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Today I came across the article: “Amazon introduces 30-hour work week for some employees who will keep the benefits of full-time workers” (Rory Tingle, Mail Online, 2016) It highlights the intentions for Amazon to provide a more attractive working environment for employees by reducing their contractual obligation.

The articles states: The company explained the move in a post on Eventbrite.com: ‘We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth. This initiative was created with Amazon’s diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a “one size fits all” model.”

In previous articles we have addressed the fact that in modern day society people’s priorities have changed significantly from those of of more traditional times. As a result peoples aspirations are different and it has become more important to make employment work around social and family commitments where possible.

Forward thinking organisations are recognising this and providing the platform for their employees to achieve this. Even better as a result they are experiencing the rewards through greater productivity and improved employee morale.

The article goes on to state: “Working fewer hours is meant to increase productivity, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Amazon told the Post it does not currently have plans to change the working week across the company as a whole.”

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found here.

The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.

With reference to the article discussed within Rota Horizon you have the capability to specify an Employees Contracted Hours. The Contracted Hours Report then highlights within a select time period whether and employee has exceeded or fallen short of their contracted hours. So the implementation of Rota Horizon will help to ensure that new approach is followed correctly.

With Rota Horizons Staff Planner, this too will ensure that staff are not rostered to exceed these hours as well. If that does happen by running the Rota Rules this breech will be highlighted and a manager with the correct permissions can ensure that too is amended to comply with the new company legislation.

Finally as we have discussed in previous articles, the ability to record flexible working in Rota Horizon is easily achieved too. The article states: “The new working week for the program will be Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm, with the remaining hours selected by individual staff.”

The Flexi-Time module within Rota Horizon provides the tool to record this exact method of working, which historically has been enough to deter businesses from offering it to employees as an option.

So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by clicking here and providing the details requested.

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