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In today’s dynamic business environments, you need robust time and attendance solution that can help you improve business performance and drive operational excellence across the organization. The right time and attendance solution, will eradicate manual tasks so you can focus on the strategic initiatives that will move your business forward. And, at the same time, allow you to leverage real-time data for predictive insights to improve your decision-making and performance management.

So, what time of time and attendance solution can help your company achieve those objectives and, at the same time, improve workforce productivity? Hint, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand. This award-winning solution is used by fortune500 companies across North, South, central America and Europe.

Features and Benefits include:

Gain 360-Degree Business Insights

Analyze finance, HR, and payroll information.  With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand you drive operational efficiencies and power intelligent business processes through industry proven human capital management (HCM) best practices, intuitive dashboards, reports, and metrics.

Automate and Optimize

Automate and process data at unparallel speed. Optimize on the modern best practices built into ATS cloud computing, making your business leaner, more efficient, and more cost-effective than your competitors.

Future-Ready HCM Workforce Management Solution

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand revolutionizes payroll processes, utilizing new technologies and powerful predictive analytics to control costs and risks, manage increasingly complex transactions, and make better business decisions.

Innovate Today, Predict Tomorrow

With ATS innovative time and attendance, built from-the-ground up cloud solution your company has now found the perfect solution, for its growing needs. You can harness game-changing technologies to standardize processes, automate the mundane, and elevate the quality of key decisions to move past every growth plateau.

Invest in Operational Agility

Planning to enter new markets, including; acquiring or merging companies across Canada, the US or Europe? ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand is the robust and sought-after product on the market. Whether you need to streamline payroll and finance processes, or undertake a company-wide transformation, the complete capabilities of ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand are there when you need them. You subscribe to the cloud services that are vital to your business today and tomorrow. In short, you invest in scalable and operational agility.

Today’s successful business executives know their growth strategies must consider environmental impact, and cloud-based software deployment is no exception.

Because of the scale involved, cloud computing is now considered one of the most environmentally responsible IT decisions. And, since ATS supports customer across several geographical areas with multiple users on shared infrastructure, we can match server capacity to ongoing demand and utilize servers more efficiently—thus saving energy.

Of course, taking full advantage of that connectivity means retiring ad-hoc workflows that impede growth. Move beyond email and spreadsheets with a cloud strategy. Leverage more powerful analytics, handheld technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and much more with ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand system.

Whether you are cloud now, cloud next, or cloud future, you can view a demo of our innovation solution on our website. Your business is free to embrace innovation at your pace by registering for one of our bi-monthly webinars.  And, to chat with an account representative, call us at 866.294.2467.

The use of biometrics at theme parks, airports and in the workplace, has become ubiquitous. However, facial recognition for the purpose of recording an employee time in/out at work, is different than what it is being used at an airport. For example, a biometric time clock, in a workplace will record (for the purpose of payroll) the time an employee clocked in for a day or week-whereas, the purpose of biometrics at an airport will be for security and a range of other purposes.

Installing biometrics in the workplace can help with HR related issues like time theft, buddy punching and payroll errors. However, it is important to let your employees know if you decide to install biometrics for the purpose of tracking time and attendance, especially if your company, have been using paper time sheets to track hours before that.

In a recent article titled, Workers push back as companies gather fingerprints, retina scans by Te-Ping Chen for The Wall Street Journal amoung other publications, an excerpt of the article reads in part;

“As more companies track their workers with fingerprint and facial scans, employees are increasingly challenging firms in court over how that biometric data gets used and stored.

Scores of lawsuits have been filed following a recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois, which has the most stringent privacy law protecting such information in the U.S. The suits assert that employees weren’t told what would happen to their biometric data and that it is being put at risk.

Some workers said they don’t see the need for biometrics in the workplace.

“It’s not a secretive place that we work in,” said one worker at a country club outside Detroit, whose employer uses fingerprints to take attendance. She said she was uncomfortable with the practice, adding that she hadn’t been told how her information would be used or stored.

From warehouses to restaurants, the use of biometric data is moving from a niche practice to become a more mainstream way to verify employee hours and check workers in and out of facilities for security reasons. Among companies in the U.S., Europe and Canada surveyed in 2018 by Gartner, 6 percent said they track employees by using biometric data. Europe and Canada surveyed in 2018 by Gartner, 6 percent said they track employees by using biometric data.”

Bottom line: If you decide to explore the many options that a biometric time clock system offers, let your employees know of your intention. Chances are they will be more accepting if they know in advance and you will avoid issues of them not being receptive to it. Afterall, employees are familiar with biometric technology and have likely used them at airports or with their current smartphone.

To learn about ATS Biometric Time Clocks, go to our website. You can also download a demo, or you can attend one of our bi-weekly webinars. And, to reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.

Want To Know If Your Passion For Work Equates To Being A Workaholic?

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Career | Employee Productivity | Employee Self Service | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Want To Know If Your Passion For Work Equates To Being A Workaholic?)

Some of us really love our jobs to the point of being passionate about it and that’s ok. However, it’s when our job becomes an obsession and everything else in our lives becomes secondary to it, that’s when you know, or at least should know, there is a problem. You can still love your job and make time for family and friends and request time-off.  

Here are some useful tips from an article titled, (5 Signs You’re Addicted To Work) by Priyansha Mistry that can help you determine if you are a workaholic.

1) “When you always spend much more time than allocated working.

It’s understandable that some days will require extra time to beat deadlines. This is a different case when you always spend time not allocated to working with a fear of failing. Doing so means you are allowing your work to cheaply override other important things in your life, that’s a sign of work addiction.

2) If you have neglected advise from others to cut down working hours.

A behavior noticed by more than two persons independently is not likely a false recognition. The individuals asking you to cut down working hours are seeing your attitude at work than you do.

3) You hate being prohibited at work

If you can’t have a moment without thinking about how to contribute at work, taking your work materials to vacations, feel you are missing out each time you have to spend a day or hours of work doing something else, you are probably addicted to work. It’s becoming a drug that makes you function.

4) You think of how you can free up more time to work

This means you are willing to de-prioritize your hobbies, cut down time you should spend with your family or anything else to give you extra time for work. Something is not normal; you may be dealing with work addiction.

5) You work too much that it has affected your health

This is a terrible situation difficult to realize and gradually take the victims down. It could be psychological or even physical health. If you’re the type that will sit for too long knowing it’s not good for your spine and still wish to sacrifice it to get so much done regularly, there’s a red flag. If you can observe a little change in your health as a result of extra contributions you’re making at work, there’s a big chance you’re a workaholic”.

Some of us spend more time at work than anywhere else, so it goes without saying, that it should be a factor in our happiness. That said, work should not be the only place where we derive all our happiness.

Do you identify with any of above-mentioned signs? If so, it might be time to book that vacation that you have been putting off for a couple of years.  

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You chose to adopt a cloud time and attendance application for few reasons – perhaps, the easiest is because you are using paper-based time sheets and, it’s because they are getting more expensive to maintain hardware and systems software platform. But remember, this is only the first start. In order, to fully realize the value of your purchase here are few steps to guide on your journey.

1.Assemble your Team

Make sure everyone who will be affected by the new system (and that includes; operational managers) are aware and ask them to start going through training material right away. If these individuals have employees that report to them, gauge their input and figure out how much training should be given to them.

2. Avoid Implementation Wrinkles

Make sure your managers are fully engaged during the implementation process. If, for example, the person assigned, as the company’s project lead is still focused on their full-time job, is not able to devote sufficient time to the project, this can lead to trouble down the road when they are not sure how to use the solution.

3. Make use of ATS Expertise

When you purchase ATS time and attendance solution to run your business more efficiently, you will be investing in more than just software—you have, in addition, purchased, the expertise of our seasoned software support and service professionals.

Our software engineers and implementation consultants not only bring deep knowledge and service expertise of our solutions, but also the industry insight needed to keep you on the path to greater productivity and optimization for your unique business needs.

4. Implementation Times Vary and can Depend on Several Factors

Have a plan. Set out a reasonable implementation timeline and scope. Is your team dedicated to this project? If so, implementation will be shorter. If the project is another task on the ‘to do’ list, competing with other priorities, expect that your implementation may take more time. Do not underestimate the time and resources it will take to complete the project successfully.

5. Calculate your Return on Investment (ROI)

When you implement ATS TimeWorkOnDemand solution built from-the-ground-up you’ve made an excellent investment—for the short and long term. ATS cloud computing software solutions are focused on minimizing the cost and complexity of implementation, integration, and support—by allowing your employees to focus on business processes and best practices rather than technology. In short, this allows for increased productivity and a rapid return on investment, especially if your implementation does not have to deal with unnecessary delays.

One of the biggest reasons for moving to cloud is to enable your business to take advantage of the functionality and take advantage of the new technology. At ATS, we have developed, award winning, state-of-the-art after-sales and support tools systems that will help you achieve rapid ROI and—ultimately—profitable growth. ATS Software Support stands behind our software solutions, so that you can concentrate on running your business.

To learn more, go to our website. you can also download brochures or a demonstration or register online for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

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Many of today’s mid and small size businesses understand the benefits of using modern-day business applications to drive productivity. And, while some of these businesses see a return on investment, because they start using the systems right away, others either delay their implementations, due in part, to unforeseen circumstances or simply because they do not have the sufficient personnel on staff to take steer the project. In reality, these delays in using the applications are no fault of these companies.

A recent article by Sarah Fister Gale for workforce.com Why SMBs Are Buying — But Not Using — HR Tech provides some insight into the reasons why this tends to happen.

“Small and midsized businesses may be investing in more HR technology, but they aren’t making good use of it, and that’s a shame. A new survey from HRIS provider BerniePortal found that while 64 percent of small and midsized businesses use HR software, few are using technology to manage the full scope of HR”.

Here are some immediate benefits that can be derived by using the business productivity solution that your company recently purchased:

Gain a single view of your workforce by: Leveraging data and HR analytics with greater speed and ease when making business decisions. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HR analytics solutions for small and mid-size businesses, provide data-driven insight across the entire companyand simplifies workforce planning to help eliminate errors that impede business success.

Reduce business complexity with: 21st century data collectors that captures and reports information in real-time through payroll, thus providing user-friendly tools that help your employees work more efficiently and support your business as it grows.

Eradicate stress by maximizing workforce visibility: with ATS HCM cloud-based workforce management software. Consolidate all employee information into a single system, automate employee intuitive dashboards and manager workflows, facilitate, and develop, data-driven HR strategies.

The article goes on to say; “For very small companies just beginning the HR software journey, LaRocque encouraged them to start with core HR solutions. “You want to get payroll, benefits, time and attendance, and paid time off in order, and there are a lot of platforms designed to help small companies do all that,” he said. “Then you can start looking at purpose-built solutions to meet your specific workforce needs.”

The HR problems a company faces will determine the kinds of tools they should deploy — but they shouldn’t delay. “If you think you don’t have time for technology you’ve got your head in the sand,” he said. The time savings that HR leaders achieve by automating laborious HR tasks make these tools immediately worth the investment, especially for small companies with under-staffed HR teams”.

Bottomline-if you have taken the time to invest in the technology, your company will realize a return on investment (ROI) if you are engaged from inception to completion.

To learn more about ATS HCM Workforce Management Solution, go to our website. You can also download a demo, or you can attend one of our bi-weekly webinars. And, to reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.

For many Canadian business leaders and decision-makers who want to improve their business performance and employee experience, ATS HCM Workforce Management Suite was designed to handle that task and power full-service HR offered by our Workforce Optimization workflow solution. ATS HCM Workforce Management cloud computing application helps companies to reap the full benefits of these tools and —supports people-driven business objectives. So, whether your business has 50 or 3000 employees, here is what you can expect of ATS HCM Workforce Management Suite:

Employee Onboarding and Administration-An integrated and robust cloud application built from the ground-up that enables workflow into a single source, solution that will increase efficiency and productivity.

Online HR Tools- With HR tools like benefits administration and employee self-service, employee no longer have to hand in manual time-off requests, instead they can go online and submit their vacation, requests, view their working hours and overtime.

Management Dashboard-The management dashboard provides unparallel visibility into critical workforce management intelligence, allowing you to stay on top of workforce trends and make informed decisions. You are too busy to waste time with manual processes — now you can instantly view your data without the need to build reports or export data.

Time and Attendance- Just about had enough of these spreadsheets? We get it. With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, you get employee data in real-time, using anyone of our data collectors that include: Face Recognition, Biometric Time Clock, Web Punch or through any mobile device 24/7 365 days a year.

ATS HCM Workforce Management Suite has bevy of new and enhanced features, functionality, and user experience that’s based on today’s most innovative technology.

Want to know more? You can download a demo and see it in action for yourself, or you can attend one of our bi-weekly webinars. And, to reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.

Here Are Some Of The Reasons Why We Hate Change And What We Can Do About It

February 26th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Change | Time and Attendance | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Here Are Some Of The Reasons Why We Hate Change And What We Can Do About It)

Change has and will always will be hard for some of us, for a variety of reasons. And, for some of us, we simply have to accept change when it happens despite our best efforts to avoid it. Gustavo Razzetti article in TLNT, titled, It’s Our ‘Schemas’ That Make Us Resist Change  raises, some important facts about our resistance to change and reads, in part;

“Assimilation is easy . The new information fits within existing experiences and preconceived ideas. But, when there’s no place for it, it challenges our beliefs, emotions, and confidence.

Accommodation is harder. It requires us to alter our existing schemas or create new ones. We have to put aside our schemas — the way we look at things — and be willing to analyze the new information, accepting it as potentially good before we adopt it. Once we recognize the benefit of a new initiative, it requires challenging our existing ideas  —  accommodation requires training our minds.

That’s why it’s essential for any team to understand how they deal with change. Assessing what drives resistance (FEAR) is the first step toward training everyone’s mind, not only to be more open but to thrive in change (DARE).”

But why is it, humans resist change so much when that change can lead to something better? Here are three of the most poignant take-aways from this article:

“I don’t want to change. I want all of you to change.”

FEAR: Fighting — Most of us are at war with reality. We fight what we can’t control or don’t understand. Our anxiety, emotions, and thoughts prevent us from fully understanding ourselves, others, and the context. Low self-awareness causes blindspots, clouding our judgment when making decisions.

DARE: Discovery We must pause and reflect to increase our self-awareness. We put the time and effort to discover who we really are and become compassionate enough to accept our entire self (flaws included). We don’t let our thoughts and emotions cloud our judgment — we discover reality as is. Self-aware teams make better decisions, interact better with each other, and manage conflicts more effectively. Discovery is an ongoing process. Self-awareness turns our blind-spots into bright spots.

Dare to change: To move from FEAR to DARE a framework is not enough  —  it requires training, coaching, tools, and regular practice. But, above all, you must provide a safe space for dialogue and feedback.

All too often when we encounter resistance to change, it’s simply the fear of the unknown. And, sometimes it’s the little things like—changes in work methods, in routine project assignments, in the location of a computer or a new time and attendance system, or just in personnel assignments.

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Transitioning from traditional licensed, on-premise to cloud-based application can appear formidable, if not well throughout. However, the transition might not be as difficult as you think. In fact, with the right vendor, and mindset the transition can be one much smoother than you originally thought. So, with this in mind, here are 6 reasons to move to the cloud with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand cloud application:

Nimble: The speed of cloud adoption has been surprisingly rapid across all sizes of customers. Traditional barriers to moving to the cloud such as security and data privacy issues have slowly dissipated.

HR Analytics: It’s at your fingertips. Analytics for HR, payroll and finance-translates to no longer have to wait for someone to tell you what’s happening. Data extrapolation takes place in real-time, which means, you have access to the latest information.

Automation Your Way: The automation capabilities built into ATS TimeWorkOnDemand reduces payroll transactional processes and tasks. Those in the department will spend less time re-keying things like employee punch in out times data. In fact, they will now have, more accuracy and visibility, and will be able to deliver what employees really need. Employees, too, will benefit from better insights into their status, through employee self-service to see, their; time-off requests, schedules and hours worked.

An End-To-End System: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand covers the complete workforce management journey, upon deployment of your solution. You and your organization can experience immediate real-time visibility of information, and work with updates and changes that take place seamlessly and quickly. In addition, our solution is delivered via cloud platform, built from the ground up. You know it’s, compliant and easy to introduce into different provinces across Canada and throughout North America and beyond.

Reduced IT Workload: By eliminating the need for hardware and software purchases, your IT department or consultant can focus on other initiatives of your business.

Rapid Deployment and Easy Integration: With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, employees can be set up within weeks rather than months. Built on a robust cloud computing platform, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand relies on simple user configuration. This helps our customers achieve their objectives without going through lengthy discovery and deployment processes. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand allows for fast, easy and powerful integration. Data can seamlessly move between ATS TimeWorkOnDemand and other third-party applications, such as payroll. This cuts down on re-keying data, and reduces the risk of data duplication. As a result, it significantly increases accuracy and efficiency, and gives you a single source of truth for all your people data

More and more customers are seeking the benefits of cloud computing, and ATS is delivering the experience and service they expect. We host and manage your workforce management system in the cloud, where users can securely access the application(s) over the web — at any time, from anywhere — using mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand will transform your organization into a streamlined and cost-saving and productive business. Not only will this help boost the strategic value of your HR department, it will go a long way toward unlocking future business growth for you.

To learn more about ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, go to our website. You can also register for one of our bi-weekly webinars. And to reach an account executive, call: 866.294.2467.

How To Alleviate Stress From Your Everyday Worklife

January 21st, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Careers | Employee Productivity | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on How To Alleviate Stress From Your Everyday Worklife)

Eliminating stress from your work entirely is a nice goal, but of course, we all know that’s not really possible. Some stress is good because, it propels us to complete projects that might otherwise, go unfinished.

There are also a number of ways one can decrease stress at work, some of which might include; taking the occasional break, not working 10 hours or more a day, taking vacation time, and not responding to work emails after hours or on weekends.

Vikki Ledbetter article, article titled 3 steps to a work detoxoffers some tips on the importance of taking a break from the everyday grind. These steps include:

“1. Prepare: Look at your calendar and move meetings. Think about commitments the week following your time out and alert relevant people that you’ll be unavailable. And, of course, communicate your time off as early as possible so your team isn’t caught off guard.

Planning can also illuminate opportunities to train others and give them a chance to try something new, as well as highlight holes in documentation for how you do what you do. Developing tutorials or even one-pagers on your work processes can serve you and your team well long term.

2. Set boundaries: With a physical detox, there are some strict no-nos to your diet, right? Likewise, with a work detox you’ll have to ensure you’re not welcoming stimulants that cause you unrest. There aren’t a lot of occasions where you truly can’t be reached, despite what your out of office message may say. But that doesn’t mean you should be available at all times.

3. Take in the good stuff: Now it’s time to focus on what you can do during your break to kickstart your work detox and leave you feeling refreshed. Make time for hobbies and people that make you happy, and the earlier the better. If you love hiking, schedule it for the first half of your day so you are, in some ways, forced to disconnect from work. If you enjoy writing, set aside time to take yourself on a coffee date for just you and your journal.”

If you have included things like working less and not taking on too many projects as part your New Year goals, good for you. And, if not perhaps this might be something you can add to your list of goals. Hopefully, we still have not abandoned those New Year resolutions yet?

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Have You Started Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions For 2019?

December 28th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in Benefit Accruals | Employee Productivity | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Have You Started Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions For 2019?)

Now that all the shopping, eating and family festivities are all done, here comes the tradition of New Year resolutions that we will hear a lot about in the first few weeks of 2019. And, in the world of business, increasing sales, will likely top the list of things that most businesses, both small and large will have on their to-do list.

Mike Maddock’s list of Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep at Forbes.com is quite handy if your company is compiling its own list.

Those resolutions are:

1.Spend more time on the not-to-do list
Strategy is the art of sacrifice. That’s why you may consider creating a larger clearing for what really matters by first identifying, and then avoiding, what matters the least. Your time is a treasure to be invested. Creating a list of things that you are not going to do, allows you to invest more of your treasured time on the few things that matter the most.

2. Essential first, email second
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? For many of us, it is looking at email. We wake up with a renewed mind and spirit, ready to take on the world, and then we immediately allow ourselves to be distracted by an insignificant email. Instead, wake up,take on the most important task of the day, and then (and only then) hit the email

3.Resolve to think about “Who” instead of “What”
Do you work for a “What” business or for a “Who” business? Successful companies run the risk of focusing too much on their current products and distributors thus—the “What”—losing sight of the constant and dramatically changing needs of their customer base. (The “Who.”) Insurance, pharma, health care, higher education often listen too much to their agents, doctors and professors. The real innovation starts with the end consumer.

4. Resolve to find your purpose
As my friend Simon Sinek will tell you: People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Starting a career, a company or any kind of journey that is based firmly on your purpose is foundational to success and happiness. If you don’t know your company’s purpose or even your own, finding one is the worthiest of resolutions.

5. Resolve to support a cause
If you’re reading this, chances are you are one of the rare people who know how to start things. Fortunately, there are people like you who have already started causes that make the world better—they feed the hungry; they save the rain forest; they fight cancer; they do good things. There is virtually a cause for everyone, and contributing will make your year happier. Promise.

6. Resolve to invent more choices
Here’s a secret that happy people know that I learned from my friend Dr. Dan Baker: You can’t feel grateful and fearful at the same time. And one certain way to become afraid is to feel trapped by any situation. The remedy is choice. The more choices you feel you have, the less trapped—and happier—you will feel. So this year, resolve to do a bit of brainstorming every time you feel unhappy.

7. Resolve to find a Yin for your Yang 
Walt Disney had Roy Disney, Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak and Orville Wright had Wilbur Wright. Wherever there is great innovation, there is a Dreamer and an Operator; an Idea Monkey and a (Ring) leader. First, determine where your passions lie, then go find an equally passionate partner, then go change the world.

8. Resolve to get outside your jar 
You can’t read the label when you are sitting inside the jar. The sad irony of being an expert is that it keeps you from seeing possibility. After all, you know what works, what doesn’t, what you can afford, what’s been tried in the past. Instead of relying only on your expertise, learn how to find other experts solving similar challenges to the ones you are facing. Go ask them what you may be missing.

9. Resolve to be the creator
What is the outcome you want? What stands in your way? How do you overcome these obstacles? These three simple questions will keep you from being victimized by any situation. Creators change the world. Victims just bitch about stuff.

10. Plan vacations (now)
You have probably heard the saying, “Life is what happens when you are not paying attention.” Unfortunately for many of us, we let this become true. Do yourself a favor and plan your vacations for the next year today. I promise you that the days around your vacation will fill in nicely. I also promise you that you’ll have something to look forward to and the life that happens during your vacations will be precious.

The stats on how often people keep up with New Year’s resolutions are dismal, at best. Part of the reason why most people don’t live up to their New Year’s goals, are because, those goals are too unrealistic to begin. So, perhaps part of New Year’s resolution list should include a step, by step guide on how to reach each goal or target?

Happy New Year!

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