Monthly Archives: October 2013

Time and Attendance

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Organizations of all sizes use time and attendance systems to record when employees start and stop work, and the department where the work is performed. However, it’s also common to track meals and breaks, the type of work performed, and the number of items produced. In addition to tracking when employees work, organizations also need to keep tabs on when employees are not working. Vacation time, compensation time, FMLA time, and jury duty must be recorded. Some organizations also keep detailed records of attendance issues such as who calls in sick and who comes in late.

A time and attendance system provides many benefits to organizations. It enables an employer to have full control of all employees working hours. It helps control labor costs by reducing over-payments, which are often caused by transcription error, interpretation error and intentional error. Manual processes are also eliminated as well as the staff needed to maintain them. It is often difficult to comply with labor regulation, but a time and attendance system is invaluable for ensuring compliance with labor regulations regarding proof of attendance.

Companies with large employee numbers might need to install several time clock stations in order to speed up the process of getting all employees to clock in or out quickly or to record activity in dispersed locations.

Depending on the supplier, identification method and number of clocking points required, prices vary widely. A time and attendance system protects a company from payroll fraud and provides both employer and employees with confidence in the accuracy of their wage payments all while improving productivity.

Many time and attendance software is now provided through cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) hosted solutions(Cloud-based Time and Attendance Software).Web-based solutions offer a number of advantages to organizations of all sizes, including reduced implementation costs, fewer maintenance and support concerns, as well as instant updates and upgrades(Web-based Time and Attendance Software).

Manual systems

Manual systems rely on highly skilled people laboriously adding up paper cards which have times stamped onto them using a time stamping machine such as the Bundy Clock. Time stamping machines have been in use for over a century and may still be bought new.

Automated systems

Automated time and attendance systems can use electronic tags, barcode badges, magnetic stripe cards, biometrics (hand, fingerprint, or facial), and touch screens(Touch screen terminals used to record staff attendance)

in place of paper cards which employees touch or swipe to identify themselves and record their working hours as they enter or leave the work area. The recorded information is then ideally automatically transferred to a computer for processing although some systems require an operator to physically transfer data from the clocking point to the computer using a portable memory device. The computer may then be employed to perform all the necessary calculations to generate employee timesheets which are used to calculate the employees’ wages. An automated system reduces the risk of errors that are common in a manual system, and allows the workforce to be more productive instead of wasting time on tedious administrative tasks.

History

Kronos Incorporated, based in US, delivered the world’s first microprocessor-based time clock in 1979. CipherLab Co Ltd, based in Taiwan, released in 1989 its first time clock data terminal.One of the first computerised workforce management systems was the Weeney Clocker .

produced by a company called Baur Automation in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was available from 1992 to about 2005.

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All the major search engines monitor incoming links (link popularity) from other relevant and/or quality websites as a major part of the equation as to where your website ranks. At Montage we focus on linking with quality relevant websites and using the proper anchor text within those incoming links to generate top rankings.

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Pay Per Click (PPC)

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Pay-per-click(PPC) is an advertising model used on search engines, advertising networks, and content Websites/blogs, where advertisers only pay when a user actually clicks on an ad to visit the advertiser’s Website. Advertisers bid on keywords they predict their target market will use as search terms when they are looking for a product or service. When a user types a keyword query matching the advertiser’s keyword list, or views a page with relevant content, the advertiser’s ad may be shown. These ads are called a “Sponsored link” or “sponsored ads” and appear next to or above the “natural” or organic results on search engine results pages, or anywhere a Webmaster/blogger chooses on a content page.

Pay-per-click ads may also appear on content network Websites. In this case, ad networks such as Google AdSense and Yahoo! Publisher Network attempt to provide ads that are relevant to the content of the page where they appear, and no search function is involved.

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Electronic Archiving

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Business practices today are facing new challenges due to continued economic pressures and growing security threats to data. In defense, companies wishing to get through these times to the other side must quickly find innovative ways to streamline operations, improve management efficiencies and be fully compliant with relevant regulations. All this on top of running an operationally sound, cashflow-focused, environmentally-sensitive business that creates a product or provides a service that is actually sought out by today’s finicky worldwide consumer base.

A shift to electronic document management systems has presented itself as a clear path towards achieving many of the goals that are mandatory to business survival in our century. In addition, the growing volume of electronic information, greater regulatory constraints and storage issues demand addressing on their own accord as well. As attractive as a move to electronic archiving is to c-level management, the transition brings with it technical, financial, and educational challenges once electronic document management systems are implemented company-wide. A clear transitional plan must be created and followed from the onset of electronic archiving clear through to the point where staff members have adjusted to the changes in workflow that will be unavoidable.

Electronic archiving may come across to staff members as a threat to the basic way that business works. Senior staff members may resist the changes that a new electronic document management system will create in their tidy world of process and procedures. An understanding and a counterattack to the resistance will be needed by those implementing the system and training those who will be utilizing it in any capacity. Traditional paper handling and storage methods will seem archaic and extremely inefficient once a thorough training and integration has been completed. In the meantime, management should expect questions and concerns to be tossed at them regularly regarding every aspect of electronic documents as opposed to paper documents.

Employees will need to be educated on the high-usability that electronic documents inherently have over paper documents. Documents that in the past were inaccessible due to being offsite, lost, or damaged will now be available with a few keystrokes all day, every day. Business trending review, historical data analysis, and job accountability within organizations will be drastically improved, a major point that needs to be conveyed to staff members. Every team member, board member, and even stockholders will feel the benefits that a shift away from traditional paper handling to electronic record management will bring.

Social Media Marketing

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Social Media Marketing

One of the most basic guidelines of having a successful business is making sure that potential customers know about you. Social media outlets are a great tool for spreading the word about your company.

Social media refers to various types of online communities, including Websites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube, as well as blogs, wikis, and multimedia sharing sites. These communities exist for ordinary people from many different areas to interact in many ways, such as:

  • Exchanging information
  • Sharing media files like photos, music, and videos
  • Publishing opinions and reviews
  • Playing games
  • And, most importantly for businesses, providing links to Websites they think are useful and relevant.

Now, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a couple of posts on Digg or Reddit will magically bring thousands of dollars of business your way. Social media outlets need to be handled with great care, because they’re made up of real people, and those people don’t like it when they think they’re being “gamed” for advertising purposes. If you’re too aggressive in your use of these sites, it can backfire and result in negative publicity for your company.

montage has the creative expertise and kid gloves needed to effectively market your business on numerous online communities. Done right, this can lead to increased traffic, goodwill, and of course, revenue.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a Website from search engines via “natural” (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results for targeted keywords. Usually, the earlier a site is presented in the search results or the higher it “ranks,” the more searchers will visit that site. SEO can also target different kinds of searches; including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.

Finding affordable search engine optimization is not that difficult. Finding an SEO company that specializes in getting you the results you want is the tricky part. Anybody can get their unique business name on top of the search engines, but the real value is having your site come on top when customers search for the key words that describe your business, products, or services.

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  • Rank your site high in the search engines
  • Maintain a Google-friendly Website
  • Improve the rank of your site by increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to your pages
  • Increase your revenues through Web Marketing
  • Grow your business
  • Improve your image