Despite the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) being in place since 2008, containing provisions on minimum wage, overtime pay and record keeping, many US companies still rely on manual timekeeping or use outdated timekeeping systems that only allow for simple punching IN / OUT and basic calculations.
However, modern leadership and the post-pandemic trend for “New Work” require more than this. Home office work, digital workplaces and more flexible working schedules are the expectations of today’s employees, which in turn means that employers are expected to grant their employees increasingly more mobility and self-determination imposing less control.
According to a study published in 2019, the tracking of working hours leads to a more straightforward and healthier manager-employee working relationship. For instance, monitoring the maximum daily working hours and documenting overtime are very meaningful for both parties. There is no room for annoying discussions, as clearly defined working time rules avoid unpleasant arguing. And not to forget—avoiding overtime hours also helps to save labor costs for the employer.
Quite often missing documentation of hours worked results in legal disputes—something that can be effectively avoided using a system like TAM Time & Attendance from ISGUS.
Apart from giving employers peace of mind that payroll is accurate, a modern Workforce Management system provides a whole bunch of other benefits to both employers and employees; for instance, in the field of Staff Scheduling: a computerized system is fair and objective taking into account individual labor contracts, legal requirements as well as personal preferences, which is particularly important when it comes to scheduling unpopular shifts like night or weekend shifts in manufacturing or in the health care sector.
Hence, modern workforce scheduling systems, such as the Staff Scheduling software from ISGUS, ensure optimal coverage of the staffing needs at all times with due consideration of qualifications, current time totals, overtime accounts, planned absences and much more. For example, in case of unplanned, short-term absences of staff members, automatic notifications instantly inform supervisors and team members, allowing to reassign open shifts in a transparent way thanks to the intuitive shift offer and shift swap functionality offered by the mobile app from ISGUS.
Furthermore, up-to-date Workforce Management also caters for job and activity tracking, allows to carry out in-depth analyses and to perform cost control on activities, projects or production orders. With the ISGUS Job Costing module, operating processes and labor times become transparent. By creating considerable optimization and cost reduction potentials, this ensures that no time nor money is wasted, especially in challenging times like these.