Martela designs and supplies interior solutions for working environments and public spaces. Martela’s objective is to provide its customers and partners with the best service in the industry as well as high-quality, ergonomic and innovative products. Martela is a family company founded more than 65 years ago, and its shares are quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki. The company has production facilities in Finland, Sweden and Poland. In 2011, Martela Group posted a turnover of €130.7 million and employed an average of 637 people.

Martela Oyj, a front runner in interior solutions and a growing and international company, selected Sympa HR as its human resources system. “We wanted an easy-to-use, versatile and flexible HR system, which would improve the operations of the entire personnel and be available regardless of time and place,” says Sirpa Ontronen, HR Director of Martela.

This objective was achieved. Martela deployed the Sympa HR system in summer 2012, and it is now widely used throughout the Group. All Martela people can access their personal details saved in the system using their own usernames and passwords. Certain details can also be updated by the employees themselves. Meanwhile, supervisors can manage all changes in employment life cycles quickly and easily.

“Our HR unit can now manage the entire employment life cycle using a single system, from recruitment to employment termination. This also enables easy reporting of up-to-date HR indicators at any time,” Ontronen notes.

Automated and streamlined data transfer

Martela supervisors use the Sympa HR system not only for recruitment and the establishment and termination of employment relationships, but also for the management of employees’ tools, training, holidays and absences, the implementation of skills surveys and the recording of performance reviews. “All information needed by supervisors can now be saved in a single location, which greatly enhances efficiency. This has also streamlined and accelerated data transfer between the HR unit and supervisors,” says Merja Hyttinen, HRD Specialist.

At the HR unit, there has been a dramatic reduction in manual work, overlapping entries and the use of paper forms. Martela uses the Sympa HR system as a master system for personal data, from which they are transferred to other systems, such as payroll management.

Flexible development of key importance

Martela is continuously growing and developing, which means that the HR system must meet certain criteria. Sympa HR can be flexibly customised depending on the company’s needs and growth. “We are convinced that Sympa will continuously invest in the development of the HR system. We can already state at this stage that Sympa HR is a versatile tool and offers a high level of customisation to meet our needs,” says a delighted Hyttinen.

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