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Whether you are implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Workforce Management, Payroll or Human Resources Information System (HRIS), you need a plan and someone project manager to lead it. And with the advent of cloud-based solutions gaining momentum in the world of business, deploying a software solution has becoming easier for companies.

If You Follow These Implementation Tips Your Rate Of Success Will Improve

If you are considering automating your business process this article, 6 Tips for Full HR Automation That Will Dramatically Increase Efficiency written by Carlie Bush, for HR Daily Advisor, is a useful guide for any business.

  1. Step into employees’ shoes. It is important to consider the transition from the perspective of the employees.  Too often, we discuss the potential changes with the leaders of the various departments, but to do the transition right, employee input should be prioritized and included in the discussion.  Employees are often resistant to change, so including them in the discussions, answering their questions, and using their ideas will go a long way in reassuring them throughout the transition.
  2. Consider a consultant. From start to finish, a third-party expert can help companies transition to automation.  As an external consultant, they can provide unbiased advice including how to get support from the top-level executives, what to look for in a provider, how to help employees through the transition, and many other critical parts of the transition process.
  3. Collaborate with Information Technology (IT). IT plays an invaluable role in the transition to automation.  From the beginning, collaborate and plan alongside IT.  Their knowledge and vision for how things should work will help HR departments consider the options available to them as well as provide a backdrop for a well thought out transition.
  4. Have a robust communications plan. Before starting the transition, have a formal communication plan in place that outlines for employees what to expect, a timeline of when things are going to change, and information on training and where they can get help.  Remember to give them adequate time to prepare.  The more transparent you are with employees the higher the chances of a smooth transition.
  5. Get executive support and buy-in. From the top down, there needs to be support for the transition.  Employees need to know the leaders of the company understand and fully support the change.  By being part of the change and talking openly about the benefits to employees, company executives can have a huge impact on how the transition is received.
  6. Help employees along the way. Employees will need help throughout the transition.  It is important that they feel supported through training and communication.

It’s also useful to note, that every implementation is different and some will go smoother than others. However, the best implementations are the ones where both sides (vendor and customer) are flexible in their approach and have contingency plans, should the implementation not go as planned. In other words, a contingency plan should be part of any implementation.

To learn more about ATS Workforce Management Solution and our implementation methodology or to download a pre-recorded demonstration go, to our website, where you can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. And, to reach an account executive by phone, call; 866.294.2467.

Today’s HR practitioners have a symbiotic relationship with technology. And why shouldn’t they? When you consider the old ways of calculating and managing employee time and attendance was relegated to paper time sheets. In other words, a time-consuming task, that resulted in numerous errors, it’s no wonder many in HR are giving a warm embrace to technology.

Technology Has Become A Great Resource For HR Departments

A brief summary of an article titled World-class HR departments do more but spend less, thanks to technology written by Valerie Bolden-Barrett, for HR Dive reads, in part:

  • World-class HR organizations spend 25% less than average HR organizations and function with 30% less staff, but are more effective, according to a report from The Hackett Group. The consulting firm’s benchmark analysis​ also found that, should an average company with $10 billion in revenue gain world-class HR status, it could save up to $15 million a year. The Hackett Group defines world-class HR operations as those which maintain a level of performance in the top quartile in effectiveness and efficiency.
  • The analysis also showed that world-class HR operations spend more of their budgets on cloud-based technology and selective outsourcing compared to other HR staffs. Top-ranked departments have also reduced the amount of staff performing transactional tasks with error rates for those tasks two to fives times lower that of traditional HR operations.
  • The Hackett Group’s research also found that, through digital technology, HR organizations can improve their efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services, boost customer experience, place additional resources on high-value activities and use sophisticated analytics for better decision-making.

Bottom line: Technology has created remarkable new opportunities to eliminate administrative overhead and, at the same time, give HR departments access to advanced technology tools like, workforce analytics, real-time employee dashboard review, employee self-self service and hosts of other workforce management tools available 24/7 365 days a year.

Do you think your HR department will want to turn their backs on tools that helps them streamline payroll costs and improve productivity? We are guessing the answer is no.

To learn about ATS Workforce Management Solutions go to our website. You can also register for a bi-monthly webinar or call us at 866.294.2467 to arrange a demonstration.

Whether you run a small, midsize or large organization, chances are, you will be impacted by the proposed minimum wage hike in Ontario and several other jurisdictions across Canada. And, similarly, US businesses are grappling with the same challenges.

How To Prepare Your Company For The Minimum Wage Hike

As an organization, you have several options at your disposal, and as such, get to decide how to handle a wage hike. For the purpose of this blog, we will discuss two options:

  1. Decrease your workforce: As a company, you might decide that in order to remain viable the simplest solution is to decrease your number of employees. Another possibility is to simply hire employees on a part-time basis, in the hopes that this will help you decrease payroll costs.
  2. Raise prices: When payroll and other operational expenses go up, businesses can choose to pass them onto their customers. And, depending on the market and product offered, this can sometimes be a tough pill for customers to swallow, and some of them may end up speaking with their dollars by going elsewhere.

What if instead of loosing sleep (and with good reason) over the wage hike, your company automates manual business processes, thus, enabling employees to work smarter and more efficiently, while keeping your profits intact?

ATS Workforce Management HCM Solution can streamline payroll costs and improve workforce productivity. Some of these solutions include:

ATS Workforce Scheduling for retail, hospitality and healthcare is a robust and powerful solution designed specifically for organizations with hourly paid employees across multiple jurisdictions. ATS Workforce Scheduling uses data from your core business to create real-time analytic reporting and on demand-based schedules avoiding any over or under-staffing.

With ATS Scheduling you can:

  • Accurately report key performance indicators (KPIs) such as labour costs, employee attendance and absences, and workforce compliance.
  • Align employee schedules to financial budgets, payroll and labour to-sales ratios and the allocation of hours for a single entity or across the organization.
  • Improve employee productivity through optimized resourcing, employee and supervisor self-service. Managers can create schedules and send it to employees through interactive dashboards and workflows.

ATS Time and Attendance simplifies the tedious tasks involved with monitoring employee time and attendance, labour tracking, and data collection. That means, if you are using paper timesheets, outdated tracking and spreadsheets, you will likely not save much money unless your time tracking is fully automated. ATS Time and Attendance System — works in tandem with our best-in-class time clock/data collection devices — to help your organization control labour costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity.

Manage overtime costs ATS Time and Attendance helps you account for hours accurately, and minimize overtime to protect your bottom-line. You will have immediate access to employee attendance and get reports, in real-time on overtime trends, tools to manage overtime requests and approvals, and time card review. In other words, this means less administrative burden and fewer errors.

Bottom-line:

The wage hike is coming and will be felt by organizations and employees alike. If you are looking to improve your employee efficiency, streamline payroll costs, and make better business decisions, ATS Time and Attendance could be the right tool for your organization.

To download a demonstration or learn more, go to our website. And to attend bi-weekly webinar or speak to time and attendance consultant, call 866.294.2467.

Many of today’s business leaders have to cut through the noise surrounding business automation, and at times, have to rely on experts to guide them. Trouble is, some of the experts are either ill informed and/or stuck in the dark ages. And, in today’s competitive environment of; artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and workforce analytics businesses would be wise to jump on the band wagon. The benefits to automating your business means, you will streamline payroll costs and improve workforce productivity. Which business executive is going to pass up this opportunity when it’s presented in those terms?

In his article How to Automate Your Business for Fast Growth  on Inc.com Jeff Haden lays out an 8 step guide to automation that even the most cautious, business executive will find useful. In no particular order, you will below, a list of three out of the eight business automation steps listed in the article:

  1. Start small and focus on one business function: Pick a function with a solid ROI. Then pick another function. Once you get a few wins under your belt, your employees will be asking you to automate certain functions. You won’t have to push your employees; they’ll pull you in.
  2. Automate the easiest processes first: Pick rote tasks where there is no human value-add. Automation lets you avoid human error while saving time in execution.
  3. Pick a technology partner: If you reach the point where you want to bring in a vendor, the key is to look out a few years and ensure your partner has the right level of scope, innovation, and technology, and can scale with you.

When Executed Properly, Business Automation Can Spur Growth

Business leaders are responsible for deciding how their company is run, and, by this definition are held accountable by their stakeholders. The difference, between a company that remains stagnant and one that’s enjoying improved productivity and growth, has to do with the automation of business processes.

To learn more about ATS business workforce management solution, go to our website. And, to reach an account executive, call: 866.294.2467.

Most people would never buy a car without seeing it and taking it for a test drive. And, the reason for the test drive is to experience what it feels like when you are driving it. Perhaps, you might check the signals, the adjustability of the seats and, a host of other features during the test drive. Buying a business management solution for your company should not be any different.

Introducing the ATS Workforce Management Solution Test Drive – That’s right, it’s your chance to place your fingers on that keyboard, do the driving, and explore ATS TimeWork the most robust and mature business management time and attendance solution, on your own terms.

Test Drive ATS Workforce Management And Learn How To Increase Business Agility

During this test drive you will learn how ATS Workforce Management Solution can help your company:

  • Gain access to a bevy of up-to-minute reports, by country, site, employee and/or departments
  • Automate calculation and work-rule compliance of all; Federal, State, and Provincial pay rules, overtime and company specific shift premiums
  • Easily manage employee data through tablet-based device for capturing–  employee time and attendance information, by exception to minimize time card review
  • Access data integration to; Payroll, ERP, HR and other third-party databases
  • Navigate self-service portals for supervisors and employees for maintaining and reporting of vacation, sick and other accrual benefits

This unique kind of self-guided experience is an invaluable way for you to learn and explore the best-of-breed, a set rich features and broad-based capabilities of ATS Workforce Management Solution. So, on your mark, get set, now download your test drive!

To reach an account representative, call: 866.294.2467 or you can also register on our website to attend one of our weekly webinars.

Are Today’s Manufacturing Companies Embracing Analytics? You Can Bet They Are!

April 12th, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance Solution | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Are Today’s Manufacturing Companies Embracing Analytics? You Can Bet They Are!)

Today’s manufacturing companies are faced with increasing competition including, global competition, price wars and rapid consolidation. And because these trends show no signs of abating, manufacturers are embracing analytics to help them streamline operational costs and increase revenue.

Here are three steps manufacturing companies can take to ensure they are making good use of analytics:

Evaluate your Current Analytic Capabilities:  You should use analytics to measure your company’s performance and make strategic business decisions that affect the success of your organization. For example, using an outdated employee time tracking system or paper time-cards will inevitability, inhibit your company’s growth prospects. A modern workforce management solution allows you to use analytics, thus, creating performance benchmarks that will improves your plant floor operations, and workforce productivity.

Are Today’s Manufacturing Companies Embracing Analytics? You Can Bet They Are!

Performance Is Key: Manufacturing companies are in business to make a profit and so, having a defined set of business metrics at your fingertips are the keys to understanding operational excellence. Your metrics should including, plant floor productivity, hours worked by employees versus job costing rates, product quality and overall financial results. With ATS Workforce Management Software for Manufacturing, you have access to intuitive dashboards that displays up-to-the-minute results that includes, employee data capture process, plant floor project costing and data integration.

Adding value through Processes: Manufacturing companies understand the value of lean production, thus, their processes should save time and money while using resources wisely. An example of lean in manufacturing is using an automated time and attendance system as opposed to manual system, which waste time and require more resources.

If you are a manufacturing company who has not deployed lean production throughout your organization, it’s not too late. With ATS Workforce Management Software for Manufacturing, your company can take advantage of real-time analytics- while at the same time, streamline plant-floor operations and saving valuable resources.

Want to learn more? Download a Lean Manufacturing Time and Attendance demonstration.

Are Today’s Manufacturing Companies Embracing Analytics? You Can Bet They Are!

If your business is an advocate of spreadsheets for tracking employee time, allocating vacation and statutory holidays, it might be time for you to take a hard look at how this time tracking methodology may be making things more difficult than they need to be. The manual calculation of employee hours and data entry into your payroll, HR or ERP system can cause undue headaches for the even most seasoned Payroll, or HR manager. The end result could lead to, inaccurate pay and missed overtime on employee’s paycheques–or to put it mildly a disaster waiting to happen.

 Are Your Spreadsheets Giving You Headaches?

 

Here’s a break down of some the benefits of what an ATS Time and Attendance Solution can deliver, thus, eradicating payroll day submission headaches:

Capturing Employee Data In Real-Time
Imagine how easy and simple it would be if you could capture employee hours as soon as they punched in out? HR and payroll departments would be doing back flips with joy, because that would mean they now have quicker access to data to make quick decisions and complete tasks. By integrating all data sources into one central source of record with the help of a Business Management Solution, employees can find everything they need, whenever and wherever they need it.

Spreadsheets Inhibits Productivity
Spreadsheets are time-consuming and deprives your company of productivity gains. Various studies report that nearly 9 out of 10 spreadsheets, a whopping (88%) contain errors. A majority of these errors were from human error and could have been avoided. An ATS Time and Attendance solution removes manual time collection of out the equation, and in doing so, reducing errors and streamline your workflow and increases productivity.

On-The-Spot Information That Will Help Your Business Grow
By and large, having access to intuitive business intelligence is the dream of every organization. ATS Time and Attendance embedded business intelligence tools will help you to perform efficiently and make based on the on-spot-information. With ATS Time and Attendance your organization can manage future contingencies and be ready when business condition changes.

As financial consolidation of businesses becomes more prevalent and complex, automating employee time becomes even more important. ATS scaleable Time and Attendance Solution will dramatically improve your decision-making capabilities and support your business growth by helping you to automate, collaborate and analyze all employee data, across multiple locations, countries and the enterprise at large.

To learn more, visit our website and download a demonstration of ATS Time and Attendance Solution. And to reach an account executive by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

 

Want A Better Return On Your Labour Investment? Deploy A Cloud-Based Solution

October 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Biometric Time Clock | Cloud Time and Attendance | Labour Analytics - (Comments Off on Want A Better Return On Your Labour Investment? Deploy A Cloud-Based Solution)

Controlling labour costs is a major concern for every organization, regardless of industry or size. And, using outdated, time tracking software to control labour cost, can hamper productivity and put your company at risk, for failing to meet proper workplace compliance requirements.

ATS TimeWork OnDemand is a cloud-based workforce management solution that adapts to the ever-changing business landscape. ATS TimeWork OnDemand takes the complexity out of tracking employee attendance. It simplifies every part of your business operation, leaving you lean and ready for whatever comes next, wherever you are in the world.

Want A Better Return On Your Labour Investment? Deploy A Cloud-Based Solution

The unique capability of ATS TimeWork OnDemand includes:

Workforce Planning
ATS Workforce Planning allows employees to submit availability, request time-off and view their working hours from anywhere, on any device that’s connected to the Internet. ATS Workforce Planning uses predictive analytics to generate that forecast-demand scheduling, based on history, availability and seniority. With the click of a mouse, managers can predict the number and type of employee necessary to meet anticipated business demand.

Absence Management
ATS Absence Management helps organizations meet the complex challenges of employee attendance and, adheres to payroll best-practices – thus, increasing payroll cost visibility and control, while improving workforce compliance. With ATS Absence Management you reduce the administrative headaches and compliance risk associated with leave management laws – not to mention sick time, late arrivals, early departures, and extended breaks – all in one place.

Real-Time Analytics
You can empower your operational executives and department managers, with role-based data that is easy to use and understand. Intuitive dashboards makes it simple examine attendance trends and patterns. And with such up-to-the-minute data at your fingertips, it makes you can easily drill down into data to uncover root causes and take appropriate action.

Employee Data Collectors
ATS data collectors enable you to track, manage, and control employee time and attendance. These employee time clocks are blue-tooth enabled and equipped with biometric capability with fast processing power.

Leave Management
ATS leave management is a powerful, cloud-based multi-level approval tool that can be used by all managers and HR personnel. The solution sends out instant email alerts for pending leave applications. The solution is highly configurable and can also be easily integrated with other ATS solutions including, such as payroll and employee recruitment.

Want to learn how other companies use ATS Workforce Management Solution to get a better return on their labor investment? Tune in this Friday, October 23rd at 1:00pm for a live and interface webinar.

To get your personalized demonstration, call us at 866.294.2467 or go to our website.

Want A Better Return On Your Labour Investment? Deploy A Cloud-Based Solution

Summertime And The Living Is Easy With The Cloud

August 6th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Benefit Accruals | Business Intelligence | Employee Self Service | Employee Time Tracking | Labour Analytics - (Comments Off on Summertime And The Living Is Easy With The Cloud)

For many people, summertime include; backyard barbeques, family road-trips, sitting on a lounge chair at a cottage with their preferred beverage, or engaged in a combination of work and some vacation-related activity during the summer. In North America, we have at least two months of good weather during the summer months and frankly, who wants to spend that time in an office if they do not have to. For busy executives keeping costs low and providing shareholders with a return on investment is the overall objective at the end of every quarter.

Summertime And The Living Is Easy With The Cloud

Now let’s imagine the type of solution that will make business executives breathe a sigh of relief, knowing they no longer have to contend with manual based processes:

ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance for your Business Processes
Imagine your organization powered by best-of-breed technology that’s beautiful, easy-to-use, and designed to streamline the calculation and processing of employee attendance. Real-time business analytics tools, enhanced online employee vacation request calendar, deep time and attendance industry-specific functionality, and an intuitive user interface deliver modern solutions that empower your organization to stay competitive.

More Agile, Connected, and Effective
ATS TimeWork OnDemand comes with a robust set of modern tools that helps make your organization more agile, connected, and effective. ATS TimeWork OnDemand offers all the workforce management functionality you need in one complete solution, with the broadest capabilities from a single vendor—all deployed in the cloud.

Success at your Fingertips
ATS TimeWork OnDemand seamlessly integrates to leading Payroll, HR and ERP applications to provide you with an unparalleled depth with its award-winning Workforce Management Solution. With ATS TimeWork OnDemand your company can optimize the workforce from time tracking to benefit accruals and overtime equalization, in ways that work best for your business.

Bottom-line, business executives no longer need to be tethered to a desk to access data? Why? Well, they can have access to a beautiful purpose-built solution that’s cloud-enabled, engineered for speed, infused time and attendance solution that provides real-time analytics and a rapid return on investment.

To learn more, register for one of our monthly webinars, call us at 866.294.2467 or go to our website.

Summertime And The Living Is Easy With The Cloud

Why Do Small And Midsize Businesses Need A Modern-Day Cloud Solution?

July 30th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Why Do Small And Midsize Businesses Need A Modern-Day Cloud Solution?)

There are several reasons why many of today’s small and midsize organizations need to modernize their time and attendance data gathering processes—chief among them; improve decision-making, reduce the cost of labor and grow their business.

ATS recently conducted a straw poll with several of its customers across North America to measure the success rate and user adoption of their time and attendance solution six months after it was initially deployed. The poll revealed, on average, a staggering 97% of these companies are now completing their payroll process 30 minutes as oppose to the two and sometimes three days it took them to complete the same tasks, prior to using ATS Time and Attendance Solution. Why? Because these companies were using, various complex and old-fashioned time and attendance systems that were not meeting their needs, and, which resulted in Payroll and HR practitioners spending an excessive amount of time trying to reconcile employee data.

Here some 5 modern business practices that our customers have taken advantage of while using the ATS Time and Attendance Solution:

Why Do Small And Midsize Businesses Need A Modern-Day Cloud Solution?

Elimination of Productivity Issues
Antiquated and complex time and attendance systems that are not designed for the Canadian market-place contains erroneous pay policies and time tracking rules that cannot accurately calculate employees pay. A modern time and attendance solution should have a built-in forecasting, job costing, business analytics, geo-fencing and scheduling tools that can manage unique complexities, including collective bargaining agreements and, with the ability to streamline payroll costs and increase workforce productivity.

Information in Real-Time
No more guessing. ATS Time and Attendance provides you with up-to-the-minute view on overtime or productivity issues before they occur. Being able to view critical productivity data instantaneously allows for informed real-time adjustments that can make a sizeable impact on cost control.

Streamline Work and Pay Policies
Pay policies can be challenging to apply accurately and consistently across an entire organization, especially ones across multiple provinces and/or states. ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance robust technology knows no boundaries and is adept at streamlining the most complicated rules, ensuring equitable and accurate results.

Give Employees Access to Their Own Data
Employees feel empowered when they have the ability to; track hours worked, request and view vacation and sick days and make scheduling requests. With ATS unified Workforce Management self-service portal, this solution eliminates redundancies and reduces errors while making employee and manager self-service a reality. Above all, it delivers a user modern-day dashboard user-interface and experience that is friendly, intuitive and consistent.

Workforce Compliance and Data Integration
ATS Time and Attendance fully integrates to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Payroll and Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) systems for a fully compliant and more accurate reporting process. The data gathering and analytic dashboards provides functionality to departmental managers with a complete view of time and accurate pay data. Thus, if your payroll and HR managers are spending less time on data entry, this means, you will have greater efficiency throughout your enterprise.

In conclusion, our study revealed that today’s businesses want to modernize but don’t know how. And, without an effective workforce management solution strategy, the productivity, flexibility, and agility that these companies seek, remains frustratingly out of reach. With ATS Time and Attendance, today’s organizations will find new ways of executing tasks with an easy-to-use, cloud-based solution that supports innovation and business growth.

Want to get started? You can download a demo or call us at 866.294.2467.

Why Do Small And Midsize Businesses Need A Modern-Day Cloud Solution?