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Old Habits Die Hard

April 30th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Old Habits Die Hard)

Social media has not only changed the world of selling but, it has changed just the way in which most people communicate. In fact, it has been a boon for small businesses, many of whom could not compete with the Goliath’s of the world of business. This lends itself to an interesting question, if social media is so effective, then why aren’t more companies advocating its use by their sales staff with some regularity?

One of the more thought provoking and well written articles, on this subject, is titled “The Rise of Social Salespeople” and it is featured on by contributor, Mark Fidelman and Co-Authored by Jim Keenan. One of the more poignant parts of the article reads in part;

“Communication has changed selling and the way we sell for years. Mail ended the carnival pitchman and catalogues were created. The phone put an end to the door-to-door sales, and cold calling was born. Now, social media is changing communication and how sales are made – yet again.

Today, buyers spend far more time researching and moving through the buying process before they engage vendors. Much of the buyer’s journey leverages social media. Social selling allows sales people to engage buyers much earlier in their journey.

Cold calling has traditionally been the approach of choice for hungry, driven sales people. However, according to a recent study by InsideView over 90% of CEO’s said they NEVER respond to cold emails or calls. The return on cold calling is drastically decreasing.”

You can read the article in its entirety on the Forbes site. At ATS, we are lucky to have a forward thinking leadership team that embraces social media and its correlation to the new world of sales.

As with everything else, old habits do die hard. Some have advocated that attaining leads through a variety of ways works best, while others are adamant that only cold calling will work.

Are you working for an organization where lead generation is only done through cold calling and you are expected to make 100 calls per day?

Old Habits Die Hard




Paperless, Easy To Use, And It Will help Your Business Become More Productive

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance On-Demand | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Paperless, Easy To Use, And It Will help Your Business Become More Productive)

Steve Jobs is quoted as saying” “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” If simple works then why are some businesses stuck with using complicated software that hinders, rather than improve their business process?

In its article titled “Complexity and Simplicity Whitesides Research Group states, in part, “In engineering and in many other human activities the simplest solution to a problem is often the best one, and simplicity is actively sought after. Much of science is a sophisticated craft nowadays, and doing science requires so much energy to learn and apply the craft that none is left to look after creative and simple solutions. Much of the work that we do consists in a search for simple – and not expensive – scientific systems.” We at ATS continue to espouse the virtues of a time tracking solution, because, while we believe in its benefits we also think it should be simple to use. After all, the whole point of having a time and attendance solution is to help streamline payroll costs and improve productivity. And if the solution you are using is causing frustration and the support is at best minimal, chances are you are using the wrong solution.

ATS Cloud-Based Time Tracking Solution includes:

Employee Time Tracking- ATS TimeWork On-Demand collects employee hours in real-time. Employees can punch in/out from their mobile devices, view schedules and request time-off.

Workforce Analytics- ATS reporting structure allows you to extract and analyze attendance and business trends in an instant. Since the solution is cloud-based you can access the reports from any tablet, workstation of smartphone.

Data collection- Choose from a variety of time clocks and make easy work of the tedious tasks involved with monitoring employee time and attendance. When accompanied by TimeWork On-Demand the data collectors reduce the risks of errors and payroll inflation common to manual processes.

Employee Scheduling-helps improve employee scheduling tasks and workforce productivity. Accurately anticipating demand helps reduce understaffing

Data Back-Up- ATS workforce management infrastructure provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your data is completely replicated, backed up and available whenever you need it.

Interested in seeing how easy ATS TimeWork On-Demand is to use? Take a test drive and then see what our customers have to say. To speak to an account executive, call us at 866.294.2467.

Paperless, Easy To Use, And It Will help Your Business Become More Productive


Economists and armchair pundits alike declared that the last recession was the worst since the depression of the thirties. And, while there are sighs of relief in some industries, others still struggle to gain a foothold. The employment numbers are, at best, anemic and have not made any significant gains as indicative of the number of people who are still out of work. That said, the North American Auto sector which was one of the hardest hit appears on the rebound.

A recent report by the U.S. Federal Reserve reads in part, “The output of business equipment gained 0.5 percent in March and moved up at an annual rate of

4.2 percent in the first quarter. The production of transit equipment rose 1.0 percent in March, and the production of information processing equipment advanced 1.2 percent, its largest increase since September 2013. The index for industrial and other equipment was unchanged in March, but it rose at an annual rate of 7.9 percent in the first quarter.”

In Canada, the manufacturing sector has also seen some growth albeit slowly. And, in the midst of all this good news, companies will be looking to implement or update their current time tracking solution to keep up with the demands. As manufacturers turn their attention to servicing their customers, they are beginning to realize the value a time and attendance solution can have on their business.

Today’s manufacturers understand the benefit in having the right tools to compete globally, and these companies, waste no time deploying robust workforce management solutions. As technology continues to advance and penetrate the manufacturing industry, the companies who automate with data collection tools will improve productivity, outpace their competitors and see profits increase.

To learn more about ATS go to our website.

Is Manufacturing Crawling Back From Its Supposed Ashes?

Time and Attendance On-Demand will Improve Agility and Lower Costs

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Business Intelligence | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Time and Attendance On-Demand will Improve Agility and Lower Costs)

Many of today’s businesses of all sizes and industries are turning to cloud-basedtime and attendanceas an alternative to an on-premises solution that comes with long deployment delays and maintenance of software licenses. Depending on the size of your organization and complexity of work rules, it is worth finding out which is the best solution for your business. Some of the benefits, of a cloud-based time and attendance solution includes; faster software implementations and upgrades, and a rapid ROI.

ATS TimeWork On-Demand is a comprehensive workforce management solution that improves employee productivity and streamlines payroll costs. ATS best-of-breed time and attendance delivers an end-to-end cloud solution, built by ATS and is delivered with:

  • Anytime access to employee data and other workforce analytics
  • The ability to quickly and cost-effectively leverage the proven, superior performance of real-time business software platform
  • Up-to-the-minute business intelligence
  • Self-Service tools to enhance employee engagement
  • Anytime, anywhere access to up-to-date training materials via the ATS Online Learning Portal

With ATS TimeWork On-Demand your business can tap into the rapid innovation that the Cloud enables and adapt your processes quickly to ever changing market dynamics and customer needs. Companies in various sectors use ATS time and attendance to manage their business and achieve operational excellence.

Take a test drive of ATS TimeWork On-Demand by going to our website. You can also download a white paper on cloud-based versus on-premises time and attendance.

Time and Attendance On-Demand will Improve Agility and Lower Costs



Attendance Software: Myth VS Reality

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Payroll | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software | Time Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Attendance Software: Myth VS Reality)

Recently, one of our practice leads had a conversation with the President of a large multi-site garden centre, espousing the virtues of a time and attendance system. The President had heard some good and some unflattering things about software automation and wanted to be convinced that if she were to go that route, she had all the “bases covered”. It turned out that one of her business colleagues and CFO of a distribution company was not overly excited about their time current time management solution.

The conversation focused, mainly on the unflattering aspects of automation, because, she wanted to make sure she understood what was involved. On the basis of that conversation, we decided to address some myths from reality when it comes to choosing and deploying the right solution for your business.

Myth: If we choose the solution company ABC is using; chances are we cannot go wrong because they are happy with their solution and they are in the same industry as us.

Reality: Choose a solution and a vendor that you are most comfortable with. More importantly, when choosing make sure the vendor demonstrates an understanding of your needs. Your selection should be predicated on your comfort level and not based on what another company, in your industry is using. A vendor who has taken the time to understand your business can adapt their solution to your specific industry. In short, forego the need to adopt the “Joneses Effect”.

Myth: We will get the best solution for the best price because there is a lot of competition.

Reality: It’s true there are competitors. However, the best price for the best solution does not exist. The old adage that “you get what you pay for” is true with software as it is for the type of shoes that you buy. And, when it comes to time management software, you do get what you pay for. Focus on what you need (with your budget in mind of course) that will help your business. If you are looking for all the bells and whistles at bargain basement prices, chances are, there are not going to be many vendors you can choose from.

Myth: We have been using time sheets for years. Our employees are always paid on time and we have no issues. We are not convinced that automating this process will help us in anyway.

Reality: Spend one day with your HR and/or Payroll Practitioner and observe the steps that they go through in collecting employee hours and then keying that data into your payroll software. We are convinced that after observing how employee hours are collected and then processed, you will ask yourself why is it your company has not adopted an automated time and attendance solution.

ATS is a leading supplier of time and attendance software and services to companies in every industry. ATS TimeWork On-Demand offers a broad functional scope that addresses business challenges, across multiple departments, locations and other areas of responsibility.

To learn more about our solutions, attend our next webinar. To view demonstration, go to our website.

Attendance Software, Myth VS Reality

Growing companies understand that to attract the best employees, they need to adapt to 21 century solutions. And adapting to the 21st, businesses need the right tools to help them management their productivity and streamline costs. ATS unified TimeWork On-Demand, helps companies meet this challenge with a combination of workforce accruals, forecasting, job costing, scheduling, time & attendance and employee self-service capabilities. The solution reduces administrative time and effort while producing real-time data and help improve regulatory compliance. ATS cloud-based solution is pre-built with today’s time and attendance industry expertise and best practices.

ATS Unified TimeWork On-Demand fully automates employee time and attendance tracking and helps companies to automate:

Employee Timecards- Changes to the employee time card can be made instantly –thereby enabling recalculate of totals and summaries. Exceptions are flagged automatically in the time card so the supervisor knows what needs attention right away. By using ATS TimeWork On-Demand to capture employee time your company will eliminate errors and will help your organization stay in compliance with local and federal labour laws.  

Data Collection-ATS time clocks are multilingual and designed with for the cloud. ATS employee time clocks connect directly to our time tracking software and the punches are transmitted in real-time. Time clock options include: Fingerscan, Facescan and Hand Punch Biometric Readers, Touch Screens, Magnetic, Proximity and Bar Code Readers. Web-Punch, Smart phone and Telephony time readers. ATS cloud-based time clocks communicate directly over the Internet with hosted time and attendance system.

Data Integration- ATS TimeWork On-Demand integrates seamlessly with CRM, HR, Talent Management, Payroll, ERP, and other third-party applications. The data integration helps with; Employee change data, new hires, paid time off balances, and rates can easily be imported. Paying employees accurately is no laughing matter and requires close collaboration between your ATS time and attendance system and your payroll application.

Leave Management-TimeWork On-Demand can be configured to automatically compute and pay employee benefits. TimeWork On-Demand is an agile cloud-based time and attendance system that contains flexible pay rules, workforce planning, forecasting, employee and manager self-service portals that can be accessed through the web.

Business Intelligence and Workforce Analytic Reporting- ATS Attendance On-Demand business intelligence reporting tool will help your company track and analyze HR, payroll report and other attendance data. Reports can be exported to Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDF and other data sources.

Incidents- ATS Absence Management Incident and Points module gives you control over your organization’s time-off processes, enabling you to track paid and unpaid time for your entire workforce. When combined with our Web-Based Incidents & Points module, the system manages accurate enforcement of absence management policies, and is designed to support a variety of management attendance policies in small and enterprise corporations alike.

Deployment- ATS TimeWork On-Demand can be implemented in as little as a few weeks. ATS deployment team unifies all your pay policies data, from various sources, providing answers to hundreds of workforce questions. From complex predictive analytics, like which location/s requires the most database configuration, ATS provides actionable insights on demand.

According to the Canadian Labour Standards, “such standards protect the rights of workers, foster positive workplace environments and proactive relationships between managers and employees and, ultimately, benefit the bottom line of any business.”

Many organizations are still using antiquated timekeeping systems. By, automating their employee time capture, this allows them to save time and have a better picture of their true costs and a positive effect on business results.

You Can Manage Your Company's Attendance On Demand



It appears that in some industries internship is nearing extinction. Prestigious colleges like Yale, Harvard and Columbia are no longer giving credits for students who are enrolled in internships. Why it is that internship, which was viewed as a way to “get your foot in the door” to a real career, is getting such a bad rap? Those who are on the side of it being abolish, laments that students are being exploited by companies raking in billions in profits, at the expense of interns-while holding the line on employing a person full time to do the job. One of the more famous cases involved an intern whose demise was heard around the world after working an insane amount of hours.

 For many baby boomers who have either done internship themselves or know someone who have gone through it successfully, have said that it’s hard to understand the reason why so many think it’s unfair to the younger generation. In fact, those who have launched successful careers after going through internship believe it’s only a few bad apples that are ruining it for the majority. More recently, the Ontario labour ministry launched a blitz and reported that there were some inconsistencies with the intent of the internship program and how it was being administered by some companies.

In the meantime, as the debate carries on and it will be interesting to see if internship as we know it today stays the same, 5 years from now.  So, should interns be paid, at the very least minimum wage? Should the government in various provinces and states revamp the laws that governs internship or just keep things they way they are?

Is Unpaid Internship Coming To An End

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge With ATS Time & Attendance

April 15th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Self Service | Hosted Time and Attendance Solution | Payroll | Scheduling | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Sharpen Your Competitive Edge With ATS Time & Attendance)

With customers in every industry, ATS market-leading workforce management (WFM) software is a proven solution – built to support North America’s small, mid and largest organizations. Customers utilizing ATS time and attendance solution have access to on-demand data and workforce analytical tools-that helps streamline business processes within their organization.

Leverage ATS Workforce Management Solutions through:

Employee Time and Attendance
Provide your workforce with multiple ways to record and access the data, applications, and analytical tools they need to perform their work as efficiently as possible.

  • Eradicate paper timesheets and increase productivity with ATS automated time management solution for both HR and Payroll Practitioners
  • Enable employees to request time-off and see their schedules and accumulated over-time for any given period
  • Bring your distributed workforce together in an employee interaction center
  • Provide managers with a self-service portal to track vacation and other time-off requests
  • Streamline time clock data gathering management to boost resource effectiveness and control labor costs

Payroll and Human Resources Enablers
ATS solutions support business growth with a robust and single system for single and multi-site locations.

  • Gain instant access to attendance trends with analytic reporting tools
  • Automate and manage employee accrual benefits
  • Consolidate manual based process into one automated single platform
  • Manage payroll processes and compliance in every major country

 Analytics and Workforce Planning
Gain up-to-the-minute insight into your workforce with ATS TimeWork On-Demand or our On-Premises application. Plan and forecast better with predictive analytics and improve key performance indicators (KPIs).

  • Harness Finance, Payroll and HR  reporting analytics for informed forecasting workforce planning
  • Improve decision making with deeper insight into attendance management
  • Monitor and quantify how human resources strategy aligns with your company’s  time and attendance business goals

You can run your business on a foundational workforce management solution that large enterprises and midsize companies trust to manage their business. You can streamline benefits management and simplify the data integration processes. ATS time and attendance solution supports the most complex payroll calculations and HR tasks — from premiums to overtime, job costing and employee scheduling.

With ATS time and attendance businesses can achieve real-time insight and enable operational excellence and innovation for the business processes you need – today, tomorrow and into the foreseeable future.

To learn more connect with us on LinkedIn or our Twitter Feed. You can also download a demonstration or attend one of our webinars.

Sharpen Your Competitive End With ATS Time and Attendance

Microsoft’s recent announcement that it would no longer support Windows XP after April 8 caused uproar within the business community. However, there is nothing new about this announcement since, Microsoft had sent out notices as early as a year ago about its decision to retire Windows XP.  Even after this announcement, it appears that some businesses will continue to use the operating system-but the question remains, for how long?  The companies with big IT budgets might be able to use it for at least another year however the inevitability that they will have to upgrade will sink in sooner or later.

Some consumers and businesses alike have valid reasons for not wanting to upgrade. However, every survey that has ever been conducted on human behaviour all arrive at the same conclusion, human beings without exception, do not like change.

Below is an excerpt from an article titled “Change or Die” by Alan Deutschman on Fast Company. This article speaks to the psychology of change:

“CEOs are supposedly the prime change agents for their companies, but they’re often as resistant to change as anyone — and as prone to backsliding. The most notorious recent example is Michael Eisner. After he nearly died from heart problems, Eisner finally heeded his wife’s plea and brought in a high-profile number-two exec, Michael Ovitz, to alleviate the stress of running Disney. But Eisner proved incapable of seeing through the idea, essentially refusing to share any real power with Ovitz from the start.

The conventional wisdom says that crisis is a powerful motivator for change. But severe heart disease is among the most serious of personal crises, and it doesn’t motivate — at least not nearly enough. Nor does giving people accurate analyses and factual information about their situations. What works? Why, in general, is change so incredibly difficult for people? What is it about how our brains are wired that resists change so tenaciously? Why do we fight even what we know to be in our own vital interests?”

At times, ATS account executives have had conversation with prospective customers who think that the support they are receiving from their current provider is less than stellar. Others, on the other hand, would like to change to a time and attendance solution that closely matches their needs, but elect to stay with what they have. Why? The thought of changing to a new solution, that will help their business streamline their business process, and increase productivity is simply too hard to bear. After all, it means having to change.


The Benefits Of Embracing Technology For Finance Executives

April 10th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Self Service | Employee Time Clock | Payroll | Time and Attendance Software | Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on The Benefits Of Embracing Technology For Finance Executives)

In a recent study by CFO magazine, titled “Supporting Growth with New Technologies” it surveyed the responses of financial executives in the USA and United Kingdom and the response in support of technology was overwhelming.  It’s not uncommon to hear of companies using antiquated systems and while they know, that if they were to upgrade, it would help their business process-they remain reluctant to do so.

Sometimes companies are forced to change their current system, because it stopped working all of a sudden. This might cause panic to the finance executive who need a report that highlights labour costs.

Another of most recent articles titled “Machine Dreams” makes a direct reference to survey and states in part that; “During the recession, IT was primarily seen as a source of efficiency and cost reduction. But as the economy revives, companies are evaluating how emerging technologies, from Big Data analytics to cloud computing to mobile platforms, can support growth initiatives.”

It also pointed out that “An overwhelming portion of respondents, 77%, agreed that over the next year, their companies will need to make much better use of mobile technology. Senior finance executives also know what they’d like the technology to help them achieve — namely, improved access to and use of financial and business data. A plurality of respondents (37%) said that mobile technology can provide users with better data-query and data-retrieval capabilities than their current systems do.”

ATS TimeWork On-Demand tracks attendance with employee time clocks, reduces manual errors and provides financial executives with reports in real-time. Delivered in the cloud, ATS TimeWork On-Demand is a unified workforce management solution that includes a full range of payroll and time tracking capabilities with real-time business insights, and fully auditable process management.

With ATS TimeWork On-Demand, you can:

  • Improve workforce productivity by reducing manual and timely administrative tasks.
  • Minimize business compliance risk by enforcing and tracking complex work and pay-rules compliance including; collective bargaining and government regulations
  • Control payroll costs with across-the-board work polices and pay rules

So why go with ATS? Because our solutions are completely automated, easy to own and deliver the high-quality information you need to make better decisions. 

ATS TimeWork On-Demand offers intuitive, employee and manager self-service features to help you effectively schedule, and pay your workforce. You can find out more through our resource library or download a demonstration from our website.

The Benefits of Embracing Technology for Financial Executives