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Working from home during COVID-19 pandemic can make seem like you are working all the time. Know how to set boundaries between your work and personal life, as well as avoid professional isolation. And, if your office is closed due to the corona virus pandemic, you might be working from home for the first time.

If you are working from home for the first time and/or just can’t seem to stay focused with the knowledge that your TV and fridge is nearby, consider these tips for maintaining work-life balance and avoiding professional isolation. These tips are from an article by Elizabeth Grace Saunders in Harvard Business Review titled, How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

  1. Establish working hours- It may sound silly, but if you want to have a focused day of work, pretend you’re not working from home. Before I became a time management coach, my schedule was chaotic. I didn’t have a set time that I would be at my computer, and I would often schedule personal appointments or run errands during the day. And since my personal life didn’t have boundaries, my work life didn’t either. When I was home, I would feel guilty for not checking business email at all hours of the day and night. I never felt that I could truly rest.
  2. Structure your day for success- Maximize the effectiveness of your time at home by structuring it differently than a typical workday. For example, if you work from home only one day a week or on occasion, make it a meeting-free day. If you can’t entirely avoid meetings, reserve at least half a day for focused work. Choose a time that works best for you, based on any required meetings and your energy levels.
  3. Set boundaries with others- To make your efforts stick, be clear with the people who might see your work-at-home days as simply days you’re at home. Explain to friends, family, and other acquaintances that the days you’re working remotely aren’t opportunities for non-work-related activities. For example, if you’re home with your spouse, tell them, “I’m planning on being on my computer from 8 AM to 5 PM today. I’m happy to chat at lunch, but other than that I’ll be occupied.” Typically, when you set expectations and stick to them (say, really stopping at 5 PM), people understand your limits instead of assuming you’ll be available. (I also recommend having a place where you’re away from anyone else who might be home, such as an office or bedroom where you can shut the door and be out of sight.)

Bottomline: While some employees have been working remotely for many years and will likely keep their same routine, managers should remember that not every employee actually wants to work from home, a shift that can be stressful for some. However, as organizations increasingly mandate that many employees work from home during this pandemic outbreak, it’s becomes even more important that managers, communicate with their employees as some might be struggling with the change.

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.

To learn more about ATS, go to our website. To download a demo of our time and attendance app or reach us by phone call; 866.294.2467.

The world is different today than it was a few weeks ago. COVID-19 is sweeping across the world. Uncertainty, without question, is at an all-time high, as we experience an utter disruption in our workplaces and homes. And, above all, there’s no quick fix. The best thing employers can do is take time to listen to their employees. This means, being proactive with your employees by way of showing empathy towards their concerns, communicating frequently, while also being flexible and supportive of their needs.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

Stress during outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

This current pandemic has many employees working remotely, and as a result, it has made it next to impossible, for companies to maintain an engaged workforce. However, it does not have to be that way.

Here are three ways, companies can maintain employee engagement during this COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. We are social creatures, and whether it’s talking about our favourite hockey team, the latest movie with a work colleague, getting together for birthday celebrations or just casual conversations around the office-these activities include some of the reasons why we enjoy our jobs. All of a sudden, covid-19 has put a stop to all of this. So, as an employer, when checking in with your staff, something as simple as; how was your weekend? can make all the difference to them.
  2. Several provinces and states across Canada and the US are slowly opening up parts of the economy. But does this mean all employees should be asked to start driving to the office? A better approach might be to extend flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting, and staggered schedules that can help prevent the spread of the illness by allowing employees to work without exposing themselves or others to the virus. Greater use of teleconferences and e-mail versus face-to-face meetings are additional social distancing strategies that can help prevent the spread of illness.
  3. When checking in with their employees, managers should remind them how important their work is. Whether your industry is in telecommunications, manufacturing, insurance, or the front-lines providing healthcare or in the supply chain keeping the economy going, every company’s work is important. Your employee should be told that the work they perform is important and they should be made to feel that way not only now, but beyond COVID-19.

Bottomline: Your employees are anxious. Not only are they worried about getting sick and having enough food and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are also weathering financial uncertainty, canceled social plans, and a completely new way of working.

To learn more about ATS, go to our website to download a demonstration of software or you can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

Many healthcare organizations are growing rapidly, against a backdrop of exceptional regulatory changes. As your organization tries to achieve scale, it’s challenging to monitor performance and control costs and, at the same time keep processes running smoothly—especially across multiple locations. ATS Workforce Management for Healthcare enables you to automate with greater efficiency, and provides the visibility you need to make operational improvements, now and for the foreseeable future.

ATS Workforce Management for Healthcare will help you build integrate and manage all your healthcare data cloud applications more efficiently with a comprehensive, standards-based combination of ATS open source technologies.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Improve workforce planning, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Improve Payroll and HR processes.
  • Save time, improve accuracy, and achieve operation excellence.

You can register here for this webinar. To download a demonstration of ATS TimeWorkOnDemand, go to our website. And, to reach an account executive by phone, call 866.294.2467.

Today, on your mobile device, you can order food, pay for movie or concert tickets and even change the temperature on your house thermostat. And, if your phone has the right application installed, you can ask business related questions, specific, to your company, and have the system understand your requests and anticipate your questions based on self-learning. When morphed together, that’s machine learning and analytics, at its core and, that in and of itself, is part of the future.

Machine Learning and Analytics Applications Can Accelerate Your Business

 

Modern and data-savvy business executives with their eye on achieving operational excellence want, up to the minute information and, also want to ensure that their departmental managers are not tethered to rigid applications. And, with a fully embedded cloud analytic application, like ATS TimeWork OnDemand, your business can achieve these objectives and more, including:

  • Increase Workforce Productivity: so users can do their job more efficiently
  • Streamline Labour Costs: ATS TimeWork OnDemand advanced analytics, helps you gain access to real-time information
  • Open Data Integration Capabilities: This powerful application optimizes and integrates to any business application, whether its; ERP, HR, Talent Management, CRM or payroll insight to inform every decision, when and where it matters, and in context.

In the world of cloud analytics and time and attendance, not all applications, while similar in nature, are designed to accomplish the same objectives.

To learn more, go to our website, where you can also download a demonstration or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars. And to reach an account executive, call; 866.294.2467

 

The rise of the minimum wage, new employment laws and predictive scheduling are just a few of the most recent workplace compliance that many of today’s organizations are struggling to manage. An effective time and attendance solution can be significant a time saver, while also allowing operational managers to access data in

real-time—thus, providing them with a complete picture of employee overtime and hours worked at their fingertips. Here is a quick synopsis of what you can expect from an ATS Time and Attendance solution.

How Can A Time And Attendance Solution Help Your Company With Employment Laws?

Robust and Purpose-Built
At the core of ATS Time and Attendance is a database engine that designed to handle the business requirements of every industry. With ATS time and attendance solution, employee can perform different job tasks, review overtime and shifts from by accessing the employee self-service or through one of the ATS data collectors. The Workforce Analytics dashboard is a treasure trove of data that — when mined carefully — reveals important information on forecasting and actual versus hours scheduled. It’s the difference between making decisions on gut feeling and making them based on facts.

Improved Productivity
scheduling and personal time-off requests are an important part of retaining a productive workforce. The companies that offer employees flexible work hours and also accommodate time-off requests for personal and professional needs are generally desired companies to work for.

Workforce Compliance
Does your company or industry have to deal with collective bargaining agreements, have different locations across several jurisdictions with separate labour laws? For example, unionized employees may have a maximum number of hours that they are allowed work per week or month. In other cases, corporate policy may dictate that employees cannot work more than a maximum number of hours per pay period. Whatever exceptions that are unique to your organization, ATS time and attendance solution can be configured to meet those requirements and ensure that you are in compliance. The system will accurately calculate premium hours, statutory holidays and job tracking and manage overtime.

If you are looking for ways to improve productivity in the face of rising labour costs, tight margins and competition, tracking employee time and attendance by paper, will drive costs up, not the other way around.

To learn more about ATS Time and Attendance, go to our website. You can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars or download a demonstration. To reach ATS by phone, call 866.294.2467.

 

 

So what exactly is predictive scheduling? Here is a brief synopsis from a blog written by Diane Saunders, titled; Predictive Scheduling: A Primer for Retail and Hospitality Employers. “Predictive Scheduling requires that employers pay employees for cancelled on call shifts, provide notice to employees of their biweekly schedules, give new workers good faith written estimates of their expected hours and schedules, and uphold the requirement that employers offer extra hours to current part-time employees before hiring new employees or using staffing agency employees.”

So why has this become such a headache for some organizations in healthcare, retail and the food service industry? Some labour groups have bemoaned the fact that since the recession of 2008 there has been a steady increase in the number of low-wage and part jobs in those sectors. Labour advocates have also lamented that unpredictable, back-to-back shifts and last minute changes to employee schedules have made it difficult for these employees and their families to cope. In other words, when employee schedules are constantly changing and/or if they are being called in at the last minute, for a shift that makes it difficult for these workers, especially the ones who are parents, to take their kids to school, or to a doctor’s appointment.

Can Predictive Scheduling And A Workforce That’s Based On Demand Co exist?

Recently some states have begun to enact laws designed to protect workers rights, regarding scheduling. A recent article by Kate Torone, for HR Dive titled Oregon becomes first state to require predictive scheduling reads, in part;

  • Oregon’s governor signed a predictive scheduling bill into law on Aug. 8 that applies to employers in the retail, hospitality and food service industries that have at least 500 employees.
  • The law, which took effect immediately, requires that employers provide workers with a “good-faith” estimate of their work schedule when they’re hired and, after that, written schedules seven days in advance. Beginning July 1, 2020, that increases to 14 days. Employers also must pay workers a fee when their schedules change on short notice.
  • While some cities have adopted predictive scheduling laws, too, Oregon appears to be the first state to do so.

But what if your business is in a province or state where this does not impact you? Because it is not your region today, does not necessarily mean it won’t be enacted by government officials a year or two from now. The minimum wage hike debate for example, appeared to be going nowhere at first, until, government officials starting feeling pressure from their local constituents, and was forced to do something about it for fear of either alienating their base or accused of being on the wrong side of history. The tide began to shift in the workers favour and then slowly, at first, some states and provinces began enacting laws to hike the minimum wage. At the very least, you should be proactive and take the time to review a workforce management solution that has predictive scheduling capabilities, and is also able to calculate and manage employee hours so, you don’t have to.

With ATS Time and Attendance Workforce Scheduling Application you can:

  • Get historical and real-time data are leveraged to generate schedules.
  • Avoid schedule conflicts with up-to-date staff availability information and immediately see and correct any conflicts due to overlapping shifts and overtime.
  • Schedule employees based on business demand, and avoid shift overlaps and conflicts.
  • Incorporate collective bargaining agreements, user qualifications, seniority, skill level and shift preference.
  • Manage employee-related attendance excuses and send instant alerts to team members

To learn about ATS Time and Attendance Workforce Scheduling, go to our website, and to reach an account executive call: 866.294.2467. You can also download a demonstration or register to attend one our bi-monthly webinars as well.