Digi releases altHR to help companies digitalise HR processes

  • New Normal features like digital sales kits, contactless time tracking, paperless leave
  • Roadmap includes adding revenue-generating components of businesses, such as retail management

altHR is eligible for the SME Business Digitalisation Grant, an initiative announced during Budget 2020 where govt commits a 50% matching grant of up to US$1,169 per company with the subscription of digital tools and solutions.

If anything, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how crucial it is for companies to digitalise their processes. It would seem that human resources will be getting some help, as Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd recently announced altHR, a digital tool to help Malaysian companies digitalise HR processes.

Described as a digital workplace management solution, altHR is built with features that fit the “New Normal”, such as digital sales kits, contactless time tracking, paperless leave and expense management. The goal here is to address the problem of digitalisation of company processes that are prevalent in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

With altHR, employees are able to more easily apply for leave, make/approve claims, submit travel requests, access important documents such as payslips and handbooks, as well as receiving updates on company news and announcements.

Digi adds that companies are also able to use altHR to digitally onboard new hires, plus managing internal HR enquiries and provide employees a platform to engage essential services, such as paying utility bills and purchasing vouchers. This can all be done on the phone and without any IT investments, Digi notes.

These HR processes are digitised on a dashboard, allowing employers to track workflows more efficiently and analyse data quickly. Digi hopes that by eliminating tedious paperwork with altHR, companies can channel resources to focus on driving profitability and growth for their businesses.

“Digitalisation is an essential part of running a business, especially in times like these, when many SMEs have been forced to accelerate their digital adoption for recovery and growth. We’ve been fortunate to be able to use altHR ourselves at Digi for almost three years,” says Digi chief digital officer Praveen Rajan.

“Through countless iterations and improvements, we feel it is now the right time to share our experience with Malaysian SMEs to help their businesses to recover and grow as quickly as possible.”


Conceptualised from a need

Praveen adds that altHR was, in fact, conceptualised from a need within Digi itself.

“As part of our own digital transformation, we needed a solution to enhance our employee experience and improve our HR operations, but after an endless search for the ‘perfect’ HR solution, we decided to build our own, and it has totally transformed the way we manage our HR processes. It turned out to be so effective that we continued improving it with the aim of creating more than just a digital HR solution, but an app that also empowers all other aspects of a business,” he elaborates.

Digi hopes that altHR will go beyond just easing the burden of HR teams across all companies to enabling better employee experiences, engagement and happiness.

Instead of predicting and solving administrative issues, through altHR, SMEs can now outsource and automate their existing processes and spend more productive hours addressing pressing employee needs.

Moving away from paper-based leave applications, receipt-laden expense claims or even punch card attendance tracking will allow SMEs more time and resources to focus on driving business growth, especially during these times of crisis.

Digi explains that the altHR Super App roadmap includes incorporating crucial, revenue-generating components of businesses, such as business development, retail management and more for modern business owners to manage cost, supercharge efficiency as well as retain and attract the next generation workforce.

The telco notes that altHR is eligible for the SME Business Digitalisation Grant, an initiative announced during Budget 2020 which sees the government committing a 50% matching grant of up to US$1,170 (RM5,000) per company with the subscription of digital tools and solutions.

Seeing that Digi is identified as a Technology Solutions Provider (TSP) under the grant programme, subscribing to altHR entitles the companies to apply for the grant.

Malaysian SMEs can sign up for altHR by registering at https://althr.my. Digi will be offering all althR for free to all companies for their first  50 employees until 31 December 2020.


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