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No Boundaries: How to Use Time and Labor Management Technology to Win the Race for Profits and Productivity

No Boundaries: How to Use Time and Labor Management Technology to Win the Race for Profits and Productivity

Lisa Disselkamp

ISBN: 978-0-470-49706-7

Jun 2009

336 pages

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$45.00

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An essential guide for putting workforce management systems to work for your business

Showing you how to take your business from reactive to proactive and improve performance, No Boundaries provides a vendor-neutral guide on how your company can use workforce management systems to improve productivity and profits. Drawing upon years of experience implementing these systems, author Lisa Disselkamp offers numerous case studies illustrating how organizations have used workforce management systems to solve their business problems and discusses:

  • How the latest software uses data from time and attendance to create real time visibility into employee activity and cost
  • Developments in labor management technology that can mitigate the challenges faced by employers in every industry and public sector
  • Using labor data to achieve financial goals and maximize profits
  • Using workforce management technology to enhance operations, quality, compliance, and employee satisfaction and retention
  • Adding value to data through integration with other key business information
  • How to build a business case and gain internal support for an investment in time and labor management technology
  • Guide to selecting and installing time and labor systems

This book bridges the gap between what business leaders understand about their business and what they have yet to learn about this technology. The author introduces the concept of Mission Based Configuration, showing companies how to apply time and labor systems to their business needs to save time and money. The use of technology offers an effective tool to manage budgets, meet strategic targets, and channel decision-making toward best practices. No Boundaries reveals how your business can win the race for profits and productivity.

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Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART I THE EMERGENCE OF WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY AND WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

CHAPTER 1: How I Got Started in Time and Labor Management Technology.

An Uncharted Career Path Takes Off.

A New Time and Attendance Opportunity Presents Itself.

CHAPTER 2: Using Labor Data Technology to Better Run Organizations.

What Is the Perfect Setup for Managing Your Business?

The Evolution of Business Technology.

The Need for WMT Exists in Every Market Sector.

CHAPTER 3: Labor Data—A Device Used to Achieve Financial Goals and Maximize Profits.

The Power of WMT Will Change Expectations.

Use WMT to Manage Budgets Today.

Eliminating Blank-Check Budgeting.

WMT Controls Costs and Manages the Complex.

Automated Workflow Offers Direct and Indirect Financial Benefits.

Is a New Time and Labor Management System Right for Us?

CHAPTER 4: Using Workforce Management Technology to Enhance Operations, Quality, and Compliance.

Operations: The Greatest Impact.

Delivering the Right Tools and Data.

The Forgotten Areas: Attendance and Leave Management.

Compliance Is a Growing Concern.

CHAPTER 5: How Automated Systems Make Life Easier.

Configurable Software Supports Complex Rules.

Historical Edit Features Maintain Accuracy in Any Time Frame.

Group Edits Make Life Easy.

Reason and Comment Tracking.

Error Reporting Is the Sonar of WMT.

Calendars Reveal Chronic Tardiness and Absences Easily.

Make Tracking Operational Issues Routine.

Manage Holiday Complexity.

Automate Administering Long-Range Programs.

Calculate Paid Days Off.

CHAPTER 6: The Human Side of Technical Implementations.

You Must Understand Your People.

Treat Employees Well.

Know How to Change Behavior.

CHAPTER 7: The Many Benefits of Workforce Scheduling Technology.

The Science of Workforce Scheduling.

How a Scheduling System Accomplishes Its Goals.

Budget and Schedule in a Dynamic Environment.

PART II WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS AND INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS.

CHAPTER 8: Adding Value to Data through Collection, Storage, and Distribution Techniques.

Data Is for Everyone, Everything, and Everywhere.

You Cannot Manage What You Cannot See.

Evaluate the System's Components.

Scalability—Can the System Adjust?

CHAPTER 9: System Mission and Communications.

What Is the System Here to Do?

Ensuring Actionable Feedback.

Sell the Benefits of the New System.

PART III FROM CONCEPT TO PROJECT.

CHAPTER 10: The Need for a Business Case.

The Value of Creating a Business Case.

Laying the Groundwork.

Why This Process Makes Sense.

Business Case Development Is a Team Effort.

A Good Business Case Is Both a Map and a Contract.

Be Thorough—Don’t Be Set Aside.

CHAPTER 11: What to Look for and Consider.

Focus on Benefits and Consider the Alternatives.

Look Out for Hidden Practices.

Where Should the Different Types of Data Reside?

The System Should Be a Platform.

Access and Security Issues.

Software as a Service (SaaS)—Hosted Solutions Have a Lot to Offer.

CHAPTER 12: Creating a Mission-Based Workforce Management Technology System.

The Business Case Defines the Mission.

Cost Should Be Related to Value.

Final Thoughts.

APPENDIX A: A New Path for Payroll Professionals.

The Evolution of Payroll and HR.

Where Is Payroll Today?

Why Payroll and Human Resources Have Evolved so Differently.

Payroll Should Be Positioned as a Strategic Player.

APPENDIX B: Especially for Owners and C-Level Executives.

About the Author.

Index.

"Written for business managers and executives who need to labor costs, increase productivity and enforce accountability within their organizations, this guide to workforce management technology uses case studies to "demystify" the technologies used to implement these human captial systems." (Book News, August 2009)