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Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR

October 4th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Cloud Computing | ERP | Google | HR | Labour Analytics | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR)

If you are in HR, you are likely familiar with a variety of buzz words, especially, when it comes to technology and the many applications that are available in the market, to complement your business processes.

Below is a list of such buzz words that most if not all in HR, is familiar with by now. This list was first compiled by Sharlyn Lauby, of HR Bartender and regenerated by HumanResources Online.

Artificial intelligence (AI): From google maps to spam fillers, AI brings convenience and helps people fulfill their career ambitions. The future trend is to scale their efforts and bring consistency to their activities. Programming is out of the question, but HR leaders need to know enough to guide the conversation within employees and make the best decisions for the company.

Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR

Boolean Search: This is a method for searching websites to limit the results by defining the relationships between key words. With all the new fancy search engines, fundamental tools such as Boolean Search can not be ignored by HR professionals. Google search is focused on recent results. Refining Boolean Search skills can quickly access information from any database of software. The must-know Boolean operators are SITE, INURL, AND, OR, NOT.

Machine Learning: Machine learning is quickly becoming an important data tool for HR professionals. What is it and how does it differ from artificial intelligence?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ERP is the successor of materials resource planning which is described as a combination of manufacturing, financial and materials management software functionality. Human resources, professional services and customer relationship management functions are added to ERP. ERP can go beyond the common benefits. It can use analytics to reduce workforce attrition, and therefore better target talent.

The Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Things – or IoT – is the latest technology term for HR pros. It’s all about connectivity but it’s much more than that.

Search engine optimization (SEO): SEO is a practice of improving the visibility and ranking of a website in the search engine. It is no longer only useful for marketing professionals. It is also crucial for HR professionals to minimise their talent acquisition efforts since more and more candidates are using major search engines for job searches. Mobile-optimised career microsites are becoming an important part of companies’ SEO strategies.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): SaaS is any software paid for through a subscription or licence rental that does not require one to download it onto a computer. SaaS is easily confused with the term “cloud”, which refers only to computing resources such as data storage, virtual servers or networks which are only accessible for the information technology departments.

In the end, some buzz words simply go out of fashion or are so over-used, that we get tired of them, and so just stop using them altogether.

Happy and productive employees, is at the heart of an organization’s success. So, it goes without saying that using your employee’s time wisely is likely to help you reap favourable results. For instance, using an effective time and attendance application to track employee time will improve accurately boost morale and help you keep pace with regulatory compliance.

Using Time Wisely Is Critical To The Success Of Your Organization

For example, an ATS time and attendance tracking application analyzes employee work hours and provides you with real-time reporting. And, in addition to assisting payroll and HR personnel streamline labour costs, ATS time and attendance tracking application captures and reports on, the number of; sick, vacation, and paid-time-off days for each employee by week, quarter or per year and provides your company with the with tools to facilitate a smooth transition to payroll.

Additional benefits to ATS Time and Attendance includes:

Enhanced Efficiency: ATS time and attendance reduces the amount of time needed to perform routine tasks. For example, instead of asking payroll or HR personnel to manually input employee data into your payroll or ERP application, they can now submit that information electronically.

Reduction in Compliance Risk: ATS time and attendance eliminates the traditional and clucky time clock and welcomes best-of-breed manager and employee self-service dashboards, delivered in the cloud, complete with 21st HR and payroll functionality.

Control Attendance and Streamline Payroll Costs in the Cloud: ATS cloud computing time and attendance helps you reduce payroll costs with an intuitive and easy-to-use workflow processes- eliminates the burden of manual processes, thus improving operational processes.

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Is the practice of manually tracking employee time driving you up the walls? Labour costs is one of the biggest concern for many small businesses owners—and, when regulations for overtime, meal breaks and other pay-rules change, spreadsheets can only go so far.

7 Tips For Managing Employee Time And Attendance

Here are 7 tips to make your employee time tracking easier:

(1) Submitting employee hours to your payroll bureau-Dealing with payroll submission deadlines will be less stressful if you have an automated time and attendance system that tabulates employee hours and sends the totals to your payroll software at the click of a mouse. No more, spreadsheets and no need to use calculators anymore. It’s that simple.

(2) Invest in a reliable system- An ATS time and attendance solution automates the entire ‘punch to paycheque’ process and will provide you with alerts and data, that includes; employees who are approaching overtime, up-to-minute reporting, and will keeping you up date with the latest legislation.

(3) Unrivalled support- Whether you are using our cloud computing application ATS TimeWorkOnDemand or the client server version, you can be rest assured, we’ve got your back. Our support reps are available; online, via phone or through onsite visits, depending on your customer care support package.

(4) Details matter-Take the time to set up the employee details correctly in your time and attendance system such as: start dates, phone numbers, up to date addresses etc. And if your company has a large contingent of employees, the ATS time and attendance also has an embedded synchronization interface that can extract data from, your ERP, HR, or payroll application.

(5) After-sales training is beneficial- ATS time and attendance implementation includes a training course will help you save time and be more efficient.  ATS runs flexible training, including onsite and online courses aimed at helping you get the most out of your time and attendance solution.

(6) It’s important to remain compliant with legislative changes-One of the advantages of using a system like ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, is that, it’s designed to keep pace with changes in work place legislation.

(7) There’s no need to keep doing what’s not working-Managing employee time with spreadsheets, is a tedious task and, is likely giving you more headaches that you can handle.

What to know more? Download a demo or register for one of our upcoming webinars from our website.  To speak to an account executive, call: 866.294.2467.

What’s The Future Of The Gig Economy?

August 21st, 2018 | Posted by ATS in ATS TimeWork OnDemand | Cloud Computing | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on What’s The Future Of The Gig Economy?)

That’s a tough question to answer, because frankly, no one knows with absolute certainty what the gig economy will look like, 20 years from now. Policy makers have got themselves tied up in knots trying to figure how to draft legislation, that will bring companies like; Uber, Airbnb and Lyft to name a few, in line with traditional businesses. And, therein-lies the issue, because, these companies, are by nature, not traditional in their business model-they were designed to be disruptive and by gosh, that’s exactly what many of them are doing.

What’s The Future Of The Gig Economy?

In his article, Is The Gig Economy Sustainable, Phil La Duke, contributor to Entrepreneur writes, in part;

“Gigs offer no benefits- Paid time off? Forget it. Sick pay? No way. Paid vacations? In your dreams. I know many of you are thinking — they chose this life? Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t. It doesn’t really matter because the result is the same. This is an issue that threatens more than just the giggers. Consider dentistry. The increasing loss of dental benefits means that many in the gig economy decide to stop going to the dentist or, at the very least, reduce dental visits. Now consider vision coverage and the implications that holds. Dentistry, optometry, pharmacies, tourism — the list goes on, but you get the point.

Gigs replace full-time jobs- A common practice among many larger companies allows a long-term employee to retire on Friday and start work as a consultant doing a gig on the following Monday. The same person doing the same job with no benefits or overhead costs. Instead of backfilling the position, the company simply moves one of its employees into the gig economy.

Gigs are often the result of larger companies outsourcing the most dangerous jobs to individual-. Most individuals lack the resources to acquire proper regulatory training, and what’s more, many small companies are actually exempt from regulatory protections for workers.”

Bottom-line, while we cannot predict the future of the gig economy, we do know that it has affected many traditional business models in ways, many of us never saw coming.

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There is a growing body evidence that shows that the adoption of; cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence is on pace to grow exponentially over the next 10 years and beyond. And, yet there still some resistance to embrace this type of technology. Many of today’s leaders understand the difference between staying put or adapting to achieve business success.

Automation’s Biggest Enemy: Cultural Resistance is the title of an article published by Industry Week that delves into the resistance, which in turn, prevents some companies from adopting artificial intelligence and reaping its benefits. It reads in part;

“While customers perceive that artificial intelligence (AI) will allow brands to deliver what they want when they want it, there remains a widespread lack of understanding among enterprises of the potential benefits for AI to solve real-world business problems. The biggest corporate challenge to implementing an intelligent business strategy is cultural resistance (49%), according to a new research report, “AI2020: The Global State of Intelligent Enterprise” by IQPC’s Intelligent Automation Network.

What’s Behind The Resistance To Artificial Intelligence?

Some of today’s forward-thinking companies understand the power of cloud computing and its impact on cost containment and have embraced business applications— like time and attendance, that has embedded artificial intelligence. For example, ATS TimeWork OnDemand was expressly designed with this mind— this robust application will propel your business operations and help your company keep pace with advance in technology.

The Industry Week article goes on to say; “AI will automate some jobs, particularly the dirty, dangerous, or dull work that people don’t want to do – everything from sewer reconnaissance to repetitive factory work. The skills needed for future employment include critical thinking and problem solving, good communication and teamwork, leadership, initiative, creativity and the willingness to leverage the current technology”.

In other words, artificial intelligence is not here to replace your job— it will help you do your job better.

To learn more, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand embedded artificial intelligence, go to our website.

 

Cloud-based computing (also called Software as a Service, or SaaS) allows users access to software applications that run on shared computing resources (for example, if when you access Google or download your music to your icloud or watch your favourite series on Netflix or Hulu) via the Internet. These computing resources are maintained in remote data centers dedicated to hosting various applications on multiple platforms.

What Exactly Is Cloud Time And Attendance?

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand for instance, is a software- as-a-service (SaaS) application that allows users to access our time and attendance software over the Internet. Accessing ATS TimeWorkOnDemand over the Internet, means that the upfront costs is significantly lower, because computing resources are leased by the month rather than purchased outright and maintained on a Server at your organization.

As we have seen in the last several years, more companies are adopting cloud applications in record numbers. And, the advantage of using the cloud means that small, and medium-size businesses, can access a wide range business applications, at reasonable prices, without having to lay out a huge amount of capital for software and hardware.

Here are some distinct advantages for using a cloud time and attendance, like ATS TimeWork OnDemand

  • Reduces need for significant internal IT support services because, your company are not managing the software on its Server
  • Eliminates paying upfront for application software licenses in favor of a monthly fee
  • Paying only for what you use. For example, if the number of employees you have in the fall and winter goes down, so will your monthly costs
  • You can access ATS TimeWork OnDemand from any device (Smartphone, tablet or workstation) that has an Internet connection. In addition, you can switch between any device, including Google Android, Windows, Mac, Apple iPad or iPhone and/or Linux Desktop
  • A fixed monthly rate so your company can use their cash on other business initiatives

ATS TimeWork OnDemand is the preferred time and attendance application for a variety of industries and government entities in Canada, the US, Latin and South America and several fortune 500 companies. ATS TimeWork OnDemand delivers broad-based and adaptable cloud computing technology and complete up-to-the-minute view of your business anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Interested in learning more? You can download free demonstration, or attend a bi-monthly webcast by going to our website. And to see what other companies like yours are saying about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, go to our user community.

 

Today’s smartphones are probably far more superior and advanced, than desktop computers of 17 years ago. Technology, including cloud computing, has removed the barriers of time and distance, with lightning speed.

What Does 21st Century Workforce Management Solution Look Like?

Automation has also helped increase the accuracy in the workplace as roles that require physical and mental concentration have a lower likelihood of human error. This however, has not eradicated the need for human engagement to scrutinize the results of automated business processes. However, automating something like employee time and attendance will significantly reduce the amount of routine work so resources can be allocated to perform other important tasks within the organization.

ATS Workforce Management Solution encompasses all the trappings of a Human Capital Management suite with embedded analytics, easy-to-use management dashboards-that are designed to help companies reduce administrative tasks, and remain compliant.

So, what are the benefits? We’ll keep it simple. With ATS Workforce Management Solution, your company will have the ability to:

  • Improve insight into what’s driving your human capital costs and optimize employee scheduling.
  • Gain access to analytics and reporting to review and measure.
  • Streamline your processes and lower your total cost of ownership with a unified system.

To learn why so many companies choose ATS Workforce Management Solution, you can download a demonstration or register for one of our bi-monthly webcasts. And, to speak to a representative call; 866.294-2467.

There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools

June 12th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in ATS TimeWork OnDemand | Cloud Computing | Office | Productivity | Time and Attendance Toronto - (Comments Off on There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools)

As creatures of habits, many of us do not like change and are emotionally attached to just about everything we own or things we like to do on a daily basis; from our handheld devices, to work stations or our favorite morning latte at the local coffee shop. Of course, when it comes to things like office software or hardware, we need to make sure we are using technology that is not from the 80s, otherwise it could impact productivity.

Windows10 has been around for a few years and despite its gradual adoption use in the world of business, it still has its detractors. Hopefully, you are still not using WindowsXP? And, if you are, hopefully you and/or your company’s IT manager are technology wizards with the smarts to support it.

There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools

Sometimes, upgrading is a pain and most of us hate it. Here are some useful tips from an article titled 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Upgrade to Windows 10 Now by Howard Wen for Business News Daily.

“1. Ransomware prevention
Computers running older versions of Windows are more vulnerable to ransomware. Windows 10 has a feature to thwart ransomware from locking up a user’s work and personal documents on their computer. The Windows Defender Security Center tool in Windows 10 lets you whitelist, or approve, which apps can access and change files saved in the Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders.

  1. Stronger malware security tools

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which scans for, quarantines and removes malware. In addition to ransomware protection, it includes other tools that can be used to stop zero-day attacks, to block and quarantine malicious programs on your computer or office network, and to isolate infected computers on your network. Upgrading to Windows 10 gives you the option of subscribing to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It’s a more sophisticated, cloud-based service for managing security threats across your business’s Windows 10 computers.

  1. Safer web browsing

Windows Defender Application Guard is available in Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional. It lets you use the Edge browser inside a virtual machine. If you or an employee unknowingly contracts malware by visiting a malicious website, it won’t be able to damage the computer or the network, because it will be confined inside this virtual machine.

  1. Keep your frequent business contacts on the taskbar

The My People feature lets you pin your business contacts as shortcut icons on the Windows 10 taskbar. Click the icon of a person to email them or start a video call through Skype. You can pin up to 10 contacts on the taskbar.

  1. More efficient updates for Windows 10

A technology feature in the Windows Update tool, the Unified Update Platform (UUP), significantly streamlines the update process. UUP identifies new changes to Windows 10 that your computer needs and downloads only those specific updates. Your computer won’t have to download a larger package. Microsoft says UUP can reduce the download size of Windows updates by up to 35 percent, sparing storage space on your computer and the time it takes to install updates.

  1. Sync your work between your personal and work computers

The Timeline feature saves “snapshots” of the Windows applications you were using at a given point of time. By clicking the Task View icon on the taskbar, you can select a snapshot to continue working on something where you left off. These snapshots are synced across your different Windows 10 computers (if you are signed on to them with the same Microsoft user account). For example, you can create a new spreadsheet on Excel on your home computer and work on it later on another computer at the office.

  1. Configure your business’s computers quickly

Windows Autopilot lets you set up system configurations that can be downloaded from the cloud onto your business’s Windows 10 computers. For example, an employee can take a new computer, connect it to your office network, and it will automatically be configured to your business’s required settings. A system configuration can be tailored for a particular employee. This Windows 10 feature makes configuring, managing, and resetting your business’ computers easier, faster, and more secure.”

Bottom-line: There is only so much you can do with older technology, whether its business software or hardware, once it starts to impact workforce productivity the inevitability of loss profits are sure to follow.

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Ease-of-use, intuitive and simple are the buzzwords applied to many of today’s applications by vendors in the; time and attendance, to enterprise resource planning (ERP), human resources information systems (HRIS), payroll and/or human capital management applications (HCM) space. However, with the pace of technology and all that it encompasses including; machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud analytics–some of today’s software solutions are far from simple.

An Application That’s Easy To Use, Will Increase User Adoption

Is it possible to have a solution that has the best of what’s today’s advanced technology offers, and at the same time, is easy to use? Well, if you are using an ATS time and attendance solution, the simple answer is yes, you can get both. Whether you are an advanced user or a novice, ATS time and attendance solutions gives you the best of both worlds.

Benefits Include:

  1. Features: Are very important in order to make a solution easy to use without heavy customizations that create unwanted barriers to further innovation. ATS time and attendance is powerful, yet user-friendly, with real-time automated tasks, and gives you access to your workforce – wherever you are in the world.
  2. Cloud Computing: Built on a solid cloud platform, ATS time and attendance enables HR and payroll practitioners to streamline labour costs and enhance visibility, accuracy, and control over workforce costs. ATS time and attendance cloud updates, and intuitive compliance dashboards, makes it easy to comply with federal, provincial and state work-rules. And, the added flexibility, of the ATS cloud computing platform enables enterprises of all size to handle the most rigorous requirements around collective bargaining agreements.
  3. Analytics and Business Intelligence: ATS time and attendance supports the full HR and time tracking journey, from on boarding, to data migration, and

on-boarding, to analytics that will turn the tide of your business and will boost growth and productivity– all derived, from a modern user interface.

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Here is an example of the how the future of work has changed. Cold calling used to be the way to reach new customers. Try that in 2018 and you are likely to get lots of voice mails. In fact, cold calling has been dead for many years and some companies have acknowledged this and made changes in how their reps reach new customers. There are however, a small minority of companies, who refuse to accept this practice is passé and so, they stubbornly ask their sales people to dialing those numbers in the hope that they might reach some customers, who are waiting by their phone to get a call from a sales rep. Change, sometimes has to be disruptive, for it to be accepted and the use of robotics and the pace of automation will continue to increase, despite resistance to it, by those in the minority who hang on to past practices.

Are You Ready For The Future Of Work?

Christy Petty’s article for Gartner 6 Future Work Trends sheds some light on the how the way in which we approach work has and will continue to change

Some of these work trends include:

“Digital dexterity is monitored and measured: The growing recognition of the importance of digital dexterity creates a demand for measurement, which aligns with analytics becoming more pervasive in the enterprise. f Social science-based surveys and observations are increasingly accepted to collect relevant digital dexterity data, which can be combined with machine-generated IT, HR and business data to measure workforce digital dexterity.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will prevail: The conversion of rich input patterns into data that can be readily processed by conventional software is at the heart of today’s AI hype. AI will have a profound impact on how work is assigned, completed and evaluated. Cain suggests that although AI will provide a number of workplace trends in the coming years, workers are experiencing the impact of robobosses and smart workplaces right now.

Robobosses on the rise: While employees will not report to an AI construct, the implementation of robobosses will lead to more automated management duties and more online worker activities. There is opportunity for greater tracking of worker activities and performance. This data can be run against a series of algorithms that can programmatically offer assistance in improving performance or meeting goals.

The gig economy will thrive: Organizations will increasingly learn and borrow from freelance management and gig economy platforms, which dynamically match short-term work requirements directly with workers who have the relevant knowledge, experience, skills, competencies and availability. This will mean moving away from traditional structures to more fluid arrangements.

Employees get work through employment marketplaces: Freelancer marketplaces make it easier for employers to tap into a set of contractors for short-term work commitments. In parallel, professional social networking platforms and recruiting technology providers have been investing heavily in matching algorithms to pair up talent supply and demand.

Jobs get deconstructed: Traditionally, organizations have invested in mapping out clear career paths for employees. While workers need a purpose-focused direction, a portfolio of experiences builds knowledge and skills and allows for the practice and improvement of competencies. Employees will increasingly find the accumulation of experiences to be more realistic than a carefully plotted-out career path”.

Some things were somewhat predictable like cloud computing as it slowly began to edge onsite Server installed applications. But who could predict Apple’s dominance in mobility computing or Google’s search engine literally taking over the world, leaving competitors in its dust? The future of work and its trends will not affect all organizations equally, so it’s important for senior executives to understand where their organization is right now, where it’s going, and how they plan to embrace change as it happens.

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