February 14, 2010

Perq – The Automated Leave Management Tool

Having multiple employees requesting time off can create havoc for any business owner—but especially those who run a small company on their own. Without an HR department devoted to tracking the number of paid sick days that each employee has left for the year—as well as the number of rollover vacation days, the legal issues related to a lengthy leave of absence, and the various company policies that need to be followed—it can become nearly impossible to stay on top of who will and won’t be coming into the office on a daily basis.

Perq is a web-based application that makes it easier to schedule leave time by putting all the tools that you need to stay organized at your fingertips. For employees, the application serves as a way to give notice to your boss that you’re planning to take time off. You can describe your reason, leave an optional message, and use a calendar to manually click which days you will not be available. From there, your manager will receive a notice of your request which can be approved to denied.

In addition, Perq lets managers see a continually updated list of who will and will not be in the office at any given time, and keeps a clear record of when each vacation request was received. Finally, for the policymakers themselves—be it the company boss or CEO—Perq helps you create customized leave policies that encompass all aspects of your business, and which employees can log on to review at any time. Overall, Perq is an intuitive web application with the goal of making it easier for companies to manage their employees’ paid and unpaid days off work.

Practical Uses:

  • Ask your boss for a few days off next month
  • Make sure you have enough employees available to cover each shift
  • Post a company leave of absence policy
  • Track how many vacation days each employee has used

Insider Tips:

  • Create a separate account for each employee in your office
  • Set different leave benefits and permissions based on the employee’s job title
  • Get notified when a new leave request has come in
  • Create specified waiting periods before new employees can request days off

What we liked:

  • The application is useful for both employees and bosses
  • Log in to the site to see how many vacation days you have left at any time
  • Easy for employees to read company policies before requesting additional days off
  • Creates a paper trail for documenting which days an employee missed work

What we didn’t like:

  • Not all HR managers will want to use a separate system for leave requests, in addition the employee scheduling systems they already maintain


Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Founded by: Matter LLC
  • Web site:


  • Free for up to three users
  • $9 – $75/month for paid accounts

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