March 17, 2017

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Why Your Staff Needs a Mobile App…and You Do Too

In today’s economy, there is a huge (and growihourly worker mobile appng!) number of hourly workers that need to be better managed and also need to be more engaged. This is what we call the hourly revolution. In the US and UK alone, there are more than 100m hourly workers. And they are the fastest growing segment of the labour market in the western world. They are the dynamic workforce. Our large agency clients know this situation well. They see the opportunity of helping clients manage these hourly workers. They also see the potential threat of the gig economy and know they have to streamline their operations. They need new means of communication and engagement tools. They have to adapt to better engage candidates and workers. This means that these employers now require advanced staff management solutions.

It’s all quite obvious, if you think about how we operate in the information era. We open an app and we get an Über ride in minutes. We talk to our family and friends via any of the messaging apps there are in the market. We hire a place in seconds to stay abroad over the weekend. We can even buy groceries, clothing or gadgets and get them delivered, sometimes in the same day. We have become a quick, impatient society. We want things now, we want to be in charge of what’s going on. That’s why innovative companies are starting to leverage the latest generation of workforce management platforms with mobile apps to better engage with their staff.

It makes sense for workers. They can work how, when and wherever they want. They can request days off or even swap shifts with others. They can have their upcoming schedule and pay slip at their fingertips, getting reminders of when to leave home and maps to the work site. This type of technology increases worker satisfactions, without burdening in-house management. 

And these modern staff management mobile apps are unified with fully automated staff management platforms like Sirenum. This allows management to have full control of key staff management processes, including health and safety compliance and monitoring systems that ensure that staff arrive on time–and management can quickly find replacements if not–to improve client satisfaction. This is the latest generation of workforce management software. It is already helping leading employers save up to 4% of their cost of labour, due to time savings, increased productivity, and decreased employee turnover.

August 24, 2015

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The Hourly Revolution: What It Means for Employers

The Hourly RevolutionIt seems every day there’s another article or piece of research that talks about things like an agile workforce, mobile workers, co-working, or any of another dozen or so terms that apply to the burgeoning new way of working. The trend is clear: fewer workers will work for one company for their career than at any point since the Industrial Revolution. Further, fewer workers will be serial monogamists than ever before. A big factor is what’s been called a millennial mindset–no desire for a mortgage or ownership of large capital goods, thus lowering the monetary requirements of a career. Since by the end of this year, millennials will be up more of the U.S. workforce than any other generation, and that pattern is similar in many other western countries, you can understand the demographic issues at play. We call the intersection of these demographic shifts and the trends away from single longterm employment, “the hourly revolution.”

The hourly revolution is a change for workers and employers alike. Flexibility, in terms of task, location, and more, is prized above nearly all other attributes of a job. The willingness and even enthusiasm of workers to work in an hourly fashion, rather than just a 9-to-5 workday, is a big part of that shift. In addition, many of those workers may have more than one employer. Keeping track of hours, while ensuring the employee feels a productive and valued part of the team is a big challenge for both staff and organisations. And because workers in the hourly revolution have less of a problem with moving to a new employer, the issue is time sensitive for both parties.

As more workers think of themselves as perpetual free agents, there should be an increase in services and corporate cultures aimed at appealing to them. We have already seen this evolution with the numerous remote working spaces now available and monetised around the flexible millennial workday. But with other factors are at play, it’s not just a white collar story. With the expansion of the cloud, the near ubiquity of smartphones, and the general move towards the consumerisation of IT, even blue collar workers should benefit from these massive employment shifts. But too often, they feel left behind and disengaged.

We recently released a white paper on this and other related topics because we feel strongly that no worker, whether white or blue collar, should be left behind in the wake of the hourly revolution. To learn more, please click here to download Employment Matters: Leveraging Technology to Empower Staff.