We find it hard to believe that spreadsheets are still the number one tool used to manage leave and absence. Some businesses still use paper forms to request and approve leave. It seems that the world around us has evolved dramatically, but leave management tools haven’t kept up with today’s needs.
It is hard to derive the current state of play from a spreadsheet, let alone from paper. Employees can spend hours trying to figure out if their leave request will be accepted. Approvers will struggle to figure out if a leave request should be approved or rejected. Or who should cover for an emergency absence or how many days someone has left this year. Meanwhile, management struggles to learn how to cut disruption and plan ahead better.
We wanted to find a better way. Before starting LeaveWizard, we spent several years managing teams in different organisations, so we had experience of many different approaches to managing leave and absence. Beyond the insufficiencies of paper forms and spreadsheets, we noticed other inefficiencies. Large HR systems with clumsy and confusing user interfaces, systems offering little value over manual methods or tools that looked promising but were way too simplistic. Systems that showed a lack of understanding of the reality of leave management in modern businesses. Our vision is simple: an easy to use, yet comprehensive online leave planner, which can completely replace Excel trackers and paper forms. Our approach is to keep on learning so that we build a product loved by our customers. And so far, we think our approach is working – check out our testimonials. We grow our way. We haven’t ever brought in outside financing and we have no intention of doing so. This is important in providing the freedom to shape our company and its business practices. We are passionate, authentic, and driven and we are truly interested in listening to what you have to say.
Plamen has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria. He has spent 20 years in various software development roles going from coding and customer support through to team and programme leadership.
Over the last 6 years Plamen has coached teams in industry leading organisations. Two of these teams have won digital delivery excellence awards.
Plamen helped build LeaveWizard as a way for organisations to become more effective. He believes in building software systems that make people's lives better and transform their relationship with work.
Richard Allen Chief Technology Officer, Founder
Rich earned his degree in Microelectronics and Computing from Bournemouth University in the UK. He then focused his career on software development, leading both small and large teams.
An active community member, Rich is also co-founder of the Developer South Coast user group. Based in Southampton, the group aims to help developers succeed in their own careers.
Rich is passionate about software development. With this passion he leads both the product development and IT teams at LeaveWizard.