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Transform your Business with Confidence

January 30th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Scheduling | Overtime | Payroll | Time and Attendance On-Demand | Time and Attendance Solution - (Comments Off on Transform your Business with Confidence)

Today’s organizations compete in an environment dramatically shaped by current economic conditions as well as ongoing challenges such as increasing customer demands, and escalating operational costs. Some of these organizations respond by deploying a time and attendance solution to help streamline payroll costs and find greater efficiencies across their organizations.

In this type of competitive environment, your business cannot afford to do nothing or it can quickly become dormant. ATS TimeWork time and attendance solution can help transform your business so you can embrace change with supreme confidence. ATS TimeWork time and attendance delivers increased agility so your organization can adapt quickly to change. ATS TimeWork drives long-term value for your business through a strong return on investment (ROI) and lower cost of ownership (TCO).

You can Transform Your Business By;

Getting more from your ATS Time and Attendance Solution
ATS Time Management solution is a great investment. It will improve the way your business performs, helping you maximize your investments with complementary modules that include: employee scheduling, forecast, job costing, leave management and overtime equalization. The solution will help ensure fast a rapid return on investment (ROI) and is backed by ATS industry-leading support.

Protecting Your Investment
ATS Business Care Plans offer a broad range of after-sales support benefits. For instance, your gold plan can provide unlimited training, access to self-service support portal and transitional upgrades and new releases.

Moving with Confidence into the Future
Companies can count on ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance for ongoing innovation and predictable product releases that provide long-term satisfaction. In addition, ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance solution is backed by a committed team of product managers, programmers and deep industry experience.

Find out why leading companies use ATS Workforce Management Solutions to achieve operational excellence.

To learn more go to our website and for a demonstration of our solution call us at; 1.866.294.2467.

Earlier this month, the topic of doctor “sick notes” became a hot topic when The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) mentioned that too much of it, takes away from their members regular duties. The media spent a considerable amount of time on the subject and it appears to have hit a nerve with both employee and employers alike.
In a recent CareerBuilder survey, featured on website is a list of the excuses employees gave when they called in sick. Some of them are downright funny, while others sound incredulous at best.

Below is a partial list of these excuses:

Excuse: Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift.
Excuse: Employee’s false teeth flew out the window while driving down the highway.
Excuse: Employee felt like he was so angry he was going to hurt someone if he came in.
Excuse: Employee said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house to come to work.
Excuse: Employee’s favorite football team lost on Sunday so needed Monday to recover.

Some companies have policies in place where each employee has a few paid days that can be used for personal things for such as sick, floaters etc. Some of the respondents to the Globe and Mail article mentioned something as basic as trust between an employer and employee.

Would an Absence and Leave Management System help? It can, but that all depends on the corporate culture of an organization and the communication with its employees.  So, as the frigid temperatures of 2014 continues so, does the debate of calling in sick.

To learn more about ATS call us at 1.866.294.2467 or go to our website.

3 Ways to Alleviate the Burden of Time Tracking for HR and Payroll

January 28th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Biometric Time Clocks | Employee Scheduling | Employee Self Service | Time and Attendance On-Demand | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on 3 Ways to Alleviate the Burden of Time Tracking for HR and Payroll)

All Canadian provinces require that employers document hours of work, overtime, breaks, and leave time. A reliable time and attendance system helps payroll and HR departments manage employees hours, track attendance and remain compliant with work-rule policies of each province. ATS workforce management solution include: biometric time clocks, workforce analytics, employee self-service, forecasting and budgeting, business intelligence, swipe and proximity time clocks and workforce scheduling.

Here are 3 ways to help your payroll and HR department:

Enhance Productivity: Companies that use an employee time and attendance solution report an increase in productivity among workers. ATS timekeeping system transfers collected data to payroll and HR applications electronically. This automated process helps further reduce errors and allows payroll and HR managers to spend time working on other important task, instead of wasting time manually calculating employee time.

Accuracy is Improved: Handwritten timesheets are often difficult to read and contain numerous calculation mistakes. Manual timesheets also pose the risk for record abuse whether from simple mistakes when this system heavily relies on the “honour” system. By automating the collection of employee time companies can ensure calculation policies are applied correctly and consistently across all employees.

Increase Employee Engagement: ATS TimeWork time and attendance provides companies with an effective tool for track and measure the performance of their workforce. With the employee self-service module HR departments or managers can be alerted when an employee request a time-off. The ATS time and attendance typically delivers an 80% reduction in time and attendance administration. ATS TimeWork On-Demand employee time tracking solution can add hours of productivity, improve overall payroll processes and slash administrative expenses.

So, if your payroll and HR department is spending upwards of a day to process employee time, it’s a sign that you need to automate your time keeping process.

To learn more, go our website to view a demonstration of our time and attendance solution.



Streamlining Payroll Costs Will Accelerate Your Business

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Scheduling | Employee Time and Attendance | Employee Time Clock | HRIS | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Streamlining Payroll Costs Will Accelerate Your Business)

By the mid 1990’s employee time clock systems had become a burgeoning industry throughout the North American manufacturing sector.  As these companies begun to reap the benefits they in turn, ended up espousing its virtue. Capturing employee attendance with time clocks became a must have and other industries jumped onboard deploying the solution at record breaking speed. Fast forward to 2014, time and attendance has evolved into what is now called workforce management solution, an all encompassing application.

Whether you are a global manufacturing organization or mid-size company you have a few things in common with other businesses chief amoung them; remain competitive, increase productivity, be profitable and streamline payroll costs. That’s where an ATS integrated workforce management solution comes in.

With ATS workforce management solution, you can:

Benefit from a leading-edge solution that tracks employee attendance and provides a seamless integration to: Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Human Capital Management (HCM), Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and Payroll software applications. Built to capture the most rigorous work policies of within non-unionized and unionized orientated organizations, ATS workforce management software handles scheduled and unscheduled hours, overtime equalization, stat holiday calculations and real-time workforce analytics.

Track time, absences, and properly schedule your labour resources. The forecasting and budgeting module allows you to forecast labor and workload demand, define and assign schedules to meet business objectives. Track adherence to employee schedules and productivity, and adhere to labour laws and pay rules.

Leverage the power of statistical analysis to provide the shape of business over the day, week or several months. ATS workforce management solution removes the worry of maintaining expensive infrastructure and helps companies meet strategic objectives by tying utilization of workforce to organizational goals and business demand.

To learn more, join our user group on LinkedIn. You can also follow us on Twitter or browse through our website or product brochures for more information.

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Big data, workforce analytics and data intelligence are part of today’s conversation when it comes to time and attendance, payroll, HR and ERP. Organizations, both small and large need tools to run efficiently and a big factor in making that a reality is the company’s ability to gather relevant employee data. Business executives want to know if they are profitable and need access to up-to-the-minute workforce management data.

Webopedia  defines “Big Data in these terms:
“Big data is a buzzword, or catch-phrase, used to describe a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that is so large that it’s difficult to process using traditional database and software techniques. In most enterprise scenarios the data is too big or it moves too fast or it exceeds current processing capacity.

While the term may seem to reference the volume of data, that isn’t always the case. The term big data, especially when used by vendors, may refer to the technology (which includes tools and processes) that an organization requires to handle the large amounts of data and storage facilities.

The term big data is believed to have originated with Web search companies who had to query very large distributed aggregations of loosely-structured data.”

Benefits of Time and Attendance and Big Data:

Best-Of-Breed Workforce Analytics-Sophisticated built-in workforce intelligence thus, enabling operational managers and employees alike to access real-time reporting data. With ready-to-access data at their fingertips, organizations can make factual decisions, and at the same time, increase productivity while streamlining payroll costs.

Payroll and Labour Costs Intelligence- Real-time visibility into workforce attendance so, that issues can be addressed on the spot. Labour cost intelligence provides alerts as a barometer against events as they occur so they can be addressed right away.

Workforce Management-ATS TimeWork provides visibility into business process management. The application is preconfigured with industry specific key performance indicators (KPIs) for your core time and attendance processes.

Big Data represents a large and growing opportunity for growing enterprises to improve their data capture and improve their workforce management capabilities.

ATS time and attendance Big Data Workforce Analytics are purpose built and industry specific. The application manages everything from employee time capture, job costing and data integration all designed to enhance performance metrics on a single platform.

To gain access to a demo on our workforce management analytics go to our website.

Profitable Companies Yearn For Happy Employees

January 21st, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Profitable Companies Yearn For Happy Employees)

Over the years the debate about what makes a great company has been discussed to no end by countless pundits and scholars alike. Great companies seek to achieve profitability and happy employees at all levels of an organization. One will simply not work without the other. In cases, where companies are pulling in record profits and their employees are not treated well, chances are…those profits will not last. We found this article, written by Meghan M. Biro a contributor to to be both profound and inspiring.

The article is titled “Happy Employees = Hefty Profits” and includes a list of 5 tools that companies can use to foster a great working environment for employees.

Profitable Companies Yearn For Happy Employees

“1) Pay fairly. At the end of the day, it’s about the pay. Yes, many employees love their work, love their jobs, love their colleagues, but the bottom line is they are there to earn a living. Smart leaders pay people well. This is non-negotiable.

2) Deliver awesome benefits. Whether it’s a good health plan, childcare, transportation, a fitness center or free lunch on Fridays, benefits make people’s lives easier and better. They feel appreciated and cared for, which leads to increased loyalty and a willing to go the extra mile.

3) Keep an open leadership door — and an open mind. Numerous studies have down that when management is approachable and responsive, employee engagement soars. People spend a big chunk of their lives at work, and when they feel voiceless their frustration grows. Actively solicit feedback via social media and old-fashioned management by walking around.

4) Share the profits. When employees share in the good times, their investment in the company grows and they will be far more likely to work hard — and to dig deep during the not-so-good times. When the international literary sensation Fifty Shades of Gray lifted publisher Simon & Schuster to record profits, the company gave every employee a $5000 bonus. This is just plain smart leadership.

5) Make your workplace fun. No, I don’t mean cheesy balloon-a-thons and annoying rah-rah rallies. This is about encouraging people to bring their personalities, quirks and passions to work. This leads to an increasingly seamless work/life mesh, a sense that people can really be themselves at work. Games, laughter, fun are great stress relievers; they renew and refresh us, and build very real bonds between employees.”

So, if your company is using the 5 tools above, then kudos to you!


Today’s workforce is rapidly changing with the advent of web-based technologies. Employees are no longer interested in being tethered to a desk when most of the work can be done with tablets or smart phones. At the same time, companies want workers to be informed and remained connected.  Deploying ATS cloud-based workforce management solution makes it that much easier.

 Cloud-Based Solutions Are Changing The Business Landscape

The 1990’s and early 2000s approach to time and attendance, in large part, meant installing software on a company’s server and other workstations. These workers would then be tied to their desk to access the data and print reports. Now managers and employees alike want instant access to their related information via any workstation or mobile device with access to their Internet.

ATS approach to 21 century time and attendance means:

  • Employees can review their schedules, overtime, accrual benefits and request time off through a mobile device
  • Managers can get instant alerts to their e-mails when an employee request time-off
  • Companies can stay informed with up-to-the minute workforce analytics
  • Payroll and HR managers can navigate payroll and other HR related reports to understand attendance trends
  • Senior executives can access real-time business intelligence on-the-fly

ATS transforms the way you access your cloud-based time and attendance. The solution allows you to implement your business goals faster, increases user adoption and provides a rapid return on your investment.

To learn more, go to our website or call: 866.294.2467.

Cloud-Based Solutions Are Changing The Workforce



While there is no doubt that implementation and support tops the list for many companies who experience woes with their software, proper configuration should top that list as well.

Here are the top 5 items to pay attention to ahead of your implementation:

Documentation – Make a list your business challenges for your new workforce management system, including: overtime, benefit accruals, attendance management and these should all tie into your company’s corporate business objectives.

Easy does it- If a large portion of your employees are in production, start there first and keep it simple. A rapid return on investment (ROI) will come from your web-based time and attendance when the implementation is done in meaningful phases.

Review the implementation plan-Do not be discouraged if the pay categories and premiums are not working in accordance with your company’s policy. This is the perfect time to review and keep tweaking. Take the long view and remember the solution is designed to last for a many years.

Track and measure – If you are coming from a paper-based environment track the amount of time it takes to capture and calculate employee data against your previous manual process. Next measure the impact the solution has on the productivity of your business -you will be pleasantly surprised at the benefits.

Prepare operational managers for adoption of the application– while “train the trainer” is a good way to cut costs, training should never be underestimated. In fact, training is as important as implementation and after sales support. The best way to make full use of training is to use it in small blocks. In that way, information will be retained, resulting in higher user adoption of the system.

To learn about ATS Time and Attendance Software, visit us our website. You can also view a demonstration, join us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter.


Extend the value of your Time & Attendance with ATS Business Analytics

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Business Intelligence | Employee Time Clock | Time and Attendance Blog | Time and Attendance Software | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Extend the value of your Time & Attendance with ATS Business Analytics)

ATS Business Analytics solutions help organizations to thrive by enabling them to discover new ways to optimize business operations, and capture new business opportunities. Through the use of our time and attendance analytic tools you can collect massive amounts of data from your organization. Extrapolating valuable business analytics can help companies unleash the power of collective and advanced predictive analytics to all employees and managers – on any device or platform.

ATS delivers a comprehensive workforce management suite that let customers gain unparalleled power to achieve operational excellence through employee time clock data capture. Our data repository helps your entire business thrive and grants business executives with access to sophisticated analytics that can integrate data from third-party applications.

So, whether your company has a single location or multiple sites across North America, ATS time and attendance business analytics can help you measure performance against defined key metrics. Through the use of ATS TimeWork On-Demand users can access reports; in PDF, Excel and other data formats. The reporting tools allows users to view trends and drill down into detailed data from multiple sources, providing the flexibility and accuracy to quickly make fact-based decisions, and to analyze and share critical information.

Want to learn how leading companies rely on ATS Business Analytics to reduce costs and increase productivity? Call us at: 866.294.2467 to go to our website to view a demonstration.

 Extend The Value of your Time & Attendance with  Business Analytics


3 Ways To Improve Business Processes

January 14th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Overtime | Payroll | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on 3 Ways To Improve Business Processes)

Manual calculation of employee time and outdated information can make it difficult to manage overtime and control labour costs. Designed for the 21st century ATS time and attendance solution delivers deep insight into all areas of an organization and helps improve productivity. ATS integrated workforce management suite provides deep business analytics tools with real-time view of labour resources across every department, enabling managers to make instant adjustments.

Here are three ways to improve your current business process:

Controlling Overtime
When left unchecked, overtime can become a drain on payroll costs. Automating data collection of employee time records is the best ways to take control of unnecessary overtime, and thus bringing down expenses. ATS business analytics allows for a complete view of the workforce that includes actual cost in dollars as well as hours. In addition our time and labour solution considers actual time worked and future schedules, alerting managers of preventable overtime situations and incidental overtime occurrences. 

Improving Productivity
ATS workforce management suite optimizes time and attendance management at every level of your enterprise. The solution lets employees view personal information such as; vacation balances, time-off requests and communicate with managers for efficient and productive self service. This helps your company’s HR and payroll department reduces errors and overpayments by validating employee time capture in real-time.

Reduce Costs
By automating the data collection with ATS time and attendance system companies automatically eliminate the costs of time sheets. This will result in savings for organizations both small and large. ATS time and attendance simplifies workforce management by configuring processes, and work rules in a single application.

ATS TimeWork is an industry-leading workforce management solution. Our integrated workforce solution include: time & attendance, benefit accruals, employee scheduling, overtime equalization, business intelligence, absence management and workforce analytics as core to the application.

To learn more, go to our website. You can also view a demonstration and learn how ATS time management solution can help your business.