (iv) helps with talent management (v) help firms comply with employment law (vi) allows employers to demonstrate just cause and follow due procedure.

More about Dinamiks at  www.ikdevelopments.com

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Note to the press.  For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
(+44) (0)1403 711177    paul@western-pr.com