Time and Attendance

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Ten Benefits of Employee Self-Service
July 18, 2013—Employee self-service, as it relates to enterprise workforce management, is the ability for employees to access their personal corporate HR data and also to proactively enter their schedule preferences or request leave.  And organizations that have embraced this web-based delivery model are have experienced increased productivity. In fact, a Society of Human Resources Management report cites a survey where 60% of respondents have experienced key reductions in HR administrative work as a result of employee self-service.  Read More

Stay Connected to Your Workforce- Anytime, Anywhere
July 10, 2013—By 2015, the mobile workforce will grow to 1.3 billion according to anIDC report.  This compelling statistic will inevitably change how the world works, but has direct implications for your organization; to maintain a competitive advantage it’s important that you provide your workforce with the essential tools to do their jobs effectively on the road or from their mobile office. Read More
Workforce Scheduling Software- Quesitons to Answer Before Buying
July 3, 2013—Workforce planning and management can help further distinguish organizations that are seeking a competitive advantage in the marketplace. In fact, recent findings from an Aberdeen Group survey indicate that workforce planning initiatives are in place at 89% of Best-in-Class organizations.  In other words, companies that are on the forefront of their industries use workforce planning as a strategy to move ahead of the competition. Read More

Solving the Overtime Determination Problem- A Case Study
June 26, 2013—According to the U.S. Department of Labor , the job of computing wages owed, including overtime, is the responsibility of the employer, not the employee. Therefore, keeping close tabs on overtime is a must-do for any employer.  There are, however, certain industries such as manufacturing that are impacted by overtime more than others. Read More

Do Time and Attendance Systems Really Save Money?
June 20, 2013—Today, organizations can take advantage of automated time and attendance software systems to minimize the largest expense faced by most organizations both large and small: payroll. When payroll is managed manually, not only is a lot of time wasted, but costly errors can happen. And it does all the time. In fact, a Nucleus Research study indicates that employers overpay their workforce by approximately 1.2%. Read More

You Don't Need to Compromise Your Educational Mission
May 28, 2013—Today, public spending is under the microscope. Among the targeted groups to feel the financial pressure in times like these are higher education institutions.  Unfortunately, educational programs are some of the first areas of expense to receive the axe.   But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your educational mission doesn’t have to be compromised due to budget cutbacks. Read More

The Game Changer in Workforce Management
May 1, 2013—There was a time when going to the office was a must for every employee. Not today. According to ZK Research, over 75% of workers today are in locations outside their companies’ corporate headquarters. Read More

The Costs of Not Automating Workforce Management
April 4, 2013—Manual processes in any industry are quickly becoming a thing of the past. When it comes to workforce management, the consequences of running manual operations for payroll, scheduling, and others processes usually come in the form of high costs and lower employee productivity. Read More

Automating Data Collection and Integrating with Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise
March 28, 2013—Workforce management technology continues to grow in popularity among companies of all sizes. And in all likelihood, the financial benefits of enterprise workforce management are so favorable that they will continue to drive adoption of these solutions well in to the future. According to CedarCrestone, organizations that used time management, absence management, workforce scheduling and labor planning, all key components to workforce management, achieved operating income growth of 11 percent. Read More

Leveraging Your Current Technology Investment in Infor
March 20, 2013—Delivering the promise of a more productive workforce is challenging and there are dozens of variables at play which may create inefficiencies, including:  schedule shifts, increased product demands, and perhaps a seasonal workforce. As such, employers continue to search for the right workforce management solution to ensure that each moving part does not add costs to the bottom line.  In fact, according to Ventana Research, 63% of organizations are placing major focus on higher productivity when it comes to workforce management. Read More

Three Reasons to Integrate Your Current ERP Technology with a Certified Workforce Managment Product Partner
March 13, 2013—In their April 2010 brief, research firm IDC reported that enhancing labor management efficiency was a core business strategy for corporations, especially in the manufacturing industry. Back then, there was a small glimmer of hope peeking through the dark shadows of a slow-moving economy. Today, the economy and job market are stronger, but cutting workforce management costs is still a top priority. Read More

Labor Planning: An Automated Solution to Common Workforce Planning Issues
March 6,2013—Are your labor management processes manual or ineffective? Not sure how to efficiently deploy and manage your resources? Is your workforce schedule producing sub-optimal results? Many organizations face these challenges. But many others are using labor planning solutions to address them. According to a report from the Aberdeen Group (Warehouse Management Excellence), many leading companies are leveraging labor management software solutions to avoid operational issues. Read More

Is Your Manual System Stifling Workforce Productivity?
February 22, 2013—Wherever there's productivity, financial gain is not too far behind. That's why enterprises invest in solutions to maximize productivity. Today, spreadsheets are among the most popular productivity tools because they are readily available. In fact, 92% of organizations use spreadsheets according to Ventana Research. Yet about 42% of these organizations admit to having difficulty using spreadsheets to effectively manage their workforce. Read More

Is Your Workforce Disconnected from Your Business?
February 14, 2013—Some studies suggest that today’s employees are feeling disengaged from their organizations.  For example, a 2011 Careerbuilder.com report indicated that 76% of full-time workers would leave their jobs immediately if the right opportunities came along. Read More

Ways to Cut Costs Without Cutting Jobs
February 7, 2013—According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 200,000 U.S. workers were laid off every month between January 2008 and June 2012. While an unfortunate statistic, a reduction in staff is almost always attributed to rising costs of doing business.  Employers shrink the size of their workforce in order to maintain profit margins; and although this is sometimes a necessary measure, there are other options to cutting costs that should be considered first. Read More

Eliminate Paper-Based Time Sheets and Save
January 31, 2013—When it comes to managing time sheets, paper-based processes are passé and can harm your bottom-line.  According to a survey by the American Payroll Association (APA), clerical errors can waste up to 4% of the payroll process. But cost isn’t the only reason why you should replace your paper-based time sheet processes. The reality is that recording times on paper can get in the way of what would otherwise be a productive work environment. Read More

The Value in Developing Highly Effective Work Schedules
January 23, 2012—Hard work has long been valued in the United States. Since the days of Benjamin Franklin who said "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," it comes as no surprise that Americans now work on average 378 hours, or almost 10 weeks more than other European countries. Read More

Eight Steps to Better Time Tracking
January 17, 2013—According to IRS statistics, 33% of all employers are dishing out billions of dollars in penalties every year due to payroll errors. That’s the bad news. The good news is that employers can save 2 percent of gross payroll costs by eliminating time tracking errors according to the American Payroll Association (APA). Read More

Tips for Meeting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
January 10, 2013—Over 7,000 FLSA cases were filed by mid-2012, breaking all previous records and outpacing the number of cases filed just a decade ago by nearly 300%. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s wage and hour division collected over $224 million in back wages from employers. But even this number pales in comparison to the $352 million that the world’s largest retailer shelled out in 2008 due to an FLSA claim settlement.. Read More

How to Avoid a Wage and Hour Disaster
January 3, 2013—Despite all the automated technology in the marketplace today, the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that only 40% of employers comply with the US Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) reporting requirements.  This is in part due to today’s global workplace-  non-exempt employees are claiming hours on their mobile devices and laptops for time worked away from the office.  And as a result, when a wage and hour issue makes it to court, employees usually win because  it’s almost impossible for employers to disprove employee wage and hour claims without accurate records. Read More

Why Absenteeism is a Gift
December 18, 2012—Employee absenteeism is not only becoming an increasingly complex business process, but also a costly one. According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, 75% of CFOs say that absenteeism impacts their business the same as their employee health plans from a cost standpoint. Read More

Prepare Your Service Oriented Organization with Automated Workforce Management
December, 13, 2012—America has long been a destination for vacationers from every part of the world. In 2010, 59.7 million tourists visited the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Statistics from the U.S. Travel Association in Washington estimate that 7.5 million people in the U.S. are employed in the travel and tourism industry, which is about 5.7 percent of the total U.S. workforce. And, in a statement from the White House, the travel industry account for 2.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2010. Read More

The DOL's Multi-Year Enforcement Initiative- Is Your Gas Station Ready?
December 3, 2012—In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) uncovered that gas stations in New York and New Jersey were in violation of pay practices.  In New Jersey alone, gas stations were ordered to pay over $1 million in back pay to employees because the department discovered that clear records weren’t kept as required by law (for example NYLL § 195 and N.J.S.A. 34:11-4.6)- and this number is not inclusive of fines that will be assessed by the DOL. Read More

Why We Partner
November 15, 2012—In the software industry, forming partnerships is considered standard operating procedure.  When done successfully, partnerships allow joint customers to fully leverage their current investment in their existing technology solutions.  This becomes especially important to enterprise- level organizations since most of their business is running on technology platforms.  Read More

Combating Public Sector Deficits with Enterprise Workforce Management
October 23, 2012—The ongoing budget deficits have attracted a lot of attention of the last several years.  Let’s face it, with the US federal budget deficit for 2012 set to be more than $1 trillion – it is a fact that is hard to ignore.   As we near the end of the year, however, we face what has been termed the “fiscal cliff” and as this ominous term looms, lawmakers will have some very important decisions to make.. Read More

Automating Time and Attendance Data Collection- Saving Time and Money
September 13, 2012—Automation, a term used to describe the optimization of productivity, is something that is widely practiced, but often overlooked and unappreciated because typically automated processes are running in the background.  Think about it- how often do you stop to think that cars automated walking, washing machines automated hand washing, telephones automated the Pony Express, Google automated…well a lot of things, but more specifically hard copies of nearly everything.  Read More

Workforce Management Facilitating Smarter Manufacturing
August 15, 2012—Recently I read one of the most powerful facts I have come across in a long time.  According to The Manufacturing Institute’s report, The Facts About Modern Manufacturing produced in 2009, “If the U.S. manufacturing were a country by itself, it would be the eighth largest economy in the world (pg.2)”.  Read More

Enterprise Workforce Management in the Cloud
July 24, 2012—Cloud computing is not a new term, but adoption at a corporate level can be a tough road to navigate due to the myriad of decisions that need to be made before the implementation and deployment of software in the cloud.  Cloud computing, in laymen’s terms, is the ability for a company to deliver their service(s), such as software applications, over a network.  The end user can simply access this software, and the associated data, via a web-browser or mobile application.  The actual process of delivering the service via the cloud is tied to complex infrastructures, but the benefits to the end user are quite substantial. Read More

Challenged to do More with Less
July 5, 2012—According to the U.S. Department of Education’s budget history table, the amount of budget allocated to education has increased by 82% from 1980-2012 (approximately $7 billion to $40 billion).  Despite this year over year increase, education costs are increasing even faster- leading to a fiscal crisis within our educational system. Read More

Wage and Hour Laws: Compliance is Key
June 1, 2012—In a recent USA Todayarticle Overworked and underpaidPaul Davidson identifies a troubling trend and one that is not in favor of the American workforce.  The basic premise of his article states that even though there have been layoffs, the work still needs to be done which means it has just been displaced among current employees- creating non-compliant situations in many organizations. Read More

Mobile Workforce Management- Work Where You Want, When You Want
May 4, 2012—According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report titledWorldwide and U.S Mobile Applications, Storefronts, Developer and In-App Advertising 2011-2015 Forecast:  Emergence of Postdownload Business Models,  published in June 2011 by Scott Ellison, annual mobile application downloads will increase from 38.2 billion in 2011 to nearly 182.7 billion (almost a 400% increase).  This should come as no surprise- mobile applications relieve us from cumbersome hardware constraints and allow us to consume what we want, when we want it.  But why should that luxury stop with personal consumption?  Shouldn’t it also extend into the business environment? Read More

Workforce Optimization-Right Person, Right Place, Right Time
March 1, 2012—Recently a friend of mine took a new job at a large clothing retailer in New York. While speaking with him about his job and the normal chit chat of "how's it going" we started talking about the nuances of retail and some of his daily struggles in his role. He is in a position where he is not only responsible for the operations of the store, but also for scheduling employees to work. Of course, me being me, I started asking questions about how he is currently doing this. He explained that he is manually scheduling employees to work in a three-story, massive store based on employee availability and expected traffic. Read More

Workforce Management Software-Impacting the Bottom Line
February 1, 2012—According to the American Payroll Association, companies without workforce management software give an extra half-day of vacation, per employee, per year. For a company of 2000 employees, that's an extra 1000 days of paid vacation and lost production because balances are not properly tracked. Read More

Time and Attendance- Solution to Rising Labor Costs
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Time and Attendance- Solution to Rising Labor Costs
December 1, 2011—Healthcare has been the focus of controversy and debate in recent years. Overall cost increases have far outpaced inflation and therefore have caused healthcare to take up a shockingly large proportion of America's GDP. The Congressional Budget Office indicates that healthcare's share of economic output was 16% of the total in 2007. Read More

Time and Attendance Reduces Healthcare Costs
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Time and Attendance Change Management-A Necessary Consideration
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

The Service Vertical and Workforce Management
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

The Art of Time and Labor Planning
January 1, 2012—Guest Author: Loralee Bodo- Director of Product Strategy A major business challenge facing operation managers today pertains to the ever-shrinking budget for personnel. Therefore, it becomes an all important activity to ensure that corporations make the most efficient use of their employees. Labor planning, which is the art of getting the right people into the right positions at the right time, can help to solve this dilemma for organizations. Read More

Leveraging Workforce Management Technology to meet the President's higher Education Mandate
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Is Your Business on the DOL's Naughty List ?
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

How Corporations can Leverage Workforce Management
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Healthcare Trends in the Workforce Management
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Global Manufacturing Combatting Competition with Time Tracking
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Enterprise Workforce Management Solutions for Retail
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Biometrics-It's not just for Spy Movies anymore
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

Absence Management in a Modern Worldealthcare Trends in the Workforce Management
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

A Ninth Possible Plan to avoid the Debt Ceiling
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

187.6M Reasons to have an Enterprise Workforce Management Solution
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More

True Stories: Time and Attendance Pay Rules
January 1, 2012—Effective time and attendance monitoring is a proven cost saving tactic employed by corporations all over the world. The benefits of this solution result in increased productivity and profitability for the organization. Time and attendance management solutions are multi-faceted, but the core benefit to this solution allows managers to have greater transparency into how their workforce's time is allocated. This also includes scrutinizing employee work hours to ensure that each project is properly staffed and that each hour worked on a task is efficiently used . Read More