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Whether you are the CEO, CFO, Chief Information or Chief People Officer running a busy company comes with many challenges including your health.  Afterall, if you don’t take care of your health, how can you lead a productive workforce? In fact, more often than not, a company’s employees tend to model the behaviours of their leader. So, for instance, if the boss habitually works 50-60 hours a week, employees will feel compelled to follow this pattern or risk being seen as not working hard enough.

Sue Pridham’s article written for the Globe and Mail titled Seven tips for busy executives to stay healthy is the perfect antidote for busy executives who overwork themselves and, as a result, struggle to find time for selfcare.

Those seven tips are as follows:

1. Get 7 to 8 hours sleep. If you are low on energy, gaining weight and grumpy, chances are you aren’t getting enough sleep. One night without sleep, or several nights with too few hours of sleep, leaves you driving as if you are legally drunk at a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

2. Eat breakfast daily. The purpose of eating breakfast is to give your body some much needed energy after a long night of sleep.

3. Manage stress. Take wellness breaks throughout the day to recharge and encourage your team to do the same. Leave work at a reasonable hour and let others know you have a life beyond work. They will take note and do the same. Take your well-deserved vacation and try to stay unplugged as much as possible.

4. Exercise daily. If your team sees you making fitness a priority, they will follow suit. That could mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk or run midday, encouraging your department to take a stretch break. Another way is to walk and talk. Get out of the boardroom and host a walking meeting. This will stimulate blood flow and get the creative juices flowing. Keep a pair of running shoes under your desk and walk after lunch or at break times. Go for a walk with the family after dinner to reduce screen time.

5. Eat 7 to 8 fruits and vegetables each day. People who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a significantly lower risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

6. Practise gratitude. We can get so caught up in the thrill of the next deal and achieving targets that we forget to recognize the efforts of our team along the way. Take time to show thanks. No one has ever faulted their employer for giving too much praise.

7. Stay connected. Social connections can strengthen our immune systems, lower rates of anxiety and depression and improve our self-esteem. Connecting with people makes us happy, which in turn keeps us healthy. Get out from behind your desk and give your employees some face time.

Bottomline: In today’s ‘always on’ digital era, as an executive, you have information coming at you from every angle. And, after a long day of mind consuming tasks, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and exhausted. But you won’t be doing a good job at anything if you are not giving your brain a break, and at the same time, risking your health in the process.

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You want to make your HR department more meaningful, with automation but lack the necessary tools. So, how do you replace outdated methods like spreadsheets and paper time cards? You can start by exploring ATS TimeWorkOnDemand cloud-computing HCM software that encompasses, AI and time and attendance dashboards all designed, to help you reduce costs, boosts HR productivity and propel business growth.

Here are 5 ways to rock your HR department with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand:

1.Replace Spreadsheets and Paper-Based Time Cards: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand combines all your HR essentials together into one modern system. Through intuitive dashboards, you can find and edit employee records, review and authorize employee time-off requests, track attendance, store and visualize all your employee information in one system. A standard, user friendly layout means it’s easy to find information at a glance.

2.Real-Time Analytics: Accurate HR data is vital to an organization’s success.  With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand You can use these impressive reports to highlight areas of focus for business growth, or even for demonstrating the year-on-year improvements you’re making for your company.

3.Bring more meaning to HR: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand will help transform HR business practices with a comprehensive set of processes that covers the end-to-end time and attendance, talent management and payroll journey. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand offers a rapid deployment through simple data configuration, is easy-to-use and – delivers quick adoption and quick ROI.

4.Make Life Easier, by Automating Mundane Tasks: Do you really want to perform repetitive manual processes? We think not. You can energize your team and other managers with intuitive dashboards and give them access to their own set of workflows.

5.Build a Great Workforce Experience and Improve Performance: With a single click you can increase team efficiency and productivity through automation, and get visibility of your workforce with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand robust performance metrics system designed around techniques proven to boost employee performance.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand modern cloud HCM solution helps accelerate innovation, improve the user experience, and lower IT costs —while also getting you ready for tomorrow’s business challenges.

If you are ready to explore all that ATS TimeWorkOnDemand has to offer, you can register for one of our bi-monthly webinars, download a demonstration or contact us at 866.294.2467 to discuss your business requirements.

Do you work for a company that expects you to respond to emails at all hours of the night? or worse, while you are on vacation with your family? Several studies, including one from Modern Family Index have uncovered that these long and unnecessary hours, that you are being asked to work is damaging to family life, with several employees feeling obliged to work longer hours to meet expectations. In other words, constantly sacrificing family time, all in the name of work.

6 ways to support working parents is an insightful article written by Sharon Florentine for CIO.com and reads, in part:

“Be flexible

One of the simplest strategies Levin recommends is flexibility. Whether through remote or flexible work arrangements, job-sharing, staggered hours or otherwise, working parents need flexibility. “Parents need to be able to go to doctor’s appointments, their kids’ baseball games, school conferences or to work from home if their child is sick. We say around here, ‘if it’s working at home, it’s working at work,’ so you have to make sure you’re doing what you can to make it work for parents at home,” Levin says.

Dependent care assistance

You don’t have to offer an on-site daycare, though many progressive businesses do, but you should consider offering some type of subsidy for child care assistance, Levin says. If you have child-free workers, consider offering elder care or another comparable benefit. Not only do these kinds of benefits, inspire loyalty, but they’re a great perk to mention when you’re trying to attract and hire talent.

Paid parental leave

Modern dads are more engaged than ever in all aspects of caregiving. As of 2010, fathers are the primary caregivers for about 25 percent of preschool-aged kids, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While the federal government mandates parental leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, that time is unpaid, leaving many two-parent working families trying to make ends meet without one income. It’s even more difficult for single parents.

Create affinity groups

Another simple way to support working parents that is gaining traction is through the creation of support and/or affinity groups. “We are seeing informal, casual affinity groups working really well in the business world. For instance, a group for new moms to help them integrate back into the workplace, or a group for working dads to connect with each other,” Levin says. It can be a great way for employees to share information about perks and benefits, and to connect more closely with others at their company who are facing the same challenges.

Offer on-site perks

One of the major challenges faced by working parents is time, says Levin. Between work, household responsibilities and the demands of everyday life, it can seem impossible to get it all done.

Set an example for all parents

Companies are motivated by financial incentives, and you can’t afford for people to jump ship. Family benefits enhance productivity, keep people much more focused and they’re appreciative. Your turnover is reduced. It helps with recruiting talent, too, because while candidates might not ask out loud about these benefits, they go to Glassdoor and read about them, and that helps them want to work for you,” Levin says.

Some of today’s progressive-thinking companies offers several incentives to entice talent that include; games night, free snacks, coffee and tea. But, if your company wants to attract really good talent, and your list of perks does not include support for working parents, it’s time to redo that list. In the end, it is not only the right thing to do, it will also increase workforce productivity.

It wasn’t too long ago that asking your boss to work from home would likely stunt your career aspirations. And, while some companies still frown on the idea of employees working from home, there is no stopping this shift towards working remotely, a shift that has been taking place for the last several years.

Want further proof that remote work is on the rise, despite reluctance from some companies? Here are excerpts from an article, written by Valerie Bolden-Barrette for HRDive titled, Working remotely is now the norm for developers, new study shows

  • Eighty-six percent of IT developers work remotely, with almost one-third working from home full time, according to a study by DigitalOcean, a cloud-based platform. Of the more than 4,500 respondents to the study, Currents: A Seasonal Report on Developer Trends in the Cloud: Remote Work Edition, 43% said that the ability to work remotely is “a must-have” when considering a job offer.
  • Contrary to the belief that remote workers are isolated and disengaged from the workforce, 71% of respondents who work remotely said they feel connected to their organization’s community. However, the 29% of remote workers who feel isolated said they’re disengaged from their company’s culture and excluded from offline conversations with team members when working offsite. Seventy-six percent of respondents expected remote work to offer more work-life balance, but many reported working longer hours and that their work-life balance was only slightly better than their onsite colleagues.
  • Although remote work is considered the norm for developers, a plurality (47%) started working offsite between one and four years ago. The study also found that on a scale of 1-5, a flexible work schedule was “very important” to many of the respondents (44%).

Despite the above-mentioned stats that shows an upward trajectory, that more companies are adopting a remote workforce mentality-you will have to build a compelling case on the benefits of remote work if your employer does not believe it in.

Here’s some additional stats from the article; “Remote work has swiftly become a norm, especially in a tight labor market with more specialized jobs. Since 2005, the number of U.S. employees who work from home at least half the time has more than doubled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But employers have been comparably slow in outlining how such arrangements work for their companies; a majority of employers surveyed in a 2018 Upwork study lacked any official remote work policy”.

Bottomline: There are certain jobs like payroll and HR and in some industries  that require employees to be in the office or on a job site. On the other hand, other jobs like software programing or sales can be done remotely.  In the end, if you have presented a strong business case on the reasons why you should work remotely, and it does not match with your employers’ corporate culture, it might be best, in the end, to start looking elsewhere.

To learn more about ATS and our Cloud-Based HCM Workforce Management application for mid-enterprise size organizations, go to our website.

You can also request a demonstration or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. To reach an account executive by phone call: 866.294.2467.

Accurate reporting is vital to a company’s success. ATS HCM Workforce Analytics delivers a complete solution for analyzing and visually exploring your data to understand the correlation between people performance and business performance.

ATS HCM Workforce Analytics application can help you make on-the-spot decisions by providing a wealth of invaluable information and insights, using up-to-the-minute HR analytics tools and customizable dashboards.

Intuitive Dashboards

  • HR and other departmental managers have access to multiple pre-built global reports and dashboards with relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Indicators
  • You can connect and blend data from HCM, Time and Attendance, Payroll and other third-party applications for deeper insight into your workforce-thus, helping you, to make informed decisions.
  • ATS intuitive cloud platform gives you flexibility. You can create stunning visualizations and share the data with colleagues—online and/or on mobile devices.
  • Anticipate workforce needs with predictive analytics, while working with others, within your organization,to determine the right skills that support your strategic plan.
  • Anticipate workforce needs with predictive analytics, while working with others, within your organization, to determine the right skills that support your strategic plan.

Payroll and HR Compliance

Whether your business is operating in one or several cities, provinces or states, your data should be standardized but, should also comply to the local laws in the jurisdictions where you operate.   

With ATS Workforce Analytics, you can:

  • Equip C-level executives with real-time contextual information and ad hoc analysis. This powerful dashboard leverages business data and other applications to provide a single source of truth for the company.
  • Seamlessly update profiles and permissions features to enable executives, managers, supervisors and employees to support both themselves and their teams, while ensuring that sensitive HR data is visible only to those who need to see it
  • Enhance business decisions with best-of-breed intelligence – using our cloud-based analytics software. Download employee data through a variety of employee time clocks and enhance, and performance challenges

Transform your Business with Real-Time Insights

  • ATS Workforce Analytics connects business and IT to help you close the gap between your digital transformation strategy and execution. From designing and value discovery to accelerated innovation to productive usage for tangible business results
  • Enable managers to subscribe to reports notifying them of exceptions or conditional circumstances such as high absence levels
  • Spot potential business problems before they occur with early warning systems reporting
  • This robust cloud-based application supports strategic workforce planning, budgeting and forecasting and helps you analyze trends in workforce gaps and accurately model labour composition and costs.
  • Enable rapid identification of trends using charts, tables, and other graphics with easy-to-use data visualization tools

You now have more than enough information to make the most skeptic C-suite executive excited. And, if you are asked for more information, you can start the journey by downloading a demonstration or registering for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

To arrange an onsite visit or an ATS Workforce Analytics demonstration specific to your organizational requirements, call; 866.294.2467.

There is nothing typical about an HR managers’ work day. And, depending on the size of the company, an HR managers’ job could encompass; resume screening, recruitment, interviews, retention and that’s just to name a few of the activities that can take up their day. Today’s HR managers are making use of HCM, Talent Management and Time and Attendance Solutions to align their employees with common HR processes and promote a culture of compliance.

Andrew Ly of HRMorning captures a day in the life of the HR manager, with an insightful article titled, 7 ways HRMS can transform your HR department. Below are some excerpts from the article.

     

1.Manage the hiring process more efficiently

An HRMS solution won’t have as many specialized features as a dedicated ATS software, but it will have the benefit of retaining applicant information if they are hired and onboarded. You’ll also be able to analyze this data and generate reports on the types of candidates that ultimately become successful employees.

2.Engage employees with onboarding and training

Once you’ve hired the right candidate, it will be important for you to keep them engaged from the beginning. Employees that go through a structured onboarding program are 58% more likely to stay with an organization after three years.

With HRMS, onboarding can start even before the new employee reaches the office. Employees can sign administrative documents electronically, catch up on company news and business goals, and join virtual social networks of colleagues. On their first day, they’ll have more time to tour the facility, set up their equipment and hit the ground running.

3. Save time with a self-service portal

Employees often have specific questions about their salaries, benefits and time off. Answering these vital yet routine questions, however, can take up a huge chunk of your day. With a self-service portal, employees can access their information any time, from a remote site or on their mobile phone.

4. Reduce business errors with automated processes and a central database

You know how important it is to maintain accurate payroll and compliance records. Any mistake is not just a headache but also a potential lawsuit. HRMS automates these processes, so that you can worry less about costly errors. It can calculate wages and salaries, deduct the correct amount of taxes and benefits, and print checks or execute direct deposits.

5. Accelerate employee performance

Employees are more productive when they feel that business objectives are aligned with their skill sets and accomplishments are properly rewarded. Yet it may not be clear to you how employees are doing in their roles and whether or not they are succeeding.

6. Understand why employees leave

When an employee leaves, you conduct an exit interview to understand why. The information you get, however, may not always be accurate. Perhaps there are strong emotions surrounding the departure or the employee doesn’t feel comfortable being honest in person.

7. Support your decisions with evidence

Businesses are increasingly looking to HR for more data-driven initiatives and strategies. Whether its recruiting more efficiently, increasing engagement or reducing turnover, senior management wants your decisions to be backed up with quantifiable metrics.

Bottomline: Today’s HR practitioners are acutely aware of the benefits of deploying an cloud-based application like, ATSTimeWorkOnDemand and how it can help increase team efficiency and productivity, by boosting revenue through automation.

So, whether you have 50 or 500 employees in one province, state or country, or 7,000 in several regions, ATSTimeWorkOnDemand HCM cloud will boost engagement and create a great workforce experience for your HR department and company, as a whole.

To learn about ATS Workforce Management Solutions for HR go to our website, where you can download a demo or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. To reach an account representative by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

     

Paying attention to change is a mindset. Some companies adapt, while others simply can’t let go of the past, even if their inaction to change is causing disruption in their organization. We have written about the annual performance review, in the past, and its relevance or lack thereof, in today’s rapidly change workforce that encompasses; cloud computing, AI, Robotics, and a Millennial and GenZ workforce. In particular, this cohort of Millennial and GenZ employees, simply have no patience, for year-end reviews with their managers, and would instead, prefer daily or weekly feedback.

In an article, written by Valerie-Bolden Barrett for HR Dive, titled Workers overwhelmingly prefer regular check-ins to yearlies, based on a study, it revealed the following:

“An overwhelming number of employees (84%) said regular check-ins with their managers are important to them, according to a poll of 1,000 workers from Appraisd, a U.K.-based performance management software company. The percentage of employees favoring check-ins was even greater among younger age groups; 90% of Gen Zers said regular face-to-face meetings with their manager are important and 40% described them as very important. 

Workers reported different check-in frequencies with their managers. One-third of respondents meet with their manager once a month; 12% meet every two weeks; another 12% never meet with their managers at all; and 8% meet fewer than every six months. Large organizations were more likely to have regular check-ins than midsize or small companies, and the number of employees that never had check-ins increased to 17% in small companies, Appraisd said. 

According to Appraisd, the annual review is still used in 36% of the respondents’ workplaces. Four percent reported that reviews are conducted less than once a year and 8% said that they’ve never had a review with their current employer”. 

Bottomline: The annual performance review is on life support and will eventually become a thing of the past. Millennials and GenZ, will slowly seal its fate.

To learn about ATS and its suite of workforce management solutions, go to our website. You can download a demo or register for one of our bi-weekly webinars. To reach an account executive by phone call, 866.294.2467.

Managing payroll costs is no easy feat in today’s competitive business. From supply chain, to healthcare, retail and manufacturing, most organizations want to maintain a healthy balance between controlling costs, returning a profit and, thus have happy stakeholders.  The landscape of your entire business, can be matched by ATS robust workforce management solution. The solution was built for businesses looking for greater efficiency, flexibility, and insight.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand helps businesses compete and grow, by delivering an intuitive and easy-to-scale, workforce management solution, at a fraction of the cost and complexity of typical time and attendance system.

With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, you are choosing a best-in-class workforce management solution for your enterprise to grow faster and run with agility. Here are 3 compelling reasons to choose ATS TimeWorkOnDemand:

Simple and Robust Application: With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, you can regain control and agility, with a faster, simpler and flexible workforce management solution

Integration with Ease: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand accelerates your entire business–from data gathering to production, HR, and financial management and seamless product interfaces– and delivers faster insight into costs and performance at every step, on a global scale.

Flexible: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand offers flexible data configuration options and applications to support your industry-specific processes, and can be operated in the Cloud –managed by ATS –, or in your company data center, giving you total control over your IT strategy.

Want to know more? Take an interactive product tour or reach us by phone at 866.294.2467.

 

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.