Workforce analytics Part 2: Informing labor cost optimization


Lisa Disselkamp, on June 21, 2016.

In Workforce analytics Part 1, we discussed three key questions about labor spending that workforce analytics can help organizations answer: (1) How am I doing?, (2) If there are problems, where and when are they happening specifically?, and (3) Is there a business case for change? In Part 2, we look at the how to use the answers analytics uncovers and put them to work in the form of labor cost optimization: the process of refining policy, people, process, and technology to realize desired savings and improvements.

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Workforce analytics Part 1: Exposing payroll leakage

Can you answer three key questions about your labor spending?


Posted by Lisa Disselkamp on May 19, 2016

Do you know if you are spending more on payroll than necessary? The question goes beyond conducting an audit to find errors and fraud. The deeper question to ask is this: Is there unnecessary labor expense that is not the result of a mistake or abuse but has become a source of overspending? Many employers don’t know if they are suffering from inflated time-worked reporting or hidden, unproductive paid time. Without oversight, employers are likely to be paying incorrect (i.e., unnecessary, unintended) time correctly, instead of paying the correct time correctly. Continue reading “Workforce analytics Part 1: Exposing payroll leakage”

Workforce management issues heightened during the holidays

Workforce management issues heightened during the holidays

Posted by Lisa Disselkamp on December 22, 2015.

Tis the season—the time of year that takes the challenge to balance personal and professional commitments to new heights. While some of the increased stresses businesses and employees experience can be chalked up to the end-of-year holiday rush, they are often accentuated examples of shortcomings that plague workforce management systems year-round.
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Working the Clock

Where is the referee when employees are gaming your workforce management systems?

labor Cost Optimization

Posted by Lisa Disselkamp on August 12, 2014

A restaurant worker knows exactly when to punch the clock to gain an extra 15 minutes per shift. (So do his co-workers.)

Employees routinely use the time clock near the parking lot door (meant for security staff, whose office is nearby), rather than the clock near their workstations, gaining several minutes of paid time as they walk to their stations and settle in.

A nurse with a $75K salary earns a W-2 for $240K, thanks to overtime pay, shift premiums, and other incentives.

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