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3 Tips to Help Your Company Embrace a BYOD at Work

September 26th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in Employee Productivity | HR | SmartPhones | Time and Attendance Canada | Time and Attendance Toronto - (Comments Off on 3 Tips to Help Your Company Embrace a BYOD at Work)

Bring your own device (BYOD) concept, has been gaining in popularity for several years and some companies have implemented them with varying degrees of success within their organizations. If your company is considering implementing it, make sure you understand both the pros and cons that come along with it.

3 Tips to Help Your Company Embrace a BYOD at Work

Here are three tips from Jane Harper’s article titled Creating an Effective Cell Phones at Work Policy

“Employee cell phone policy must be consistent: Policies are more prone to collapse when a group of employees are living above them or observing a different version of it. You don’t want to bring in misunderstandings, resentment among team members or be accused of unfair treatment – enemies of productivity. Keeping the policy consistent regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, level, etc, is what makes it effective.

Specify the smart devices employees can use: Is there no need for some smart devices to be allowed? Your policy will be ineffective if it restricts only cell phones. That means employees can bring in personal tablets or similar smart devices to still create the problem you are trying to avoid by limiting cell phones. The policy should categorically state the personal technology permitted during the time of restriction.

Consider safety, security, and privacy: While creating an employee cell phone policy, there is a need to consider safety, security, and privacy. Presenting your policy as a means to only stop employees from work time theft or to only maintain productivity level is not totally ideal. Employees should understand the dangers of using devices while operating machinery or driving. It should be clear that downloading infected attachments on their personal devices could shut down the entire office if passed into to the office network”.

Bring your own device concept (BYOD) will not work for all companies. Because, while the costs will likely be borne by the employee, in such a situation, what happens when that employee leaves the company? It’s obvious that the company the will want the data, and if there is no policy that was drafted to deal with this, it could end up being a bad break-up between employer and employee.

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If your organization is a believer in having business management software installed on its network as opposed utilizing the cloud, you are not alone. Some companies, for various reasons, like the idea having their software in-house. And, if your company, falls into that category, be assured that ATS offers, a robust, on premise workforce management solution—that’s used by small, mid and fortune500 companies—across every industry.

If, however, you are still wondering what this cloud fuss is all about, here are 7 reasons why you might want to take a peek at some of the benefits:

 

Not A Fan Of Cloud Computing? Here Are 7 Reasons To Reconsider

Better performance
Because ATS cloud reduces the need for you to install a multitude of unnecessary features, your computer has more free memory to work faster at other things.

You will always have the latest version
By virtue of accessing your own secure ATS time and attendance, company specific app or URL, the latest version of your time and attendance application will always be readily available. And, those updates come without disruption to your business operations.

Flexible costs
ATS cloud computing solution is more flexible than traditional methods. Organizations utilize our subscription-based services – and pay for – server and infrastructure capacity as/when it is needed.

Total and complete independence
Your company can access the ATS time and attendance application from any Smartphone, tablet or computer that’s connected to the Internet 24/7. This means, you are no longer tied to your computer to get what you need.

Sharing with others is now easier
Sharing work, sending reports to other managers or your direct supervisor is so much easier, including the ability to work on an employee online time card at the same time and, see updates and revisions in real-time.

Hardware costs is significantly reduced
When installing software on a company’s server, you have to factor in the cost of maintaining that Server including updates. Software hosted in the cloud does not require that kind of costs-in fact, all you need is a computer with reasonable Internet speed.

Data backup
Because your data are stored securely in the cloud, if you spill coffee on your laptop or lose your smart phone while taking the train to work, your data is still safe.

ATS cloud time and attendance offers your business a degree of agility and path to rapid growth that was simply unattainable in the past. ATS Cloud gives customers a complete, end-to-end cloud solution—a rich and comprehensive platform to—ensure their businesses get the best value for their investment.

Need more reasons to reconsider an ATS cloud solution? Go to our website and you can download the demonstration or register for one for a bi-weekly webinar.

According to Webopedia, “Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications”.  For many businesses the traditional way of accessing information involves accessing applications downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building.  In the world of cloud computing, businesses can access the same kinds of applications, but this time they do it through the internet.

When you update your LinkedIn status, you are essentially using cloud computing. Do you pay any of your your bills or access any app by phone? If so, you are in the cloud. Many small and large businesses rely on cloud computing to solve their business challenges. And, this type of technology has become a competitive advantage, for many smaller companies, who previously saw large corporations deploy cloud applications with a great deal of success.

But why are so many businesses now moving to the cloud? Simple, the benefits of the cloud helps improve cash flow and increases workforce efficiency. Here are some additional benefits:

Scalability
Smart CIO and IT Managers who have done their due diligence have embraced the cloud. Many of them are now encouraging their CEOs to deploy the cloud over on-premise solutions. For example, cloud computing allows you to scale up or down based on your needs. This unprecedented level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a distinct advantage over their competitors.

Improve Cash-Flow
Business executives are not fond of tying up a lot of their capital in IT projects and they should not have to. With a cloud computing application like ATS TimeWork OnDemand, the pay-as-you-go, subscription-based model eases cash flow. And, the quick turn-around time of database set up, and deployment, is sure to make most naysayer business executive embrace the cloud computing.

Access 24/7, Anytime, Anywhere
With an Internet connection, regardless of where you are, you can access ATS TimeWork OnDemand. The beauty of cloud computing means, you are not restricted with which device you can use; whether it’s a Smartphone, tablet or workstation you can still access the cloud.

Any of the benefits mentioned is enough to convince many business executives to give cloud computing some serious consideration. And after talking to customers who are using ATS TimeWork OnDemand, we are pretty sure they will make that move.

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In the North American culture of work, for some at least, it means responding to e-mails from your boss or other colleagues at all hours of the night, and/or working on your day off or while on vacation. In short, work has consumed some of us, to the point, that we are defined by it. And this can result in family and leisure time, ultimately, taking a back seat to work.

In a recent article by Jennifer Deal for The Wall Street Journal titled “The Neuropsychology of Working While on Vacation–and How to Overcome It”

She writes; “Some people blame the technology for infiltrating our lives to the point we are never away from work. And certainly remaining connected with work while camping or sitting on the beach or being on car trips would be impossible without the smart-phone.”

But is technology really to be blamed for this? Are there emergencies everyday at work that requires employees to be connected 24/7, even while on vacation? Jennifer Deal’s answer to some of this question is simple; “Another way is to turn the phone off and put it physically away, such as locking it in a safe. If you can’t look at it – that is, you can’t without going to substantial trouble – the brain itch will eventually die off because you can’t scratch it.”

Can You Detach Yourself From Work While On Vacation?

And for those of us who find it incredibly busy to turn off from work while on vacation or on our days off, we can also try this; “So the next time you want to relax but find yourself unable to because your mind keeps straying back to an unfinished task, figure out a way to make it impossible for you to complete that task right then. Your mind will be more likely to let it go if there’s no possibility of completing it, and you might finally be able to relax.”

Will any of these ideas work? Who knows, however, if you do not want to check e-mails or have your boss contact you while on vacation, leave your phone at home.

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ATS Time and Attendance Software business intelligence tool is an up to the minute data directory of information that gives you real-time visibility across your organization. This data driven directory uses 21st century business intelligence and it is fully integrated within ATS Time and Attendance. This application is a powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tools that drives smarter decisions across single or multi-site locations.

ATS Time and Attendance business intelligence application provides companies with user-defined portals for real-time monitoring of their most relevant business indicators. The employee time management dashboard provides comprehensive capabilities to deliver actionable, representations of key employee and labour analytic reports and statistical data.

Companies can use data driven business intelligence tools to identify predictive patterns in employee attendance and track such things as overtime, personal time off (PTO) and benefit accruals. Having instant access to data through ATS cloud-based time and attendance helps companies view attendance anomalies and quickly react to changing business conditions

The employee time and attendance dashboard information can be accessed 24/7 from any smartphone, tablet or computer with Internet access. ATS user-friendly employee time and attendance dashboards were designed so companies could get the most up to date information that they use every day, helping them to make smarter decisions faster

To learn more about ATS integrated Time and Attendance Business Intelligence designed for today’s businesses, go to our website.

The ongoing debate about the advantages of a cloud based solution and whether it can help businesses achieve its objectives while lowering operational costs continues. Some have argued, in the past, that the cloud was a “Johnny comelately” with no staying power. Cloud based services have not only eclipsed this argument but they have become an attractive option for mid-large enterprises that find the value in adopting a solution that cuts down on IT infrastructure.

Apex Time Solutions provides an integrated software-as-a-service (saas) workforce management software that includes the following modules: overtime equalization, forecasting, employee scheduling, labour analytics, job costing, employee self-service and benefit accruals. The core application of TimeWork provides functionality for data integration to such solutions as; talent management, payroll, enterprise resource planning, human resources information systems and customer relationship management.

ATS TimeWork is robust, simple to use and adapts to needs of industries in many verticals. Our cloud time and attendance solution alleviates your IT burden, risk and the variables associated with on premise deployments. You experience peace of mind with predictable costs, reliable system availability and regular software upgrades and maintenance with ATS time and attendance cloud solution.

Here are three reasons to deploy an ATS cloud time and attendance solution:

Portability – Allow you to access business intelligence data through the cloud in real-time. ATS Cloud time and attendance captures employee time and helps promote consistent policy enforcement while also helping companies comply with local, provincial and federal labour laws.

Implementation Independence – ATS workforce management domain architecture lets companies configure their applications environments with different legal entities and site combinations while consolidating different instances.

Software Access- Anywhere, Anytime –ATS cloud time and attendance can be access through any computer, Smartphone or tablet PC with Internet access. Browser compatibility includes: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Opera.

If you are still not convinced about the power of ATS cloud time and attendance, contact us and we will put you in touch with some of our customers. To learn more, download a demo, or go to our website.