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The shift to the cloud is here and there’s not stopping it. In fact, the perception of cloud computing applications has changed dramatically over the last several years. In short order, most of our software applications in the foreseeable future, will accessed only through the cloud.

However, solely relying on the technology to facilitate better day to day operations for your business might not yield the results you are expecting. There are, however, several factors involved in the deployment of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications—that are sometimes overlooked, yet they play a vital role in the overall success within an organization.

There are numerous ways to improve the effectiveness of your cloud deployment. Here are three tips that will help you match your company’s reality vs perception.

Plan Accordingly-The amount of time it takes your workforce to adapt to the new solution might be longer than you think, so provide them with ample notice and do not expect a quick user adoption. Human beings, by nature, do not like change. Changing the habits of people, is no small undertaking. A well thought-out and executed project plan will minimize the change management hiccups, and help you maximize end-user adoption. 

Let the Experts Guide You-Successful time and attendance cloud deployment and training covers not only system-related topics, but also best-practices and business processes. It takes into consideration each function’s unique organization structure processes and training needs.  ATS deep industry expertise guides employees and users alike — at all levels of the organization — through new functions and processes.

Software Deployment is a Journey -ATS TimeWorkOnDemand is a journey, not a destination. Your organization will evolve as you begin to understand the product, and your processes should evolve along with it. On-going and post-live support is critical to your company’s enduring success, and accordingly, you should plan on spending several months fine-tuning your application with incremental changes. Having the resources to make small changes quickly helps drive faster end user adoption and will help to accelerate your return-on-investment (ROI).  

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand is the leading cloud-based time and attendance application that’s used by mid and large enterprises across Canada, the US and other parts of central and south America. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand helps businesses streamline payroll and increase workforce productivity.

ATS provides organizations a complete Workforce Management, HCM Cloud Computing Solution —that drives digital transformation and, improves business agility while meeting both current and future business requirements.

To learn more about ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, go to our website. You can also register for one of our bi-weekly webinars or download a demonstration. And to reach an account executive, call: 866.294.2467.

With the ubiquitous of connected devices in many of today’s businesses and a workforce, that has increasingly become used to cloud applications, deploying your time and attendance solution in the cloud, has many advantages in an Internet of Things (IoT) era.

When compared to aging traditional on-premise implementations, a robust multi-tenant cloud application, like ATS TimeWorkOnDemand provide greater agility. An ATS time and attendance solution deliver best-practice services including encryption, and redundancy—valuable for the array of connected devices.

If your business has multiple locations, each currently running different systems, then moving to a single, cloud-based time and attendance like, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand software solution allows you to reduce payroll errors and increase workforce productivity. Using a cloud-based solution means that your IT team are not bogged down with running updates and server patches; instead, they can focus on productive activities.

Scalability is key advantage when deploying ATS TimeWorkOnDemand. Throughout deployment ATS will work with you and your team to help eradicate manual processes and increase efficiencies. Leading industries will continue to embrace the advanced analytics to propel their future growth. Whether you move to the cloud or not, it is important that you are aware of the immense value it can bring to your business.

Interested in the cloud but still wondering if it’s the right solution for your organization? Go to our website and download a demonstration and you will see why many of today’s leading organizations prefer the cloud over traditional software deployment. You can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars, and to speak to representative in your region, call 866.294.2467.

5 Hiring Trends For Today’s HR Executive

May 8th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Career | HR | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on 5 Hiring Trends For Today’s HR Executive)

To some degree, hiring today, is made that much easier with a plethora of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or as its most commonly referred to now-talent management software. The advent of artificial intelligence is of help if used correctly.

#1: Upskilling remains a priority

According to Rita O’Donnell in recently published article for HRDive these are the 5 Talent Trends to Watch for in 2019.

“We will see employers increasing their efforts around upskilling and training employees and new candidates to fill open positions,” Waletzke said, “especially roles left empty by Baby Boomers.” As technology and automation increase demand for new skill sets, he added, employers should encourage and enable continuous education to ensure their workforce is ready to tackle the jobs of the future. 

#2: Hiring for potential rather than experience

“Given the pace of change in skills driven by advancements in technology,” Frankiewicz said, “the future is much more about what employees can do than the specific jobs they’ve done in the past.” In other words, hiring candidates for their ability to learn on the job will be an operational advantage.

#3: Recognizing talent as consumers

“In 2019, employers need to understand that candidates are consumers too and work hard to attract workers with a strong employee value proposition, clear purpose and attractive culture,” Frankiewicz said. In the age of on-demand fulfillment for groceries, clothes and food, employers can expect to see similar expectations from candidates in the workplace, as well.

#4: Wages, benefits and flexibility will be key

Waletzke said wage growth is one of the biggest conversations Adecco is having with employers; the company expects some employers will increase salaries and wages to attract and retain top talent in 2019. Within the past year, he adds, there has been relatively stagnant movement on wages. “One of the major reasons that wages have not kept up with competition is that employers are still hesitant to increase wages in case the market loosens in the coming years,” he said. 

#5: Tech will play a leading role  

Waletzke predicted significant investments in AI in order to speed up the interview process, identify best-fit candidates more quickly and create a better experience. Tech has abbreviated the interview process so employers can quickly hire on talent in a competitive marketplace. “AI will continue to help make this process more efficient,” he said, “while freeing up recruiters’ time for more strategic or relationship-based work.”

Bottom line:

A lot has changed in the job market for employers and potential employees. Potential employees can now expect to be asked to complete more tests, assignments and mock projects as part of the screening process. Employers should learn it’s no longer “their way or the highway”. Today’s job seekers are interested in a job that offers; telecommuting, flexible work and ‘good pay’ anything short of these, and jobs candidates will instead, look for companies that offer these options.

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ATS HCM Solution Implementation is a multi-step process. Many of the steps may vary depending on the size of the organization, type of business, hosted versus on-premise to name a few. It does, in general, involves installing the software, moving your existing data such as employee names, departments and/or some HR related information, over to the new system, to ensure the software fits your unique business needs, and then training managers and supervisors alike on the ATS HCM application.

When organizations attempt an HCM implementation on their own, and even with the best of intentions, the project can be rife with problems. It’s important that organizations maintain clear communication and follow best-practices throughout the implementation, while at the same time, still find time to perform their daily task. They must also satisfy both functional and technical requirements. In short, this is a tall order that many companies struggle to meet, resulting in budget overrun and delays and overworked resources. ATS Implementation Analysts helps mitigate the risk throughout the deployment process and help you reap a rapid return on your investment.

Curious? Here is how we do it:

  • Project Methodology: ATS Solution Process is our proven methodology for HCM Workforce Management projects. This methodology is designed to adhere to best-practices and uphold communication throughout every step of your implementation.
  • Business Process Modeling: We take aligning ATSTimeWorkOnDemand with your business requirements very seriously. Thus, we go through a rigorous scoping and process modeling, with the intent of uncovering any current obstacles and determining how to use the applications to increase workforce productivity and streamline business operations.
  • Training: Based on our experience some managers might not be so open to change, especially when we are installing our cloud computing application ATSTimeWorkOnDemand. And, so that’s why we provide comprehensive across the board, to help you achieve widespread user adoption.
  • Ongoing Support: Even after the go-live date, our Implementation Analyst will continue to follow-up thus, protecting your investment. We aim to work with you and, any third-party application providers of; Talent Management, Payroll, HRIS and CRM as needed, for software integration and provide support to help your business thrive.

Bottom-line

There is a clear and concise method to implementing ATS HCM application and its complementary cloud computing solutions. To take a test drive go to our website. You can also register one of our bi-weekly webinars or call an account executive at 866.294.2467.

Ok, So The Honeymoon Is Over With The New Job. Now What?

April 30th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Benefit Accruals | Career | Employee Productivity | Employee Self Service | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Ok, So The Honeymoon Is Over With The New Job. Now What?)

Starting a new job often comes with a wave of new excitement, meetings are new and fresh and your boss is patient, supportive and positive. Your motivation and energy level may be higher than they have been for a long time. And, for many employees, happiness is at its highest point during the first six months with a new employer because of it.

As time passes, your motivation decreases. You begin, to doubt the company’s goals and ways of doing business, and worse you start to disagree with your boss. In the past you were keen about sharing ideas with the company, but now you keep those ideas to yourself. You also begin to realize that you cannot change your boss or this company anyway, so what’s the point? Meetings are useless and annoying as far as you are concerned.

In an article titled, This is how to stay fulfilled at your job, even as the years goby Jillian Kramer, from Glassdoor are six tips for those who have become disillusion with their jobs after a period of time. These tips include:


1. Switch things up

You may have to do the same things, but try not to do them the same ways. “Try to work on different tasks or use different strengths in your job instead of always doing the same thing in the same order,” Crawford says. “Using different strengths are important to fulfillment.”

2. Become a mentor

According to millennial career coach Jill Jacinto, “Sometimes it helps to pay it forward to remind yourself why you fell in love with your career when you did. Helping someone with her career will energize you and give you a chance to learn from a younger generation too.”

3. Learn something new

Before boredom–and dissatisfaction–can set in, it’s time to learn something new, says Crawford. “Take an online course or learn about new software that would be beneficial to your line of work,” she says. “Stay up to date. Staying in the know helps keeps you sharp.”

4. Network with others

“Sometimes meeting with fresh faces can inspire you,” says Jacinto. So, attend a conference, reach out to your LinkedIn network, or send an email to a former co-worker. “Sharing your career story and hearing [another] perspective can help spur creativity and partnerships.”

5. Talk with your boss

It might be easy to wait for annual performance reviews to talk to your boss. But don’t, says Crawford. “Let them know your professional goals, and ask to take on new projects and for feedback about your overall performance,” she says. “They will keep you in mind, and plus, this provides the opportunity to work on tasks that contribute to your overall happiness.”

6. Practice self-care

“Self-care is very important and something that is too often dismissed,” says Jacinto. And so, to stay happy at work, “make sure that work isn’t getting in the way or preoccupying your thoughts–take that beach vacation, attend weekly Pilates classes, get a massage, or go on a hike. By regularly making self-care a part of your routine, you are allowing yourself to check out, but also to feel refreshed and inspired for when you get back to the office.”

Bottom line, while the responsibility lies on the shoulder of employers to make sure they have a happy and productive workforce, you can also be proactive if you are not happy at your job. Sometimes it’s just figuring out what attracted you to the job in the first place and whether you can rekindle the initial wave of excitement you had for the job, when you started. That said, when a job becomes unbearable, to the point that you are not looking forward to it each day-a wholesome change like finding a new job, might be your best bet.

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In today’s dynamic business environments, you need robust time and attendance solution that can help you improve business performance and drive operational excellence across the organization. The right time and attendance solution, will eradicate manual tasks so you can focus on the strategic initiatives that will move your business forward. And, at the same time, allow you to leverage real-time data for predictive insights to improve your decision-making and performance management.

So, what time of time and attendance solution can help your company achieve those objectives and, at the same time, improve workforce productivity? Hint, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand. This award-winning solution is used by fortune500 companies across North, South, central America and Europe.

Features and Benefits include:

Gain 360-Degree Business Insights

Analyze finance, HR, and payroll information.  With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand you drive operational efficiencies and power intelligent business processes through industry proven human capital management (HCM) best practices, intuitive dashboards, reports, and metrics.

Automate and Optimize

Automate and process data at unparallel speed. Optimize on the modern best practices built into ATS cloud computing, making your business leaner, more efficient, and more cost-effective than your competitors.

Future-Ready HCM Workforce Management Solution

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand revolutionizes payroll processes, utilizing new technologies and powerful predictive analytics to control costs and risks, manage increasingly complex transactions, and make better business decisions.

Innovate Today, Predict Tomorrow

With ATS innovative time and attendance, built from-the-ground up cloud solution your company has now found the perfect solution, for its growing needs. You can harness game-changing technologies to standardize processes, automate the mundane, and elevate the quality of key decisions to move past every growth plateau.

Invest in Operational Agility

Planning to enter new markets, including; acquiring or merging companies across Canada, the US or Europe? ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand is the robust and sought-after product on the market. Whether you need to streamline payroll and finance processes, or undertake a company-wide transformation, the complete capabilities of ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand are there when you need them. You subscribe to the cloud services that are vital to your business today and tomorrow. In short, you invest in scalable and operational agility.

Today’s successful business executives know their growth strategies must consider environmental impact, and cloud-based software deployment is no exception.

Because of the scale involved, cloud computing is now considered one of the most environmentally responsible IT decisions. And, since ATS supports customer across several geographical areas with multiple users on shared infrastructure, we can match server capacity to ongoing demand and utilize servers more efficiently—thus saving energy.

Of course, taking full advantage of that connectivity means retiring ad-hoc workflows that impede growth. Move beyond email and spreadsheets with a cloud strategy. Leverage more powerful analytics, handheld technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and much more with ATS Cloud Computing TimeWorkOnDemand system.

Whether you are cloud now, cloud next, or cloud future, you can view a demo of our innovation solution on our website. Your business is free to embrace innovation at your pace by registering for one of our bi-monthly webinars.  And, to chat with an account representative, call us at 866.294.2467.

The use of biometrics at theme parks, airports and in the workplace, has become ubiquitous. However, facial recognition for the purpose of recording an employee time in/out at work, is different than what it is being used at an airport. For example, a biometric time clock, in a workplace will record (for the purpose of payroll) the time an employee clocked in for a day or week-whereas, the purpose of biometrics at an airport will be for security and a range of other purposes.

Installing biometrics in the workplace can help with HR related issues like time theft, buddy punching and payroll errors. However, it is important to let your employees know if you decide to install biometrics for the purpose of tracking time and attendance, especially if your company, have been using paper time sheets to track hours before that.

In a recent article titled, Workers push back as companies gather fingerprints, retina scans by Te-Ping Chen for The Wall Street Journal amoung other publications, an excerpt of the article reads in part;

“As more companies track their workers with fingerprint and facial scans, employees are increasingly challenging firms in court over how that biometric data gets used and stored.

Scores of lawsuits have been filed following a recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois, which has the most stringent privacy law protecting such information in the U.S. The suits assert that employees weren’t told what would happen to their biometric data and that it is being put at risk.

Some workers said they don’t see the need for biometrics in the workplace.

“It’s not a secretive place that we work in,” said one worker at a country club outside Detroit, whose employer uses fingerprints to take attendance. She said she was uncomfortable with the practice, adding that she hadn’t been told how her information would be used or stored.

From warehouses to restaurants, the use of biometric data is moving from a niche practice to become a more mainstream way to verify employee hours and check workers in and out of facilities for security reasons. Among companies in the U.S., Europe and Canada surveyed in 2018 by Gartner, 6 percent said they track employees by using biometric data. Europe and Canada surveyed in 2018 by Gartner, 6 percent said they track employees by using biometric data.”

Bottom line: If you decide to explore the many options that a biometric time clock system offers, let your employees know of your intention. Chances are they will be more accepting if they know in advance and you will avoid issues of them not being receptive to it. Afterall, employees are familiar with biometric technology and have likely used them at airports or with their current smartphone.

To learn about ATS Biometric Time Clocks, go to our website. You can also download a demo, or you can attend one of our bi-weekly webinars. And, to reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.

Want To Know If Your Passion For Work Equates To Being A Workaholic?

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Career | Employee Productivity | Employee Self Service | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Want To Know If Your Passion For Work Equates To Being A Workaholic?)

Some of us really love our jobs to the point of being passionate about it and that’s ok. However, it’s when our job becomes an obsession and everything else in our lives becomes secondary to it, that’s when you know, or at least should know, there is a problem. You can still love your job and make time for family and friends and request time-off.  

Here are some useful tips from an article titled, (5 Signs You’re Addicted To Work) by Priyansha Mistry that can help you determine if you are a workaholic.

1) “When you always spend much more time than allocated working.

It’s understandable that some days will require extra time to beat deadlines. This is a different case when you always spend time not allocated to working with a fear of failing. Doing so means you are allowing your work to cheaply override other important things in your life, that’s a sign of work addiction.

2) If you have neglected advise from others to cut down working hours.

A behavior noticed by more than two persons independently is not likely a false recognition. The individuals asking you to cut down working hours are seeing your attitude at work than you do.

3) You hate being prohibited at work

If you can’t have a moment without thinking about how to contribute at work, taking your work materials to vacations, feel you are missing out each time you have to spend a day or hours of work doing something else, you are probably addicted to work. It’s becoming a drug that makes you function.

4) You think of how you can free up more time to work

This means you are willing to de-prioritize your hobbies, cut down time you should spend with your family or anything else to give you extra time for work. Something is not normal; you may be dealing with work addiction.

5) You work too much that it has affected your health

This is a terrible situation difficult to realize and gradually take the victims down. It could be psychological or even physical health. If you’re the type that will sit for too long knowing it’s not good for your spine and still wish to sacrifice it to get so much done regularly, there’s a red flag. If you can observe a little change in your health as a result of extra contributions you’re making at work, there’s a big chance you’re a workaholic”.

Some of us spend more time at work than anywhere else, so it goes without saying, that it should be a factor in our happiness. That said, work should not be the only place where we derive all our happiness.

Do you identify with any of above-mentioned signs? If so, it might be time to book that vacation that you have been putting off for a couple of years.  

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You chose to adopt a cloud time and attendance application for few reasons – perhaps, the easiest is because you are using paper-based time sheets and, it’s because they are getting more expensive to maintain hardware and systems software platform. But remember, this is only the first start. In order, to fully realize the value of your purchase here are few steps to guide on your journey.

1.Assemble your Team

Make sure everyone who will be affected by the new system (and that includes; operational managers) are aware and ask them to start going through training material right away. If these individuals have employees that report to them, gauge their input and figure out how much training should be given to them.

2. Avoid Implementation Wrinkles

Make sure your managers are fully engaged during the implementation process. If, for example, the person assigned, as the company’s project lead is still focused on their full-time job, is not able to devote sufficient time to the project, this can lead to trouble down the road when they are not sure how to use the solution.

3. Make use of ATS Expertise

When you purchase ATS time and attendance solution to run your business more efficiently, you will be investing in more than just software—you have, in addition, purchased, the expertise of our seasoned software support and service professionals.

Our software engineers and implementation consultants not only bring deep knowledge and service expertise of our solutions, but also the industry insight needed to keep you on the path to greater productivity and optimization for your unique business needs.

4. Implementation Times Vary and can Depend on Several Factors

Have a plan. Set out a reasonable implementation timeline and scope. Is your team dedicated to this project? If so, implementation will be shorter. If the project is another task on the ‘to do’ list, competing with other priorities, expect that your implementation may take more time. Do not underestimate the time and resources it will take to complete the project successfully.

5. Calculate your Return on Investment (ROI)

When you implement ATS TimeWorkOnDemand solution built from-the-ground-up you’ve made an excellent investment—for the short and long term. ATS cloud computing software solutions are focused on minimizing the cost and complexity of implementation, integration, and support—by allowing your employees to focus on business processes and best practices rather than technology. In short, this allows for increased productivity and a rapid return on investment, especially if your implementation does not have to deal with unnecessary delays.

One of the biggest reasons for moving to cloud is to enable your business to take advantage of the functionality and take advantage of the new technology. At ATS, we have developed, award winning, state-of-the-art after-sales and support tools systems that will help you achieve rapid ROI and—ultimately—profitable growth. ATS Software Support stands behind our software solutions, so that you can concentrate on running your business.

To learn more, go to our website. you can also download brochures or a demonstration or register online for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

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Many of today’s mid and small size businesses understand the benefits of using modern-day business applications to drive productivity. And, while some of these businesses see a return on investment, because they start using the systems right away, others either delay their implementations, due in part, to unforeseen circumstances or simply because they do not have the sufficient personnel on staff to take steer the project. In reality, these delays in using the applications are no fault of these companies.

A recent article by Sarah Fister Gale for workforce.com Why SMBs Are Buying — But Not Using — HR Tech provides some insight into the reasons why this tends to happen.

“Small and midsized businesses may be investing in more HR technology, but they aren’t making good use of it, and that’s a shame. A new survey from HRIS provider BerniePortal found that while 64 percent of small and midsized businesses use HR software, few are using technology to manage the full scope of HR”.

Here are some immediate benefits that can be derived by using the business productivity solution that your company recently purchased:

Gain a single view of your workforce by: Leveraging data and HR analytics with greater speed and ease when making business decisions. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HR analytics solutions for small and mid-size businesses, provide data-driven insight across the entire companyand simplifies workforce planning to help eliminate errors that impede business success.

Reduce business complexity with: 21st century data collectors that captures and reports information in real-time through payroll, thus providing user-friendly tools that help your employees work more efficiently and support your business as it grows.

Eradicate stress by maximizing workforce visibility: with ATS HCM cloud-based workforce management software. Consolidate all employee information into a single system, automate employee intuitive dashboards and manager workflows, facilitate, and develop, data-driven HR strategies.

The article goes on to say; “For very small companies just beginning the HR software journey, LaRocque encouraged them to start with core HR solutions. “You want to get payroll, benefits, time and attendance, and paid time off in order, and there are a lot of platforms designed to help small companies do all that,” he said. “Then you can start looking at purpose-built solutions to meet your specific workforce needs.”

The HR problems a company faces will determine the kinds of tools they should deploy — but they shouldn’t delay. “If you think you don’t have time for technology you’ve got your head in the sand,” he said. The time savings that HR leaders achieve by automating laborious HR tasks make these tools immediately worth the investment, especially for small companies with under-staffed HR teams”.

Bottomline-if you have taken the time to invest in the technology, your company will realize a return on investment (ROI) if you are engaged from inception to completion.

To learn more about ATS HCM Workforce Management Solution, go to our website. You can also download a demo, or you can attend one of our bi-weekly webinars. And, to reach an account executive, call 866.294.2467.