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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intuitive Dashboards

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

Payroll and HR Compliance

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

With ATS Workforce Analytics, you can:

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

Transform your Business with Real-Time Insights

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

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

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

With the ubiquitous of connected devices in many of today’s businesses and a workforce, that has increasingly become used to cloud applications, deploying your time and attendance solution in the cloud, has many advantages in an Internet of Things (IoT) era.

When compared to aging traditional on-premise implementations, a robust multi-tenant cloud application, like ATS TimeWorkOnDemand provide greater agility. An ATS time and attendance solution deliver best-practice services including encryption, and redundancy—valuable for the array of connected devices.

If your business has multiple locations, each currently running different systems, then moving to a single, cloud-based time and attendance like, ATS TimeWorkOnDemand software solution allows you to reduce payroll errors and increase workforce productivity. Using a cloud-based solution means that your IT team are not bogged down with running updates and server patches; instead, they can focus on productive activities.

Scalability is key advantage when deploying ATS TimeWorkOnDemand. Throughout deployment ATS will work with you and your team to help eradicate manual processes and increase efficiencies. Leading industries will continue to embrace the advanced analytics to propel their future growth. Whether you move to the cloud or not, it is important that you are aware of the immense value it can bring to your business.

Interested in the cloud but still wondering if it’s the right solution for your organization? Go to our website and download a demonstration and you will see why many of today’s leading organizations prefer the cloud over traditional software deployment. You can also register for one of our bi-monthly webinars, and to speak to representative in your region, call 866.294.2467.

There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools

June 12th, 2018 | Posted by ATS in ATS TimeWork OnDemand | Cloud Computing | Office | Productivity | Time and Attendance Toronto - (Comments Off on There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools)

As creatures of habits, many of us do not like change and are emotionally attached to just about everything we own or things we like to do on a daily basis; from our handheld devices, to work stations or our favorite morning latte at the local coffee shop. Of course, when it comes to things like office software or hardware, we need to make sure we are using technology that is not from the 80s, otherwise it could impact productivity.

Windows10 has been around for a few years and despite its gradual adoption use in the world of business, it still has its detractors. Hopefully, you are still not using WindowsXP? And, if you are, hopefully you and/or your company’s IT manager are technology wizards with the smarts to support it.

There Are Several Benefits To Upgrading Your Business Office Tools

Sometimes, upgrading is a pain and most of us hate it. Here are some useful tips from an article titled 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Upgrade to Windows 10 Now by Howard Wen for Business News Daily.

“1. Ransomware prevention
Computers running older versions of Windows are more vulnerable to ransomware. Windows 10 has a feature to thwart ransomware from locking up a user’s work and personal documents on their computer. The Windows Defender Security Center tool in Windows 10 lets you whitelist, or approve, which apps can access and change files saved in the Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders.

  1. Stronger malware security tools

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which scans for, quarantines and removes malware. In addition to ransomware protection, it includes other tools that can be used to stop zero-day attacks, to block and quarantine malicious programs on your computer or office network, and to isolate infected computers on your network. Upgrading to Windows 10 gives you the option of subscribing to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. It’s a more sophisticated, cloud-based service for managing security threats across your business’s Windows 10 computers.

  1. Safer web browsing

Windows Defender Application Guard is available in Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional. It lets you use the Edge browser inside a virtual machine. If you or an employee unknowingly contracts malware by visiting a malicious website, it won’t be able to damage the computer or the network, because it will be confined inside this virtual machine.

  1. Keep your frequent business contacts on the taskbar

The My People feature lets you pin your business contacts as shortcut icons on the Windows 10 taskbar. Click the icon of a person to email them or start a video call through Skype. You can pin up to 10 contacts on the taskbar.

  1. More efficient updates for Windows 10

A technology feature in the Windows Update tool, the Unified Update Platform (UUP), significantly streamlines the update process. UUP identifies new changes to Windows 10 that your computer needs and downloads only those specific updates. Your computer won’t have to download a larger package. Microsoft says UUP can reduce the download size of Windows updates by up to 35 percent, sparing storage space on your computer and the time it takes to install updates.

  1. Sync your work between your personal and work computers

The Timeline feature saves “snapshots” of the Windows applications you were using at a given point of time. By clicking the Task View icon on the taskbar, you can select a snapshot to continue working on something where you left off. These snapshots are synced across your different Windows 10 computers (if you are signed on to them with the same Microsoft user account). For example, you can create a new spreadsheet on Excel on your home computer and work on it later on another computer at the office.

  1. Configure your business’s computers quickly

Windows Autopilot lets you set up system configurations that can be downloaded from the cloud onto your business’s Windows 10 computers. For example, an employee can take a new computer, connect it to your office network, and it will automatically be configured to your business’s required settings. A system configuration can be tailored for a particular employee. This Windows 10 feature makes configuring, managing, and resetting your business’ computers easier, faster, and more secure.”

Bottom-line: There is only so much you can do with older technology, whether its business software or hardware, once it starts to impact workforce productivity the inevitability of loss profits are sure to follow.

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Small and mid-size companies that use the cloud spend 40 percent less on the need for a fulltime IT person. Deploying a time and attendance solution to the cloud is much faster and don’t need as much of an investment in upgrading infrastructure and as a result, this frees up expenses that would otherwise, be used for upgrading server licenses-thus making more capital available to support business growth.

3 Great Reasons To Move Your Employee Time Tracking To The Cloud

So, if you happen to be one of those companies that are still sitting on the fence, when it comes to embracing the cloud, here are some compelling reasons to take note.

  1. The Cloud is simple to use: A cloud-based time and attendance is easier to implement, and use when compared to the traditional on-premise solutions. With a cloud-based time and attendance– commonly referred to as software-as-a-service (SaaS) – you only pay for what you use. For example, a large hotel chain will have a high number of employees during the summer months, as this tends to be the busiest time of the year for that industry – but during the fall and winter months, those numbers will decrease. A company using ATS TimeWork OnDemand can scale easily, thus paying for only the employees who are working during this slow period.
  1. Mobile: With a application like ATS TimeWork OnDemand employee self-service (ESS),  a company can now give its employees the ability to request time-off, switch shifts and review hours worked at anytime, from anywhere instead of using paper time cards or spreadsheets. In the cloud, employees only need an Internet connection and they can tap into the power of mobility.
  1. Efficient and compliant: A growing body of evidence highlights the efficiencies and return on investment (ROI) that many businesses are experiencing by moving to the cloud.  Companies are required to comply with ever changing payroll and other workforce related rules- a cloud-based time and attendance like ATS TimeWork OnDemand can help businesses keep with these rules and other compliance matters, while driving business growth.

To learn about ATS Cloud-Based Time and Attendance, go to our website. You can download brochures, pre-recorded demonstrations or register for one of our bi-monthly webinars.

ATS TimeWork OnDemand is a best-of-breed time and attendance solution that helps small, mid-size and large enterprises streamline payroll costs, tackle complex workforce challenges and improve compliance.

Tracking And Managing Workforce Compliance Is Easier Than You Think

A recent article by Kate Tornone for HRDive titled Docking pay for bathroom breaks exceeding 90 seconds ‘absolutely contrary’ to FLSA states in part;

  • Employers must pay workers for breaks lasting 20 minutes or less, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled (Secretary United States Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, Inc., No. 16-2685 (3rd Cir., Oct. 13, 2017)). The opinion came in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) suit filed by sales representatives at American Future Systems, doing business as Progressive Business Publications (PBP). The reps were paid only for time spent logged into their computers; any time away that lasted longer than 90 seconds became unpaid.
  • Federal regulations say that breaks of 20 minutes or less are compensable (see 29 CFR 785.18) but PBP argued that it didn’t provide “breaks;” rather, it maintained an arrangement called “flex time” that allowed workers to go off the clock whenever they wanted, for any reason. The court, however, was not persuaded; that’s an arrangement that “forces employees to choose between such basic necessities as going to the bathroom or getting paid unless the employee can sprint from computer to bathroom, relieve him or herself while there, and then sprint back to his or her computer in less than ninety seconds.” Docking the pay of employees who can’t manage to do that is “absolutely contrary to the FLSA,” the court said.
  • Ruling in the employees’ favor, the 3rd Circuit upheld a lower court’s summary judgment for them. That court had previously found the employer liable for least $1.75 million in back wages and damages, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The ruling applies in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands.

There is likely more than meets the eye to this issue which prompted the DOL to intervene, if you are using the honour system and/or some paper-based time sheets to track employee time.

Managing employee schedules, overtime and work hours should not be a complex issue, if you using a solution like ATS TimeWork OnDemand.

Some of the benefits include:

  • The automation of time tracking and reporting capabilities, while giving employees self-service access to Internet-enabled devices like smartphones and tables.
  • Transforming human resources tasks from an administrative function to a strategic asset with powerful integration tools to; HRIS, Payroll and ERP.
  • Improved accrual benefits management- this embedded module gives you the tools to track and monitor employee vacation and other absences, thus eliminating the types of errors that occur in a manual-based environment.

ATS TimeWork OnDemand application is designed to help you grow your business by automating routine tasks and providing power analytic tools to better manage your workforce.

To learn more about ATS TimeWork OnDemand, go to our website. You can also register for a bi-weekly webinar or download a demonstration. To reach an account representative by phone, call: 866.294.2467.

Choosing the right time and attendance solution is like finding your perfect match, or in business terms, a solution that properly aligns with your company’s requirements. And, just as important, is to ensure you get the right results so that can enjoy many happy Valentines-anything short of that is a clear recipe for heartbreak.

So, in the spirit of Valentines Day, your time and attendance solution should be one that can;

Does Your Current Time and Attendance Solution Give You The Warm And Fuzzy?

Grow with you-who does not want a solution that’s going to scale with their business? As your business grows, you want a partner that understands the ebbs and flows of your organization, and can provide modules that matches with the growth.

Provide Enhanced Reporting and Analytics-It’s critical that your time and attendance solution can provide business intelligence data, how and when you need it. After all, your business is dependent on getting the right information at the right time.

Show Flexibility– If you want to transition from an on premise to the cloud, your time and attendance solution should have that ability. And from data migration to forecasting and budgeting, employee scheduling, job costing and benefit accruals-that’s flexibility at its core.

In short, your time and attendance should become an integral part of your business. And, that is what should give you the warm and fuzzes

Happy Valentines Day!

To learn more about ATS Time and Attendance call a representative at 866.294.2467. And to view a demonstration or attend one of our bi-weekly webinars register on our website.

 

We’ve heard it all before, today’s young people are idealistic, and don’t like listening to their elders, well, the same was said of generations of past. How quickly the older generations tend to forget, that they too, were young not too long ago. Today’s millennial group is by far the most diverse, highly educated and well informed demographic to come of age. You have likely heard how they are disrupting everything that comes in their path with technology and plan on eradicating the once coveted industrial revolution with its corporate culture and rules with their advanced and collaborative approach. And, for those who love clinging to everything of yesteryear, they won’t stand a chance, if they do not embrace these changes. In other words, it is going to happen whether we like them it not.

An excerpt from an article written by Chad Brooks for Business News Daily titled ‘Work-Life Balance, Not Income, Defines Success for Millennial Entrepreneurs’ reads, in part;

“Young business owners don’t define success by how much money they make. Instead, 79 percent of millennial small business owners measure the success of their business on whether they have a flexible work environment and a healthy balance between their personal and professional worlds, found a study from Xero.

Additionally, 67 percent of those surveyed said being able to maintain a schedule that allows them to travel and pursue personal interests is the second most important benchmark of a successful business.

Being in charge of their careers is why most young entrepreneurs wanted to become business owners. More than half of millennials surveyed said being their own boss was one of the biggest motivators for starting their own business.”

Yes, it’s true many millennials have their own set of challenges like everyone else. For example, mounting university debts are forcing these cohorts to come up with innovative ways to address their challenges. And, starting their own business, while immensely stressful, affords them an opportunity to tap into their creative juices and work, how and when they want to.

The article continues “the research shows that millennial small business owners are taking the lead on using the cloud and social media to run their operation. More than one-third of millennial entrepreneurs run the majority of their business functions in the cloud, compared with only one-fifth of baby boomers.”

According to Pew research more than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

So what do with millennials? They have given notice to the world that, among other things, they not going to work for hours on end without purpose, like some baby boomers and are determined to chart their own course in an unconventional fashion. And, why not? they are the future leaders.

 Don’t Think Millennials Have The Ambition And Drive? Well, Think Again

How relevant is the role of the CIO or IT manager in 2016? That depends on who you ask. Even strong proponents of cloud computing technology (ATS included) agree that while the role of these individuals may have changed over the years, they remain extremely important. There are, as always other factors to consider, like the size of the organization. For example a small company with 50 employees might do well with an outside IT consultant, while a company in excess of 300 employees may decide to employ in-house IT personnel. And, while solutions like cloud-based time and attendance are gaining wider acceptance that does not mean the role of IT is being diminished, in fact the reverse is true.

CIOs and IT managers alike need to remind their organizations of the important role that IT plays within the larger scope of the business. They should also not been seen as an agent who hate change, for example, an unwillingness to accept a cloud solution especially, if other businesses executives are open to exploring the idea.

The role of IT within an organization warrants attention because as technology advances, the future of companies will depend on the IT strategies employed by the key decision makers.  However, the lingering question is whether the decision makers for these new and advanced technologies will remain the responsibility of IT or if it will be assumed by others, internally or externally?

To learn about ATS cloud-based solutions, go to our website and download a brochure or demonstration. To attend one of our weekly webinars, call 866.294.2467 or register online.

Is The Role Of The IT Manager Still Important Within An Organization?

The adoption of cloud software is increasing and is on pace to surpass all previous forecasts. In other words, it is here to stay — and is showing no signs of abating. According to Gartner prognosticators the software-as-a-service (SaaS), in which companies offer software that was designed to run in the cloud will grow about 20 percent by the end of 2016.

Today’s time and attendance decision makers, even the ones that were somewhat uncertain about the benefits of the cloud are giving it a second thought.  Cloud software provides tremendous benefits to applications as basic as accounting systems to cutting-edge solutions like time and attendance.

As more businesses continue to shift to the cloud, they are also selecting a vendor that will ultimately help them streamline costs and, at the same time increase productivity. And while the cloud, offers businesses numerous benefits, one key opportunity for today’s executives, when using these cloud computing technology is having the power of choice with this emerging technology.

ATS Cloud Time and Attendance offers what every business wants: the ability to obtain information in real-time. And, with ATS Cloud Time and Attendance cloud pay-as-you-go model, that means a low initial investment is all that is required to get going, and that includes all the trimmings, like yearly updates, thus enabling customers to take advantage of innovations delivered with the upgrade.

The Evolution and Benefits of Software As-A- Service

In conclusion, the cloud has become a new engine for innovation, and competitiveness. Its ability to improve collaboration, communication and cost-cutting is providing an ever-expanding silver lining for operations across every business sector.

To learn more about ATS Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solutions, go to our website. You can also download a demonstration or call: 866.294.2467.