Sprout Launches Rescue Kit for Businesses Amid Pandemic

Published April 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

As businesses in the Philippines continue to navigate adaptive working arrangements due to the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), many have found digital transformation to be less of a considered option and more a requirement to survive.

To help organizations transcend traditional on-premise limitations and embrace the new frontier of remote business operations and compliance, Sprout Solutions, the country’s leading cloud-based Human Resources Management software company, launched its Rescue Kit last Wednesday.

The Rescue Kit is a combination suite of Sprout’s existing digital HR services in addition to loans and business continuity consultation from the company’s ISO 31000-certified Lead Risk Manager, who has an extensive background in the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System.

In line with Sprout’s mission to improve Filipino businesses, the Rescue Kit will be free regardless of an organization’s headcount. Companies of all sizes may sign up for the Rescue Kit until April 30, which will be free for 60 days.

“The ECQ has been a transformative experience for many businesses,” says Sprout CEO Patrick Gentry. “The fundamentals stay the same, but there’s been a complete upheaval of everything we thought we knew about how to do business.

“Staying operational and compliant is an unprecedented challenge given today’s situation, but it need not be a crushing expense. Recovery doesn’t have to wait until after the lockdown is lifted, and we’re here to help companies do what they do best,” he said.

Staying compliant has become a critical challenge to keeping business afloat, as labor laws remain unchanged despite radically different circumstances. Sprout helps businesses overcome this challenge by starting with HR. Through Sprout’s HR and payroll modules, companies are offered top-tier timekeeping, 201 file management, and automation of 32 payrates on multiple shifts.

Through cloud-based and mobile application technologies, Sprout’s services need no hardware investment and are accessible from any device at any time with a reliable connection to the internet.

Users can also remotely self-onboard through a completely digital implementation process that melds a built-in learning experience on the software’s dashboard and access to Sprout’s technical support team.

The spread of COVID-19 has emphasized the importance of securing the health, safety, and everyday needs of employees and their families, which means ensuring they don’t hit their financial limits.

In just a few clicks, eligible employees of a company can now borrow up to P25,000 through Instacash from the Sprout HR dashboard. The emergency funds are transferred straight to the employee’s bank account, enabling access in a matter of minutes.

Sprout has made its business to help companies in the Philippines stay compliant, and that means ensuring data security is a top priority. Certified by ISO 270001 Information Management Systems standards, the company leverages the cloud to protect user data from potential abuse and accidental loss.

Business continuity is a key aspect to adjusting business operations to new and unexpected circumstances. To keep business as usual, companies need to plan how they will respond to unusual events.

Sprout’s Rescue Kit includes exclusive consultation from the company’s ISO 31000-certified lead risk manager to help companies create an effective business continuity plan (BCP) that will help them adapt to any kind of crisis.

The service provides instruction on how to accurately assess the impact of a crisis on business and how to design an efficient response.

According to Gentry, increasing business volatility and a pressing change in the way business is done is a signal that migrating from analog to digital has become all the more necessary.

“The virus is an incredible indicator that business needs to evolve beyond returning to the status quo,” he said. “This is not the first time something has forced massive shifts in our way of life, and it certainly will not be the last. We have to look to technology and innovation to guide our progress and future prosperity.” (Jonathan Castillo)