Welcome to the fourth issue of By the Numbers -a newsletter brought to you from Time Spot that is designed to keep you "in the know" about time and labor management issues. 


HR Web Cast:  Impacting the Organization

The role of the HR manager is changing. More and more organizations are looking to every area of the organization to not only save money but become a proactive tool in making the company more efficient.

Join on October 5th at 3 PM EST to listen to the issues important to HR managers and the challenges they face in today's environment.  Whether you are looking to streamline your processes or interested in learning how HR can have a bigger impact on the overall organization you won't want to miss this session.   Register Now

Seven Keys to Success: Seven Considerations When Implementing a Web-based Labor Management System

The popularity of Web-based time and labor management is no surprise.  Itís user-friendly, provides on-demand access and information and enables streamlined employee time and attendance tracking (especially for companies with remote employees or multiple locations).  What may not be as well understood is the long term impact that a Web-based time and labor management system can have on an organization.

Knowledge and control of employee time and human resource information enables companies to more effectively apply data and insight into improving how they utilize their labor resources.  In other words, when applied correctly, automated labor management equals effective labor management and operations.  If you are considering a Web-based time and labor management solution, consider these seven items:

  1. Scout for security issues: A firewall may block programs such as Active X Controls and Java applets. To continue avoiding security threats, check that neither system relies on such technologies.
  2. Become 100% web-based:  Avoid hybrid (web and PC-based) applications. Hybrids require you to install software at client sites, which defeats the purpose of being virtual.
  3. Use a Software Development Kit (SDK): Seamlessly integrate backend systems with CRM by choosing a labor management system that includes an SDK. This enables select individuals to add rules in the software, override existing rules and integrate with systems to be implemented at a later date.
  4. Do due diligence: If a labor management vendor cannot provide system integration references or canít outline their process for gathering integration requirements, find another provider!
  5. Insist on real time: Access to real-time information is one reason companiesí convert to web-based systems in the first place. Select applications that perform live data exchange instead of batch processing.
  6. Assess the hardware: Many companies need a mix of data collection options (e.g. online log-in for office staff, and badge swipe or biometric clocks for a shipping department). Choose a system that supports them all. Also, plan in advance to leverage existing infrastructure such as telephony, VoIP network and IP Phones, and wireless devices.
  7. Think analytics: Optimal integration means compiling data across systems. Select applications with advanced reporting to gauge productivity, job costing, resource allocation, and more.

Basic Rules of Overtime
To help you understand and correctly apply the new white collar overtime rules within your organization, Laurdan Associates, Inc. has outlined six Basic Rules. Read more

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