The evolution of BrightHR

January 2021

We won Feefo's Platinum Trusted Service Award!

Having secured Gold status for three years running we have achieved the platinum award! A huge thanks to all of our clients who left us 5-star reviews and to all at BrightHR who have supported our clients throughout 2020.

January 2021

Updated: Permission page

This update gives BrightHR Admins a full list of what user roles their staff have and makes it easier for the Admins to revoke or assign permissions.

January 2021

New e-learning course: Work Equipment Awareness

This new e-learning course covers the actions required to legally comply with Work Equipment Regulations and to help minimise and control risks associated with the use of work equipment.

January 2021

NEW BrightHR release: VaccTrak

Our brand-new tool makes it easy for you to record who’s had the COVID-19 vaccine and who’s still on the waiting list—helping you to protect your people and your business through the pandemic.

January 2021

New launch: BrightSafe On The Go

The exclusive mobile app that lets you manage health & safety tasks—wherever you are.

December 2020

New Rota report

Our handy new 'Rota report' gives you a summary of the daily hours your staff have worked over a set period. It also includes the total hours worked, helping you speed up your HR tasks.

December 2020

BrightSafe update: 102 new risk assessment templates added

We are pleased to announce that we have added 102 new risk assessment templates to the BrightSafe Risk Assessment Library, bringing the total number of risk assessment templates to 466.

November 2020

BrightSafe update: Risk assessments

You can now add attachments to hazards in risk assessments, which allows you to add supporting evidence as part of your risk assessments creation and review processes.

November 2020

New accessibility feature

We’ve integrated Android’s TalkBack and Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader features with the BrightHR mobile app, helping to make your BrightHR even more accessible!

November 2020

Announcement: BrightHR’s brand-new integration with Starling Bank

We've teamed up with Starling Bank to help support even more small businesses navigating their way through the coronavirus pandemic.

October 2020

Updated: PoP

You can now approve or decline your staff expenses in bulk.

October 2020

Updated: Blip

Following client feedback, users are now able to add notes to their shift when clocking in. We've also updated the Blip event screens, making it even easier for our users to see their shift, break and reminder details.

October 2020

New gender diversity update

Our new non-binary gender identity update helps you promote an inclusive workplace.

October 2020

Blip integration with BrightHR

Admins and managers are now able to see who's clocked in on Blip directly from their BrightHR dashboard.

October 2020

BrightSafe helpline is now available 24/7

BrightSafe users can speak to our qualified health & safety experts anytime, 24/7, so they can always be confident the right information is just a phone call away.

October 2020

6 million Blips!

We've reached 6 million blips! We're so proud to have achieved this global milestone #NowIsTheBrightTime.

October 2020

Updated: Redundancy navigator tool

Admins and managers can now create a handy redundancy folder from any of the redundancy plans that have been created on BrightHR.

October 2020

Get expert advice even quicker

Now you can use your BrightHR app to call one of our expert HR advisors in a tap.

October 2020

Enable notifications via the new Settings page

Get handy notifications about new updates and features via the BrightHR app. This is will be automatically enabled and can be managed via the new Settings page.

October 2020

Celebratory animations

Employees will now see fun animations on their birthday or work anniversary, helping to improve employee engagement!

September 2020

Smart Reminders

With our new Smart Reminders feature, users will receive a handy reminder to clock out when they’re due to finish their shift, all based on their BrightHR working pattern or rota!

September 2020

Introducing BrightSafe

It's brand-new health & safety software that helps you to meet the latest government guidelines & get your people back to work safely.

August 2020

5 million Blips

Just 3 months after we hit 4 million global clock-ins, we've now surpassed a massive 5 million!

August 2020

Read receipts

Admins and managers can now request read receipts from their employees when uploading documents into the company folder. Plus with real-time updates, check the date and time that your employee has viewed the document.

August 2020

Blip reminders

You asked for it, and we listened. You can now set reminders to end your breaks and clock out. Just set the duration of your shift or break and Blip will send you an automatic notification.

June 2020

New look ‘Who’s off today’ dashboard tile

Our newly designed 'Who's off today' tile gives clients a detailed insight into the absences within their business, making the approval process much easier. 

June 2020

Update to the Blip timesheet report

Admins & managers can now generate a report that will show the number of shifts and hours worked, break duration & the total hours worked excluding breaks.

May 2020

4 million Blips

Another milestone for Blip! After reaching 3 million global clock-ins in February, we have now surpassed 4 million.

May 2020

Get your business back on it’s feet with BrightHR’s Back to Work Navigator

The brand-new hub that helps you manage all your back to work processes in one place.

April 2020

Protect your staff’s privacy with Blip

Admins can now set geolocations as private so the details of employees' home addresses remain hidden.

April 2020

Send alerts with BrightHR

Admins and Managers can now use BrightHR to send alerts directly to employees through the notifications tab in settings.

March 2020

Blip geo

Blip's geolocation feature is now available to help you manage staff working from different locations. 

February 2020

3 million Blips

Blip usage keeps growing. Less than 3 months after passing 2 million global clock-ins, we surpassed 3 million.

January 2020

New feature: Employees requesting absences using TOIL balance

Employees can now create absence requests using their TOIL balance and submit to their Manager for approval.

December 2019

New feature: Notification of personal information updates

Managers and Administrators are now alerted of updates to employee personal information to help you make sure records are kept up to date.

November 2019

2 million Blips

Blip usage keeps growing. Less than 6 months after passing 1 million global clock-ins, we surpassed 2 million.

October 2019

Australia and New Zealand launch

BrightHR's award-winning software is now available in Australia & New Zealand. 

August 2019

New feature: PoP by BrightHR

Manage staff expenses with ease and approve them on the go. 

June 2019

New feature: Document reminders

Get instant notifications for important dates, such as when it’s time to renew an employee’s driving licence.

June 2019

New feature: Notes

Make notes against employee profiles so you can jot down any important information.

May 2019

1 million Blips

Soon after celebrating Blip's 1st birthday, we surpassed more than 1 million global clock-ins.

April 2019

New feature: BrightInform

Access thousands of resources, guides, and tools for professionals in one easy-to use online platform.

January 2019

New BrightAdvice mobile app

The BrightAdvice app lets BrightAdvice customers get quick legal support on the go. Plus, keep tabs on the support we’ve given them. 

December 2018

Added mandatory leave to BrightHR

This new improvement makes booking mandatory leave for your staff easy.

November 2018

Launched: Bright Wellbeing & Counselling

Our complete employee assistance programme Bright Wellbeing & Counselling now offers face-to-face counselling. Plus, access to online self-help tools to put your people in control of their wellbeing. 

October 2018

New feature: Time off in Lieu (TOIL)

This new feature lets you keep a record of the TOIL your staff earn and help them to book TOIL as an absence. 

September 2018

New calendar

Enjoy an easier-to-use calendar with a grid view and new filters.

September 2018

Launched: BrightSafe

We launched BrightSafe our health & safety advice line to help protect businesses with jargon free advice from qualified health & safety specialists.

September 2018

Ireland launch

BrightHR’s now available in Ireland.

July 2018

Variable hour employee lateness

Check lateness for casual workers on your app.

July 2018

Extra absence types

Choose from more absence types like adoption and shared parental leave.

July 2018

New and improved employee profile

Based on customer feedback, we made the employee profile easier to use and with a clearer absence tab.

May 2018

GDPR report

Export all the information you hold on your staff in our employee details report.

May 2018

Update to mobile planner

Based on customer feedback we improved the planner on our mobile app.

May 2018

Assign start date to working time pattern

Set a working time pattern from a specific date in the past.

May 2018

Holiday entitlement in hours

Regular employees can now enter their holiday request in hours and minutes.

April 2018

Share documents securely

Control whether to share or hide important documents from your staff.

April 2018

New feature: Blip by BrightHR

Free clocking in and out app available to BrightHR customers.

March 2018

Canada mobile launch

BrightHR’s now available on mobile in Canada.

January 2018

Employee start date and leave year

Amend an employee’s start date or leave year on their profile.

January 2018

New feature: HR documents

Use document templates to create your own. Exclusive to BrightAdvice customers.

December 2017

Holiday carryover

Carry over leftover annual leave into the next year for your staff.

October 2017

Payroll exceptions report

Download this new report to see all approved absences over a set period. This will help you to complete payroll.

September 2017

Variable hour employees

Set up BrightHR for staff that work casual or irregular hours.

September 2017

Canada launch

BrightHR’s now available on desktop in Canada.

August 2017

Rota improvements

Update includes being able to remove shifts from rotas, add notes to shifts and access rotas on your mobile.

August 2017

BrightHR Alexa skill

Ask Alexa who is absent today and get a response without stopping your work. Plus, say “brewlette” and Alexa will randomly pick one of your team to make a cuppa.

March 2017

New feature: BrightEAP

Confidential wellbeing advice line launches for BrightHR customers.

January 2017

New feature: Shifts and rotas

Enjoy a simpler way to make shifts and rotas. Plus, share them with your staff instantly.

August 2016

Holiday requests conflict

Get a notification when multiple staff request the same time off.

August 2016

Peninsula integration

Peninsula clients can now use their Portal through BrightHR.

August 2016

Sickness timeline

View a timeline of logged sickness.

May 2016

Ongoing absence notifications

Get prompts to ask an employee for a fit note or to record their first day back to work.

May 2016

New Feature: BrightAdvice

Employment law helpline with qualified legal advisors launches for BrightHR customers.

March 2016

Android mobile app

BrightHR’s mobile app now available to Android users.

March 2016

New feature: Document storage

Keep all of your employee documents in one place with unlimited HR document storage.

November 2015

First release of BrightHR

Features include:

  • Regular employees.
  • Seven-day working time patterns.
  • BrightHR iOS mobile app.
  • Instant notifications for managers and employees.