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Youth Dynamics named a winner in the Ventana Research 13th Annual Digital Leadership Awards

Sage People customer recognized for exemplary leadership in applications, and use of technologies that support human capital management

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ATLANTA, December 7, 2020 –  Sage (FTSE : SGE), the market leader in cloud business management solutions, today announced that Sage People customer, Youth Dynamics, has been named a winner in the Ventana Research 13th Annual Digital Leadership Awards. The prestigious Ventana Research Digital Leadership Awards recognize leaders and pioneers who have contributed to their organization’s success and championed improvements across their people, processes, information, and technology.

As part of the awards process and methodology, Ventana Research examined submissions to evaluate the nominated organization's use of people, processes, information and technology, the best practices it developed, the degree of team involvement and ultimately the business impact and value.

Youth Dynamics is a mental health agency that expanded from one small foster care organization 40 years ago to more than 30 locations today. The organization has achieved remarkable gains in key metrics since adopting Sage People, including :

• Delivered critical communications to remote workers during COVID-19 pandemic
• Sped time-to-insight for annual HR data review by 75 percent
• Increased survey frequency by four times, boosting response rate two times
• Accelerated hiring decisions by 66 percent
• Fully automated 40 percent of manual HR processes, reducing associated costs

Working with Sage People’s implementation team, Youth Dynamics established end-to-end workflows tailored to its unique needs, which made life drastically easier for not just the HR team, but for people managers and employees across the organization.

“Sage People created a one-stop shop for our managers to do everything they need to do throughout the employee journey—from hiring to performance management and more,” says Will Tedrow, HR Director at Youth Dynamics. “We’ve already automated 40 percent of our operational processes since implementing the system last year, which has been fantastic.”

In particular, the organization improved what had been an inefficient recruiting process for hundreds of part-time mentors, with a 50-80 percent turnover rate yearly.

Additionally, by integrating Sage People with job posting software from Broadbean, Youth Dynamics made it easier for candidates to apply. This saved the HR and the People team 750 hours per year and sped hiring decisions from 30 days to just 10. HR also achieved similar productivity improvements through timekeeping, payroll, and benefits integrations.

“We used to dread doing anything in the old system because it was so hard to use and we had to transfer data via email and paper records,” notes Amy Stone, HR and Education Specialist at Youth Dynamics. “We’re now able to share information electronically without human intervention, thanks to automation. So payroll onboarding and open enrollment are instantaneous and 100 percent accurate. Sage People created a more positive work atmosphere and brought a new surge of energy to our HR team.”

“Congratulations to Youth Dynamics on this well-deserved honor.  Will exemplifies the modern, forward-looking business leader who proactively embraces digital automation, improving operational performance and the daily experiences of each employee. Both Youth Dynamics and Sage People recognize that these factors are intrinsic to building successful, agile and resilient organizations.” said Paul Burrin, VP of Product for Sage People. “We are proud to support our customers digital transformation journeys and help businesses think and work differently, so they can continue to thrive.”

To learn more about Youth Dynamics and their success with Sage People, you may read their customer case study here.

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