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Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?

November 12th, 2015 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Labour cost | Overtime | Overtime Equalization - (Comments Off on Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?)

Conventional wisdom says that hard work always pays off in the end but when does hardware become overworking? Clinical physiologist have long lamented that our desire to overwork is counterproductive which lends itself to some of the following:

1. Lack of sleep, anxiety and depression which creates a higher chance of a heart attack
2. Constant state of impatience and irritability most of the time
3. Huge amounts of stress which can be addicting

An article by Minda Zetlin Co-author for the ‘The Geek Gap’ published an article on titled “10 Reasons to Stop Working So Hard” In no particular order we selected three of the most impactful reasons in the article:

“Sleep matters-The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep,” Arianna Huffington said in a 2011 TED talk. She would know. She fainted from exhaustion and broke her cheekbone and is now something of a sleep evangelist. “I was recently having dinner with a guy who bragged that he’d gotten only four hours’ sleep the night before,” she continued. She considered retorting: “If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting.”

You’re setting a bad example-The work schedule and tone you set for yourself will likely be mirrored by the smartest and most ambitious of your employees. What kind of leaders and bosses do you want them to be? Do you want the benefit of their brightest ideas and best judgment? Then don’t create an environment where everyone vies to see how many hours they can work without falling over.”

Most of the work is less important than you think-A few years ago, hospice worker Bronnie Ware famously published the top five regrets she heard from her dying patients. Those who’d had careers all regretted the number of hours they spent at work. But many of her patients also spoke of dreams they wished they’d fulfilled.”

At various points in our lives we all fall victim to working overtime, to complete a project with very little sleep. And while some of us can get away with it in the short run, it’s the long term health effect that catches up to us when we continue on this path.

Here are some tips for taking control of your time which can, eventually lead, to a less stressful workload by Sarah Brooks of

Work smarter
When working, get rid of all distractions. This includes phones, social media apps, random internet browsing and even interruptions from coworkers.

Take breaks
Follow Martin’s advice and take 8 minutes per day for yourself, preferably more if you have time.

Be aware of how you spend your “off” time
Find ways to unwind that don’t involve watching television or surfing the net. Get outside, go for walks and get some fresh air.

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Why Do We Overwork Ourselves So Much?

When it comes to paying employees accurately anything short of automation can lead to undesirable results.  ATS time and attendance gives you complete control of your employee work hours for accurate analysis, whether it’s for budgeting; employee attendance, scheduling or forecasting future business trends. ATS time and attendance system will propel your organization with up-to-minute data for accurate decision-making, versus guesswork.

ATS time and attendance helps mid-size, large companies and multi-nationals empower their workforce to succeed by automating time tracking processes into real-time data. ATS TimeWork is built on a robust, data configuration architecture with a set of best-in-class workforce management software practices and functionality -that is aligned to increase productivity, accelerate business growth and lower the costs of ownership.

Why ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance?
ATS is a well trusted, easy-to-use time and attendance solution used by companies across North America, Latin America and Europe. ATS TimeWork adopts the latest technology and best practices to assist our customers to achieve the best results. The sheer flexibility and scalability of the applications provides users with unlimited options, through user-friendly dashboards.

By using ATS TimeWork you take the guesswork out of the equation and are left with:

Workforce Management Reporting-Up to-the-minute workforce analytics that will help with compliance reporting and everyday time tracking. Through the use of ATS TimeWork business intelligence tools you harness the power of predictive analytics for better decision-making and increased employee productivity.

Flexible Leave Management-ATS Leave Management provides all the necessary functions required by today’s progressive companies and government organizations. The product is intuitive with embedded self-service functionality that allows employees to track and manger their leave management from any workstation or mobile device with Internet access. Your HR department can focus on other important initiatives within your organization as employees are introduced to cool to user-friendly views to request time off, monitor the status of requests, check leave balances, and respond to overtime offers.

Accurate Recording of Attendance- ATS TimeWork helps companies reduce labour costs and improve productivity- TimeWork automatically creates a history of employee attendance, including early and/or late arrivals with reason codes for daily, weekly or monthly time tracking reports.

If your company is still using intuition to figure out employee attendance, there is a better way. To learn more go to our website and download a personalize demonstration. You can also contact us at 1-866-294-2467.

Accurate Information Is Better Than Relying On Guesswork

As companies become overburden with finding the correct data to analyze their workforce they are shifting their focus to deploying tools that can help them achieve these objectives in a timely manner. Business executives therefore, need to ensure they get the best possible return on their investment when selecting a time and attendance solution that aligns with their goals.

ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance provides companies with an intuitive dashboard that allows them to view employee data that’s in keeping with their business requirements. ATS TimeWork Time and Attendance labour analytics enables companies to capture complete and accurate snapshots of their employee labour activities through various workflow alerts.

TimeWork provides companies with a comprehensive view of their employee workforce activities with the strength to handle sophisticated pay rules and scheduling practices. When combined with the forecasting and budgeting tool, ATS TimeWork time and attendance labour analytics applies overtime based on configured workrules.

ATS TimeWork best-in-class Time and Attendance solution helps companies replace their manual and excel spreadsheet data into a real-time workforce management system. Having the right information at the right time helps organizations be proactive and improve productivity.  ATS workforce labour analytics helps achieve your goals of outlining financial objectives, decreasing labour costs, improving workforce efficiency and effectively managing talent. This is easily obtained by simply automating the processes allowing the system to do it for you.

To learn more go to our website. To view a demonstration contact an ATS representative at 866.294.2467

Most discussions on the environment tend to be a heated debate. As such, many businesses have embraced the idea of environmental stewardship and their products all of which, reflects their commitment to this cause. A recent study by the IDC highlights how businesses are taking notice of the environment in their own way.

As cloud solutions continue to transform the landscape of IT, companies are becoming more comfortable with this method of deployment. Today, many companies have moved their suite of time and attendance applications to some kind of hosted service and others are likely to follow suit.

ATS cloud time and attendance software has helped organizations derive benefits from a scalable, agile computing environment that also ensures interoperability, portability and mobility.

ATS hosted time and attendance is more flexible than a traditional model, offers cost advantages and frees up server space.

One of the greatest advantages of  ATS cloud time and attendance is that it comes with a lower initial investment, predictable monthly charges, and easy deployment are the few factors which have encouraged small and medium organizations to adopt integrated business structure.

Time and attendance implementation has always been an expensive venture, which has put off many organizations from deploying it.  A cloud time and attendance solution on the other hand, has removed that barrier. Unlike on-premises software there is no upfront investment and the monthly expenses are often predictable and above all, affordable.

By adopting a cloud time and attendance system, companies gain the expertise of ATS technical personnel in multiple areas related to software deployment. Paper waste is one of the biggest contributors to poor environmental practices at businesses, so this benefit should not be overlooked.

To learn more about ATS Cloud Time and Attendance solutions, go to our website. You can also follow us on Twitter or join the conversation on our LinkedIn group.


Businesses in various industries are under intense pressure to remain competitive while complying with vast array of regulatory requirements. Companies are faced with many challenges, from ISO certifications to HACCP compliance and rising operating costs. ATS time and attendance is robust and flexible aimed at managing the most complex business processes in a simple and efficient way, while complying with the most demanding industry specific certification requirements.

ATS TimeWork is a complete time tracking solution that provides a full analytic view of your business and maintains an audit trail, so your company will have a historical record of employee transactions for multiple years. Our time and attendance combines payroll, overtime equalization labour distribution, data collection and employee self-service functionality with features specifically designed for businesses, including:

ATS TimeWork helps companies comply by providing an efficient way to track, gather and monitor relevant data, thereby eliminating manual processes while saving on labour costs. Our time and attendance is a fully automated solution that is supported by multiple capabilities and helps you adapt to changing conditions on the fly.  The solution’s built-in expertise reduces the need for customization and delivers rapid return on investment. ATS employee time tracking offers advanced functionality that helps companies remain competitive in the face of difficult challenges.

To register for a time and attendance webinar, go to our website. To have a representative contact you call us at 1.866.294.2467.

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A recent study by the USDA brought to light a subject that has been discussed and dissected over the years. In its most recent study, complete with a chart to bolster its case, the USDA states that:

“Most Americans consume diets that do not meet Federal dietary recommendations. A common explanation is that healthier foods are more expensive than less healthy foods. To investigate this assumption, the authors compare prices of healthy and less healthy foods using three different price metrics: the price of food energy ($/calorie), the price of edible weight ($/100 edible grams), and the price of an average portion ($/average portion). They also calculate the cost of meeting the recommendations for each food group. For all metrics except the price of food energy, the authors find that healthy foods cost less than less healthy foods (defined for this study as foods that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, and/or sodium, or that contribute little to meeting dietary recommendations).”

Proponents for healthier foods argue that there is a high price to pay for eating fast foods which, in turn, leads to obesity and a drain on a country’s medical system. In the context of a stagnant economy others lament that people who either make minimum wage or have lost their jobs simply cannot afford the high price of healthily foods.

While this subject matter deals with the costs of healthy eating, the correlation between the price and perceived value of a product can relate to many things. For example, in the Toronto Star, one ofCanada’s largest newspapers it featured an article titled “Frugal of Cheap: Which one are you”? 

In waxing exponentially about the subject at hand, the author, Krystal Yee cited the following example: “My boyfriend kept buying sneakers that cost $20 to $30, but they never kept his feet dry in the rainyVancouverweather. So, every three months he bought a new pair. Finally he decided to splurge on a pair of higher quality shoes for $90. Three months later they are in excellent condition.”

ATS time and attendance solutions are designed for organizations that want a system built to last. Our solution gives you the power to design and scale your infrastructure and applications as your needs change, in a highly secure, robust and flexible environment. ATS employee time tracking solutions are designed to meet the most demanding business requirements with a cloud based technology that is supported by highly trained specialists to help you create effective workforce management software strategies.

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To say that the recent economic crisis of 2008 touched every country in the world is a gross understatement. While some countries fared somewhat better than others, there is overwhelming evidence that many countries are still feeling the effects of the financial crisis. For example, in North America the manufacturing sector and several other industries, have been decimated and leaving millions of people out of work. This economic downturn has forced many companies to take a serious look at the many advantages afforded by business automation software.  Manually tracking employee hours through time sheets is not only a waste of resources but unintended errors can cut into a company’s profit margin.

An ATS time and attendance solution is tailored to meet the challenges companies face in the areas of: forecasting, employee scheduling, labour analytics and attendance management. Whether your industry is hospitality, manufacturing, retail or healthcare, our workforce management software is designed to meet those needs and improve business productivity.

Here are three ways our software solution can help your company:

Information in Real-Time: Companies need the latest data so they can determine how to reduce costs while maintaining productivity. ATS time and attendance provides instant visibility and enhanced reporting to help you make informed decisions about your labour force.

Functionality and Scalability: ATS time and attendance software helps organizations automate clocking and streamlines employee time tracking, while communicating with operational departments throughout the payroll process. Our modular solution is scalable and allows companies to activate additional functions as their business and number of employees grows.

Integrated Solution: ATS fully integrated time and attendance solution combines performance into one powerful system—improving efficiency and effectiveness as well as generating critical business intelligence. Our workforce management software allows for integration to a variety of systems including: Talent Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Payroll, Accounting and Financial Management and Customer Relationship Management.

To join our weekly webinar on the advantages of workforce management software for businesses go to our website. To speak to one of our account executives, call us at: 866.294.2467


The recent news of Rogers®, a Toronto business and one of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, closing its video rental business came as little surprise to many. When Blockbuster closed shop in 2011 many analysts predicted that the ability to download movies and TV shows through the cloud with NetFlix and Hulu would see more video stores going by the wayside. When we launched our cloud computing SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution several years ago, we solicited feedback from our customers. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the majority citing 24/7 access and quick implementation as the top reasons for choosing this offering.

ATS cloud computing software application is a secure and resilient solution that can be deployed to organizations of all sizes. Our SaaS time and attendance is delivered in real-time and ensure businesses can operate their workforce management in the cloud with complete confidence

Why Choose SaaS (software-as-a-service) Solution?

  • The product is dynamic, scalable and is delivered as a service through the cloud making it the most sustainable approach to providing an employee time tracking solution
  • Customers enjoy huge capital investment savings, a high ROI and access to the 365 days a year 24/7
  • The database is backed up daily and companies get guaranteed performance with 99.9% uptime
  • Upgrades are free and automatic.  You get access to the latest features and technologies
  • Our SaaS (software-as-a-service) application has a shorter turn around

If you are still not sure how to get started using a cloud technology workforce management software contact, our account executives. We have deep expertise in business management software methodologies and customer support is second to none.  

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The effect of the 2008 economic downturn has lingered and many companies have had to change the way they operate in order to remain competitive. Rising fuel costs have also forced companies to scale back on growth opportunities. Of course it’s not all bad news as some industries have fared better than others. In an era of austerity measures, organizations must remain vigilant towards their goal of increasing productivity while streamlining costs without affecting customer service.

So, faced with these challenges what should companies do?  A good place to start is by automating mundane business processes. SaaS Workforce Management Software from ATS makes automation a reality.

We remove the complexities involved with recording employee attendance, managing absences and simplifying them. This, in turn, allows companies to focus on their core competencies within their organizations, while we handle the employee time tracking, payroll and HR process. And it’s all delivered with outstanding customer experience throughout the entire product life cycle.

So why choose ATS? Because our solutions are easy to configure, they adapt to complex work rules and pay policies, calculate hours in real-time and can be accessed 24/7 365 days a year through the cloud.

Learn about ATS by downloading a demo of our products and services on our website.

We are honoured to work with some of North America’s leading companies, and have them as customers, in industries such as: retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, hospitality, distribution, health care, consumer goods and construction. A few months ago, one of our newest customers migrated from a paper-based time sheet to our On-Demand Time and Attendance Solution. Our team received a pleasant surprise when this health care customer told us they would be sending us a testimonial two weeks after the system was installed.  What did not surprise us was how fast this customer realized their return on investment.

Helping customers realize their return on investment is what we have been doing for years with our powerful business automation software. The ATS Time and Attendance Solution delivers real time activity based costing and helps to govern and automate the entire process.

The flexible pay rules library allows for 100% automation of rules without costly changes to core code. Hours and wage rule compliance are consistent and automated with alerts when a threshold for violation is approached – providing proactive reconciliation. The employee self-service capability of an ATS Time and Attendance Solution increases productivity as employees and managers spend less time managing administrative tasks and more time focusing on customers. Our business automation software tracks, performance and automatically adjust operations as business and market conditions change. And you can do all of this regardless of the size of your enterprise.

Let’s face it, manual time sheets are a thing of the past.  We also know that whenever data is keyed into a computer from paper time sheets, errors will be made.

Not sure if a Time and Attendance Solution will work for your organization? Connect with us for more information and read customer testimonials on our website. You can also reach us by phone at 1.866.294.2467.