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V4.0 tests policy understanding and publishes real-time audit reports

May 1st 2007 – With so much legislation affecting employers, such as the recent mobile phone laws and the upcoming smoking ban, it has never been so critical to ensure that corporate policies are up to date and have been communicated effectively and efficiently to all members of staff.

NETconsent has upgraded its policy management suite to help the public and private sector mitigate risk and ensure 100% compliance. NETconsent 4.0, not only ensures that staff are aware of policies, but it can also test their comprehension and understanding of those policies. A complete audit trail is created to evidence compliance, and up to the minute management information is available to highlight potential problem areas.

NETconsent 4.0 now also facilitates and automates the process of taking a staff census on attitudes and sentiments towards organisational changes, new products or services. Enhancements to the suite include two new modules, Examiner and Assessor, as well as a major upgrade to NETconsent Reporter.

Martin Tipper, Head of IT Solutions at Southampton City Council, said: “The new Examiner module in NETconsent will allow us to understand our staff's comprehension of the Council's policies and to further analyse their understanding by specific 'competencies'. This was an important factor when choosing NETconsent for our policy management solution."

NETconsent Examiner enables an organisation to verify employee understanding and comprehension of corporate policies to:

· Ensure that all employees have understood corporate policies
· Provide senior management with a clear view of policy comprehension across the organisation
· Test understanding of competencies within the organisation by relating competency categories to each question
· Provide powerful feedback to policy authors, and thereby facilitate the creation of policies which are more easily understood
· Identify areas where further staff training is required, and who has the greatest need
· Evidence good corporate governance with regard to corporate policies.

NETconsent Assessor enables organisations to collect employee views and manage regulatory assessments more efficiently:

· Circulate formal assessments such as the required DSE Workstation Assessment
· Deploy periodic employee satisfaction surveys and collate responses
· Reduce the workload of HR staff deploying and collating employee surveys and assessments
· Facilitate regular communication between senior management and employees on employment and workplace issues
· Engage employees in the development of corporate decisions
· Conduct staff surveys, risk assessments, satisfaction surveys and opinion polls

NETconsent Reporter enables organisations to publish accurate, up-to-the minute reports that demonstrate acceptances across the organisation:

· Built around the world-wide industry standard in reporting, Business Objects’ Crystal Reports
· Wide range reports helping operational management to run an efficient and effective organisation
· Summary, detailed and systems reports are supported by a comprehensive range of run-time selection parameters that ensure the information generated meets the operational need
· Integrates real-time response data giving management an up-to-the-minute view of policy compliance
· Simply downloadable from the web without the need to reinstall the application
· Enables organisations to use the data as part of their business performance calculations

Dominic Saunders, Operations Director at NETconsent explains, “NETconsent 4.0 was created as a result of the recommendations and feedback received from our clients. Everyone connected with these issues has realised that the only way to ensure compliance cost effectively, is to automate the administration and mechanics of policy distribution, acceptance and confirmation of understanding.”

He continued, “Increasing requirements to issue new policies, such as mobile phone usage and the smoking ban, create more and more pressure on organisations, who need to act if they are to remain compliant. We help by providing an efficient and cost effective means by which they can meet their objectives. This new release is part of our roadmap to provide a comprehensive risk mitigation product suite.”

For more information on NETconsent, visit www.netconsent.com


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About NETconsent

NETconsent Ltd is a leading vendor of policy management solutions and corporate communications. By automating policy management, NETconsent reduces risk and audit problems. By ensuring that users have the opportunity to read and agree to all company policies, NETconsent helps organisations comply with legislation directives, industry regulations and avoid costly litigation. NETconsent Ltd is a UK company based in Camberley providing policy compliance across the public and private sectors. For more information on NETconsent, visit www.netconsent.com


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For further information please contact:

Lorna Thompson / Sophie Orlando
Octopus Communications for NETconsent
T: +44 (0)845 3700655
E: NETconsent@octopuscomms.net

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