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03 December 2018

How You Can Learn from Time & Attendance Data

Posted by Michelle Grossman

Today’s business leaders are leveraging their employee’s time and attendance data to help make informed and impactful decisions for their respective organizations. 

While many might think attendance data simply notes who’s on the clock and who’s not, it actually goes far beyond those walls, making tracking employee activities and measuring engagement easier than ever before.

Read on below to find out more about what you can learn from time and attendance data.

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16 November 2018

How HR Leaders Can Utilize AI to Eliminate Compliance Risk

Posted by Michelle Grossman

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you likely know that compliance management has skyrocketed to becoming the next best business practice.

With a wide-spread collection of internal policies, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and beyond, ensuring proper staffing coverage can present operational challenges for your HR department.  

The good news? This is where time & labor management solutions can step in and do the hard work for you!

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28 November 2017

Proactive, Predictive Workforce Scheduling Helps Improve Productivity

Posted by Guy DiMemmo

Lessons learned from customizing scheduling software

It’s a given. When it comes to workforce scheduling, we can all agree we want to have the right people working in the right jobs at the right time. But the challenge is a bit more complex than many people realize – a one-size fits all solution simply does not exist. Whether in the public or private sectors, it is important to think beyond automation of the here-and-now needs of time and attendance to focus on the events of tomorrow. The former is pedestrian and limiting, the latter predictive and empowering.

While there are many software solutions promising to ensure this, many neglect to take factors into account that ensure legality and accountability, in addition to professionalism and efficiency. The devil truly is in the details, and solutions must be tailored accordingly.

I believe my story is an informative one, as I was faced with the formidable challenge of creating a workforce management system that could accomplish these goals in an environment whose stakes can, literally, be life and death: policing. Specifically, my potential customer was the police department of Princeton, New Jersey.

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28 September 2017

How Lack Of Labor Is Killing Your Workforce...And What To Do About It

Posted by Dominick Mauro

No matter the industry, employee satisfaction should be a topic that's valued and held in high regard within your workforce. In fact, a recent Gallup pole has revealed that 51% of workers are looking to leave their current jobs. So why is over half of today's workforce looking to jump ship from their current employer?

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19 September 2017

The Missing Ingredient in the Employee Engagement Recipe

Posted by Dominick Mauro

Although the initial concept of employee engagement has been discussed since the 1990’s, it has taken up to now for it to truly transform into a mainstream topic in today’s workforce.

My belief for the reasoning behind this is that recent technology such as workforce analytics can now show quantifiable proof of how engaged and dis engaged employees affect business revenue. In fact, disengaged employees are estimated to cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion, according to a Gallup poll.

I've also found that employees become the most disengaged when they feel undervalued and overworked, commonly due to unfair work schedules.

The VCS research team took to Twitter to see what employees are saying about their work schedules. You won’t believe some of these tweets…let’s take a look.

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05 April 2016

Important Questions To Consider Before Purchasing Scheduling Software

Posted by VCS Software

You've been looking into purchasing new employee scheduling software, but you don't know how to evaluate prospective vendors. We don't blame you, as there are hundreds of scheduling vendors who appear to offering similar products with different price tags. According to a 2015 WorkJam study of 500 U.S. service company managers, "68% of employers say the most difficult part of scheduling is assigning shifts that accommodate both their staff's availability and business needs” (Source Page 3). This statement highlights the importance of determining the right questions to ask prospective vendors. In this post we are providing a brief summary of important questions to ask prospective vendors, in order to simplify your purchasing process.

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30 March 2016

Tips To Streamline Your Scheduling Process

Posted by VCS Software

Implementing effective workforce management strategies to ensure optimal levels of productivity can be successfully accomplished with a proactive scheduling solution. Utilizing an automated scheduling system can ensure that the right people are always working at the right time with the right skill sets thus eliminating the need for excessive and costly overtime. Learn how a scheduling solution can streamline your business processes saving your business time and money in the process.

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25 March 2016

How Better Scheduling Practices Reduce Business Expenses

Posted by VCS Software

Reduction in operating and labor costs can be effectively accomplished today with the implementation of a workforce management solution. Manage costs effectively with accurate calculations of employee work hours according to your business, union and HR rules that literally take one-third of the time it tacks to complete manually. Create electronic timesheets that can be easily sent to payroll reducing if not eliminating countless payroll processing errors inherent in manual run systems. Manage and reduce overtime costs with automatically generated employee lists that are based on skill sets to ensure that the right people are covering the right positions at the right time.

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17 March 2016

How Flexible Is Your Workforce?

Posted by VCS Software

Employees want flexibility and employers want productivity but there are many ways to achieve both those elements within today’s workforce. A flexible workforce can reap invaluable benefits within your business but the challenge can be implementing a successful balance between the two key objectives. This article offers insights on the proper tools you can use today to achieve a flexible workforce that enhances employee morale and boosts productivity.

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07 March 2016

Ensuring Project Success When Implementing Scheduling Software

Posted by VCS Software

The implementation of new automation is meant to improve productivity, profitability and efficiency of a business or organization. The decision is made with the best intentions but as the system is undergoing implementation, it's critical that all involved parties be totally onboard and committed to its success. It's common to have a certain level of anxiety when undertaking a new project. With the correct methodology in place, risks are minimized and rate of success increases with sound implementation practices. This article discusses the top 3 obstacles/risks you may possibly experience when implementing a scheduling software solution and how to overcome those obstacles to ensure project success.

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