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Tis’ The Season To Be Smart and Aware When Online Shopping

November 27th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Business Intelligence | Google | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Tis’ The Season To Be Smart and Aware When Online Shopping)

Eggnog, ugly sweaters, and shopping, yes shopping are three things synonymous with the holidays. Whether you are into any of these or not, they have become some of the things to do, in North America, during the holiday season. And since, online shopping has become part of our holiday shopping habits, it goes without saying, a level of caution has to be applied before clicking on a link for those ‘must-have-shoes’ that are calling out to be bought.

A recent article byPAYTM Canada titledHow to become a savvy online shopper this holiday season provides some useful insights and tips on how to be aware and shop smart online during holiday season. It reads in part;

“Holiday shoppers are enjoying the wave of online deals and discounts, thanks to retailers creating a whole season of shopping specials designed to keep you browsing and buying through the dark days of winter. Online shopping conveniently lets you skip the cold, the crowds, the lineups, and the incessant holiday music in the stores. Plus, shopping online can be fun”. 

And before you pull out that credit card here are 5 tips from that can help you have Happy Joly Holiday if use them.

Shop securely

The number one rule of online shopping is to shop securely. Any reputable retailer will have a secure site — meaning any personal and credit card information you give them is secure. Look for the padlock icon in the address bar next to the retailer’s web address or an extra “s” in the URL after “http”. The URL should start with “https.” The last thing you want is to purchase a sweater for your mom only to have your credit card compromised and used to buy thousands of dollars of expensive stereo equipment.

You should also make sure you are on a secure Wi-Fi network. As a general rule, try to do all online shopping from the comfort of your own home. Using public Wi-Fi can leave your personal information vulnerable.

Search for deals

One of the biggest benefits of shopping online is the ability to comparison shop with ease. No more trekking through the entire mall looking for the perfect wallet. Tools like Google’s shopping search make it easy to quickly scour the web based on specific criteria like price point, brand, style, and colour. It’s like having a personal shopper at your fingertips.

Get rewards

We’re all about saving money while you spend money. Shopping online means that you will be putting your purchases on a credit card. Make sure your credit card has a rewards program so that you can rack up points that you can use towards paying off your credit debt or paying for things like flights, hotels and car rentals on your next vacation.

Shop brands you know and love 

There are so many online retailers out there competing for your money. Low prices can be enticing but there is nothing worse than ordering an item only to be disappointed when you open the package because it doesn’t meet your expectations. Your safest bet is to order online from stores that you already know and love. Being familiar with the service, quality, sizing and return policy helps to greatly reduce the possibility of getting stuck with something you don’t like or want. 

Ship smart 

When trying to decide what product to buy online, be sure to factor in where it is coming from and when you need it. To avoid massive shipping fees, it is wise to shop well in advance of the date you need the item so that you don’t have to express ship anything. Buying from Canadian retailers is the best way to make sure your shopping is in ship-shape. You’ll get your packages quicker and with little to no shipping fees. 

Bottomline: shopping online has become much easier than in previous years. And the number of Canadians and the world in general, who has flocked to online shopping is staggering.  In closing, shop secure and be merry.

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.

Does Your Company Offer Fridays Off?

July 26th, 2017 | Posted by ATS in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Does Your Company Offer Fridays Off?)

The concept of a four day work week, employees being allowed to leave early on Friday or get have it off isn’t new. If fact, it has been the norm in the health and medical field and other industries for years. According to the Society for Human Resource Management this perk is offered as an option to some employees 43% of companies, yet only 10% of those companies make it available to all or most of their employees. Lately, companies have been using it to attract and retain top talent. And why is that? Many of today’s workforce especially millennial are not interested in jobs that require one to work 60 hours a week, and instead, value time-off from work to spend with friends and family.

Does Your Company Offer Fridays Off?

A recent study by CEB, now Gartner says that Organizations Are Offering Flexible Schedules, Reduced Hours to Retain Employees Who Are Feeling More Confident About the Labor Market.

In its press release on the study, it revealed the following:

“Summer Fridays” are days that organizations offer employees the flexibility to leave early or take the entire day off. Organizations that offer this type of perk may have a competitive advantage when trying to retain their top talent.

According to data from the CEB Global Talent Monitor, employee confidence in the business environment and their personal economic prospects increased again in Q1 2017 – the fourth consecutive quarter. In addition to feeling better about the global labor market, employees are increasingly seeking out new jobs in several major economies, including the U.S., China and Germany.

“As the number of employees feeling more confident about their personal job prospects increases, companies must find creative ways to reward and retain their top talent,” said Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at CEB, now Gartner. “Giving employees the gift of time via Summer Fridays is one low-cost way to improve employee engagement, which in turn can increase employee productivity and drive business results.”

For many employees, work-life balance is one of the top factors they consider when choosing to take or leave a job. Even organizations that are unable to offer an official Summer Fridays program can capitalize on the importance of work-life balance and reinforce the value they place on employees by:

  • Allowing staff to work from home more frequently during the summer
  • Enabling employees to shift their hours to either come in early or later
  • Encouraging employees to take PTO without guilt

Before trotting up to your boss with all this data to make your case for either working half day or having Fridays off, make sure you understand the make up of your organization. If your company does not offer either, your manager might have a compelling case. Ask employees who have been at your organization, longer than you about its history. There is likely a reason why your company does not have it.

Whether it’s working half day on Fridays, telecommuting on that day or having it off altogether, it isn’t limited to the private sector. The Canadian and US Governments in various departments offer some version of the proverbial “Summer Fridays” and in some instances, it’s year round.

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ATS Modern-Day Cloud helps the Public Sector to Increase Productivity and Streamline Costs

October 13th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Business Intelligence | Employee Scheduling | Forecasting | Leave Management | Overtime | Payroll | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on ATS Modern-Day Cloud helps the Public Sector to Increase Productivity and Streamline Costs)

Today’s public sector is faced with shrinking budgets, aging populations, and are under pressure, to streamline payroll costs and improve operational effectiveness. So, how do these public agencies and governments guard the public purse, share information, integrate business processes and, at the same time, reduce costs? The answer for many of them has been to embrace the cloud and the many benefits that come with it.

ATS cloud-based time and attendance is truly unique and helps public sector agencies address pressing issues that include: proper application of overtime, adherence of collective bargaining agreement work-rules, pay compliance and daily time and attendance business operations. ATS cloud-based time and attendance is compliant with Canadian and US; provincial, federal and state regulations.

ATS Modern-Day Cloud helps the Public Sector to Increase Productivity and Streamline Costs

Benefits to government agencies using ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance include:

Work and pay rules enforcement
ATS time and attendance data flows to multiple databases including; HR, ERP and payroll thus, reducing manual effort and ensuring that work hour policies and pay rules are correctly applied. ATS time and attendance provides instant exception alerts to users, based on government agency-specific rules, empowering managers to catch and correct errors at the source.

Employee Scheduling
You can give employees access to view their shifts and schedules. They can also define their availability and collaborate time-off requests through the intuitive cloud-based interface. With ATS employee scheduling, you can eliminate costs, time, and errors from budgeting and planning, integrate forecasting activities, and automate the planning cycle.

Choose your deployment
With a complete range of flexible deployment options, including cloud, and hybrid configurations, ATS offers rapid implementation to get your agency up and running fast. ATS cloud-based time and attendance helps the public sector eliminate license-based maintenance costs, manage payroll costs, while enhancing workforce productivity— in a cost-effective manner that delivers flexibility, security, reliability, compliance and efficiency.

The powerful and robust ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance database allows public sector agencies to replace outdated time tracking methodologies, with —a modern-day platform, that enforces standard public sector-specific policies and regulations.

Want to know if ATS operates in your region or province and can meet the business requirements of your public sector? Contact us by phone at 866.294.2467. You can also go to our website and download brochures, join in a weekly webinar or download a demonstration and view the product at your leisure.

ATS Modern-Day Cloud helps the Public Sector to Increase Productivity and Streamline Costs

When one of the members in the marketing department of ATS, heard these words attributed to the Honda Civic as being the #1 selling car brands in Canada for 15 years, she immediately sent an e-mail to the team. Of course, we too wanted to know how such a feat had been accomplished.  After watching the broadcast, it made perfect sense.

Credit must be granted to the CBC’s “Under The Influence” which aired the broadcast. Listening to the broadcast gave us a better understanding as to why Civic owners love their vehicles so much. Their love for their cars has to do with substance and reliability over flash. Fancy features can be added afterwards, but the reliability of the vehicle is what most civic lovers go for. After all, who wants to be stuck in minus 35 degree temperature in a Canadian winter, with a car that will not start?

Similar to the civic,  ATS time and attendance system is a reliable software that has been used by businesses for over 20 years. While flashy reports and cool tools can be added to the solution, ATS time and attendance software was designed to address robust business requirements for many industries. ATS TimeWork offers broad deployment choices to its users and the system’s powerful time and attendance infrastructure helps ensure that the most unique customer needs are met.

With ATS, you establish a solid connection to TimeWork On-Demand via any mobile device or workstation that’s connected to the Internet 24/7, 365 days a year.  ATS TimeWork On-Demand frees you from the necessity of maintaining expensive purchased or leased equipment like systems and servers.

ATS TimeWork On-demand enables you to take advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings garnered through cloud computing. And just like the Honda civic, the application is built on reliability not flash, and will help you maintain control over your business, by decreasing payroll costs and increasing productivity.

Number 1 Selling Brand In Canada