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Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables a system to learn from data rather than through explicit programming. Artificial intelligence is a broad term that refers to systems or machines that mimic human intelligence. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are often discussed and used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. An important distinction is that although all machine learning is AI, not all AI is machine learning.

Today, machine learning is at work all around us. When we bank and shop online, or use social media platforms, the algorithms of machine learning comes into play to make the user experience efficient, seamless and secure. Machine learning and the technology around it are developing rapidly, and thus, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of its broad-based capabilities.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite is robust, intuitive and built with future-forward simplicity of machine learning, allowing your organization to work smarter and work seamlessly in the modern cloud. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite experience empowers your employees to perform at their full potential and work inspired, helping them accomplish daily tasks — anything from requesting time-off and benefits enrollment to scheduling and managing time and attendance. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand machine learning capabilities, employs rich analytics to predict what will happen — to help organizations make forward-looking, proactive decisions instead of relying on past data.

Here are 3 ways ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM technology suite can help your business thrive:

Work in today’s modern cloud
With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand you can automate the employee life cycle and streamline workforce compliance including collective bargaining agreements (CBA) so your people can focus on strategic initiatives that support business goals.

Streamline payroll and other operational costs
ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite allows your company to streamline tasks and empower your people to get things done in the fewest steps possible — from any place and on any device 24/7, 365 days a year. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite automates, employee self-service, time and attendance, benefit accruals, employee scheduling and integration with enterprise resource planning (ERP), human resources information system (HRIS), payroll and talent management.

Instant data-driven insights
Gather key metrics, visualize insights, and predict workforce trends with HR-based people analytics embedded right into your ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite experience.

To learn more, about ATS TimeWorkOnDemand HCM suite go to our website and download a demonstration. To reach an account executive, you can request more information by going online or contact us by phone at 866.294.2467.

Tis’ The Season To Be Smart and Aware When Online Shopping

November 27th, 2019 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Business Intelligence | Google | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Tis’ The Season To Be Smart and Aware When Online Shopping)

Eggnog, ugly sweaters, and shopping, yes shopping are three things synonymous with the holidays. Whether you are into any of these or not, they have become some of the things to do, in North America, during the holiday season. And since, online shopping has become part of our holiday shopping habits, it goes without saying, a level of caution has to be applied before clicking on a link for those ‘must-have-shoes’ that are calling out to be bought.

A recent article byPAYTM Canada titledHow to become a savvy online shopper this holiday season provides some useful insights and tips on how to be aware and shop smart online during holiday season. It reads in part;

“Holiday shoppers are enjoying the wave of online deals and discounts, thanks to retailers creating a whole season of shopping specials designed to keep you browsing and buying through the dark days of winter. Online shopping conveniently lets you skip the cold, the crowds, the lineups, and the incessant holiday music in the stores. Plus, shopping online can be fun”. 

And before you pull out that credit card here are 5 tips from that can help you have Happy Joly Holiday if use them.

Shop securely

The number one rule of online shopping is to shop securely. Any reputable retailer will have a secure site — meaning any personal and credit card information you give them is secure. Look for the padlock icon in the address bar next to the retailer’s web address or an extra “s” in the URL after “http”. The URL should start with “https.” The last thing you want is to purchase a sweater for your mom only to have your credit card compromised and used to buy thousands of dollars of expensive stereo equipment.

You should also make sure you are on a secure Wi-Fi network. As a general rule, try to do all online shopping from the comfort of your own home. Using public Wi-Fi can leave your personal information vulnerable.

Search for deals

One of the biggest benefits of shopping online is the ability to comparison shop with ease. No more trekking through the entire mall looking for the perfect wallet. Tools like Google’s shopping search make it easy to quickly scour the web based on specific criteria like price point, brand, style, and colour. It’s like having a personal shopper at your fingertips.

Get rewards

We’re all about saving money while you spend money. Shopping online means that you will be putting your purchases on a credit card. Make sure your credit card has a rewards program so that you can rack up points that you can use towards paying off your credit debt or paying for things like flights, hotels and car rentals on your next vacation.

Shop brands you know and love 

There are so many online retailers out there competing for your money. Low prices can be enticing but there is nothing worse than ordering an item only to be disappointed when you open the package because it doesn’t meet your expectations. Your safest bet is to order online from stores that you already know and love. Being familiar with the service, quality, sizing and return policy helps to greatly reduce the possibility of getting stuck with something you don’t like or want. 

Ship smart 

When trying to decide what product to buy online, be sure to factor in where it is coming from and when you need it. To avoid massive shipping fees, it is wise to shop well in advance of the date you need the item so that you don’t have to express ship anything. Buying from Canadian retailers is the best way to make sure your shopping is in ship-shape. You’ll get your packages quicker and with little to no shipping fees. 

Bottomline: shopping online has become much easier than in previous years. And the number of Canadians and the world in general, who has flocked to online shopping is staggering.  In closing, shop secure and be merry.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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Transitioning from traditional licensed, on-premise to cloud-based application can appear formidable, if not well throughout. However, the transition might not be as difficult as you think. In fact, with the right vendor, and mindset the transition can be one much smoother than you originally thought. So, with this in mind, here are 6 reasons to move to the cloud with ATS TimeWorkOnDemand cloud application:

Nimble: The speed of cloud adoption has been surprisingly rapid across all sizes of customers. Traditional barriers to moving to the cloud such as security and data privacy issues have slowly dissipated.

HR Analytics: It’s at your fingertips. Analytics for HR, payroll and finance-translates to no longer have to wait for someone to tell you what’s happening. Data extrapolation takes place in real-time, which means, you have access to the latest information.

Automation Your Way: The automation capabilities built into ATS TimeWorkOnDemand reduces payroll transactional processes and tasks. Those in the department will spend less time re-keying things like employee punch in out times data. In fact, they will now have, more accuracy and visibility, and will be able to deliver what employees really need. Employees, too, will benefit from better insights into their status, through employee self-service to see, their; time-off requests, schedules and hours worked.

An End-To-End System: ATS TimeWorkOnDemand covers the complete workforce management journey, upon deployment of your solution. You and your organization can experience immediate real-time visibility of information, and work with updates and changes that take place seamlessly and quickly. In addition, our solution is delivered via cloud platform, built from the ground up. You know it’s, compliant and easy to introduce into different provinces across Canada and throughout North America and beyond.

Reduced IT Workload: By eliminating the need for hardware and software purchases, your IT department or consultant can focus on other initiatives of your business.

Rapid Deployment and Easy Integration: With ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, employees can be set up within weeks rather than months. Built on a robust cloud computing platform, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand relies on simple user configuration. This helps our customers achieve their objectives without going through lengthy discovery and deployment processes. ATS TimeWorkOnDemand allows for fast, easy and powerful integration. Data can seamlessly move between ATS TimeWorkOnDemand and other third-party applications, such as payroll. This cuts down on re-keying data, and reduces the risk of data duplication. As a result, it significantly increases accuracy and efficiency, and gives you a single source of truth for all your people data

More and more customers are seeking the benefits of cloud computing, and ATS is delivering the experience and service they expect. We host and manage your workforce management system in the cloud, where users can securely access the application(s) over the web — at any time, from anywhere — using mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

ATS TimeWorkOnDemand will transform your organization into a streamlined and cost-saving and productive business. Not only will this help boost the strategic value of your HR department, it will go a long way toward unlocking future business growth for you.

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

Cloud computing solutions like ATS TimeWork OnDemand, is changing the way healthcare entities including; hospitals, life sciences, clinics, biotechnology manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry deliver quality, affordable services to their patients. And, by embracing ATS TimeWork OnDemand, the healthcare industry can improve operational efficiency, increase employee productivity, and respond to market demands with agility.

Healthcare Practitioners Embrace The Many Benefits Of The Cloud

Here are three reasons why healthcare providers are ditching paper, and instead are moving, to a cloud computing solution like ATS TimeWork OnDemand:

ATS TimeWork OnDemand set of cloud-based workforce management software solutions replaces complex paper-based processes, and systems with best-of-breed, yet intuitive technology, empowering payroll and HR professionals alike, to deliver streamlined workforce processes and remarkable experiences.

Moving to the cloud, allows healthcare entities to spend more time with patients and less time on infrastructure-related activities, laying the foundation to perform workforce management and human capital management (HCM) functions more effectively and efficiently.

Healthcare Practitioners Embrace The Many Benefits Of The Cloud

Simplifying the data integration landscape-with  third-party Payroll, HR, Talent Management, CRM and ERP all using ATS integrated purpose-built middleware solution tool to send data to each other in a cohesive manner and achieve unparalleled end-to-end efficiency. With ATS TimeWork OnDemand, the result is a connected, application that automates, anticipates, and unifies your business processes together.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand for healthcare, or to attend one of our weekly webinars, go to our website. To speak to a representative, call 866.294.2467.

 

Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR

October 4th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in Artificial Intelligence | Cloud Computing | ERP | Google | HR | Labour Analytics | Time and Attendance Blog, Workforce Management Software - (Comments Off on Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR)

If you are in HR, you are likely familiar with a variety of buzz words, especially, when it comes to technology and the many applications that are available in the market, to complement your business processes.

Below is a list of such buzz words that most if not all in HR, is familiar with by now. This list was first compiled by Sharlyn Lauby, of HR Bartender and regenerated by HumanResources Online.

Artificial intelligence (AI): From google maps to spam fillers, AI brings convenience and helps people fulfill their career ambitions. The future trend is to scale their efforts and bring consistency to their activities. Programming is out of the question, but HR leaders need to know enough to guide the conversation within employees and make the best decisions for the company.

Embracing Tech Buzz Words In The World Of HR

Boolean Search: This is a method for searching websites to limit the results by defining the relationships between key words. With all the new fancy search engines, fundamental tools such as Boolean Search can not be ignored by HR professionals. Google search is focused on recent results. Refining Boolean Search skills can quickly access information from any database of software. The must-know Boolean operators are SITE, INURL, AND, OR, NOT.

Machine Learning: Machine learning is quickly becoming an important data tool for HR professionals. What is it and how does it differ from artificial intelligence?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ERP is the successor of materials resource planning which is described as a combination of manufacturing, financial and materials management software functionality. Human resources, professional services and customer relationship management functions are added to ERP. ERP can go beyond the common benefits. It can use analytics to reduce workforce attrition, and therefore better target talent.

The Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Things – or IoT – is the latest technology term for HR pros. It’s all about connectivity but it’s much more than that.

Search engine optimization (SEO): SEO is a practice of improving the visibility and ranking of a website in the search engine. It is no longer only useful for marketing professionals. It is also crucial for HR professionals to minimise their talent acquisition efforts since more and more candidates are using major search engines for job searches. Mobile-optimised career microsites are becoming an important part of companies’ SEO strategies.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): SaaS is any software paid for through a subscription or licence rental that does not require one to download it onto a computer. SaaS is easily confused with the term “cloud”, which refers only to computing resources such as data storage, virtual servers or networks which are only accessible for the information technology departments.

In the end, some buzz words simply go out of fashion or are so over-used, that we get tired of them, and so just stop using them altogether.