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It’s easy to point to anecdotal evidence about millenials and generation Z and their behaviours when, in reality, you probably are just relying on weak second hand information. A poignant article by Sharon Florentine for CIO titled Everything you need to know about Generation Z gives a wonderful account for those interested in understanding this cohort that will soon dominate the workforce.

So You Think You Know Millennials And Generation Z? Think Again

And while this article deals with Generation Z, many of the traits can also be attributed to millennials as well.

“They prefer face-to-face more than you might think

That leads to a common misconception about Gen Z: They’re somewhat “anti-social” and prefer to communicate through their phones or via technology. That’s not entirely true, according to the “Gen Z & Millennials Collide @ Work” report, from Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm, and HR services and staffing company Randstad U.S.A. The research, conducted by Morar Consulting across 10 global markets (U.S., U.K., Germany, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, India, China, Canada and South Africa) between June 22 and July 11, 2016, asked 4,066 respondents in two separate age groups (1,965 Gen Z members; 22 years of age and 2,101 Millennials; aged 23 to 34) about their preparation for work, as well as expectations and experiences of their workplaces.

The research showed that, despite popular beliefs, when asked to rank their preferred method of professional communication, Gen Z would prefer communicating with co-workers and managers in-person rather than by email or by phone.

They want flexibility
While both Gen Z and millennials prefer a technology-enabled workplace with greater social media integration, 41 percent of Gen Z say they prefer to work in corporate offices, according to the research.  

So You Think You Know Millennials And Generation Z? Think Again

They want pay transparency and equity
The Comparably research shows that Gen Z workers in senior developer roles are paid an average of $115,000 annually; nothing to sneeze at. Still, half of Gen Z respondents believe they’re not fairly compensated. That could explain why, when asked what their first priority would be if they were promoted to a high-level leadership role, 27 percent of Gen Z respondents said they would increase employee pay. They were the only age group to choose this as their No. 1 priority; all other millennials and older generations alike were more interested in bettering the team’s vision/strategy, according to the research.”

There are lots of articles highlighting the differences between millennials and Generation Z. One thing is certain, if you are of certain generation and are not ready to embrace these groups into your workforce, you are likely to be upended slowly but surely because as the title of the song suggest; Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.

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It’s Thanksgiving Day across Canada and if your payroll or HR personnel are wondering how they are going to assign the holiday pay to employees to eligible employees then your company, is behind the proverbial “Eight-Ball”.

In an article by Jon Hyman for workforce.com, titled, “8 Things You Need to Know About Holiday Pay” it lists some common questions that many companies still ask today about holiday pay for its employees. We selected three out of the eight that can be applied to both Canada and the United States. In no particular order they are:

“Can we require employees to work on holidays? Because holiday closings are a discretionary benefit, you can require that employees work on a holiday. In fact, the operational needs of some businesses will require that some employees work on holidays (hospitals, for example).

Can we place conditions on the receipt of holiday pay? Yes. For example, some employers are concerned that employees will combine a paid holiday with other paid time off to create extended vacations. To guard again this situation, some companies require employees to work the day before and after a paid holiday to be eligible to receive holiday pay.

If an employee takes a day off as a religious accommodation, does it have to be paid? An employer must reasonably accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with a work requirement, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. One example of a reasonable accommodation is unpaid time off for a religious holiday or observance. Another is allowing an employee to use a vacation day for the observance”.

When it comes to holiday pay, it is unwise to assume and far better to be accurate. Depending on the jurisdiction in which your company operates, holiday pay calculations can be different. Government entities from Alberta to Yukon and other regions across Canada, have statutory holiday pay guidelines on their websites that your company can use.  And, if your company has a collective bargaining agreement, this also has to be taken into consideration. One thing we know for sure is that if you are using an automated time and attendance system, but still have to figure out which employee worked the holiday through spreadsheets, then you are likely using the wrong system. And, as for manual time tracking, it won’t help you help you figure out how to apply statutory holiday pay.

There is no need for your payroll or HR department to be stressed out, if your company is using ATS TimeWork OnDemand. ATS TimeWork OnDemand is a dynamic, and award-wining application that automates the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours. This intuitive and robust solution automatically calculates and applies holiday pay based on eligibility and your company’s work rule policies, and leverages collected attendance data so you can minimize unapproved overtime, thus reducing labour costs.  ATS TimeWork OnDemand is supported by powerful analytics tools, and is relied on by thousands of organizations to improve workforce productivity.

Bottom-line, if your HR or payroll manager is using ATS TimeWork OnDemand, they no longer have to worry about manually assigning holiday pay. After all, part of the Canadian Thanksgiving is to witness the colour of the leaves, as they change, eat lots of turkey and spend time with friends and family alike.

To learn about ATS Time and Attendance Solution download, a demonstration or call 866.294.2467.

It’s another Statutory Holiday And Your Payroll Practitioner Is Scrambling, Why Is That?

Do You Have The Right Software To Manage And Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay?

May 18th, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Benefit Accruals | Employee Time and Attendance | Overtime | Payroll | Time and Attendance Canada - (Comments Off on Do You Have The Right Software To Manage And Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay?)

As a business executive you probably know that Monday, May 23rd 2016 is Victoria Day or by one of its commonly referred to names that include; “May two-four,” (reference to a 24-bottle case of beer) “the May 24 long weekend,” and “May long weekend.” Some have also deemed it as the official start of summer, hence; the fireworks in many parts of the country. And, as a business executive, you probably, also know, that this day is a federally and provincially regulated statutory holiday, which means, employees in Canada receive a day off, a day off with pay or compensation in lieu of time off.

Do You Have The Right Software To Manage And Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay?

If your organization has employees working on that day it’s important to familiarize yourself with these guidelines before you ask employees to come in to work. The Ontario Ministry of Labour gives a brief description on its website and also has a calculator that employers can use to determine how to allocated statutory holiday pay to its employees. The information, reads, in part;

“Generally, employees who qualify are entitled to take public holidays off work and be paid public holiday pay. Some employees are exempt from public holidays while others work in industries with special rules, which can include requiring an employee to work on a public holiday. This calculator provides the calculation for the 9 public holidays. The calculator does not provide the calculation for public holiday pay for a substitute holiday. An employee who qualifies is entitled to take a substitute holiday if the public holiday falls on a non–working day, during the employees’ vacation or when the employee agrees in writing, or is required, to work on a public holiday.”

Now can you imagine a very busy HR or payroll practitioner manually calculating holiday pay for a workforce of 100 plus employees and then keying it into a spreadsheet and then your payroll software? Manually keying employee stat pay or hours in a spreadsheet is bound to give practitioners headaches and will likely make them yearn for that “May two-four case of beer.” Instead why not use a time and attendance solution that will automatically pay employees the statutory holiday based on provincial, federal and your company’s own work rule policies. That way, you have met your obligation as a company, are not paying someone overtime, to manually key in employee data and now everyone can enjoy Victoria Day and the fireworks that comes with it. And, that’s a win-win for all.

Want to know how to calculate employees holiday using an ATS Time and Attendance Solution? Call us at 866.294.2467 or go to our website and download a demonstration. You can also register for one our monthly webinars or download a brochure.

Do You Have The Right Software To Manage And Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay?

Some Recent reports are shedding positive light on the manufacturing sector and its possible comeback. While many manufacturing companies disappeared during the 2008 crisis, some remained and had adapted to the changes like cloud-computing technologies around them to remain relevant.

An article written by Bill Cornely for Forbes.com reads in part;

“The U.S. manufacturing sector is coming back, we learn from the Federal Reserve’s industrial production report. Last month’s gain was 0.9 percent, more than making up all the ground lost in the early months of this year. Looking forward, production will continue to expand, but don’t expect a lot more factory jobs.

Manufacturing is the largest component of industrial production. The overall industrial numbers are pushed around by utility production, which rises or fall as weather is unusually warm or cold. Manufacturing is thus a better gauge of underlying economic activity than industrial production.”

The article concludes with the following; “It’s not going to be easy sailing for factories. The world is a very competitive place. But look for further gains by American manufacturers in the year to come.”

For many years manufacturing in Canada and the US outperformed other industries by leaps and bounds and created well paying jobs for thousands of workers. And, while the number of manufacturing companies today is, probably half the size of what it use to be, the ones still standing have had to endure a great deal to survive. And to that, we say Kudos to them!

To learn about ATS go to our website. You can also register for a live demonstration of our intuitive manufacturing time and attendance solution. To reach us by phone, call; (866) 294.2467.

Is Manufacturing Really Making a Comeback?

 

Re-Imagine Your Business With A Software Solution That Propels Growth

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Cloud Time and Attendance | Overtime | Payroll - (Comments Off on Re-Imagine Your Business With A Software Solution That Propels Growth)

If you are the President of CEO of your company, chances are you are always thinking of ways to increase revenue, keep cost low and grow your company. If these things keep you up at night, then you want to ensure you have the right resources and tools to help you achieve these goals.  One of the best ways to reach these goals is to have a software solution that; streamlines payroll costs, increase productivity, returns shareholder value and, affords you the time to “smell the roses” while watching your business grow.

Re-Imagine Your Business With A Software Solution That Propels Growth

At ATS, we have tailored our time and attendance solution specific to the needs of thousands of customers throughout Canada, US and Europe. Whether you have 50 or 100,000 employees, the ATS TimeWork unified solution will help improve workforce performance through; employee scheduling, attendance tracking, leave management, payroll compliance and provide you with a bevy of dashboards and workflow alerts to run your entire business. With ATS time and attendance you can automate your attendance process, improve visibility in real-time and efficiency, and transform your business.

ATS Time and Attendance provides you with the tools so, you can:

Use ATS Cloud Application: Take advantage of a Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solution that offers cloud capabilities, which means lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than on-premises time tracking solutions. Cloud-delivered enhancements are provided throughout the year, with no disruption to your organization.

Automate Pay Rules: Once configured, ATS TimeWork will reflect your pay guidelines, attendance policies, benefit policies, and other elements of your entire business operation including; overtime, premium pay and lunch and break rules.

Access Reports On-Demand: You can access analytic reports in real-time and gain insight into employee attendance and scheduling practices. You can configure the analytics reports with special filters to get to the information that you need.

Automatically Integrate:  Our flexible data integration allow for imports and exports or web-based data transfer. New hires, paid time off balances, and pay rates can easily be imported.

Utilize Leave Management: ATS leave management is embedded into ATS time and attendance database calculations. ATS leave management is also integrated with the employee scheduling module, and provides instant alerts on time-off requests, and allows employees to view time worked and make scheduling requests.

To download a demonstration or to learn more go to our website. You can also contact one of our account representatives at 866.294.2467.

Re-Imagine Your Business With A Software Solution That Propels Growth

The classic approach to a return on investment (ROI) of a workforce management solution has always been analyzing the costs vs. benefits. And, on paper while that is a great strategy, the quickest way to achieve that ROI is to start using the system after it’s implemented. What good is a workforce management solution if it’s only being used by a fraction of your employees? It is important to understand that ROI comes from the business process improvement that’s inherent within workforce management solution.

The business process improvements within ATS Workforce Management Solution include:

Cost Reduction – Data integration of employee hours into payroll, ERP and HR key helps production and senior managers quickly identify opportunities for improvements and cost reductions.

Cloud-Base Platform- That makes for a wonderful experience across mobile platforms, desktops and complemented with self-service access to employee workforce schedules, attendance, and time and attendance information.

Improved Efficiency-as your company uses ATS TimeWork, you begin to notice a reduction in administrative overhead and total cost of ownership. In addition, ATS cloud-based time and attendance scalable solution integrates with a variety data collection devices.

Reduced Workforce Complexity- ATS TimeWork automated time and attendance enhances workforce compliance with benefit accruals, calculation of overtime pay and statutory holidays, and helps you keep track of; late arrivals, early departures, or unexpected absences.

Built-In Regulatory Compliance Rules- for all provinces, states and regions in Canada, the United States, South America and Europe.

In conclusion, by using ATS Workforce Management Solution as soon as it has been deployed and, at the same time, encouraging your team to do so, you will start to quickly realize the benefits.

To learn more, go to our website, where you can gain access to brochures, live demonstrations or request for more information.

The ROI Of A Workforce Management Solution

 

The market-place is littered with companies that offer incentive based products for the purpose of spurring employee engagement. And, in a time of employment upheaval including some well known companies closing up shop in Canada recently it begs the question, are incentives in and of themselves the only way to engage employees or are there other components that should be added to the equation?

As a supplier of business management software that propels productivity, ATS is a believer in the power of an engaged workforce that embraces a positive environment for its employees.

An article by Trudy Brunot, of Demand Media, titled “The Importance of a Positive Environment in the Workplace” reads in part;

“Our work environment encompasses more than the employee lounge, office area and lobby. Policies, resources, professional relationships and company culture also fashion the environment in which we work. Author and University of Virginia Professor Scott A. Snell, in the book, “Managing Human Resources,” defines a positive environment in the workplace as an atmosphere of employee enthusiasm that improves organization performance. Workers reap social, health and personal benefits from a positive atmosphere at their place of employment. Organizations that fail to foster a positive environment for employees risk hampering their ability to succeed.”

And in employment environments that employees view as negative, she cites the following;

“Problems stemming from a negative employment atmosphere feed upon each other to the detriment of the entire organization. Attendance issues — call-offs, lateness, leaving early — lower productivity and poison morale. “Presenteeism,” defined as reduced productivity while on the clock, leads to disengaged employees making errors due to their lack of concentration and motivation. Customer service suffers when unhappy workers cannot put on a happy face. Innovation and creativity lose their competitive advantage when disengaged researchers and product developers lose interest. As disillusioned employees leave, management loses credibility which tarnishes the organization’s reputation and causes recruitment trouble.”

There are no perfect workplaces but as a Millennial, I would choose an organization like ATS over any other who expects hardware work, but fosters positive energy that permeates throughout its upper management all the way to its warehouse employees. And, with superiors that are both supportive and visibly engaged with employees everyday, it shows they truly understand their workforce.

To learn more about ATS, go to our website and download a product brochure or pre-recorded demonstration.

A Positive Work Environment Can Yield Productive Results

This was one of questions posed to one of ATS Business Practice Lead a year ago, during a visit to a multi-site food manufacturing plant in western Canada. The plant manager and CFO who were the project leaders of a 15 person steering committee, wanted to make sure they had a thorough understanding of the benefits and most notably, the ROI of such a huge project. In addition, to the benefits, they were also particularly concerned that the implementation of biometric time clocks might create a “Big Brother” mentality within their company’s long serving workforce. Once we were able to ally the fears of the ATS time clocks, we discussed the benefits of in great detail to the satisfaction of the group.

By replacing your company’s manual attendance tracking you can now:

  • Replace handwritten notes and employee time-off request through automation, thereby, eliminating wasted time and resources
  • Respond to provincial, municipal, federal and work rule compliance and collective bargaining agreements and changes quickly as they evolve
  • Manage employee accrual benefits and other HR information, such as vacation planning and performance reviews
  • Use workflows that present real time status so that errors are flagged and corrected before exporting to payroll or other third-party software programs.
  • Give your managers the ability to view employee hours from any workstation or smart phone with Internet access 24/7 365 days a year
  • Eliminate the use of servers, operating system and database license, or technology infrastructure investments.
  • Improve workforce productivity and control costs, by reducing ineffective administrative functions and freeing employee time so, they can focus on more valuable tasks

The benefit of a time clock system is monumental and when combined with ATS time tracking modules, you will realize a return on investment (ROI) in the matter of weeks not months. To learn more about ATS time and attendance system, go to our website or contact a representative at 866.294.2467.

What Are The Benefits Of A Time Clock System?

Workforce Statistics And Job Recovery, What Recovery?

September 9th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Labour Forecasting | Payroll | Time and Attendance Blog - (Comments Off on Workforce Statistics And Job Recovery, What Recovery?)

The latest job numbers from both the US and Canada paint a gloomy picture. Some experts contend that the reported numbers show how much catching up the economy has to do after the great recession. So, is there any end in sight to these gloomy numbers? Regarding payroll, in its most recent report the US department of labor states:

“Payroll employment increases in August (+142,000); unemployment rate changes little (6.1%) Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.”

And on productivity, it states in part, “Productivity increased 2.3 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter of 2014; unit labor costs decreased 0.1 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity increased 3.3 percent and unit labor costs decreased 1.6 percent.”

Are these the type of numbers we can expect to see in the upcoming months or is this just an anomaly? Some experts suggest that the job reports are inaccurate, and that statisticians, are not using the right forecasting tools hence, the numbers do not equate to the true unemployment figures.

One thing’s for sure with employment at an all time high for recent graduates and many older workers, let’s all hope we do not slip back into a recession anytime soon.

 

Workforce Statistics And Job Recovery, What Recovery?

This year’s NBA playoffs have been nothing short of exciting, once you set aside the unfortunate incident that took place with the LA Clippers. Lower seeded teams gave the top ranked ones all that they could handle and more. The most surprising team in this year’s playoffs was perhaps, The Toronto Raptors a team that some predicted would not win many games in its first round playoff series, yet, they took the Brooklyn Nets to the brink. After the game, when asked by a reporter about the Raptors, Future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce put it quite succinctly “They are going to be a force to be reckoned with as time goes on”.

 

This Raptor team took the form of the modern day David vs. Goliath and in this case, David almost won. With a fan base that is one of the best in team sports, one has to wonder how soon is Basketball, going to catch on throughout the rest of Canada. Change takes time, but Canada as a country is also changing and has continued to embrace other sports in addition, to hockey. The love that the Raptors fans have for their hometown heroes is infectious and appears to be permeating to fans that prefer other sports.

 

So, as the curtain closes on this year’s playoffs, Raptor fans should be extremely proud of their team. That team is made up of a bunch of talented and gritty players who refused to give up, and that trait, in and of itself, should serve as an inspiration for anyone who has ever been told “You cannot or will not win”. They were one foul or a couple of baskets (depending on who you ask) away from reaching the second round of the playoffs. And such a feat deserves to be recognized.

The 2014 Toronto Raptors took Canada by Storm