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Millennials sometimes get a raw deal by some people. However, what that small minority of people who keep bashing them, fail to realize is that millennials are the future – and will someday control the levels of; government, private businesses and academia to name a few.

7 Tips To Help Your Company Understand Millennials

Here a poignant list of things your company should know about this next generation of bright and ambitious individuals. This list is extrapolated from an article titled Seven Things CEOs Need to Know About Millennials by Meghan M. Biro of Talent Culture.

  1. Benefits: It’s not all about the “Benjamins.” When Millennial employees were asked what they value most from an employer, you may be surprised to learn that money wasn’t most important. In fact, cash bonuses came in third with training and development and flexible work hours taking first and second place respectively. What’s more revealing is that almost three quarters (73 percent) of millennials favor the notion of being able to customize their benefits packages to better suit their individual needs.
  2. They want to be challenged: This generation wants to know that their job offers personal learning and development opportunities above everything else. They also want to feel confident that when accepting a new position, there will be opportunities for advancement within the organization. In fact, 52 percent said it would make a prospective employer more attractive.
  3. A pat on the back goes a long way: One of the strongest traits of many millennials is the desire of frequent feedback from their superiors, especially praise for a job well done. As the survey indicated, 51 percent said feedback should be given very frequently or continually.
  4. They aren’t impressed with your diversity: Generally speaking, millennials think you can do better when it comes to promoting equal opportunity in the workplace. More than half (55 percent) of respondents agreed that even though organizations discuss diversity, not everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.
  5. They think you’re stuck in your ways: Millennials are continually calling out company leaders for their “old-school,” and outdated management styles. More than 40 percent of millennials surveyed felt their use of technology was not always understood or appreciated.
  6. They’re sensitive about what older workers think of them: Millennials sometimes get a bum rap and at work, 38 percent think it might have something to do with the inability of older senior management to relate to them. Whether it’s rigid hierarchies and outdated management styles (cited by 65 percent of survey respondents,) or not understanding the way millennials use technology (46 percent,) they feel misunderstood by older colleagues.
  7. They’re loyal, but only to a point: Many millennials (38 percent) admit that they are keeping an eye out for new opportunities even when they are not actively seeking a new position. In other words, if they feel their talents are being wasted or that their needs are not being met, they won’t hesitate to move on to other opportunities.

Millenials are not as bad as they are made out to be. Let’s remember that it was not too long ago that today’s, 50 year plus cohorts, who blame today’s millennials for everything that’s wrong with the workforce environment — was also criticized by the generation that came before them. Some might call this merely the cycle of life.

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So, you’ve finally decided that it’s time get rid of the outdated time and attendance system you have been using for the last 15 plus years. Whether that system is a combination of spreadsheets and paper time cards, the people that are commonly involved in managing it tends to be payroll, HR and, some in cases, the finance. More often than not, some companies see this as a IT project and so, the very people who are involved in the everyday process of adding up time cards (if your process is manual) are left out entirely or get introduced to system after IT has seen a demonstration or your company has selected its vendor of choice. Make no mistake IT is critically important to the deployment of a time and attendance solution-but to leave out the very people (stakeholders) who will be managing the system on a day to day basis is a recipe for disaster. In short, all stakeholders should be involved when deploying a solution that is designed to automate and enhanced business process.

Going To Deploy A Time And Attendance Solution? Don’t Forget HR And Payroll

Scott Span penned an article for TLNT titled 7 Steps to Successful Technology Adoption. It’s a good guide for any company who is going to deploy a cloud or onpremise time and attendance, talent management, CRM, ERP or HR application. Here is a condensed version of the article which reads, in part:

  1. Align technology and strategy

The purpose of introducing new technology to a business is to improve performance. Start with the goals you want to achieve, and then plan backwards, finding a technology that best supports improved performance. People are more likely to adopt new technology if they can see how it helps them to achieve their goals and objectives.

  1. Communicate for buy-in and engagement

Achieving user adoption for new technology requires communicating with stakeholders early and often. Before you can communicate with stakeholders you need to have all your stakeholder groups identified. The way each currently performs their work, processes, should be documented. The impacts the new technology will have on them needs to be identified and communicated. Ways in which your organization will mitigate any negative impacts for stakeholders also needs to be communicated.

  1. Perform a current systems analysis

Technology upgrades or introducing new technologies carries a huge compatibility risk – what if the new systems turn out not to be compatible with those you already have or integration requires more build time than was anticipated.

  1. Develop training approach early

One of the biggest risks to user adoption is lack of sufficient and customized training. Many vendors offer training options as part of your technology purchase, however, most of this training is standardized off the shelf and not specific to your business processes or culture. Training should not just be screenshots and PowerPoint. People need to see and play in the system, prior to go-live, in the context of their specific work processes.

  1. Integrate technology deployment with change management

Many organizations are so focused on deployment and conversion, schedules and criteria, that they fail to deploy and integrate a change management process for helping stakeholders adapt and adopt to technology. This is often one of the biggest reasons for rocky deployments, low adoption, and project failure. Technology only achieves desired goals if the people adopt it, if they don’t, technology is just wasted money.

  1. Create an effective governance structure

Many technology deployments fail to establish an effective governance structure to lead and manage the deployment. Often project management and technology resources are assigned to govern the implementation, but the voice of impacted stakeholders and even customers, is not represented. Effective governance can’t exist in a silo or a vacuum.

  1. Monitor and course correct

Introducing new technology is likely to cause a major disruption to workflow. Monitor your deployment and consider whether the implementation schedule may need to be revised into smaller more manageable stages. Provide stakeholders opportunities to offer feedback. New technology impacts everyone, so listening to stakeholder opinions and concerns and adjusting your deployment as needed, is important for achieving adoption.”

Deploying a time and attendance should not be a difficult undertaking. Once you have checked all the boxes of the above mentioned steps, the next important step is to assign a project manager. While that person does not (although this would be nice) need deep implementation expertise, they need to have the authority and capability to bring all parties together at any given time to ensure the success of your deployment.

Finding a time and attendance solution that meets your business goals and can be deployed on time and on budget can be overwhelming and frustrating exercise. But it doesn’t have to be. And, that’s why ATS created a helpful guide, based on the real-life experience of our customers who, like you, converted from manual and out-dated business practices and spreadsheets to a best-class time and attendance solution.

How do we do it? First, we cut through the hype select the solution that meets your business goals fits your needs of your operation.  It all begins with scoping interviews, where we get an in-depth view of what you need from the ATS Time and Attendance Solution. Once this is complete, we can start to plan for implementation, testing, training, and support. From there, we initiate the ATS Time and Attendance as an integrated solution

To download an ATS Time and Attendance Implementation Guide, go to our website. You can also review a demonstration of ATS TimeWork OnDemand or attend a bi-weekly webinar, while browsing through our site. And, to reach one of our solution consultants by phone, call 866.294.2467.

 

 

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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The Future Of Cloud Computing: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

November 4th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Cloud Time and Attendance | Labour Analytics | Payroll | Time and Attendance Canada | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on The Future Of Cloud Computing: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?)

Whenever a product or service offers an alternative to the “old way of doing things” there is always going to be resistance. Cloud computing is no stranger to resistance and despite that, it has continued with nonstop momentum. Some of the naysayers to cloud computing are surprised when told that; online banking, accessing Google and Yahoo mail or even sending files to icloud and Dropbox are essentially cloud computing.

An article written by Graham Winfrey complete with infograpics for Inc.com titled “The Future of Cloud Computing–and Why Your Resistance Is Futile” states in part; “By 2017, two-thirds of all business workloads will be processed in cloud data centers, according to data cited by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The percentage of organizations using the cloud for some form of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) is also expected to double by 2017, from 23 percent to 44 percent.”

The Future Of Cloud Computing: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

The cloud is quickly transforming the way today’s businesses operate, allowing access to real-time data and increased communications across all the different departments and locations. There is no doubt that the cloud is the platform of the future. And, as businesses grapple with the new economy, the need for a solution that will help reduce costs, improve productivity and provide a healthy return on investment-becomes even more important.

We recognize not all businesses are keen on adopting a cloud solution, in part because for fear of the unknown and/or because some businesses have the personnel and hardware infrastructure to host a database in-house. Whatever the business rationale, next time you are evaluating time and attendance applications, consider the cloud as an alternative to the old-style client-server technology.

To learn more, register for one of our weekly webinars on Friday, November 6th at 1:00pm eastern. You can also download a pre-recorded webinar or contact us at 866.294.2467.

The Future Of Cloud Computing: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

 

Buzzwords That Have Outlived Their Time

October 27th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Software-as-a-Service (saas) Workforce Management Software | Time and Attendance Solution - (Comments Off on Buzzwords That Have Outlived Their Time)

It’s was not too long ago the words “sexy reports” was used to describe a set of simple, to use and/or understand reports. At least that’s what we think. In the world of software technology which ATS is a part of, we too spew our own share of buzz words. However, some buzzwords words linger in the business world for far too long. When they eventually disappear, you can almost hear a collective and quiet sigh of relief.

We did some digging and found an article titled “30 Buzz Words You Should Stop Using” by, Annie Pilon, staff writer for Small Business Trends. Some of these buzzwords have been around too long and should be buried, hopefully soon.

Buzzwords That Have Outlived Their Time

In no particular order, we chose 7 overused buzzwords from the article:

“Synergy
This term is often used to convey elements that work together to create a total effect. However, it’s been so overused in the business community that it has lost much of its meaning and just comes across as filler.

Paradigm Shift
This is another term that is used to describe a change in business practices. But it has been incredibly overused and can come across as an attempt to cover up a mistake with fancy language.

Outside the Box
For years, people have used this term to reference creative thinking. But in business, most issues require some level of creativity. So using this term is cliché and often just unnecessary.

Game Changer
When something is a game changer, that usually means it is something that can significantly change an industry or business. But it’s another overused buzzword that doesn’t have the same impact it used to.

Going Forward
This is a term you should stop using simply because it should be a given. When talking about your business, everything you discuss should have an impact on the future. So you don’t really need to specify that.

Hit the Ground Running
Many in the business world use this term to express the desire to get started on something right away. But offering a specific timeline is less cliché and usually more helpful.

Thought Leader
This term is often used to describe a person who is recognized as an authority in a particular field. But it doesn’t hold as much weight as it once did. An actual job title or some credentials can mean a lot more than applying this general term to anyone who has an opinion about an industry.”

Buzzwords are exactly as described “buzz”. Like anything else, they too have their time. Chances are in 5 or 10 years from now some or all of these words will be a thing of the past

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After a long and dreaded winter, the sun is a welcome arrival and with it comes office attire faux pas by some employees. Who does not like wearing shorts, sunglasses and flip-flops in the summer? Of course we all do. While some companies have formal written policies, some simply rely on the employee common sense to understand their work environment. That said, some industries have unspoken rules and its incumbent on the employees to understand their work environment. And if going for job interview, it’s always a good idea to ask the interviewer about the company’s dress code policy in advance.

In no particular order, here is a list of well published don’ts for office attire. This list may also applies to candidates going on job interviews:

  • Crop tops
  • Overalls
  • Tank tops or sleeveless shirts
  • Halter tops
  • Flip-flops
  • Overly revealing attire
  • Jogging suits
  • Birkenstocks
  • Shorts or Capri pants
  • Crocks
  • Hawaiian shirt

There are a myriad of industries some of which include; technology and advertising where the wearing of jeans and even Hawaiian shirts might be allowed. However, regardless of the industry, it would be wise to simply ask the HR department of your about their dress code policy so, you can dress in accordance with the policy. Employers also have a responsibility to keep up with the times since today’s workforce is different from the ones back in the 80’s for example. The recent case of employees wearing tattoos at their workplace created a media firestorm of epic proportions for both parties.

It’s Summertime, But Does That Mean You Should Introduce Your Colleagues To Your Flip-Flops?

 

Some technology pundits have rightly lamented that tap and pay with credit cards never gained widespread adoption, so why does the industry want to institute the same with the smart phones? There have been many articles written about the success of this venture in some jurisdictions. However, the missing element in all of this is a simple set of instructions that shows how this works. For example, would the general public be open to the technology if they knew answers to the following?

  • Exactly how does tap and pay work on a smartphone?
  • What are the advantages of using my phone to pay for items?
  • Does one have to download an app for this to work?
  • After the app is downloaded, what are the next steps in this process?
  • Is the app the same for all smart phones?
  • Do I need to contact my bank before or after I download the app?
  • Is this method faster than swiping with my credit card?

Now these might sound like mundane questions but they are the type of questions consumers will need answers to. This technology will be quickly adopted by the tech savvy minded consumers albeit, with some questions. The other side of that equation will be the types of consumers that have questions like: security, ease-of use and will be very slow to use the product unless, their concerns are addressed.

In an article titled  Tap-and-Pay Phone Tech Isn’t Worth the Hassle by Mark Hachman on CIO.com the author cites some of the challenges that the industry is facing with user adoption. Does this mean that smart phone tap and pay will never gain widespread adoption? No, it just means the industry has to do a much better job at using a simplistic approach to sell a service that has the appearance of being too complex.

As purveyors of technology in the time and attendance solution space, ATS understands that having state of the art software means nothing, if it’s not easy to use.

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The digital era has changed the working landscaping and the way most businesses operate. Sales and marketing teams no longer need to be tethered to their desks to get work done. Many businesses have taken advantage of the benefits that this technology affords by leveraging software solutions to help them retain a competitive edge.

One of the best ways to find out if your company has positioned itself to compete in today’s global economy, is by implementing a cloud based workforce management solution. Investing in workforce management software does not have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, if you choose the right solution, the transition can be both affordable and seamless. Before deciding on any workforce management solution, make sure that it facilitates:

Data Integration- When investing in software technology one of the keys to lowering cost should be integration. Before committing to a vendors’ product, companies would be wise to confirm the viability of that product as it relates to integration to other applications. With the advancement of technology, no company should be stuck with a 1980s proprietary software solution. ATS TimeWork On-Demand will ensure that your company is up and running quickly because it seamlessly integrates to third party applications.

Ease-Of-Use– One of the main reasons companies purchase a time management solution is to eradicate manual tasks. However, if extrapolating a simple time and attendance report entails navigating through several screens, chances are, you are not saving time. Look for a solution that is simple, robust and meets your stated requirements.

Deployment– Flashy PowerPoint demonstrations do not equate to successful implementations. ATS TimeWork On-Demand is a cloud-based solution which means there is no need for expensive upfront investments in IT hardware and servers. More importantly, ATS TimeWork On-Demand automatically updates with system upgrade; so you can always be assured that your business is running with the most advanced capability.

To leverage our best-of-breed, ATS TimeWork On-Demand, download a white paper on from our website.