5 benefits of connecting Jira with a holiday calendar app
July 20, 2021
Jura is one of the most popular projects management tools in the world. The system can be further supported by multiple integrations, including the leave management plugin like Calamari. There are multiple benefits of integrating Jira with leave management - read more to find them out!
Jira is one of the most popular bug tracking and project management tools in the world. According to the Sintel data, the company holds an 18.89% share of the bug tracking software market.
Jira is popular among high-tech companies responsible for software development and web development, bringing multiple project management paradigms into one place, including kanban boards, to-do lists, and agile principles into one place. With multiple plug-ins and extensions, Jira can become a central control board for a high-tech company, for example, a software development company or a high-tech product vendor.
With high-tech companies being highly dependent on engineers' and specialists’ work, integrating the information about the availability and leave plans into the Integration with multiple other tools.
Why integrate Jira with the calendar of holidays and leaves?
Jira is in fact a sophisticated and detailed tool to manage a particular employee’s tasks and deadlines to maximize his or her productivity. Also, the tool enables quick and convenient management of traced bugs and features demanded, to further boost the productivity of a particular engineer or coder. But first of all, he or she needs to work - and that can be a surprisingly tough challenge.
That’s why enriching Jira with an out-of-office tracking plugin is a must. Yet it brings several other advantages.
All data securely kept in one place
An external leave management tool that is well integrated with Jira (Calamari is a great example) is a safe and secure repository of HR-related information. Keeping them in a spreadsheet available somewhere in Jira or a shared drive is a significant risk. The company is not only vulnerable to an attack from the outside but also mistake-prone, with a careless employee able to copy or share the data with someone unallowed.
According to Statista data, there were 1001 data breaches with 155.8 million records exposed in 2020. A data breach, either intentional or unintentional, is a serious risk that the company needs to take into consideration.
A clear information on the team leaves status
Some leaves are highly unexpected - accidents or sudden family matters. But others can be managed and reported with significant information up to the head. Having this information stored in one place and easily accessible, the project manager or team leader can plan all the activities in a more accurate and better way.
According to the DMEC study, compliant and effective leave management is a challenge not to be underestimated. The bigger the company, the more time and resources are required to do it, with the majority of companies needing between one and three specialists.
Automating their job is a quick way to do it faster and enabling the project managers to access the information they need from the tool they are using at the moment (Slack, Jira, or anything else) boosts the process even more.
Multiple types of leave supported
Leave management is not a piece of cake. One of the key challenges is to determine what type of leave has been taken - whether the employee is sick, on vacation, or paternity/maternity leave.
An external tool supports these types of leave and enables the company to add other types - for example self-development time or half-day leave if one wishes to. Also, a sophisticated tool like Calamari enables the company to manage leaves for a particular employee, to make it fitting to his or her geographical location, religion, or other factors. For example, an employee can get a paid leave on his or her country's independence day, sticking to his or her declared nationality. Also, it is possible to merge the Jira calendar with public holidays in different countries tracked by the leave management system.
Also, the company can fit the leave types to the employee’s beliefs, for example granting separate leave days for orthodox Christians and people celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar.
Better align of the leaves with business goals
An increase in productivity and clarity in the management is a great way to increase the overall effectiveness of the company. By combining information from Jira and leave management, the project managers can maximize productivity without juicing out the employees.
In fact, keeping the team exhausted is counterproductive. According to Harvard Business Review, 94% of vacations have good ROI regarding their relationship with productivity and the attitude of the employees.
Ability to deliver an enclosed business environment
Last but not least, integrating Jira with leave management enables the company to build a productivity ecosystem with Jira as a central control device. Jira delivers multiple integrations with popular business tools like Microsoft Office, Google Workspace (previously G Suite), or Slack. The ability to build a comprehensive and fitting solution is a huge advantage for modern companies.
Abandoning this opportunity is a clear way to stay behind the competition.
Jira is a great tool used mostly by tech leaders to deliver their software projects effectively and on time. Integrating it with the leave management software makes it even more versatile and fitting to the business needs of a software development company or a tech vendor.
If you wish to talk with the Calamari team about integrating Jira with the rest of the tech ecosystem, don’t hesitate to contact us now! And if you want to know more about HR management read our HR blog.
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