Sprout Solutions aids recovery of local businesses as Philippines transitions out of enhanced community quarantine

The homegrown HR tech firm provides free trials of its Rescue Kit solution and InstaCash loan service for businesses nationwide

Leading human resources (HR) management and software provider Sprout Solutions is extending the free access period for its Rescue Kit until June 30 to help enterprises get back on their feet as Metro Manila enters the general community quarantine (GCQ). The Rescue Kit is a package of Sprout’s digital HR services including timekeeping, payroll, leave requests, 201-file management, digital activations, and access to legal expert webinars, which aims to keep businesses afloat and ensure the continuity in operations amid new normal.

Since its introduction in April, Sprout’s Rescue Kit has supported over 350 businesses in maintaining their link to employees. It has gone beyond the standard HR service suite by providing access to an ISO 31000-certified Lead Risk Manager who advises companies about effective business continuity planning. As the government has consistently implemented strict labor laws throughout the quarantine period, Sprout aims to provide counsel on risk management and legal compliance protocols to protect businesses ensure business continuity, including HR and Legal expert counselling in the rescue kit offering.

“Sprout Solutions has stayed true to its mission of transforming HR practices to sustain operations even during challenging times. We have always believed that taking care of the backend procedures of companies allows their leaders to focus on growing their business and this focus is crucial now more than ever,” shares Sprout CEO Patrick Gentry. “We’ve been agile in our collaborations over the past few months to address the birthing pains of our partners who are striving for digital transformation as they regain their operational and financial momentum during this unprecedented time.”

Enabling employee assistance with Sprout InstaCash

Sprout has also included InstaCash in its Rescue Kit. InstaCash is a hassle-free loan service available to all employees of companies running Sprout’s HR and Payroll software. This allows eligible employees to borrow up to P25,000 interest free through the HR platform’s dashboard, which can be processed in just a few minutes and transferred straight to the employee’s payroll account. The platform aims to relieve employees of unnecessary steps and paperwork to receive loans and instant source of cash to sustain their households amidst the pandemic.

“We created InstaCash for our own employees, first and foremost, and recognized that this is something all businesses out there are dealing with during the nationwide lockdown. Sprout goes beyond HR and Payroll; our mission is to help our clients provide benefits to their employees at no additional cost or administrative time.  Good employers use Sprout, and employees benefit,” Gentry expounds.

InstaCash is embedded in Sprout’s software, thus allowing for accurate computation of maximum loanable amount and automatic loan repayment through salary deduction.

Powered by Microsoft Azure

Sprout’s HR solutions run on Microsoft’s Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service. Gentry says that being housed in a digital platform gives Sprout the agility to respond to the dynamic requirements of businesses at present and expand seamlessly to accommodate more customers.

“Placing our services on Azure has allowed us to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and provide them solutions to adapt to the restrictions brought about by the public health crisis. We are glad to be partnered with Microsoft Philippines in empowering local businesses to strengthen their invaluable link to employees through an effective, digital solution,” Gentry adds.

Sprout is on track to expand its service reach and portfolio after its Series A funding which raised USD 6 million in October last year. They also recently secured ISO-270001 certification for their legal, physical, and technical controls on information risk management.