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Managing overtime is not an easy task, especially if your company is using manual time cards and spreadsheets — an archaic practice at best, although, several companies still track employee hours, overtime and leave policies using these tools

Tracking overtime does not have to be that hard, especially if you are using a modern time and attendance solutions. Here are excerpts from an article, on how to manage overtime, by Rob Press for online magazine TLNT titled; 6 Ways to Minimize the Impact of the New US Overtime Rules

Simplify complex policies: Review your overtime policy, reading it through the eyes of the employees. You may find that by simplifying your policy, you could actually minimize the amount of work that you need to do to approve each request.

Complex policies were actually at the root of a recent class action in California. At some company facilities, there was a flat “no overtime” policy. At others, the policy stated that prior approval for overtime must be given by two relevant managers; something that the employees stated was an “impossible task” when they were under pressure to get the job done. Ultimately, the company agreed to settle the case for $20 million.

This really shows just how many complex stages can often be involved in overtime policies, and begs the question: Could making policies more straightforward – and consistent — not only help businesses to achieve their goals, but also help to make HR and manager workloads more manageable?

Focus on organization: To manage overtime like a boss, we need to focus on overtime specifically, right? Well, maybe not. To properly manage overtime, it’s important to look at the bigger picture.

There was a very interesting study undertaken by the US Postal Service across the Northeastern states which found that managers who failed to effectively manage unscheduled leave ended up having to deal with more overtime. According to the report, “management did not effectively manage unscheduled leave, which contributed to overtime hours.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Track employee hours: It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been working in HR for years or you’re just starting out in your career, you know, or will quickly discover, that employees are bad — very bad — at tracking their time. With so many other tasks that need to be prioritized, filling in timesheets often ends up at the bottom of the list.

And the problem doesn’t end there. Even when employees do try to track their time, they’re often doing it days later, which means the hours they’re putting down probably aren’t all that accurate. According to studies of memory, people quickly forget what they learn. What did you have for lunch three days ago?

Analyze: One of the most vital aspects of good overtime management is what it can tell us about workforce practices. As an HR professional, you’re not only responsible for supporting employees, but also for supporting the business, and for raising concerns that can help it improve.

One of the other advantages that an automated tracking system offers is the ability to analyze time and attendance. You can do this with paper timesheets, but it’s much harder.

Minimize overtime: Of course, the absolute best way to manage overtime is to have less of it. Ha! Easier said than done right? Well, being able to reduce overtime isn’t something that’s guaranteed, but there are a few methods that can minimize the need for extra hours.

Although there are any number of reasons for overtime, when it becomes endemic that’s often a sign there are not enough resources to complete the necessary tasks within the time given.

Managing change: Understanding how to better manage overtime is a significant part of handling the big changes that are taking place within the HR industry right now. With HR professionals expected to receive more requests for overtime payments than ever before under the new rules, now is the perfect time to look at improving internal processes and honing management skills for efficient and effective working”.

So, to summarize; proactively managing your employees’ overtime, avoiding surprises and preparing for the future can reduce your expense, protect your organization from unwanted legal action, and improve morale across the company.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand is a best-of-best 21st century human capital management (HCM) software provides an end-to-end employee lifecycle management solution. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand Workforce Management solutions help meet your workforce needs regardless of your industry or where you do business.

Interested in learning how you can curb overtime with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand? Go to our website and take a test drive. You can also reach an account executive at 866.294.2467.

Accurate HR data delivered with up-to-the-minute analytics is vital to the success of an organization. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand cloud computing analytics application can help you make the right business decisions by providing a invaluable information and deep insights, using intuitive tools like automated real-time reports and easy to configure dashboards.

Here are 3 reasons why HR managers love ATS TimeWorkOnDemand:

Intuitive Dashboards

  • Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) for the entire workforce through a set of intuitive dashboards
  • Create, update, and print reports in various formats and through the dashboards
  • Keep the executive suite and departmental managers informed across the organization, with scheduled up-to-the-minute reports and dashboards

Real-Time Insights

  • Enable rapid identification of trends using graphics with easy-to-use data visualization tools
  • Gain up to the minute management insights of workforce through comprehensive analytics. Drill down for more detail and utilize what-if analysis
  • Spot potential business problems before they occur, by gaining instant visibility with early warning systems reporting-so you can make better, informed people decisions.

Payroll and HR Compliance

  • Supports Canadian and US compliance and regulatory payroll, HR and collective bargaining reporting requirements.
  • Permission-based features designed to enable executives, managers, supervisors and employees to support both themselves and their teams, through self-service portals while ensuring that sensitive HR data is visible only to those who need to see it
  • Integrate HR, CRM, talent management, ERP and payroll applications with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, giving one source of truth for your people data. Use on demand reports, dashboards and analytics to keep track of all payroll, compensation and employee benefits data

To view a demonstration of ATS TimeWorkOnDemand analytics, go to our website. And to reach an account executive by phone, call 866.294.2467.

You Should Be Mindful Of Your Company’s Tech Workplace Etiquette

October 15th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Employee Productivity | HR | Office | Payroll | Productivity | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on You Should Be Mindful Of Your Company’s Tech Workplace Etiquette)

Work etiquette is part common sense and part culture and can depend on the company you work for. For example, the corporate culture at the company you work for, might have a list of unwritten rules about work etiquette. It is up to you to know them, and if you don’t make, an attempt by asking someone who has been at the company longer than you have been. All workplaces are different, but basic work etiquette is pretty universal within a country.

Here is an excerpt list of technology workplace etiquettes from a recent article by Deborah Lynn Blumberg titled 8 tech etiquette rules for the modern workplace.

“Shut off your cell phone
It can be tempting to zone out by checking personal email on your smartphone or scrolling through Facebook during a team meeting. Resist, says Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. When you’re on your personal device, you send a message that the meeting and work aren’t your priority.

Be mindful during conference callsYou wouldn’t crunch a bag of potato chips during a department meeting or send out a flurry of personal tweets. So, don’t do it during a conference call, says Gottsman. A general rule for video calls is to imagine you’re in an in-person meeting. Be especially careful if you’re calling in from home.

Know your email etiquette
Email subjects should clearly communicate the point of your message, Gottsman says. She also advises to be cautious when using the Bcc or blind copy features. You run the risk of the person who’s blind copied responding to everyone, she says. “There’s secrecy in blind copying. A cc feels more upfront.”

Think before adding an emojiEmojis can soften the tone of requests you make of your employees or colleagues. But, they also create the potential for misunderstandings. One recent study found that using smiley faces in work emails makes readers perceive the sender as less competent. It’s safest to use emojis with colleagues you know well, says Senning.

Keep notifications in checkIf you’re using your personal laptop for a work presentation, build in time to disable notifications that might pop up. For Belanger, who received that mid-presentation question about her date, it was an instant message, but it could also be Facebook alerts or even calendar reminders.

Don’t friend-request your boss
We spend most of our days at work, and that’s where we build our relationships. So, friending a co-worker on Facebook might feel natural. But it’s also a risk. You might see a picture from their personal life that makes you uncomfortable. If that’s the case, “there’s nothing wrong with unfollowing someone,” Gottsman says.

When F2F is better than screen-to-screen
Senning says part of good tech etiquette is knowing when not to use it. Relying heavily on email presents a genuine challenge to our ability to empathize, he says.  For issues that are sensitive or could impact the relationship between colleagues or between a supervisor and her direct report, it’s better to meet face-to-face. It doesn’t have to be formal, a quick coffee or a “walking meeting” often works wonders to facilitate clear communication.

Say you’re sorry
Inevitably, despite our best intentions, embarrassing tech mistakes will happen. “Technological tools are extremely helpful,” says Gottsman. “They make our job and life easier. But at the same time, they can complicate matters because we don’t use them right, or we get too comfortable. We need to use technology responsibly and politely.”

Bottomline-Many of these work etiquettes mentioned here are not hard to adopt, and as previously mentioned, most of them comes down to common sense.

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A toxic work environment cannot be created, unless, it’s tolerated by the company’s leaders and is allowed to continue.

In addition to recruiting, retaining talent, managing business management software, and mirage of other duties, HR also has to be vigilant and look for instances of hostile leadership styles, retaliation and bullying in the workplace. When a toxic environment is left unchecked, it can lead to employee stress (physical and mental), and high turnover. And, the era of social media, word will spread fast, about the working conditions of a particular company who allow toxic people to remain, while wreaking havoc on the rest of the team.

Not sure if you are working in a toxic environment? In his article, 7 Sure Signs Your Workplace Is Toxic, Marcel Schwantes lays out the signals one should look for. They are as follows:

“1. All sticks and no carrots-Management focuses solely on what employees are doing wrong or correcting problems, and rarely give positive feedback for what is going right. Or mostly carrots for the best performers, sticks for the rest.

2. The creeping bureaucracy-There are too many levels of approval and management to get things done and a singular focus on micromanaging employees.

3. The gigantic bottom line-Profits, beating the competition, and cost cutting are solely focused on without consideration of other bottom lines.

4. Bullies rule the roost-Management bullies employees, or tolerates bullying when it occurs among employees.

5. Loss of the human touch-People are considered to be objects or expenses rather than assets, and there is little concern for their happiness or well-being. There’s also little evidence of leaders’ compassion and empathy for employees. As a result, you’ll encounter high levels of stress, turnover, absenteeism, and burnout.

6. Internal Competition-Employees must compete internally, which is enforced by a performance assessment system that focuses on individual performance rather than team performance.

7. Little or no concern for work-life balance-People’s personal or family lives must be sacrificed for the job; overwork or workaholism is commonly evidenced by 50-hour-plus workweeks, little or no vacation time, and 24/7 availability for work communication. There is little or no commitment to making contributions to the community, worthy causes, or making the world a better place”.

Bottomline: If those 7 signs are not a wake-up call to the leaders of an organization, that’s likely the problem.  In addition, to these signs are many other telltale signs of a toxic work environment, including ones that see new recruits leave after a very short time with an organization.

About ATS

ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.

In addition, ATS provides modular analytic solutions that includes; workforce planning, benefits management, employee self-service, business intelligence, human resources, payroll, and advanced analytics based on a robust cloud computing platform for information and data needs. It also offers design, rapid deployment, support services, software updates, and enhancements; and consulting and training services.

To download a demonstration of ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, or to register for a bi-monthly webinar, go to our website. And, to reach a sales rep, call; 866.294.2467.

Every executive knows that talent is a company’s most important asset. And, managing that talent effectively can help improve company performance. Giving employees more autonomy around benefits, time-off requests, and other essential employment information can help accomplish this goal. When you offer a broad range of HR self-service options, your employees are more likely to develop a sense of ownership, and your HR department can stay focus on more strategic issues, rather than manual administrative details.

Want to eliminate your company’s use of paper for requesting time-off?  Here are 5 benefits of employee self-service with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand:

  1. Reduce administrative time and ease compliance: Rapidly request, review, and approve time off, shifting your time from administrative tasks to more productive ones. Time-Off requests are checked against company policies in real time to enforce rules like minimum balances or black-out periods.
  2. Empower people: Employees can manage their absence requests any time, anywhere, using a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  3. Accurate, consistent leave management: Accurate and consistent leave of absence management minimizes the risk of employee grievances. Automated electronic administration of leave eligibility and requirements ensures cases are managed accurately, consistently, and thoroughly — every time.
  4. Time and attendance: Employees can update their own availability, request time off, view schedules, clock in and out, and trade shifts – letting them better manage their work-life balance.
  5. Automatic updates: Any update made to an employee’s HR record seamlessly flows across the application in real-time. There is no need for any duplicate data entry.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand employee self-service automates the administration and tracking of paid and unpaid federal, provincial, and employer-specific leave policies and can be configured to match the needs of your organization to maintain balances, reduce manual process errors, and control absence costs. And, by removing manual tasks from the traditional leave management process, ATS employee self-service ensures accurate data and full visibility, is enabled when tracking and managing employee leave.

To download a demonstration, or to register for one of our bi-monthly webinars go to our website. And, to reach an account executive by phone, call; 866.294.2467.

Many healthcare organizations are growing rapidly, against a backdrop of exceptional regulatory changes. As your organization tries to achieve scale, it’s challenging to monitor performance and control costs and, at the same time keep processes running smoothly—especially across multiple locations. ATS Workforce Management for Healthcare enables you to automate with greater efficiency, and provides the visibility you need to make operational improvements, now and for the foreseeable future.

ATS Workforce Management for Healthcare will help you build integrate and manage all your healthcare data cloud applications more efficiently with a comprehensive, standards-based combination of ATS open source technologies.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Improve workforce planning, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Improve Payroll and HR processes.
  • Save time, improve accuracy, and achieve operation excellence.

You can register here for this webinar. To download a demonstration of ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, go to our website. And, to reach an account executive by phone, call 866.294.2467.

Accurate reporting is vital to a company’s success. ATS HCM Workforce Analytics delivers a complete solution for analyzing and visually exploring your data to understand the correlation between people performance and business performance.

ATS HCM Workforce Analytics application can help you make on-the-spot decisions by providing a wealth of invaluable information and insights, using up-to-the-minute HR analytics tools and customizable dashboards.

Intuitive Dashboards

  • HR and other departmental managers have access to multiple pre-built global reports and dashboards with relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Indicators
  • You can connect and blend data from HCM, Time and Attendance, Payroll and other third-party applications for deeper insight into your workforce-thus, helping you, to make informed decisions.
  • ATS intuitive cloud platform gives you flexibility. You can create stunning visualizations and share the data with colleagues—online and/or on mobile devices.
  • Anticipate workforce needs with predictive analytics, while working with others, within your organization,to determine the right skills that support your strategic plan.
  • Anticipate workforce needs with predictive analytics, while working with others, within your organization, to determine the right skills that support your strategic plan.

Payroll and HR Compliance

Whether your business is operating in one or several cities, provinces or states, your data should be standardized but, should also comply to the local laws in the jurisdictions where you operate.   

With ATS Workforce Analytics, you can:

  • Equip C-level executives with real-time contextual information and ad hoc analysis. This powerful dashboard leverages business data and other applications to provide a single source of truth for the company.
  • Seamlessly update profiles and permissions features to enable executives, managers, supervisors and employees to support both themselves and their teams, while ensuring that sensitive HR data is visible only to those who need to see it
  • Enhance business decisions with best-of-breed intelligence – using our cloud-based analytics software. Download employee data through a variety of employee time clocks and enhance, and performance challenges

Transform your Business with Real-Time Insights

  • ATS Workforce Analytics connects business and IT to help you close the gap between your digital transformation strategy and execution. From designing and value discovery to accelerated innovation to productive usage for tangible business results
  • Enable managers to subscribe to reports notifying them of exceptions or conditional circumstances such as high absence levels
  • Spot potential business problems before they occur with early warning systems reporting
  • This robust cloud-based application supports strategic workforce planning, budgeting and forecasting and helps you analyze trends in workforce gaps and accurately model labour composition and costs.
  • Enable rapid identification of trends using charts, tables, and other graphics with easy-to-use data visualization tools

You now have more than enough information to make the most skeptic C-suite executive excited. And, if you are asked for more information, you can start the journey by downloading a demonstration or registering for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

To arrange an onsite visit or an ATS Workforce Analytics demonstration specific to your organizational requirements, call; 866.294.2467.

There is nothing typical about an HR managers’ work day. And, depending on the size of the company, an HR managers’ job could encompass; resume screening, recruitment, interviews, retention and that’s just to name a few of the activities that can take up their day. Today’s HR managers are making use of HCM, Talent Management and Time and Attendance Solutions to align their employees with common HR processes and promote a culture of compliance.

Andrew Ly of HRMorning captures a day in the life of the HR manager, with an insightful article titled, 7 ways HRMS can transform your HR department. Below are some excerpts from the article.

     

1.Manage the hiring process more efficiently

An HRMS solution won’t have as many specialized features as a dedicated ATS software, but it will have the benefit of retaining applicant information if they are hired and onboarded. You’ll also be able to analyze this data and generate reports on the types of candidates that ultimately become successful employees.

2.Engage employees with onboarding and training

Once you’ve hired the right candidate, it will be important for you to keep them engaged from the beginning. Employees that go through a structured onboarding program are 58% more likely to stay with an organization after three years.

With HRMS, onboarding can start even before the new employee reaches the office. Employees can sign administrative documents electronically, catch up on company news and business goals, and join virtual social networks of colleagues. On their first day, they’ll have more time to tour the facility, set up their equipment and hit the ground running.

3. Save time with a self-service portal

Employees often have specific questions about their salaries, benefits and time off. Answering these vital yet routine questions, however, can take up a huge chunk of your day. With a self-service portal, employees can access their information any time, from a remote site or on their mobile phone.

4. Reduce business errors with automated processes and a central database

You know how important it is to maintain accurate payroll and compliance records. Any mistake is not just a headache but also a potential lawsuit. HRMS automates these processes, so that you can worry less about costly errors. It can calculate wages and salaries, deduct the correct amount of taxes and benefits, and print checks or execute direct deposits.

5. Accelerate employee performance

Employees are more productive when they feel that business objectives are aligned with their skill sets and accomplishments are properly rewarded. Yet it may not be clear to you how employees are doing in their roles and whether or not they are succeeding.

6. Understand why employees leave

When an employee leaves, you conduct an exit interview to understand why. The information you get, however, may not always be accurate. Perhaps there are strong emotions surrounding the departure or the employee doesn’t feel comfortable being honest in person.

7. Support your decisions with evidence

Businesses are increasingly looking to HR for more data-driven initiatives and strategies. Whether its recruiting more efficiently, increasing engagement or reducing turnover, senior management wants your decisions to be backed up with quantifiable metrics.

Bottomline: Today’s HR practitioners are acutely aware of the benefits of deploying an cloud-based application like, ATSTimeWorkOnDemand and how it can help increase team efficiency and productivity, by boosting revenue through automation.

So, whether you have 50 or 500 employees in one province, state or country, or 7,000 in several regions, ATSTimeWorkOnDemand HCM cloud will boost engagement and create a great workforce experience for your HR department and company, as a whole.

To learn about ATS Workforce Management Solutions for HR go to our website, where you can download a demo or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. To reach an account representative by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

     

With the ubiquitous of connected devices in many of today’s businesses and a workforce, that has increasingly become used to cloud applications, deploying your time and attendance solution in the cloud, has many advantages in an Internet of Things (IoT) era.

When compared to aging traditional on-premise implementations, a robust multi-tenant cloud application, like ATS TimeWorkOnDemand provide greater agility. An ATS time and attendance solution deliver best-practice services including encryption, and redundancy—valuable for the array of connected devices.

If your business has multiple locations, each currently running different systems, then moving to a single, cloud-based time and attendance like, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand software solution allows you to reduce payroll errors and increase workforce productivity. Using a cloud-based solution means that your IT team are not bogged down with running updates and server patches; instead, they can focus on productive activities.

Scalability is key advantage when deploying ATS TimeWorkOnDemand. Throughout deployment ATS will work with you and your team to help eradicate manual processes and increase efficiencies. Leading industries will continue to embrace the advanced analytics to propel their future growth. Whether you move to the cloud or not, it is important that you are aware of the immense value it can bring to your business.

Interested in the cloud but still wondering if it’s the right solution for your organization? Go to our website and download a demonstration and you will see why many of today’s leading organizations prefer the cloud over traditional software deployment. You can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars, and to speak to representative in your region, call 866.294.2467.

5 Hiring Trends For Today’s HR Executive

May 8th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Career | HR | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on 5 Hiring Trends For Today’s HR Executive)

To some degree, hiring today, is made that much easier with a plethora of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or as its most commonly referred to now-talent management software. The advent of artificial intelligence is of help if used correctly.

#1: Upskilling remains a priority

According to Rita O’Donnell in recently published article for HRDive these are the 5 Talent Trends to Watch for in 2019.

“We will see employers increasing their efforts around upskilling and training employees and new candidates to fill open positions,” Waletzke said, “especially roles left empty by Baby Boomers.” As technology and automation increase demand for new skill sets, he added, employers should encourage and enable continuous education to ensure their workforce is ready to tackle the jobs of the future. 

#2: Hiring for potential rather than experience

“Given the pace of change in skills driven by advancements in technology,” Frankiewicz said, “the future is much more about what employees can do than the specific jobs they’ve done in the past.” In other words, hiring candidates for their ability to learn on the job will be an operational advantage.

#3: Recognizing talent as consumers

“In 2019, employers need to understand that candidates are consumers too and work hard to attract workers with a strong employee value proposition, clear purpose and attractive culture,” Frankiewicz said. In the age of on-demand fulfillment for groceries, clothes and food, employers can expect to see similar expectations from candidates in the workplace, as well.

#4: Wages, benefits and flexibility will be key

Waletzke said wage growth is one of the biggest conversations Adecco is having with employers; the company expects some employers will increase salaries and wages to attract and retain top talent in 2019. Within the past year, he adds, there has been relatively stagnant movement on wages. “One of the major reasons that wages have not kept up with competition is that employers are still hesitant to increase wages in case the market loosens in the coming years,” he said. 

#5: Tech will play a leading role  

Waletzke predicted significant investments in AI in order to speed up the interview process, identify best-fit candidates more quickly and create a better experience. Tech has abbreviated the interview process so employers can quickly hire on talent in a competitive marketplace. “AI will continue to help make this process more efficient,” he said, “while freeing up recruiters’ time for more strategic or relationship-based work.”

Bottom line:

A lot has changed in the job market for employers and potential employees. Potential employees can now expect to be asked to complete more tests, assignments and mock projects as part of the screening process. Employers should learn it’s no longer “their way or the highway”. Today’s job seekers are interested in a job that offers; telecommuting, flexible work and ‘good pay’ anything short of these, and jobs candidates will instead, look for companies that offer these options.

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