Pause: Your Zoho alternative

First things first: three cheers for Zoho!

They’ve built a complex HR software called Zoho People that helps companies track employees’ vacation time. 

Zoho People is great for big companies that need the whole HR shebang. On the other hand, smaller businesses that only need leave tracking and team planning will be overwhelmed by the said shebang. If you’d rather say ‘no’ to tedious processes and complicated software that does too many things, then Pause is your best bet. 

Pause is a lightweight Zoho People alternative that has one job, and does it well. You won’t find features you might like, or tricks you’ll use once in a blue moon — no, what you’ll get is all the streamlined features you need

Zoho People vs Pause: What sets Pause apart?

We sweat the details, so we can talk about our designs, features and integrations until the cows come home. But here’s the main differentiator: 

Pause is focused on building healthy, happy, and engaged teams and fighting burnout.

Pause is more than just a leave tracking tool. It’s a capacity planner, employee directory, and team communication enabler rolled into one. 

Pause keeps employee health and small businesses front and centre, always. It’s flexible for agile remote working teams, but structured enough that confusion is out of the question. It makes every process a breeze, because nobody wants to stress while taking a break; neither does anyone like crap hitting the fan when someone’s on leave.

Pause is also integrated with Intercom to give you instant chat support. No more waiting for a reply back while your company catches on fire. 

All of this is why you’ll find Pause to be a flexible, transparent and easy-to-use leave management tool.

Support a product that does one thing and does it well

 Pause is a slice of (work) life tool designed to make leave applications and management fuss-free, easy and encouraging. It doesn’t skimp on efficiency, works where you do, and doesn’t make any noise. Best of all, it helps promote a burnout-free, healthy work culture. No complicated onboarding. No tedious set-up process. No extensive list of features.

See who's on leave in one quick glance

When you’re running a business, you don’t have the time to trawl though multiple interfaces just to see who is available and who isn’t. We deliberately designed Pause’s colour-coded, minimal interface to help you scan through teammates on leave easily and quickly, despite any leave overlaps. You’ll always know who is available and who isn’t, with just a quick glance

Powerful features, no minimum spending

Pause does the grunt work for your business, especially if you have constantly shifting needs and can’t afford to waste time or money. It’s packed with great features that help with better leave management and capacity planning — all the while being affordable without a minimum amount. Pay only what is necessary, but get all that you need.

Enjoy a fuss-free onboarding experience

Pause will never require more than a few minutes to set up. For real. We built this leave management tool to require as little support as possible from our support team. So, you won’t ever have to scramble to call us, spend hours poring over documentation, or scratch your head over complex jargon. And the best part? It’s so easy to use, you won’t need to extensively demo it to your team. Launch and go! 

Lock critical dates for all hands on deck

Got a busy period coming up where you’ll need everyone clocking in? Or do you need 100% attendance from a particular team on a day? Our nifty Lock Dates feature helps block the dates you need full teams for, so teammates plan around them while booking time off. This transparency helps big plans move along — and your teams will be thankful for the heads up! 

Use multi-view calendars to plan better

Everyone has different preferences and planning style, so no cookie-cutter view fits all. Pause provides two kinds of month views (on desktop) and a week view (on mobile) so teams can choose what and how they plan. Each layout is optimised to give you an overview of team leave schedules to support capacity planning. Oh, and it stays up to date even when you’re on the go.

Update your 'away' Slack status with a 🌴

When team meetings take place through 13-inch screens, the key to capacity planning and efficient work becomes regular updates — including who’s in and who’s on a break. But it’s too easy to forget to mention your week-long trip to Hawaii when everyone’s busy working. That’s why Pause automagically updates the Slack status of teammates on a break with an unmissable 🌴 emoji. It’s an unobtrusive, low-effort way to remember who’s on leave. Win!

Auto-approve leave requests after a while

You and your teams might be juggling multiple roles already. The last thing you need is a low-priority task becoming highly intrusive, right? That’s why Pause is designed to auto-approve leave requests on the scheduled day if no action is taken. Teams can take time off with conviction, and approvers can continue their good work on what matters most without fighting with notifications.

Book time off for a teammate who needs it

Taking time off together as a team has many incredible benefits, from reducing FOMO and burnout to promoting healthier work culture. With Pause, we’ve made it easy for you to book leaves not only for individuals, but also for entire teams with just a few clicks. It’s best used for forced rest days and off-sites — because few things say “we care” better than proactively encouraging your team to take a break!

Decline meetings until you can accept 'em

Taking a break doesn’t just mean jetting off. It also involves switching off mentally, without worrying about all the meetings some nosy notifications say you’re missing. Pause’s Google Calendar integration auto-declines all meetings being scheduled during a leave period. Teammates can switch off entirely, while work goes on splendidly without them.

Get instant support from a caring team

Here’s the deal: when you choose Pause as your preferred leave tracking tool, you’ll never have to wait 24 hours for someone to answer a query. We work with Intercom to give you instant support through chat, whether that’s fixing a minor bug or taking Pause above and beyond to build a healthy work culture. Regardless of the size of your team or the plan you’re on, you’ll get the best customer support right when you need it.

Ready to make the switch from Zoho People to Pause?

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