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Whether you are a food and beverage manufacturer, a wholesale, distributor, or a retailer, you face a unique set of challenges that are specific to your industry.

Not only do you have tough labour law requirements, but you also operate in an industry with tight margins and, where time is of the essence. You have to deal with payroll and other import costs, employee productivity, and wastage.

ATS Food Manufacturing application is designed to grow your food and beverage business, and help you enhance your back-of-house operations, so you can deliver better business performance and exceptional customer experiences.

With ATS Food Manufacturing application, your company gets access to; Workforce Planning, Employee Self-Service, Overtime Equalization, HR, Analytics, Time and Attendance, Workforce Absence and a proven technology platform that delivers- visibility and control and demand-driven solutions.

With ATS Food Manufacturing for Food and Beverage, you can simplify, scale and achieve:

Business Insight-24/7, 365 Days: ATS Food Manufacturing enables your people to access and act on workforce data anywhere, anytime with any mobile device.The application,allows you unprecedented insight into your business providing you with real-time visibility of what is important to you. It also allows you to track key performance indicators (KPIs), identify which parts of your business is generating the best returns and-address issues before they become business-affecting.

Machine Learning: ATS Food Manufacturing advances the aggregation of more and better data with broad capabilities, and deeper flexibility with forecasting algorithms.

Regulatory Compliance: The application enables you to take legislative compliance; whether its international, federal, provincial, state, and local labour laws in your stride- making it an integrated and automated part of your processes.

Improve Process and Efficiencies: With ATS Food Manufacturing solutions, you can drive efficiencies by integrating processes across the entire supply chain. We connect payroll, HR, finance, production, packaging and distribution to improve process. By aligning supply and demand, we streamline payroll costs, thus increasing workforce productivity.

Elasticity: That reduces the complexity, while providing comprehensive business insights and addressing those operational issues that restrict growth.

Proven Technology with Industry Specialization:  The applicationsupports multifaceted data exchanges with best-of-breed technology and architecture and addresses industry-specific requirements with vertically specialized modules.

Budgeting, Forecasting, Labour Planning and Demand: Take advantage of intuitive, industry specialized software for budgeting, planning, and forecasting. And with machine learning capabilities—you have access to a self learning algorithm that allows for analyzing of historical data, and the calculation of required labour hours to meet critical business objectives

To learn more or to fast track your evaluation of ATS Food Manufacturing, you can go to our website. You can also have call you back by submitting your request here.

Today’s workforce is evolving, how and where people work, even the skills you need continue to shift. So how do you adapt to what the future brings? Meet ATS Human Capital Management (HCM) mobile solutions. It enables ready-to-use data and places secure and convenient tools right in your hands, for simple, anytime access across devices.

ATS HCM cloud for mobile includes:

Automation to decrease workload

  • Update, submit and approve timesheets
  • ATS HCM cloud for mobile robust algorithm that populates; schedules, holiday calendars, and rotating, split, or dynamic shifts.
  • Get up-to-the-minute information on employee clock in/out data
  • Submit and approve time off requests
  • Review time-off requests and access employees’ worker profiles from anytime, anywhere

Game-changing HR technology

  • Easily find employee data such as phone number, title, work location and more
  • Review employee time off balances
  • Easily create and maintain manager and employee self-reviews to help guide and grow employees
  • Attract and manage applicants for careers within your company, and improve the employee experience by onboarding new hires with ease
  • Avoid data latency and ensure data integrity with unification across HR processes

Employee Benefit Accruals

  • Complete employee benefits enrollment
  • Access existing and future benefits elections
  • Make managing performance goals flexible and approachable for your people
  • View information by category of benefit, plan type and coverage level
  • Select detailed views such as effective date, deduction per pay period and employer contribution

Workforce Planning

  • Reduce costs by tracking absence trends and areas of low productivity with data analytics for optimization
  • Prevent costly violations with alerts that bring issues to the scheduling manager’s attention, such as overstaffing scenarios or being out of alignment with labor demand
  • Create labour forecasts using a combination of historical data, customer recent trends, and seasonal predictions
  • Enable real-time visibility with ATS HCM cloud mobile solutions
  • Meet operational goals while staying on budget by setting safeguards for Key performance indicators (KPIs) thresholds to limit fluctuations

Analytics and HR Dashboard

  • With ATS HCM cloud mobile dashboards, HR practitioners can dig deeper into your data with drill-down capabilities and analysis on every view
  • HR leaders can access
  • This easy-to-use application, consists of; core HR, talent optimization, learning management, payroll and workforce management capabilities- with a unique set of behavioral science tools, that apply predictive analytics
  • ATS HCM cloud mobile solution replaces complex processes, workflows, and systems with a sophisticated, yet intuitive technology
  • Allows HR connectivity across departments, regions, provinces, states and/or different countries and works on any mobile device in seconds

ATS HCM cloud for mobile is a powerful set of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software solutions that empower your people to deliver streamlined processes with remarkable experiences. And, with an implement team that has deep industry experience, you can be assured of a seamless implementation process that delivers a standardized, consistent experience built around your organization’s data.

To learn more about ATS HCM cloud mobile, go to our website, while there, you can also register for one of our webinars. To reach an account executive by phone, call; 866.294.2467.

The particular stressors brought on by COVID-19 can exacerbate the chronic stress many employees are already experiencing. And, most company executives recognize that addressing workplace stress, the direct and indirect cause of many health problems- must be part of any strategy to improve employee health and reduce health care cost.

Study after study has revealed that employees sometimes take on the character traits of their leaders, be they positive or negative.  In an article by Suzanne Lucas titled, How Wellness Enhances Your Emotional Intelligence: When you’re in a good place, you’re a better manager.

Here are some excerpts from this article which offers 3 tips for managers:

  1. “You’re a better leader when you’re not tired

More than a third of American employees aren’t getting enough sleep. Tiredness can cause a whole host of problems, including long-term physical health problems. But it also makes us less capable of thinking about what others need.

Some of the symptoms of tiredness are

  • Slowed reflexes and responses
  • Impaired decision-making and judgment
  • Moodiness, such as irritability
  • Reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand
  • Low motivation

You can see how tiredness makes it difficult to control your emotions, navigate relationships with others, and be a good example to your employees. Cabanero says make sleep a priority if you want to be a good leader.

2. If you’re unhappy with yourself, you’re unhappy with others

Wellness includes focusing on what you need–often called self-care. This is not selfishness, but rather recognizing that you have needs. That may be through exercise, meditation, or eating a healthy diet. Giving yourself what you need to feel centered helps you be happy with yourself.

People who are happy and content with themselves will be more open to the needs of their employees, according to Cabanero. This makes perfect sense. If you’re frustrated with your own life, can you take the time to think about others’ needs?

People make mistakes all the time. Responding to them with patience and understanding is a sign of emotional intelligence. Taking mistakes personally is a huge problem and undermines your leadership. 

3.Wellness programs only work when leaders set the example

As a health coach, Cabanero wants to see everyone healthy and on the right path, but companies have only limited influence on their employees. Having a leader demonstrate the need to take care of oneself can make a huge difference. HR expert Brenda Neckvatal, author of Best Practices in Human Resources: How to Claw Your Way From Want-to-Be to VP, agrees. “You can’t have a proper wellness program if the leadership doesn’t participate,” she says.

Having leadership actually demonstrate wellness in their own lives also demonstrates emotional intelligence. You can’t lead people if you’re unwilling to walk on the same path. That means focusing on your own health as well as theirs. If your goal in investing in a business wellness program is only to lower health insurance costs, your employees will see through it. If, on the other hand, you engage yourself, your employees will see the results as you become a better manager. That’s a winning wellness plan”.

Bottomline: Taking care of ourselves and each other—including our loved ones, friends, and coworkers—should be the first order of business right now. As leaders look to both near-term and long-term solutions to support their workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak, well-being should remain a focal point. leaders who are proactive, considerate, and flexible will be better positioned to weather this storm and to emerge post-pandemic with a resilient workforce.

About ATS
ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.

Apex Time Solutions (ATS) is the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Thousands of organizations that spans Canada, South America, US and Europe— including Fortune 500® — companies use ATS TimeWork OnDemand to control payroll costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity.

To learn more, call 866.294.2467 or go to our website to download a demonstration or register for one of our webinars.

In the last several years, businesses and the IT world in general, has seen the increasing popularity of cloud computing, easily becoming the 21st century most talked about business application solution.

Cloud services that include; software and hardware have different options and pricing models, which in past, may have caused a few IT managers to be sceptical, about the technology and how it would affect their businesses. And, as a result, this may have also given rise to misconceptions about the realities of cloud computing and the many benefits it offers, including; business agility and cost reductions.

In this blog, we will debunk 5 myths about cloud computing:

Myth#1: All Cloud Software Solutions are the same
Different organizations have different needs and the best HCM cloud applications support those unique characteristics. For example, a food manufacturing company that creates products in small batches have different needs from a similar type of that manufactures the same product over and over.

Yet some businesses still believe that all cloud HCM solutions are the same and none of them are unique enough to suit their specific needs. Manufacturers with little knowledge of modern cloud computing solutions can sometimes get dazzled by buzzwords and perceived complexity. However, the cloud is not a platform that delivers a one-size-fits-all solution. The best cloud HCM providers offer flexibility, a wide variety of cloud-computing based functionality— and are designed by experts, with deep industry knowledge— who would not sell an application that’s loaded with bells and whistles that companies don’t need or would not use.

Myth# 2 – A Cloud Solution is too Expensive
We have heard this before, when in actuality, it will save you money in the long run. With ATS HCM cloud application, companies spend less on IT. Over a three- to five-year period, consider the hardware, software, implementation, customization, training, support and maintenance costs required for on-premise HCM application. It is easier to implement ATS HCM cloud, which doesn’t need large computers or onsite staff to maintain them.

Moving to the cloud means freeing up the extensive IT resources dedicated to the never-ending challenge of keeping the lights on in the server room. The burden of deploying, running, and upgrading systems shifts to ATS. This allows IT managers to become strategic shareholders, while driving innovation.

Myth#3 –It will be harder to Integrate to Third-Party Applications
Some companies still believe the myth that cloud HCM software is difficult to integrate with their existing systems. In fact, integration is much easier than you think. Third-party apps like, ERP, Payroll, Talent Management that is native to the same platform are easy to manage and integrate. They provide end-users with a consistent interface and experience. ATS makes use of the most updated API integration, and so your organization will have relevant, accurate operational data all in one place—in real time.

Myth#4 – An on-premise solution is better and is more secure
ATS Cloud offers the most powerful tools to help ensure top performance for your business. ATS HCM Cloud regularly updates its software to the latest and greatest without interruption to your business. Customers get the most up-to-date software delivered automatically. And all of this comes without having to put your IT staff through time-consuming updates and upgrades. ATS HCM monitors cloud performance 24×7 and scales to address demand.

One of the greatest benefits of using ATS HCM cloud is that your business always runs the latest version of the software. With ATS HCM cloud, you get the earliest access to new features, industry best practices, and competitive innovations. Not only does this keep you on the forefront of your industry, but it also sends security patches that effortlessly keep your system locked down.

Myth# 5 – Cloud Computing Applications are not as Secure
This is a persistent myth about the cloud that it is not secure. The early iteration of the cloud came with some concerns and rightly so. However, these concerns have dissipated with the way cloud applications system are hosted today, some of which includes firewalls, two-factor authentication, advanced encryption, frequent security updates, and detection. Data loss with an on-premise system can be permanent when a system fails. Cloud backup procedures ensures that downtime is not only rare but also temporary. Your data is protected and constantly backed up on the cloud.

Bottom Line:
As more companies deploy cloud applications, and continue to reap the benefits of increased efficiencies, improved productivity and increased profits, perhaps we may finally see some of these myths disappear.

About ATS
ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.

Working from home full-time for some during these trying times of COVID-19 has throw a wrench into the concept of work-life balance. And, while some of us are slowly returning to the office, others have continued to work from home.

Wheter you have an arrangement with your manager to telecommute a couple days a week or if you are working from home full-time, here are 3 tips for taking care of your eyes from an article written by Sarah D. Young

  1. Adjust your environment: Sit about two feet away from your computer screen to reduce eyestrain. Position the screen so that your eyes are looking slightly downward, not straight ahead or up. Adjust the screen brightness and contrast until it feels comfortable, and consider using a larger font if you’re working hard to see letters. 
  2. Take regular eye breaks: Seldomridge advises following the “20-20-20” rule, by looking 20 feet away from the screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. Alternatively, you can close your eyes for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. 
  3. Use artificial tears: Because staring at screens reduces blinking and increases dryness, the use of eye drops (“artificial tears”) can help keep your eyes moist and alleviate dry eye discomfort. Seldomridge said a humidifier can also help add moisture to the air and help prevent eye dryness. 

Bottomline: These tips can help reduce eye strain when we are forced to look at screens all day. Some experts suggest that we create technology-free zones in certain areas of ours homes, like the bedroom or bathroom. Just imagine spending the entire day working on the computer, getting in bed and scrolling through social media?  We should instead, truly unplug by reading a book or spend some quality time with family members without our phones.

About ATS
ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.

In addition, ATS provides modular analytic solutions that includes; workforce planning, benefits management, employee self-service, business intelligence, human resources, payroll, and advanced analytics based on a robust cloud computing platform for information and data needs. It also offers design, rapid deployment, support services, software updates, and enhancements; and consulting and training services.

To learn more, call: 866.294.2467 and to download a demo go to our website.

As demand for working from home and other flexible work arrangements continues to grow with the post-COVID-19 workforce, HR leaders need to adapt and connect with employees – who are physically disconnected from the office – to foster collaboration and at the same time, ensure they can stay productive to help keep business operations run smoothly.

ATSTimeWorkOnDemand is a cloud computing HCM solution that helps foster collaboration and provide businesses with the following tools:

Automate Time Tracking
Eliminate the hassle of tracking hours by hand or guessing when employees arrive at work. ATSTimeWorkOnDemand automates the entire process through the cloud so you do not have to rely on spreadsheets or an antiquated time and attendance solution that’s not working the way you want it to.

Employee Self-Service
Do employees rely on HR to track time off and hours worked? With ATSTimeWorkOnDemand, employees can now request time-off from their phones, desktop or home computers.  ATSTimeWorkOnDemand allow you to track hours worked, manage requests and stay on top of labour distribution and job costing with automated, accurate timekeeping.

Accrual Benefits Administration
Want to see your HR manager do a happy dance? Tell them ATSTimeWorkOnDemand HCM application automates common workflows, removing the need for rekeying data with our unified database and allowing you to go paperless with 21st century artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics. Your HR and payroll manager and, yes even your CFO- will likely be doing backflips once they learn about this feature.

Compliance Risk
ATSTimeWorkOnDemand Workforce Analytics enables you to gain deeper insights into important data like employee turnover, headcount and pay equity-thus reducing compliance risk. Your organization can also gain a holistic understanding by extracting and compiling important data points across your finance, HR and payroll departments.

Employee Engagement
ATSTimeWorkOnDemand application helps make the process of adding a new hire seamless. HR will see a significant reduction in manual administrative onboarding processes, saving time so you can focus on more important things — building engagement and introducing your company culture before new hires step foot in the door.

There is no denying that working from home has become the new reality for many employees and, while, this is also posing new compliance challenges for HR leaders, it does not have to.  Using ATSTimeWorkOnDemand to accurately capture data in real-time with proactive alerts that notify administrators of any errors or discrepancies is one of the best ways to streamline costs and increase workforce productivity.

To view a demonstration, go to our website and to reach an account representative by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

Manufacturing companies have been using analytics on data for various purposes: Budgeting and forecasting, data capture, employee scheduling, product quality, and so on. In the past, companies have generated and stored data in on-premise expensive data centers. And, in the past, the ability to perform analytics have been limited to manual spreadsheets, which are inefficient and costly. ATSTimeWorkOnDemand provides end-to-end solution, that allows manufacturing companies to harness all the data that they generate to improve operational efficiency, streamline business processes, and uncover valuable insights that drive profits and growth.

ATSTimeWorkOnDemand enables the manufacturing industry with smart solutions that includes:

Cloud-Native and Artificial Intelligence: ATSTimeWorkOnDemand delivers the latest innovations, while empowering your workforce and equipping them with the skills and tools to safely keep up with the new complexities and speed of digital manufacturing and machine learning.

Resilient Supply Chain: Enhance the end-to-end supply chain visibility, agility, and profitability through intelligent planning, real-time reporting capabilities, demand sensing, and API data integration.

Employee Scheduling: With ATS employee scheduling, you can connect production and office workers with the secure collaboration and information management tools needed to support remote work. Create optimized schedules in a single click. Employee preferences and skills are automatically matched with the optimized labour forecast, local and federal regulated compliance requirements, with policies to create fully-compliant schedules.

Flexible Data Collector Options: As employees work across different locations and regions, ATS cloud computing data collectors accurately calculate overtime, premium pay, time-off requests and other up-to-the-minute labour information. With robust AI horsepower, complex computations like these that go across locations used to take hours and can now be accomplished in seconds.

Reliability: ATSTimeWorkOnDemand is hosted in a highly-secure, SOC-compliant environment so you workforce management tools are always available no matter where you are, with just the click of your browser. You get 24/7 monitoring and unlimited capacity and support.

Scalability and Elasticity: ATSTimeWorkOnDemand cloud computing architecture enables auto-scaling and optimal performance. And, with ATSTimeWorkOnDemand manufacturing companies can drive new levels of agility, safety, productivity, and innovation using IoT, cloud-based computing.

Job Costing, Labour Distribution and Advanced Insights: ATSTimeWorkOnDemand computes optimal job costing transactions and labour hours based on forecasted demand and customer labour standards to drive efficient plans and operational insights.

Ready for a demo, download it here or go to www.atimesolutions.com

See how ATS Human Capital Management Solution can help you optimize your workforce management to reduce labour costs and increase operational efficiency.

To reach us by phone; call: 866.294.2467

Pre Covid-19 some companies resisted conversations that included a hybrid model of employees splitting time between the office and home. The coronavirus pandemic has likely changed this way of thinking. In fact, companies, like Google, Twitter and Facebook have extended remote working for their employees. But, as more people are inoculated with their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine what could a post-pandemic working world look like?

Here are 5 tips from an article, by David Finkle titled 5 Job PerksYou Should Provide in a Post-Pandemic Climate:

“Trust: This past year was a stressful one for leaders and employees, and the one thing that most workers seek right now is a transparent and trustworthy leadership team. How and how often you communicate makes a huge difference in employee comfort level, and will allow your team members to do their best work. This is especially important when working with a remote team. Focus on being transparent about the health of your business and, if necessary, any challenges or hurdles. 

Connection: Working remotely can be a challenge for many employees, and they may struggle to feel connected to their co-workers and the team as a whole. Try to get creative by giving them unstructured options to socialize with one another. Virtual pizza parties and scavenger hunts have all been used by business owners to help their team feel more connected during these strange times. 

A better Work-from-home experience: The sudden shift to remote work last year left many workers struggling to find a place to call their own. They may be writing reports from the kitchen table, handling client calls from the garage, and taking Zoom meetings from their bedroom. Their technology may be outdated, and they may struggle to do their best work. One of the best perks you can give your team right now is an upgraded, comfortable workspace. Subsidize equipment. Upgrade computers. Help purchase ergonomic furniture. All of these things can help make an employee’s day more pleasant and make them feel appreciated. 

Healthcare: This is a big perk right now. The pandemic brought health care to the forefront, and many employees found themselves with subpar or no coverage. Having a comprehensive employer-provided health care plan is at the top of the list for many job seekers right now. 

Wellness: Wellness goes a lot further than just employer-provided health care. It encompasses mental and emotional health and for many even financial health. Consider offering therapy benefits and meditation or yoga memberships as a good start. Another perk would be to help your employees with financial wellness. Have a financial planner do a series of webinars for your team members offering guidance on how to manage their money, save for retirement, or create a budget. Have a tax expert help your team choose the right deductions now that they are working from home”.

Bottomline: Not all jobs can be done remotely. Distribution and warehousing, healthcare and grocery store workers are amoung the few who needs to be onsite to perform their duties. Many workers in the tech sector are accustomed to working remotely, as some employers will likely maintain the telecommute arrangements or move to a hybrid model. And finally, jobs that had already been trending toward remote work before the pandemic are the ones, least likely to return to the office. 

About ATS
ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.

Today’s HR leaders have a lot on their plate. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they are constantly re-examining— recruiting, software scalability, emerging skills, the impact of analytics, the employee experience and much more as business disruptions, reset key work trends.

Companies are also undertaking digital business transformations that are changing their operations and internal capabilities. Automation and cost reduction opportunities-without compromising business value, is no easy feat— yet, most HR leaders are tasked with doing just that.  So, how should companies pursue cost optimization without compromising quality, while maintaining service excellence? The answer; ATSTimeWorkOnDemand built in the cloud.

Benefits of ATSTimeWorkOnDemand includes:

Accrual Benefits Administration
From managing remote workers, to complying with regulatory changes, ATSTimeWorkOnDemand HCM accrual benefits strategy adapts to changing times. When coupled with employee self-service module, it allows your organization to make use of time—off plans that match your policies, including eligibility, accrual frequency and carryover. Automatic accruals and reporting allow for proactive planning and approvals with user-friendly self-service workflows.

Automate Performance Management and Shift Differentials
Eliminate the hassle of tracking hours by hand or guessing when employees arrive at work. ATSTimeWorkOnDemand automates the entire process so you don’t have to rely on spreadsheets or timecards. ATSTimeWorkOnDemand empowers managers and HR professionals to automate employee information including: shift differentials, workforce planning, performance bonus, overtime equalization, and data integration, all from a single suite.

Optimize Workforce and Reduce Payroll Errors
Eliminate the hassle of tracking hours by hand or guessing when employees arrive at work. See a rapid return on investment by reducing payroll processing errors and overtime costs- while simplifying the way you manage everyday requests, tasks and updates with ATS automated workflows, reminders and notifications features.

Analytics and the Employee Experience
ATSTimeWorkOnDemand redefines how your people consume and interact with their HR department. Whether your employees need to request time off, change personal information, request a shift change all of this information will be at their fingertips.

Unparallel Support
You’ve invested in ATS HCM software to make your business more efficient, cost-effective and competitive. ATS support helps you get the most out of that investment, by providing the assistance you need, when you need it. ATS Support provides technical assistance and support resources to help you maintain your ATSTimeWorkOnDemand solution.

While COVID-19 has now made working from home the new reality for some employees- it is also posing new compliance challenges for HR leaders. Whether your business operates in one region, province or across Canada, accurately capturing employee data as a complete snapshot of hours worked is essential to gaining deeper insights to current and future business imperatives— and help shape the organization strategy and create competitive advantage.

To download a demo, go to our website. And to reach an account executive by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

The COVID-19 global pandemic turned our workplaces and the world, at large on its head a year ago. Business meetings and tradeshows were held virtually while travel was limited or cancelled completely. Employees who traditionally drove to work found themselves working from home, for the first time–while also juggling, caregiving responsibilities.

Whether you are a CEO, CFO, HR or other business executive, here are the ten crucial business lessons we can all learn from Thom Dennis article for The HR Director:

  1. Measure output not hours. Many businesses have been measuring productivity through the number of hours put in. The pandemic has taught many of us that it matters less how long it takes for someone to do a task and more that they get the job done effectively. Self-employed and small business owners have been working successfully in this way for decades.
  2. Know and show your people are your most important asset. Treat all colleagues with compassion, respect and gratitude, and in return they will show loyalty and work hard. Showing your workforce that you appreciate them will increase job satisfaction which will in turn maintain staff retention rates, boost productivity and morale.
  3. Global without travel. Whilst the pandemic has put a stop on most international and domestic travel, businesses have never worked more globally thanks to working remotely, video and audio conferencing, chat, webinars, and social media. These solutions are a far more cost and time effective and ultimately productive way to work as long as they aren’t depended upon entirely – human contact still has an important part to play, particularly for promoting creativity and innovation. Whilst borders are almost closed, global reach has never been more possible.
  4. Inclusion is an absolute, not a tick box. Countless times in the last year we have seen huge national and global movements standing up for what they believe in despite the pandemic. A business that sees the importance of diversity and inclusion of different races, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religion and socio-economic status, and celebrates those differences, creates an environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves, bullying and harassment are absent, and people thrive.
  5. Promote health sustainability. The pandemic has made us understand how important but fragile our health and wellbeing is. Reconceptualising health policy is vital. Don’t just follow the guidelines, go over and above. Find out what your employees need, and bear in mind that individuals may well have contrasting needs. Be clear about the importance of physical and mental health.
  6. Promote a speak up culture. Open communication is key to combating systemic problems at work, such as bullying. Where possible, remind colleagues to share their feelings and troubles at work, and be a role model in this way. Be empathetic, actively listen and show care for their wellbeing to help your employees to speak up and feel that they are truly being heard.
  7. Trust, don’t micromanage. With employees having to work remotely, companies have been forced to place their trust in their staff more than ever before. Micromanaging your workforce damages employee trust, leads to burnout and increases employee turnover rates. Trust is key to all aspects of business success including employee retention, loyalty and increased engagement, productivity and empowerment.
  8. We are not in the office but relationships matter. Even if we are physically not in the same building, an absence in communication or the social side of working as colleagues is damaging.  Making the effort to reach out to support colleagues, work collaboratively and maintain relationships will help keep the company thriving, encourage creativity and keep morale at a high.
  9. Flexibility and agility are vital. Flexibility increases staff wellbeing and job satisfaction. Giving your employees the option to choose their ideal schedule and setting within reason, allows leaders to show they understand and care that we all have additional important personal commitments and responsibilities. People also work better at different hours of the day – don’t we want them to work when they are most productive? Having internal procedure in place to acknowledge we don’t have to all be “at work” at the same time will benefit the business in terms of employee experience, innovation and ultimately growth.
  10. Place importance on work / home life balance. Burnout is a real problem. During the pandemic it has become worse for many, particularly for mothers who work, but the forced circumstances also highlighted to many what they aspire to and what is important to them. Act decisively on changes that need to be put in place, consider the different spaces, circumstances and equipment people have at home. Working from home was put in place as an emergency solution but is here to stay in one format or another.

About ATS
ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce.