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Is It Time To Abolish Daylight Savings Time?

March 13th, 2017 | Posted by ATS in Employee Time Attendance | Labour cost | Overtime | Payroll | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Is It Time To Abolish Daylight Savings Time?)

Finding any benefit to daylight savings time is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The growing body of evidence that highlights its detrimental effects on human beings and their productivity far outweighs the incoherent argument for those who are in favour of keeping this ineffective ritual.

Is It Time To Abolish Daylight Savings Time?

An article written by Erik Sherman (which cites various studies) for Fortune, titled ‘How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Health and Productivity’ reads in part;

“There is a productivity loss, according to David Wagner and Christopher Barnes, professors of management at the University of Oregon and University of Washington. Their studies found “workers tend to ‘cyberloaf,'” using computers for non-work purposes, on Mondays after a shift to Daylight Saving. One study, sponsored by a foam and cushion manufacturer, estimated a national productivity loss of nearly $434 million — about $1.65 per person. Wagner and Barnes say we don’t regain lost productivity in the fall when time shifts back. It takes up to 3 weeks for some to hit a normal rhythm, according to a study in the journal Sleep Medicine.”

Getting the general public to embrace and reap the benefits of the digital era and cloud computing was hard but, not as hard as trying to convince those still clinging to the outdated practice of daylight savings time. Change after all, is hard for some but given the fact that the data consistently points to an increase in; car accidents, strokes and loss of productivity-after switching the clocks for daylight savings time — it is only a matter of time before the general public, start to apply pressure to policy makers to eradicate this bi-annual tradition.

So, on Monday morning, if you feel grumpy, groggy and tired, (and with good reason) blame daylight savings time for your woes and take solace in the fact that you are not alone.

Every business wants to achieve maximum productivity, streamline cost and improve its bottom-line. If your business is not using the right time and attendance solution, that can not only prevent it from achieving its operational goals, but lead to frustration by the people who are using the system.

Here are five signs that points to the frustration your company has with its current time and attendance system and some tools to help you figure out how to obtain the right system for your business:

5 Signs You Are Frustrated With Your Current Time And Attendance

 

  1. Real-Time Data

If you are pulling employee information from paper time sheets or an antiquated punch clock that resides on a wall, there is nothing real about this. It simply means, you are getting the information after it happens. What you need is a system that shows employee information as soon as they occur- in other words, a system that can provide you with real time analytics as you need it.

  1. Your System Lacks Integration Capabilities

This is tops the list of frustration for many companies. If your company’s current time and attendance system does not have the ability to interface to your other applications you need to rethink your strategy. No company should be stuck using outdated applications, the sole reason for deploying an automated time and attendance is to make your life easier.

  1. Basic Features Should be Included

Calculation of overtime and statutory holidays across various jurisdictions should be part of the everyday basic functions of the system.  If these necessary features for your company’s day-to-day life do not exist, you are using the wrong system and filled with frustration.

  1. Streamline Costs and Improve Productivity

If your company wishes to improve efficiency, you need a time and attendance solution that has this embedded into it-otherwise, the frustration of your HR or payroll practitioner will continue.

  1. Point the Blame at the Software

If your business executives are getting inaccurate data, it’s clear you have the wrong solution. And, if your employees pay are missing hours they worked, because the software cannot adjust to your business requirements, you should starting exploring for better option.

Bottom-Line: instead of asking your current provider to make customization changes that would simply add to the complexity—of an already ineffective solution, make the switch to an ATS time attendance solution. With ATS TimeWork OnDemand 21st century cloud computing technology gives you the agility to respond to changing business needs rapidly, improve productivity, streamline payroll costs and can adjust to the ebbs and flows of an organization.

To download a demonstration or attend one of our bi-weekly webinars go to our website. To speak to an account representative call: 866.294.2467.

 

 

Using An Effective Scheduling Solution Will Improve Employee Engagement

April 26th, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Scheduling | Forecasting | Hospitality Industry | Labour cost | Overtime | Retail | Scheduling | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Scheduling Software - (Comments Off on Using An Effective Scheduling Solution Will Improve Employee Engagement)

The latest brouhaha over employees being scheduled for on-call shifts hit a crescendo, a few days ago, revealing a practice that is frowned upon my many workers, many of whom, have cited the effects these on-call shifts are having on workers ability to plan activities outside of work. It’s possible that some of these companies are using a variety of spreadsheets and other manual methods to schedule employees.

If your organization is using an outdated scheduling system, chances are, you could be wasting valuable time and money. ATS Workforce Scheduling system is powerful and robust software that provides broad-based capabilities to help companies better manage their business and their labour force. The ATS Workforce Employee Scheduling targets small, mid-size and large-scale operations in retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and services.

Using An Effective Scheduling Solution Will Improve Employee Engagement

ATS Workforce Scheduler Includes:

Budgeting and Forecasting
ATS budgeting and forecasting module features an independent, definable structure that supports the creation, editing and reporting of business volume and workforce forecasts. With a wide variety of options for defining productivity tasks, standards, drivers and parameters, ATS Budgeting and Forecasting tool provides unprecedented detail and accuracy of workforce requirements.

Eradication of Scheduling Conflicts
ATS Workforce Scheduler allows managers to see details of how a team of workers is scheduled through the day, coupled by the use of an advanced heuristic algorithm that enables companies to meet forecast needs by developing an optimized schedule of employee work assignments. ATS Workforce Scheduler has the distinction of being able to build individual employee shift and job preferences into weekly work schedules. ATS Workforce Scheduler provides real-time employee availability, thus, allowing managers to immediately correct any necessary conflicts, due to overlapping shifts, and overtime. With this unique feature, the software will reduce workforce turnover and increase employee satisfaction.

Ability to Schedule Employees in Real-Time
ATS Workforce Scheduler provides updates in real-time. For example, once a manager has completed their staff schedulers they can send it to their employees through mass updates. Employees, in turn, can view their schedules online from any device that’s connected to the Internet.

Easy to Use Tools
Get the peace of mind you deserve by making sure you have the right people scheduled at the right time and place. With ATS Workforce Scheduler, you can schedule employees by department, shift, or multiple sites. ATS Workforce Scheduler automatically calculates the number of hours each employee is scheduled to work and compares it to the number of hours they wish to work each week.

Reporting Capabilities
ATS Workforce Scheduler creates intuitive analytics that are based on your business and workforce requirements, relevant work and shift rules, and individual employee information.

In conclusion, with a growing number of regional, state and provincial governments clamping down on on-calls shifts, manual spreadsheets will not help your organization. What you need is a robust solution that will reduce time spent on scheduling, save costs, increase productivity and employee engagement.

To see a demonstration of ATS Workforce Scheduling Solution, go to our website. You can also join the conversation on: LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

 

Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?

November 12th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Labour cost | Overtime | Overtime Equalization - (Comments Off on Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?)

Conventional wisdom says that hard work always pays off in the end but when does hardware become overworking? Clinical physiologist have long lamented that our desire to overwork is counterproductive which lends itself to some of the following:

1. Lack of sleep, anxiety and depression which creates a higher chance of a heart attack
2. Constant state of impatience and irritability most of the time
3. Huge amounts of stress which can be addicting

An article by Minda Zetlin Co-author for the ‘The Geek Gap’ published an article on Inc.com titled “10 Reasons to Stop Working So Hard” In no particular order we selected three of the most impactful reasons in the article:

“Sleep matters-The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep,” Arianna Huffington said in a 2011 TED talk. She would know. She fainted from exhaustion and broke her cheekbone and is now something of a sleep evangelist. “I was recently having dinner with a guy who bragged that he’d gotten only four hours’ sleep the night before,” she continued. She considered retorting: “If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting.”

You’re setting a bad example-The work schedule and tone you set for yourself will likely be mirrored by the smartest and most ambitious of your employees. What kind of leaders and bosses do you want them to be? Do you want the benefit of their brightest ideas and best judgment? Then don’t create an environment where everyone vies to see how many hours they can work without falling over.”

Most of the work is less important than you think-A few years ago, hospice worker Bronnie Ware famously published the top five regrets she heard from her dying patients. Those who’d had careers all regretted the number of hours they spent at work. But many of her patients also spoke of dreams they wished they’d fulfilled.”

At various points in our lives we all fall victim to working overtime, to complete a project with very little sleep. And while some of us can get away with it in the short run, it’s the long term health effect that catches up to us when we continue on this path.

Here are some tips for taking control of your time which can, eventually lead, to a less stressful workload by Sarah Brooks of sheknows.com:

Work smarter
When working, get rid of all distractions. This includes phones, social media apps, random internet browsing and even interruptions from coworkers.

Take breaks
Follow Martin’s advice and take 8 minutes per day for yourself, preferably more if you have time.

Be aware of how you spend your “off” time
Find ways to unwind that don’t involve watching television or surfing the net. Get outside, go for walks and get some fresh air.

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Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?

The 2008 recession decimated a large part of the manufacturing industry in Ontario, other areas in Canada and the United States. Some economic pundits have asserted that the industry is on a rebounded citing the North American and Japanese big three auto sales. However, it is important to note that many of the jobs that were lost during the bleak years of the recession are returning at a snails’ pace increasing the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. This competitiveness challenges the companies that are using a manual processes with their organizations.  A modern time and attendance solution can help these organizations keep pace with today’s challenges, achieve profit and retain customers in the following three ways:

Improve Business Process
Manufacturers could be missing opportunities to reduce labour costs when using manual time tracking processes. Our time and attendance software can help you streamline business processes, provide greater visibility and control over labour costs more effectively, manage compliance risk and improve workforce productivity.

 Increase Visibility of your Operations
As manufacturing companies expand into global markets their need to improve business productivity becomes even more important. ATS attendance system delivers critical advantages for employees, managers and administrators. The application improves employee performance and enables you to spend more time focusing on strategic business activities. Business analytics tools give managers real-time visibility into ways to reduce costs and optimize attendance control processes.

 Innovation in the Digital Age
As the pace of the digital age increases, manufacturing companies need to leverage tools that can help them adapt. A fully automated cloud-based, solution boosts workforce productivity so your employees can maximize the workday. Many of today’s business leaders are seeing workforce management as a strategic business driver that can increase the profit margins of their organizations.

The constant change of today’s business environment challenges companies to keep up. A modern workforce management software can help manufacturers prepare for growth and increase collaboration across the organization. For more information on how business management software can help meet these challenges go to our website.

As companies become overburden with finding the correct data to analyze their workforce they are shifting their focus to deploying tools that can help them achieve these objectives in a timely manner. Business executives therefore, need to ensure they get the best possible return on their investment when selecting a time and attendance solution that aligns with their goals.

ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance provides companies with an intuitive dashboard that allows them to view employee data that’s in keeping with their business requirements. ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance labour analytics enables companies to capture complete and accurate snapshots of their employee labour activities through various workflow alerts.

TimeWork provides companies with a comprehensive view of their employee workforce activities with the strength to handle sophisticated pay rules and scheduling practices. When combined with the forecasting and budgeting tool, ATS TimeWork time and attendance labour analytics applies overtime based on configured workrules.

ATS TimeWork best-in-class Time and Attendance solution helps companies replace their manual and excel spreadsheet data into a real-time workforce management system. Having the right information at the right time helps organizations be proactive and improve productivity.  ATS workforce labour analytics helps achieve your goals of outlining financial objectives, decreasing labour costs, improving workforce efficiency and effectively managing talent. This is easily obtained by simply automating the processes allowing the system to do it for you.

To learn more go to our website. To view a demonstration contact an ATS representative at 866.294.2467

Today the words “austerity measures” have become ubiquitious with most economists and it appears the words are becoming part of their vernacular when trying to explain how theUSand other world economies have gotten themselves in financial trouble. Automatic spending cuts and tax increases (which is essentially the basis of the “austerity measures”) have become the norm for governments around the world. Some have blamed this approach on the “recession of 2008”. Whether you are for or against government spending cuts and taxes increases, one thing is clear, since 2008, the world has changed and so, has the way in which businesses compete for customers.

For many of today’s companies, reducing costs is paramount and they see value in adopting a time management solution that can help them to achieve that goal. On the other hand, a small minority of businesses continue to hang on to the old way of tracking employee time manually. Competitive businesses know that to compete in today’s global economy they must adopt a time and attendance solution that improves productivity and increase profits, while maintaining customer satisfaction.

Most companies strive to find a balance between risk reduction and accessibility of information. Implementing an ATS time and attendance solution can manage risk and replace outdated manual systems, making employee data transfer and access to information easier.

Many of ATS’s customers use our employee payroll time tracking software to solve the day to day challenges of departmental managers, HR and payroll personnel. For example, employees can access their schedules through the online portal to add vacation blocks, check their overtime hour status and update benefit accruals. With the use of our time and labour solution, business executives can take comfort in the knowledge that ATS time and attendance system can help their company find a rapid return on investment and increase profits.

To learn more or to download one of our time and attendance brochures, go to our website.

Time and Attendance has evolved in the last several years from mere employee time tracking to include; employee self-service, workforce planning and business intelligence to name a few. Companies today, want a solution that can grow as their needs evolve without multiple customizations. If your company is using a system that is heavy on customization, it’s time to look at alternatives.

ATS workforce management software is designed for mid size and enterprise businesses. Our time and attendance solution helps organizations across a variety of industries to effectively forecast and manage their workforce. The integrated ATS workforce management solution includes: time and attendance, data collection, employee scheduling, forecasting, employee self-service and business analytics. TimeWork can be utilized in its cloud-based or on-premises format. ATS solutions helps companies control labour costs, streamline business process and manage compliance risk.

ATS Time & Attendance Includes:
Benefit Accruals-TimeWork automates employee accruals and time-off requests. In addition, it has the flexibility to facilitate your organization’s most complex benefit policies and transform them into enduring practices.

Attendance Management-Detailed attendance records can be maintained for employees. Managers can be proactively notified through various business analytic reporting.

Employee Self-Service-Through a web browser, employees have direct access to their personal information so they can request time-off and review schedules.

Overtime Equalization- Automatically notify employees of overtime offers and enable employees to review, accept and reject overtime on the same console they use for attendance and labour transactions.

Data Integration—Integrate ATS time and attendance data with; Talent Management, Human Resources Information Systems, Customer Relationship Management and Payroll applications to produce accurate data.

Data Collection-Collect and distribute time and labour metrics to quickly enforce employee schedules and job assignments.

Support-Our integrated implementation support offers reliable response to technical disruptions, and maintains the health and integrity of the system. With this offering, companies benefit from insights into ATS solutions and expertise to mitigate risk, while tapping the innovations that ATS continually introduces.

ATS integrated solution delivers a web-based time and attendance set that includes: employee data collection, workforce planning, scheduling, employee self-service and business analytics. Our comprehensive solutions, help companies streamline business processes and improve workforce productivity.

To learn more, go to our website and arrange a demonstration, contact us.

ATS Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Time and Attendance is a subscription based solution that offers a superior advantage to large and small businesses. Customers can access this cloud solution through the Internet via any web browser. With this solution you avoid costly servers, version upgrades and software licenses. ATS receives feedback from its customers who rave about the ease-of-use in accessing the solution anytime they want to.

If your company has been considering switching to an automated time and attendance system here are three reasons to choose ATS:

Reduction of Labour Cost
Over the years numerous studies have shown that companies spend thousand of dollars each year to capture employee time with a manual tracking system. ATS SaaS time and attendance is configured to adapt to your work policies. The end result is a system that automates; overtime, benefit accruals and statutory holidays in your jurisdiction.

Business Intelligence and Labour Analytics
ATS cloud time and attendance provides scheduling, time and wage calculation, time card editing and approval. The business intelligence tool empowers companies to quickly and easily obtain the information required for improved operations and reporting across an entire business.  The business intelligence eliminates manual report preparation, repetitive data extracts, and complex back-end data joins to provide you with up-to-date, accurate, and presentation-quality reports for informed decision-making.

Implementation
Unlike on-premises solutions, ATS SaaS Time and Attendance takes a few weeks and not several years to install. A simple web browser is all user needs to start using the software. The software enables your company to implement a fully functional management system at new sites, regions  or production sites without investing in high-cost IT infrastructure.

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Managing, tracking and paying overtime is a challenge for some companies. That’s in part, because these companies do not have the right tools to help them with this issue. Overtime has presented itself as a “hot potato” when not applied accurately. Case in point, litigation in recent years has made many companies take note of the rules governing overtime payments.

Canada’s labour code on hours of work and pay states, in part:
“The standard hours of work are eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week. The maximum number of hours of work for a week is 48 hours. Certain provisions permit flexibility in applying these standards. As well, special regulations cover certain classes of workers in specific industries such as city and highway transport drivers. However, the Code makes no distinction between full-time, part-time or casual workers.”The quote goes on to say:

“The maximum time a worker may work each week can be exceeded for exceptional circumstances such as emergency work or averaging of hours. However, hours of work provisions in the Code do not apply to those who have management functions, or to members of specific groups such as the engineering and medical professions.”

The above guideline by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is a good measuring stick that can be used by payroll professionals when determining overtime pay for employees. In addition to this guideline, organizations need to factor in collective bargaining agreements (if applicable), industry type and labour codes unique to the jurisdiction/s in which they operate.

For organizations with several locations in different provinces and/or states, attempting to calculate overtime through an antiquated system can present a herculean challenge. ATS time attendance, and labour management solutions help you increase the speed and accuracy of payroll preparation, improve wage compliance, and optimize a rapid return on your investment.

The ATS time and labour solution shows hours worked in real-time and helps determine when an employee is approaching overtime so you can ensure your company has the right amount of coverage, helping you reduce the costs associated with overstaffing.

3 ways to streamline labour costs and take control of overtime:

Reduce Labour Costs: Control overtime hours while improving efficiencies with employee time capture to reduce manual errors.

Eliminate Technology Costs: With an ATS (SaaS) software-as-a-service time and attendance solution, customers can access the software 24/7 365 days a year through any web browser. Hassles of upgrading software become a thing of the past.

Notifications: The ATS time and attendance solution triggers notifications (including e-mail notifications) in real- time to alert managers of issues requiring immediate attention.

To learn more about our time and attendance solutions including automated overtime tracking methodologies, go to our website.