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3 Key Lessons From The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

July 15th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Self Service | Payroll | Talent Management | Time and Attendance Canada | Time and Attendance On-Demand - (Comments Off on 3 Key Lessons From The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games)

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am games kicked off with a bang and so far, Canada is hanging tough with a lead in the medal count. History suggests that events of this magnitude come with some wrinkles. To date, three lessons have come to the forefront:

HOV Lanes
Ministry of Transportation says it gave ample warning to the public about changes to the HOV lanes from two person minimum to three during the games. Despite these warnings, it has been a nightmare for many motorists as they get accustom to these changes. Some have argued the change was not necessary and, was poorly planned and executed, resulting, in long delays on the major highways.

Adoption of Work from Home
The Pan Am games traffic nightmare across GTA highways have enabled and also forced some companies to adopt a work from home policy. In an era of cloud computing and The Internet of Things, technology have made it easier for employees to work from home. Employers can make use of cloud-based time and attendance, complete with Geo-fencing to track and manage employee attendance with work and payroll policies.

Uber
Uber, the transportation network company have caused many sleepless nights for the taxi industry in most cities around the globe, including Toronto. Its latest program called “UberPool” allows drivers to share rides and costs while taking advantage of the three person minimum on the HOV lanes during the Pan Am games.

Whether you are a fan of the Pan Am games or not, Canada’s athletes are basking in the glow of representing their country. We wish them well. Go Canada Go!

3 Key Lessons From The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

Some have argued that the workforce either does not understand millennials or, simply can’t be bothered. Whichever camp you fall into, they are the future and taking time to understand them will be well worth it in the long run.

Article by Steve Sims on Ceo.com puts it quite succinctly in an article titled; “Top Five “Ways To Reach Millennials In The Workplace.

In the article, he goes on to say:

“So what do millennials value in the workplace? Experts who have studied the group have identified an affinity for training and development opportunities, schedule flexibility and meaningful work. Millennials also tend to be less focused on compensation, advancement and people management than prior generations.”

There are five tips in this article about how to better engage with millennials-and while they are all important, but we chose numbers 3-5. You can read the article in its entirety

3. Offer work schedule options and be as flexible as the job will allow:
Millennials value their downtime a great deal. Flexible scheduling will allow them to pursue outside interests while staying focused when they are at the workplace.

4. Engage in conversations about what is meaningful in day-to-day work:
Millennials like to know that their efforts are valued and that they are making a difference. It’s not all about money to them, so make a point of engaging them in conversations about their role.

5. Rethink career progression strategies:
Traditional career paths tend to emphasize moving toward people management roles and using compensation as a carrot. Millennials might not respond to these incentives, so consider strategies that speak to their unique values.

Whatever you think of millennial, just remember they will be future leaders of business, academia and politics, so treat them well. And to Steve Sims who wrote this article, what can we say? Amen!

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.

For a live product tour of our cloud-based time and attendance application, go to our website. You can also contact one of account executives by calling; 1.866.294.2467.

 

Is Today’s Workplace Still Trying To Understand Millennials?

Cloud-based apps are popular because they offer a superior advantage over computer-based software. Some of the benefits of cloud-based apps include; the accessing of information anywhere using any device with an Internet connection. And for many consumers who are proponents of everything cloud, the ability to store music, games, documents, photos and other files through the cloud is a dream come true. By contrast, the business world, cautious by nature was a little apprehensive about cloud computing. And some, rightfully so, questioned if the pros outweighed the cons in a cloud-based time and attendance. To answer the question about the pros and cons of cloud-computing, you don’t have to look took far to see that many of today’s businesses, are embracing cloud-based time and attendance like never before.

Benefits Of Cloud-Computing In The World Of Business

Benefits Of Cloud-Computing In The World Of Business

 

One of ATS largest customers, in manufacturing healthcare, with 7 locations across Canada and the United States said it best;

“I wish our company had a more open mind to using a web-based time tracking system before. It’s only after implementing the ATS TimeWork that we began to see the benefits. Our employees no longer bombard their supervisors and our HR department with questions about time-off requests, scheduling and confirmation of hours worked prior to be paid, because, they can now do it online. Our financial controller is happy, because she can access the reports she wants at anytime and the best part of this system, is that our payroll department is no longer taking 2 and a half days to complete payroll. With 1500 employees our payroll and benefits personnel was spending too much time with our old-fashioned time and attendance system that could not keep up with the times and to top it off, the support was dismal.” Leggatt, VP of Operations-Owens Health Manufacturing

Benefits and cost savings of ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance include:

Up-To-The-Minute Information
ATS TimeWork provides information for proactive decision-making in real-time. And, with real-time information at your fingertips, workforce decisions shift from reactive to proactive. If overtime is straining the budget, managers can now use up-to-the-second data to access and quickly identify the problem and take immediate steps to fix the situation.

Ease-Of-Use and Flexible
ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance is infinitely scalable — and highly configurable framework to easily manage and monitor workforce productivity and absenteeism. ATS Time and Attendance can be accessed via mobile, PC tablets and has an intuitive and user-friendly platform that encourages accountability and compliance.

Award-Winning
ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance system is built from the ground up and takes advantage of modern cloud computing technology. With our award-winning multi-tenant model, you can run your business operations on a 21st century, scalable and affordable platform that delivers continuous innovation.

Service
ATS delivers 99.9% uptime — in effect exceeding the service levels of our nearest competitor. Our 99.9% up and renewal rate demonstrates that we deliver both the reliability and availability that our customers demand.

Implementation
ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance reduces the cost of installing, maintaining, supporting a Server onsite. Our cloud-based solution will get you and running in a matter of weeks not months, thus, allowing you to focus on business decisions rather than technology. And, as an organization, your total cost of ownership is lower throughout the lifetime your use of ATS TimeWork Cloud-Based Time and Attendance.

So, isn’t it time you said good-bye to your antiquated system and lackluster provider and move to the cloud? With ATS Workforce Management Solution, you get a single, comprehensive platform for business operations. Whether you are  in Toronto, Calgary, New York, Kamloops, Philadephelia or in south and central America, you have access to a powerful cloud computing application that: lower costs, gives you infinite scalability and reliability you can trust.

To download a brochure, see a demonstration, or to request additional information about our cloud-based time and attendance, go to our website. 

Benefits Of Cloud-Computing In The World Of Business

Benefits Of Cloud-Computing In The World Of Business

 

 

If The World Of Sales Has Changed, Why Are Sales Managers Repeating The Same Old Steps?

February 5th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance On-Demand | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on If The World Of Sales Has Changed, Why Are Sales Managers Repeating The Same Old Steps?)

The answer to this question is very simple. Some sales managers are not engaged in the field and so, they lack the basic knowledge to understand that selling in today’s highly competitive market-place is different to what they knew, when they were sales reps themselves.

Take for instance; sales managers still requiring their reps to make 90 or more cold calls per day? Most decision makers do not answer their phones and when they do, it’s to speak to someone that they know as oppose to accepting a call from a stranger who’s calling to pitch their wares. Another activity that’s common with many sales managers is a sales forecast, based on the amount of phone calls, meetings and presentations. Forecasting sales goals is a necessary process and, we would further argue that it’s extremely important for every company-since the life blood of an organization is predicated on sales. However, a sales forecast based on conjecture and guessing should not be created at all, if that’s its sole purpose. Unless the customer has committed to buying the product, adding a meeting, phone call or sales presentation to a forecast is the quickest path to the disappointment.

One of the more poignant articles titled “Stop Guesstimating Your Sales Forecast” written by Matthew Bellows for Harvard Business Review reads, in part;

“The performance of the sales team has always been the most measurable in a company. At the end of every week, month, quarter and year, the result of sales activity is shown on the top line for all to see.

There are two reasons. First, the obvious: the higher you go in the organization, the less connected you are to the deals happening beneath you — and the more vulnerable you are to individual reps or teams, either purposely or subconsciously, altering their pipeline projections to suit their needs. This is no different from how people in non-sales functions push to create budgets and targets they know they can beat.

The second reason for the sales manager’s pain is that when it comes to gathering data about upcoming sales possibilities, companies and CRM systems rarely measure anything real. For most kinds of business-to-business selling, your CRM database is an outdated collection of anecdotes and guesses. The fewer the deals, and the longer the sales cycle, the less your “data” matches reality. The stuff that does get accumulated in spreadsheets and CRM systems looks like data — there are dollar signs and probabilities next to prospect names — but it’s not. It’s really just the opinions, guesses, estimates and suppositions of your sales team.”

Change is a difficult process for human beings to accept, some more so than others and, in the case of some sales managers adapting to change, is simply not part of their DNA. A passage from an article on Forbes.com and written by Scott Gillum reads; “Research from Google and CEB titled The Digital Evolution in B2B Marketing provides new insight into buyer behavior, and it challenges the conventional wisdom. According to the study, customers reported to being nearly 60 percent through the sales process before engaging a sales rep, regardless of price point. More accurately, 57 percent of the sales process just disappeared.” Maybe it’s time for some sales leaders to rethink what goes into that sales forecast and if nothing else, understand the new way of selling and then adapt their approach.

To learn about ATS Attendance OnDemand go to our website. You can also register for one of our live webinars or join the conversation on LinkedIn or Twitter.

If The World Of Sales Has Changed, Why Are Sales Managers Repeating The Same Old Steps?

The market-place is littered with companies that offer incentive based products for the purpose of spurring employee engagement. And, in a time of employment upheaval including some well known companies closing up shop in Canada recently it begs the question, are incentives in and of themselves the only way to engage employees or are there other components that should be added to the equation?

As a supplier of business management software that propels productivity, ATS is a believer in the power of an engaged workforce that embraces a positive environment for its employees.

An article by Trudy Brunot, of Demand Media, titled “The Importance of a Positive Environment in the Workplace” reads in part;

“Our work environment encompasses more than the employee lounge, office area and lobby. Policies, resources, professional relationships and company culture also fashion the environment in which we work. Author and University of Virginia Professor Scott A. Snell, in the book, “Managing Human Resources,” defines a positive environment in the workplace as an atmosphere of employee enthusiasm that improves organization performance. Workers reap social, health and personal benefits from a positive atmosphere at their place of employment. Organizations that fail to foster a positive environment for employees risk hampering their ability to succeed.”

And in employment environments that employees view as negative, she cites the following;

“Problems stemming from a negative employment atmosphere feed upon each other to the detriment of the entire organization. Attendance issues — call-offs, lateness, leaving early — lower productivity and poison morale. “Presenteeism,” defined as reduced productivity while on the clock, leads to disengaged employees making errors due to their lack of concentration and motivation. Customer service suffers when unhappy workers cannot put on a happy face. Innovation and creativity lose their competitive advantage when disengaged researchers and product developers lose interest. As disillusioned employees leave, management loses credibility which tarnishes the organization’s reputation and causes recruitment trouble.”

There are no perfect workplaces but as a Millennial, I would choose an organization like ATS over any other who expects hardware work, but fosters positive energy that permeates throughout its upper management all the way to its warehouse employees. And, with superiors that are both supportive and visibly engaged with employees everyday, it shows they truly understand their workforce.

To learn more about ATS, go to our website and download a product brochure or pre-recorded demonstration.

A Positive Work Environment Can Yield Productive Results

Are You Upgrading Your Time and Attendance Through Conventional Methods?

January 13th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Employee Time Tracking Software | Time and Attendance On-Demand | Web-Based Time and Attendance Software | Workforce Analytics - (Comments Off on Are You Upgrading Your Time and Attendance Through Conventional Methods?)

There was a time, not too long ago, when the only way to upgrade was your time and attendance software was, to wait for the arrival of a CD. That CD would then be placed into your computer hard drive and then and with fingers crossed, everyone hoped the correct files would be applied correctly. Then there was the link to an upgrade which the user also had to download and the same principle would apply in terms of praying all would go well with the upgrade.

In the last several years, cloud computing has disrupted the very notion that upgrading your time and attendance has be a slow and daunting process.  In fact, some business executives who previously thought it was all hype are slowing opting for cloud-based solutions. And, while there are some, in the minority, who remain cautious about cloud-based solutions, there is no denying that cloud computing is here to stay.

Benefits of an ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance include:

Business value laced with affordability –ATS Cloud gives customers a complete, end-to-end cloud solution—to ensures mid and large businesses get the best value for their investment with ultimate speed and better economics than any one competitor or what the bevy of cloud competitors can match.

GeoFencing-Track attendance in real-time by finding the exact location from where the employee punched in/out.  And, with Geofencing attendance tracking you have access to a plethora of data analytics and key metric to make on-the-spot decisions.

Easy-to-use- ATS Cloud is a best-breed application that helps growing industries. Users can access the software from any web browser, using any desktop, tablet, or smart-phone to view attendance, approve and track time-off requests 24×7 from around the globe.

Pay as you grow- Customers can tap into ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance and add the modules they want, with our pay-as-you-go subscription model.

Rapid deployment- With ATS Attendance On-Demand can be up and running in a matter of weeks not months or years. There is no server and software trouble shooting and the ongoing support rather than the conventional six to 12 months of an on premises solution.

ATS provides a comprehensive range of workforce management applications and to propel every aspect of your business into a productivity enterprise. With ATS Cloud Time and Attendance, your company will gain superior visibility to pinpoint inefficiencies.

And the best part, ATS Cloud provides the latest in efficient, reliable, data management for mission-critical on-line transaction processing applications, query-intensive data warehouses, and cloud applications. In short, ATS method of handling upgrades simpler, faster, and more predictable from start to finish.

To learn more, go to our website to gain access to a demonstration.

Are You Upgrading Your Time and Attendance Through Conventional Methods?

Global Market Predictions For 2015| Growth And Innovation Report By IDC

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Time and Attendance On-Demand | Time and Attendance Solution | Workforce Analytics | Workforce Management Solutions - (Comments Off on Global Market Predictions For 2015| Growth And Innovation Report By IDC)

Well respected industry behemoth International Data Corporation (IDC) released its annual prediction report that covers all things technology including; analytics, mobile computing, Internet of Things, cloud computing and, social networking. It’s a report that will be encouraging to many businesses after years of a slow economy that took shape after the 2008 downturn.

In no particular order, here are some of the highlights of this report, including areas that will experience growth:

  1. Big data and analytics will see important developments in 2015 as worldwide spending on big data-related software, hardware, and services grows to $125 billion. Rich media analytics (video, audio, and image) will emerge as an important driver of big data projects. And big data supply chains (i.e. Data as a Service) will grow in importance as cloud platform and analytics vendors offer clients value-added information from commercial and open data sets.
  2. China will experience skyrocketing influence on the global Accelerating Innovation (ICT) market in 2015 with spending that will account for 43% of all industry growth, one third of all smartphone purchases, and about one third of all online shoppers.
  3. Cloud services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. Adoption of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow briskly (36%) as market leader Amazon comes under attack from all directions as challengers attempt the “Amazoning of Amazon”.
  4. Worldwide Accelerating Innovation (ICT) spending will grow 3.8% in 2015 to more than $3.8 trillion.
  5. Telecommunications services will see wireless data emerge as the largest ($536 billion) and fastest growing (13%) segment of telecom spending. To avoid being marginalized as little more than infrastructure providers, carriers will scramble to develop platform- and API-based services that add value and attract developers to their networks. They will also seek rapprochement with over-the-top (OTT) cloud services providers through innovative performance and revenue-sharing arrangements.

The report is made up of a top ten list of predictions for 2015. You can read the list of predictions in its entirety by going to the IDC website.

To learn more about ATS, you can view a demonstration of our best-of-breed cloud-based time and attendance on our website.

Global Market Predictions For 2015, Growth And Innovation Report By IDC

The most recent news that yet another company is embroiled in overtime brouhaha with its employees, this made for some lively debate among proponents for and those against using a business management solution to track overtime. Usually the first question that comes to mind whenever this overtime issue rears its ugly head is: “Could this have been avoided if the right tools were used”? The answer is a resounding yes. Studies by industry heavyweight, Aberdeen Group have shown that capturing overtime, time off requests and absences through excel spreadsheets or paper-time cards leads to inaccuracies and demoralize workforce-especially when employees pay is affected. If the right time and attendance is deployed it can yield amazing results in the form of increase productivity and profits.

ATS Workforce Management Solution is a suite of integrated, collaborative applications designed to help streamline payroll and HR operations by reducing time-intensive administrative tasks and lowering costs. In addition, to solving your company’s overtime woes ATS TimeWork include the following benefits:

Robust and powerful rules engine enables you to generate overtime timecards for a one employee, a defined group of employees or a multitude or location all with different work and pay policies.

A comprehensive time and attendance solution built specifically for mid-sized and large businesses and it will help create efficiencies and reduce costs. Managing costs and workforce productivity is just some of the challenges felt by finance, HR and payroll professionals. When any of these tasks are managed through manual processes, the likelihood of errors goes up exponentially.

Make faster and more informed decisions with up-to-the-minute business intelligence reporting tools. Give employees the ability to enter and search for their own data, such as hours worked, messages, schedules, and vacation requests through leave management from any work station or mobile device with Internet access.

With an ATS time and attendance system your company will yield a rapid return on investment. In today’s competitive landscape shareholders want tighter cost controls and higher productivity, all in alignment with strategic business goals.

To learn more, download a brochure or go to our website to view a recorded demonstration.

Is Overtime Becoming An Albatross For Some Companies?

During its infancy stage a few years ago, questions permeated the blogosphere and other mediums about the cloud’s viability. While, it’s true that a cloud-based time and attendance may not be the right fit for every organization, it’s also true that many companies are deploying this type of solution as they have come to realize its tremendous benefits. After all, who wants to purchase an expensive server for the sole purpose of housing a database, which has to be maintained by an IT resource, when you can access your company’s application from any device that has Internet access? So, if you are wondering if the cloud has made strides and whether it will work within your corporate culture consider the following:

  • 1999: Salesforce launched as a company offering CRM as a cloud-based application
  • 2002: Amazon began offering a variety of storage options and computation all through web-based services
  • 2006: Google releases Google Docs. The suite of applications all designed for sharing through the cloud

In addition, to the above mentioned companies, there are many others who offer cloud-based applications, which are used by millions of people from the around the world. Some of these include: Apple’s iCloud to Microsoft Azure to Dropbox’s online file storage solution.  Today, there are so many cloud-based solutions on the market, it would be impossible to cover them in one blog. Chances are you are probably using some kind of cloud-based solution to access files, music or some kind of work-related project.

ATS cloud-based time and attendance is designed to meet the most rigorous demands of an organization’s workforce requirements. ATS Attendance On-Demand drives scalability, innovation, and payroll savings, while providing for the security, availability and performance you need. Moving your time and attendance to the cloud should not be all that challenging. ATS stands out from the competition because of our experience and superior customer service. After all, if you are going to wade into the cloud you need a company that has a team of dedicated experts who can apply deep cross-industry insights to maximize your company’s return on investment.

To learn more, go to our website. To see a demonstration, contact us at 1.866.294.2467.

Want To Head To The Cloud, But Not Sure If Your Company Is Ready For It?

 

 

 

 

 

The advancement in technology has made many things possible, from accessing e-mail through smart-phones, downloading hundreds of apps for just about everything, to navigating traffic with the use of a GPS. To stay ahead of their competition, many businesses have adopted the use of a time and attendance system. Why? Because, automating paper-time sheet, saves time, money and above all, allows payroll and HR managers to focus on other important tasks.

For today’s businesses dealing with a global economy means leveraging technology, by automating manual business practices. ATS time and attendance streamlines paper time-sheets, increase productivity and makes shareholders happy. After all, who wants to waste resources by pulling extensive reports from a variety of out-dated software packages and spread sheets? And if all your competitors have adopted technology to capture employee hours, you certainly don’t want to be the lone company still struggling with a paper-based punch clock.

One of the main reasons cited by customers, about their decision to implement a time and attendance system, includes, ATS time and attendance system’s ability eradicate paper and fewer complaints by employees about missing hours on their pay cheques.

In an era, where the benefits of leveraging the right technology can help a business grow, you do not want to be the lone company that’s left, all by itself, using antiquated tools of yesteryear.

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