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At Tanda, we move fast to solve the world’s greatest workforce challenges. We released over 200 features last year. Here are the major ones. The last 12 months have seen Tanda rise above the capabilities of traditional workforce software.  Our product team has focused on releasing features that help management to plan and execute the perfect shifts — all while constantly strengthening our core offering. Building the world’s #1 workforce platform requires going above the administrative efficiencies traditionally gained with workforce software. We’re talking about features that empower businesses to enhance the way they employ and manage staff. These help managers plan and execute successful shifts; help employees integrate their work and private life; and allow businesses to measure their success in the right ways. In these last 12 months, the Tanda product team also materialised the 6 headline features announced at the 2018 Tanda conference, all of which are now live in the Tanda platform. The year has seen the release of over 150 user interface updates, 25 key redesigns of existing features, and 10 key feature releases.  They all fall into these themes: Helping managers to execute the best decision-making Helping managers integrate compliance into decision-making Helping employees integrate their employment and personal lives Allowing businesses to build their own workflows by adopting a platform approach   Features that help managers execute the best decision making Live Insights: on-the-go decision-making Live insights is big business technology that we’ve made available to businesses of any size.   Off the shelf, Live Insights syncs live sales from integrated cloud based point of sale systems like Kounta, Vend and Ordermate, and compares real-time with award-interpreted wage cost.   This closes the feedback loops on wage cost reporting and allows managers to execute decision-making during operations, instead of after the day is done. Live Feed: real-time shift updates Managers who are involved in shift handovers know how important it is to be updated on what’s happened during the previous shift.  Live Feed gives a real time overview of the state of the shift, showing a full picture of who is there, who isn’t, and what the staff movements will be. Key Alerts: Know staffing issues in real time Great shifts can be planned ahead of time on the roster, but it’s not until the shift starts that the plan is put to the test. This is where wage costs can unexpectedly inflate. Five minutes here, five minutes there. These minor variances to the roster add up to large amounts when it happens across multiple shifts. Key alerts helps managers stay in control by proactively notifying them of these little variances before they blow up costs. Cognitive Demand Builder: Predict future demand, and adjust for it Integrated point of sale data has been available as standard in Tanda for several years now.  Access to data is one thing, but it’s the way we’re allowing managers to use that data which is unique to Tanda. Tanda’s new demand builder allows managers to build a demand profile from historical sales data and modify for expected changes in demand.  The feature can algorithmically select a sample group of historical sales while eliminating anomalous days automatically. It means that businesses of any size can plug in their point of sale system and have access to meaningful demand data instantly. Best-fit shift replacements: Finding the right match When choosing a replacement for an employee who can no longer work a shift, it’s difficult for a manager to assess every influencing factor. This can include contract hours, overtime risk, cost difference, qualifications, and safety considerations such as fatigue management. Receiving shift replacement requests on My Tanda (L) and choosing best fit replacements on mobile (R) When a shift replacement request comes through, the manager sees a set of best fit options. Importantly, Tanda calculates the cost difference between employees in real time, which avoids the issue of employees unexpectedly entering overtime, or more senior staff members performing junior roles. Shift Feedback: Information is Powerful Feedback needs to be actionable and specific to be useful to management. We trialled several methods of collecting frontline feedback with our beta group to create the first version of Tanda Shift Feedback.  The feature is integrated as a prompt on the existing platform, meaning employees and management aren’t required to divert their resources to a new process, and the time investment is minimal. More about shift feedback. A more full-featured leave Tanda users can now open the app on their phone and instantly view their leave current leave balance, see the best times to apply for leave, and plan future holidays with leave balance projections. We’ve also strengthened the management controls in the leave process and increased transparency with additional features: Custom events: a method for employees to gauge the best times to take leave by being able to see who else has applied at the same time Leave balance projections: ensures adequate leave balance for planned time off Safeguards against leave balances entering negative territory Backup leave types for when the primary leave type is exhausted The ability to accrue Time In Lieu within Tanda Accurate leave hours through editing breakdowns on leave requests Features that integrate compliance into management decision-making In Australia, maintaining compliance doesn’t just mean paying staff members correctly.  There are many state and local laws that apply in respect to workplace health and safety, fatigue management, licencing & qualification requirements, and record keeping requirements. Compliance HQ: Compliance in one place Given the multifaceted nature of workforce compliance in Australia, we’ve made things simpler. Compliance HQ is a central dashboard for all of the tools used in the process of maintaining compliance.  Every setting you need to stay compliant with all levels of government is here. Qualification Notifications: Stay on top of expiring qualifications Qualifications cover processes of any nature that are required to be reviewed, retrieved on demand or represent a minimum training requirement for particular activities within the business.  Employees are now notified of pending qualification expiries, as is the manager, and qualification expiries are now easily reportable. Roster validations: limit inefficient rosters Roster validations are customisable limits that will flag managers when it\'s reached. They can be used operationally to control overtime for example, and used in the same way for fatigue management or other forms of compliance such as minimum and maximum shift lengths. Read more about roster validation. Automated higher duties: approve timesheets quicker Automated higher duties allows different pay rates to be associated to teams and activities where an employee may be paid more than one level.  This ensures that roster costs consider changes in level based on activity, and that higher duties are automatically tagged on timesheets for export to payroll. Use cases include staff members in food service industries who work in both a supervisor and non-supervisory capacity, and industries such as transport that pay different rates depending on the type of equipment operated. Training Centre The Tanda Training centre cuts down the resources required for businesses to train new management in using the Tanda platform.  The Training Centre includes the option for businesses to upload their own resources customised to their unique workflows to ensure a bespoke experience based on their internal procedures. GPS Clock-ins: Clock in anywhere in the world Tanda supports your mobile workforce. So we built GPS tagged clock-ins on the Tanda mobile app. Wherever they are, and wherever you are, Tanda’s time and attendance features works anywhere in the world. Features that help employees to integrate their work and personal lives Shift replacements Employees have non-negotiable events pop up in their personal lives that will require time off. For example, a mandatory examination, or births and deaths in the family.  Business also have a non-negotiable requirement to open the doors and trade to survive, so when the two of these non-negotiable requirements clash it results in a lose-lose scenario. Shift swapping is about affording the flexibility to turn lose-lose scenarios into win-win, with the dual benefit of being able to instantly canvas the whole workforce for shift replacements.  Appropriate management controls ensure accountability in the selection of replacement staff. Custom events: highlight busy periods ahead of time Indicate busy times of year for your staff Custom events allows staff members to best plan their time off.  Informing them of peak times of year gives staff more certainty of the best periods to request for leave. And combined with the leave calendar and leave projections, this allows them to plan future time off effectively. Features that allow businesses to build their own workflows by adopting a platform approach The difference between being an off-the-shelf solution and a comprehensive workforce platform comes down to the ability to customise workflows. Build Tanda to fit the business, not change the business to fit Tanda. You know your business best. So we’ve invested in powerful customisation tools that allow unique use cases, and gives businesses the tools they need to turn Tanda into a solution for their unique problems. Custom permission levels: have more control on who’s in control A greater degree of flexibility in roles, especially surrounding who can view costs and provide approvals allows Tanda to fit existing internal controls.   Custom Fields: a new, powerful communication tool Custom Fields allows users to gather or communicate any information staff need to be successful in their job. This is done by creating text fields and apply them to shifts and employee profiles. Create fields to gather or communicate information Common use cases for the employee profile include: Details required by HR on the employee profile, e.g. date of last review Allergy information On the roster, fields could be put for specific tasks and assets such as: A specific truck that will be driven by a transport worker.   Addresses of clients assigned to disability support workers A list of tasks for a cleaner There is no limit to the potential uses cases. Coming Up Roster patterns (beta) Many awards, agreements and industry regulations stipulate arrangements for roster patterns. This is particularly prevalent in shift worker industries that have fatigue management considerations, such as firefighters and emergency workers. Our roster patterns beta builds on our existing work to make Tanda the most comprehensive workforce platform for shift worker industries like healthcare, mining, manufacturing and essential services. This is in its final stages of development and will be released very soon. If you made it to the end, well done! Takes a ton of commitment to read through a year’s worth of updates. And that’s only the major ones; our product team is always improving Tanda. If you’re not a current Tanda user and would like to learn more, head www.tanda.co to book in time with our team to chat.

The last financial year in key feature releases

10 June 2019

Industry Insights    |   

Superannuation underpayment is a significant problem in Australia. An estimated 2.85 million Australians are being short-changed. On average, they have 50% less in their super balances than those who are being paid correctly. Further, analysis of ATO data has shown that the average underpayment is $2,070 -- that’s $80 per fortnightly pay. Young, blue-collar workers are especially vulnerable to underpayment. So how do you make sure that superannuation contributions are accurate for your employees? Trade in your pen and paper for a super calculator Superannuation is important because it applies to almost every type of worker in Australia. Thus, employers must pay super for any work casual, part-time, and full-time temporary resident employee who falls under the following: Employees over 18 years of age, who earn $450 or more every month (before taxes); and Employees under 18 years of age, who earn $450 or more every month (before taxes), and work at least 30 hours a week. Employers must pay a minimum of 9.5% of the employee’s ordinary time earnings into super. But this is set to gradually rise over the coming years. However, you won’t need to worry about any of this when you use our free superannuation calculator. See correct superannuation contributions for multiple employees Figuring out the correct superannuation for your employees is effortless with our free super calculator. This free super calculator shows you the correct contributions for multiple employees at once. Follow the steps below to see the correct superannuation contributions. Don’t forget to check all the data before June 30! Step 1: Input. Input the first employee’s details in each field using our switch system. Step 2: Add. Click the “add employee button” to input another set of details. Repeat as necessary. Step 3: Calculate. Click the “calculate” button to see results. Avoid being charged fees and interest for unpaid superannuation contributions Employers who do not pay the correct superannuation may face fines, penalties, or charges. Additionally, you may lose your tax deduction for super contributions. If you are a small business that pays employees in cash, you may be more vulnerable to making mistakes in filing superannuation contributions. Don’t take the risk. Use a superannuation calculator that eliminates human error from your administrative work. Switch to complete workforce management system effortlessly Calculating correct super contributions is just one small part of our full range of services. Upgrade your free superannuation calculator to our full range of services and you will also be able to: Search and consolidate all employees’ superannuation contributions Accurately track time and attendance Manage leaves, shifts, and unavailability See real-time staff count and wage spending Connect to your existing payroll system Produce reports for strategic planning Ready to take advantage of technology to make sure your superannuation contributions are spot on?  Start your free trial now and get one step closer to workforce success! Disclaimers: You should only use the results generated from this website as a guide. They may not be completely accurate for your business. If you have other eligibility criteria not covered by this calculator, please refer to the ATO’s superannuation guarantee eligibility decision tool.

June 30 Reminder: Check your Superannuation Contributions!

10 June 2019

Events & Media AU    |   

“Staff members have good and bad days. We need to adjust. There will be times when there is a short deadline. We need to drive and lead because we are the team leader. There will be times when you\'ve got the flexibility to take staff on a journey,” says leadership expert William Gooderson of PwC. Once a British Royal Engineers Major, William is a class unto himself. After leaving university in 2003, he spent the next 9 years leading troops in Europe and Afghanistan. What was first a job with 30 soldiers soon grew into missions with over 2,000 people involved. But his journey into challenging work had just begun. Throughout the next few years, he would continue working with people in various fields. Becoming a master of work in the service of others William Gooderson left the army and moved to Australia to work in construction and government. Soon after, he joined consultancy firms and began to specialise in leadership and coaching. Today, he brings all of these different experiences to the table. “We\'re very fortunate within the military to spend a year learning leadership before you actually run any teams. So you learn a lot of experiences before you get a hands on,” he shares. “That\'s where I\'ve realised the lessons that I was getting or taking for granted through my military career would actually be very relevant to industry and the corporate mindset.” 1. Strive for a flexible coaching style “Industries spend less money on training its leaders than it does on any other area of development,” William lamented during his talk at the Workforce Success Conference last year on the Gold Coast. Indeed, there is little hope for an organisation if it doesn’t coach the next level of staffing. He encourages leaders to first determine how much time they can invest. “Do you have the time capacity and energy to take your staff on the journey? Or do you need to be more direct? [Are] there staff members struggling because you keep giving them direction and they\'re not listening?” he asks. “Maybe they need actually to be given a bit more of a pointed approach to how they need to undertake things.” The key is staying flexible and adapting to how people are feeling. Read more: From Battlefields to Boardrooms: Finding Good Managers with William Gooderson 2. Track performance, give and take feedback Two-way communication is important for every organisation, regardless of the industry. Tracking performance without communicating is a clear waste of time and resources. And above all, there must be a way for employees to give feedback. “There is a real importance around [...] the opportunity for staff to be able to give that feedback to their team leaders. If they can\'t, the team leader can never learn where the staff is being challenged,” he says. “Without [the feedback loop] you aren\'t really going to struggle to be an effective team leader an effective team member.” He adds that it’s impossible to get it right every time, but each mistake is a learning point that can be developed for next time. Read more: Actionable feedback from the front line 3. Use tech to bridge communication gaps “We now live in a very much a data-driven world where you can live and work in the global workspace,” he muses. Managers can take advantage of this and use it to do more face-to-face interactions. A telephone call or an email doesn\'t have the ability to convey emotions. But he also reminds managers to balance it out with other aspects of the job. “It doesn\'t have to be daily. We\'re all busy. Your staff members are busy, the [operation] teams are busy, but there is nothing to stop you walking the floor on a Friday, or actually getting out and about. Drop by saying hi and make them feel like you\'re actually listening,” he advises. Managers need to communicate well and often to achieve success. Read more: Four Ways to Keep your Managers on the Frontline Leadership is communication “You can\'t just have communication on its own and expect it to work. You need to have an environment where people feel like they can communicate. You need to make the time to communicate. You need to provide opportunities and transparency. [You can’t just be] a one trick pony every now and again where you release a statement and expect everything to come back to it,” he advises. For William, communicating means listening as much as talking. It also means building a strong rapport that will make communication easier. Finally, he stresses taking care of the core leadership team that you work directly with. “They will know what\'s going on the level below and the level below,” he notes. Regardless of how many people are in the team, the principles are the same. It’s the core leadership that bridges you to them. “Talk to them, work with them, understand them, and then it\'s your job to trust them to do the same to their team,” he advises. “If you have good communication and good leadership then you will hear the problems. It will be communicated all the way through the chain.” Want to communicate with your staff better? Eager to train the next generation of leaders? Learn from William Gooderson and other topnotch speakers at the Workforce Success Conference on 26 July 2019. Get your tickets now!

How to Communicate as a Leader with William Gooderson

4 June 2019

Product Updates    |   

At Tanda, we move fast to solve the world’s greatest workforce challenges. We released over 200 features last year. Here are the major ones. The last 12 months have seen Tanda rise above the capabilities of traditional workforce software.  Our product team has focused on releasing features that help management to plan and execute the perfect shifts — all while constantly strengthening our core offering. Building the world’s #1 workforce platform requires going above the administrative efficiencies traditionally gained with workforce software. We’re talking about features that empower businesses to enhance the way they employ and manage staff. These help managers plan and execute successful shifts; help employees integrate their work and private life; and allow businesses to measure their success in the right ways. In these last 12 months, the Tanda product team also materialised the 6 headline features announced at the 2018 Tanda conference, all of which are now live in the Tanda platform. The year has seen the release of over 150 user interface updates, 25 key redesigns of existing features, and 10 key feature releases.  They all fall into these themes: Helping managers to execute the best decision-making Helping managers integrate compliance into decision-making Helping employees integrate their employment and personal lives Allowing businesses to build their own workflows by adopting a platform approach   Features that help managers execute the best decision making Live Insights: on-the-go decision-making Live insights is big business technology that we’ve made available to businesses of any size.   Off the shelf, Live Insights syncs live sales from integrated cloud based point of sale systems like Kounta, Vend and Ordermate, and compares real-time with award-interpreted wage cost.   This closes the feedback loops on wage cost reporting and allows managers to execute decision-making during operations, instead of after the day is done. Live Feed: real-time shift updates Managers who are involved in shift handovers know how important it is to be updated on what’s happened during the previous shift.  Live Feed gives a real time overview of the state of the shift, showing a full picture of who is there, who isn’t, and what the staff movements will be. Key Alerts: Know staffing issues in real time Great shifts can be planned ahead of time on the roster, but it’s not until the shift starts that the plan is put to the test. This is where wage costs can unexpectedly inflate. Five minutes here, five minutes there. These minor variances to the roster add up to large amounts when it happens across multiple shifts. Key alerts helps managers stay in control by proactively notifying them of these little variances before they blow up costs. Cognitive Demand Builder: Predict future demand, and adjust for it Integrated point of sale data has been available as standard in Tanda for several years now.  Access to data is one thing, but it’s the way we’re allowing managers to use that data which is unique to Tanda. Tanda’s new demand builder allows managers to build a demand profile from historical sales data and modify for expected changes in demand.  The feature can algorithmically select a sample group of historical sales while eliminating anomalous days automatically. It means that businesses of any size can plug in their point of sale system and have access to meaningful demand data instantly. Best-fit shift replacements: Finding the right match When choosing a replacement for an employee who can no longer work a shift, it’s difficult for a manager to assess every influencing factor. This can include contract hours, overtime risk, cost difference, qualifications, and safety considerations such as fatigue management. Receiving shift replacement requests on My Tanda (L) and choosing best fit replacements on mobile (R) When a shift replacement request comes through, the manager sees a set of best fit options. Importantly, Tanda calculates the cost difference between employees in real time, which avoids the issue of employees unexpectedly entering overtime, or more senior staff members performing junior roles. Shift Feedback: Information is Powerful Feedback needs to be actionable and specific to be useful to management. We trialled several methods of collecting frontline feedback with our beta group to create the first version of Tanda Shift Feedback.  The feature is integrated as a prompt on the existing platform, meaning employees and management aren’t required to divert their resources to a new process, and the time investment is minimal. More about shift feedback. A more full-featured leave Tanda users can now open the app on their phone and instantly view their leave current leave balance, see the best times to apply for leave, and plan future holidays with leave balance projections. We’ve also strengthened the management controls in the leave process and increased transparency with additional features: Custom events: a method for employees to gauge the best times to take leave by being able to see who else has applied at the same time Leave balance projections: ensures adequate leave balance for planned time off Safeguards against leave balances entering negative territory Backup leave types for when the primary leave type is exhausted The ability to accrue Time In Lieu within Tanda Accurate leave hours through editing breakdowns on leave requests Features that integrate compliance into management decision-making In Australia, maintaining compliance doesn’t just mean paying staff members correctly.  There are many state and local laws that apply in respect to workplace health and safety, fatigue management, licencing & qualification requirements, and record keeping requirements. Compliance HQ: Compliance in one place Given the multifaceted nature of workforce compliance in Australia, we’ve made things simpler. Compliance HQ is a central dashboard for all of the tools used in the process of maintaining compliance.  Every setting you need to stay compliant with all levels of government is here. Qualification Notifications: Stay on top of expiring qualifications Qualifications cover processes of any nature that are required to be reviewed, retrieved on demand or represent a minimum training requirement for particular activities within the business.  Employees are now notified of pending qualification expiries, as is the manager, and qualification expiries are now easily reportable. Roster validations: limit inefficient rosters Roster validations are customisable limits that will flag managers when it\'s reached. They can be used operationally to control overtime for example, and used in the same way for fatigue management or other forms of compliance such as minimum and maximum shift lengths. Read more about roster validation. Automated higher duties: approve timesheets quicker Automated higher duties allows different pay rates to be associated to teams and activities where an employee may be paid more than one level.  This ensures that roster costs consider changes in level based on activity, and that higher duties are automatically tagged on timesheets for export to payroll. Use cases include staff members in food service industries who work in both a supervisor and non-supervisory capacity, and industries such as transport that pay different rates depending on the type of equipment operated. Training Centre The Tanda Training centre cuts down the resources required for businesses to train new management in using the Tanda platform.  The Training Centre includes the option for businesses to upload their own resources customised to their unique workflows to ensure a bespoke experience based on their internal procedures. GPS Clock-ins: Clock in anywhere in the world Tanda supports your mobile workforce. So we built GPS tagged clock-ins on the Tanda mobile app. Wherever they are, and wherever you are, Tanda’s time and attendance features works anywhere in the world. Features that help employees to integrate their work and personal lives Shift replacements Employees have non-negotiable events pop up in their personal lives that will require time off. For example, a mandatory examination, or births and deaths in the family.  Business also have a non-negotiable requirement to open the doors and trade to survive, so when the two of these non-negotiable requirements clash it results in a lose-lose scenario. Shift swapping is about affording the flexibility to turn lose-lose scenarios into win-win, with the dual benefit of being able to instantly canvas the whole workforce for shift replacements.  Appropriate management controls ensure accountability in the selection of replacement staff. Custom events: highlight busy periods ahead of time Indicate busy times of year for your staff Custom events allows staff members to best plan their time off.  Informing them of peak times of year gives staff more certainty of the best periods to request for leave. And combined with the leave calendar and leave projections, this allows them to plan future time off effectively. Features that allow businesses to build their own workflows by adopting a platform approach The difference between being an off-the-shelf solution and a comprehensive workforce platform comes down to the ability to customise workflows. Build Tanda to fit the business, not change the business to fit Tanda. You know your business best. So we’ve invested in powerful customisation tools that allow unique use cases, and gives businesses the tools they need to turn Tanda into a solution for their unique problems. Custom permission levels: have more control on who’s in control A greater degree of flexibility in roles, especially surrounding who can view costs and provide approvals allows Tanda to fit existing internal controls.   Custom Fields: a new, powerful communication tool Custom Fields allows users to gather or communicate any information staff need to be successful in their job. This is done by creating text fields and apply them to shifts and employee profiles. Create fields to gather or communicate information Common use cases for the employee profile include: Details required by HR on the employee profile, e.g. date of last review Allergy information On the roster, fields could be put for specific tasks and assets such as: A specific truck that will be driven by a transport worker.   Addresses of clients assigned to disability support workers A list of tasks for a cleaner There is no limit to the potential uses cases. Coming Up Roster patterns (beta) Many awards, agreements and industry regulations stipulate arrangements for roster patterns. This is particularly prevalent in shift worker industries that have fatigue management considerations, such as firefighters and emergency workers. Our roster patterns beta builds on our existing work to make Tanda the most comprehensive workforce platform for shift worker industries like healthcare, mining, manufacturing and essential services. This is in its final stages of development and will be released very soon. If you made it to the end, well done! Takes a ton of commitment to read through a year’s worth of updates. And that’s only the major ones; our product team is always improving Tanda. If you’re not a current Tanda user and would like to learn more, head www.tanda.co to book in time with our team to chat.

The last financial year in key feature releases

10 June 2019

Industry Insights    |   

Superannuation underpayment is a significant problem in Australia. An estimated 2.85 million Australians are being short-changed. On average, they have 50% less in their super balances than those who are being paid correctly. Further, analysis of ATO data has shown that the average underpayment is $2,070 -- that’s $80 per fortnightly pay. Young, blue-collar workers are especially vulnerable to underpayment. So how do you make sure that superannuation contributions are accurate for your employees? Trade in your pen and paper for a super calculator Superannuation is important because it applies to almost every type of worker in Australia. Thus, employers must pay super for any work casual, part-time, and full-time temporary resident employee who falls under the following: Employees over 18 years of age, who earn $450 or more every month (before taxes); and Employees under 18 years of age, who earn $450 or more every month (before taxes), and work at least 30 hours a week. Employers must pay a minimum of 9.5% of the employee’s ordinary time earnings into super. But this is set to gradually rise over the coming years. However, you won’t need to worry about any of this when you use our free superannuation calculator. See correct superannuation contributions for multiple employees Figuring out the correct superannuation for your employees is effortless with our free super calculator. This free super calculator shows you the correct contributions for multiple employees at once. Follow the steps below to see the correct superannuation contributions. Don’t forget to check all the data before June 30! Step 1: Input. Input the first employee’s details in each field using our switch system. Step 2: Add. Click the “add employee button” to input another set of details. Repeat as necessary. Step 3: Calculate. Click the “calculate” button to see results. Avoid being charged fees and interest for unpaid superannuation contributions Employers who do not pay the correct superannuation may face fines, penalties, or charges. Additionally, you may lose your tax deduction for super contributions. If you are a small business that pays employees in cash, you may be more vulnerable to making mistakes in filing superannuation contributions. Don’t take the risk. Use a superannuation calculator that eliminates human error from your administrative work. Switch to complete workforce management system effortlessly Calculating correct super contributions is just one small part of our full range of services. Upgrade your free superannuation calculator to our full range of services and you will also be able to: Search and consolidate all employees’ superannuation contributions Accurately track time and attendance Manage leaves, shifts, and unavailability See real-time staff count and wage spending Connect to your existing payroll system Produce reports for strategic planning Ready to take advantage of technology to make sure your superannuation contributions are spot on?  Start your free trial now and get one step closer to workforce success! Disclaimers: You should only use the results generated from this website as a guide. They may not be completely accurate for your business. If you have other eligibility criteria not covered by this calculator, please refer to the ATO’s superannuation guarantee eligibility decision tool.

June 30 Reminder: Check your Superannuation Contributions!

10 June 2019

Events & Media AU    |   

“Staff members have good and bad days. We need to adjust. There will be times when there is a short deadline. We need to drive and lead because we are the team leader. There will be times when you\'ve got the flexibility to take staff on a journey,” says leadership expert William Gooderson of PwC. Once a British Royal Engineers Major, William is a class unto himself. After leaving university in 2003, he spent the next 9 years leading troops in Europe and Afghanistan. What was first a job with 30 soldiers soon grew into missions with over 2,000 people involved. But his journey into challenging work had just begun. Throughout the next few years, he would continue working with people in various fields. Becoming a master of work in the service of others William Gooderson left the army and moved to Australia to work in construction and government. Soon after, he joined consultancy firms and began to specialise in leadership and coaching. Today, he brings all of these different experiences to the table. “We\'re very fortunate within the military to spend a year learning leadership before you actually run any teams. So you learn a lot of experiences before you get a hands on,” he shares. “That\'s where I\'ve realised the lessons that I was getting or taking for granted through my military career would actually be very relevant to industry and the corporate mindset.” 1. Strive for a flexible coaching style “Industries spend less money on training its leaders than it does on any other area of development,” William lamented during his talk at the Workforce Success Conference last year on the Gold Coast. Indeed, there is little hope for an organisation if it doesn’t coach the next level of staffing. He encourages leaders to first determine how much time they can invest. “Do you have the time capacity and energy to take your staff on the journey? Or do you need to be more direct? [Are] there staff members struggling because you keep giving them direction and they\'re not listening?” he asks. “Maybe they need actually to be given a bit more of a pointed approach to how they need to undertake things.” The key is staying flexible and adapting to how people are feeling. Read more: From Battlefields to Boardrooms: Finding Good Managers with William Gooderson 2. Track performance, give and take feedback Two-way communication is important for every organisation, regardless of the industry. Tracking performance without communicating is a clear waste of time and resources. And above all, there must be a way for employees to give feedback. “There is a real importance around [...] the opportunity for staff to be able to give that feedback to their team leaders. If they can\'t, the team leader can never learn where the staff is being challenged,” he says. “Without [the feedback loop] you aren\'t really going to struggle to be an effective team leader an effective team member.” He adds that it’s impossible to get it right every time, but each mistake is a learning point that can be developed for next time. Read more: Actionable feedback from the front line 3. Use tech to bridge communication gaps “We now live in a very much a data-driven world where you can live and work in the global workspace,” he muses. Managers can take advantage of this and use it to do more face-to-face interactions. A telephone call or an email doesn\'t have the ability to convey emotions. But he also reminds managers to balance it out with other aspects of the job. “It doesn\'t have to be daily. We\'re all busy. Your staff members are busy, the [operation] teams are busy, but there is nothing to stop you walking the floor on a Friday, or actually getting out and about. Drop by saying hi and make them feel like you\'re actually listening,” he advises. Managers need to communicate well and often to achieve success. Read more: Four Ways to Keep your Managers on the Frontline Leadership is communication “You can\'t just have communication on its own and expect it to work. You need to have an environment where people feel like they can communicate. You need to make the time to communicate. You need to provide opportunities and transparency. [You can’t just be] a one trick pony every now and again where you release a statement and expect everything to come back to it,” he advises. For William, communicating means listening as much as talking. It also means building a strong rapport that will make communication easier. Finally, he stresses taking care of the core leadership team that you work directly with. “They will know what\'s going on the level below and the level below,” he notes. Regardless of how many people are in the team, the principles are the same. It’s the core leadership that bridges you to them. “Talk to them, work with them, understand them, and then it\'s your job to trust them to do the same to their team,” he advises. “If you have good communication and good leadership then you will hear the problems. It will be communicated all the way through the chain.” Want to communicate with your staff better? Eager to train the next generation of leaders? Learn from William Gooderson and other topnotch speakers at the Workforce Success Conference on 26 July 2019. Get your tickets now!

How to Communicate as a Leader with William Gooderson

4 June 2019

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Awards & Rostering

What you need to know about the Casual Conversion Clause

On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission announced that a new casual conversion clause will be included in 80+ modern awards across Australia. What does it mean? Casual conversion is a right given to regular casual staff to request for full-time or part-time employment status, given certain prerequisites. In the awards, a ‘regular casual employee’ is: “A casual employee who has, in the preceding period of 12 months, worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which, without significant adjustment, the employee could continue to perform as a full-time employee or part-time employee under the provisions of this award.” Businesses whose awards fall under mandate are required to advise their casual employees of this clause. This does not require employers to offer conversion to their eligible employees; rather, the clause entitles all eligible employees the right to request for conversion. Who can apply? The clause allows casual workers to apply for conversion if: They have  been working for the business for twelve (12) months; and Their work pattern is an ongoing number of hours over the past year, which can be continued without adjustment upon conversion to full-time or part-time. Employers must provide casual employees with a copy of the casual conversion clause within their first year of initial engagement with the business. Casual employees who are eligible to apply should request their employers in writing. Can applications be rejected? Yes, applications can be rejected. Reasonable grounds include: A significant adjustment of work hours for the employee in order to accommodate their full-time or part-time employment status; The employee worked for short periods and/or irregular shifts or hours; and The position of the casual employee will cease to exist in the foreseeable future. Rejection of applications can be done, given that both employee and employer have discussed the decision. Should employers not convert a casual employee, a written refusal must be provided, indicating the reasonable grounds of rejection. Read more: What is the Contingent Workforce and how can you leverage it in your business? What awards are covered? The introduction of the clause covers 80+ modern awards, including: Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010; Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010; Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010; Building & Construction General On-site Award 2010; Concrete Products Award 2010; Electrical, Electronic & Communications Contracting Award 2010; Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010; Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010; Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010; and Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010 To check if your business is included, click here. What should your business do next? It’s important to keep in mind that Fair Work’s decision does not require businesses to convert casual employees in all cases where a casual employee makes a request for conversion to their employer.  For this reason, it’s important to understand the criteria for casual conversion and understand what your obligations are when employees meet these requirements. If you or your business falls under the new clause, here are the steps you can take to stay compliant: Check your modern award or enterprise agreement. Awards with existing clauses for casual conversion may have different requirements. Check your award for the exact rules in your industry. Create a casual conversion letter. You can also download a copy here. Notify your employees. Make sure you give your casual staff (employed as of 1 October 2018) a copy of the final letter. Record the outcome of the casual conversion offer. Whether they accept or reject the offer, keep copies of their written responses for future reference. If you are unsure how the casual conversion clause affects your business, call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au To make sure you stay updated with the latest news on awards, employment, and compliance, subscribe to our newsletter today.

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Domino’s and Tanda: Building the Workforces of the Future

Brisbane-based company Tanda has today announced a business partnership with Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited, to automate and optimise the company’s payroll process. The partnership will assist Domino’s in empowering its franchisees with the right technology and tools to efficiently manage rostering and payroll as a competitive edge. Tanda Director Tasmin Trezise said he is excited about the partnership. “Tanda is proud to be working collaboratively with Domino’s to build the future of workforce management, and this represents an exciting step towards using technology to shape enterprise workplaces,” said Mr Trezise. “Domino’s is an agile and forward-thinking company who are leading the way in terms of innovation, whether this is through their drone delivery services or re-imagining their labour supply chain management.” The partnership between the two companies will see a roll out of Tanda\'s software to over 700 stores across Australia and New Zealand. Domino’s Australia and New Zealand CEO Nick Knight said the Company was looking forward to making franchisee’s lives easier with the efficient time and attendance program. “We are always looking to use the latest innovative technology in everything that we do as a Company – this from delivery to customers and for systems and processes with franchisees,” said Mr Knight. “Rolling out Tanda in stores across Australia and New Zealand will allow our franchisees to efficiently roster and record team member’s attendance so we look forward to reaping the benefits of the innovative program.” Trezise explained that Domino’s franchisees would soon see incredible benefits after the working relationship with Tanda begins. “This partnership will empower Domino’s franchisees with a greater understanding and insight into their labour costs so they are able to make smarter and more informed business decisions whilst having comfort that their payroll complies with current awards and enterprise agreements. “The fact that Domino’s and other Australian businesses are using new technology like Tanda is a testament to Australia’s growing success as an innovative nation.” Domino’s partnership with Tanda began in the Company’s dedicated innovation space, the DLAB, which was designed to encourage out of the box thinking. From local corner cafes to global workforces, Tanda is revolutionising the world of rostering and payroll one shift at a time. About Tanda Tanda is a scalable workforce management SaaS, that is helping businesses to unlock efficiency and productivity gains through more effective labour force management. For more information, visit www.tanda.co About Domino’s Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited is the master franchisor for the Domino’s brand in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany. Across these seven markets, DPE and its franchisees operate over 2,000 stores. For more information, please visit www.dominos.com.au For further information, media enquiries or images contact: Bridget Mahon Marketing Communications Officer Email: bridget@tanda.co

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How this retailer increased profit by $8.9m from rostering more hours

There has been a lot of speculation on why we are losing retailers so fast. An interesting research piece from the US presented an alternative hypothesis that generalises the issue down to rostering for profit rather than rostering to control costs. For context – If you were given the choice of increasing revenue by 5% or reducing costs by 5% in order to create the most profitable outcome, what would choose? A “back of the hand” calculation would show that reducing costs increases profit more than the equivalent uptick in revenue. Accordingly, most retailers choose option two. This makes sense if you assume the two scenarios are independent of each other, but what if the cost was your employees? This is where the problems arise. For industries like retail, where staff have a direct impact on sales, it’s not as simple of a question as cutting costs to increase profit. In a study led by Professor Marshall Fisher from Wharton, he and his research team constructed a conceptual model from historical data to identify stores within a US-based retail chain that had the highest potential to benefit from increased labour spend. Importantly, the strategy was actually implemented at 168 retail sites over a 26-week period to validate the model, with the retailer electing to implement the strategy further. The result: A near $8.9 million increase in profit of the stores included. The labour cost challenge The challenge in allocating labour budgets lies in the tradeoff between the known immediate payroll cost and the less certain increase in sales that could be achieved with more staff on hand. The researchers point out that retail managers have a tendency to overweigh the decision to reduce the known payroll cost than the less certain increase in sales which could be achieved by allocating additional labour spend. The labour budget death spiral The study highlights the limitation of the most common retail strategy — setting labour budgets as a portion of sales. Fisher points out that this approach creates a circular problem by failing to take into account how store labour spend can positively impact sales, with the worst case leading to a spiraling effect of reduced sales forecasts reducing labour spend which reduces sales further and so on. Quantifying the impact of labour spend on revenue Creating labour budgets that are designed to maximise profit requires retailers to know on a store-by-store basis the correlation between labour-spend and sales. One way to do this is by looking at times when staffing levels deviate from the original schedule. If ten staff were scheduled on a particular day, but on that day only eight turned up, did sales also decrease by the same portion? If not, by how much? If the answer to the above is that sales didn’t decrease at all, the store is likely overstaffed. If there is a measurable impact, the inverse scenario is likely true and the store may be losing sales by being understaffed. This is the same approach used in the study, which found the relationship between random staffing deviations and impacts on sales was statistically significant. Results showed an increase in labour spend pointed to increased sales at varying degrees, depending on known store attributes. Implementing the strategy for profit The study identified stores in a US retail chain which had the highest market potential, making them good candidates for an increased labour spend. The market potential factored in attributes like average basket value and proximity to competitors, which would create scenarios that allow workers to have the highest impact on converting sales. In the study, 168 stores were selected this way, then allocated a 10% increased labour budget over a 26-week period, of which 75% of the increase was actually consumed in practice by the stores. The outcome was a 4.5% increase in revenue at the impacted stores and resulting in a near $8.9 million profit increase. Learning from the strategy The study shows empirically why the common practice of setting labour budgets as a fixed proportion of forecasted revenue is often self-defeating when applied in a retail setting. An opportunity exists to all retailers to leverage this same profit-centric model for defining labour budgets. The data required is available to all retailers however, it may just be a matter of leveraging that information with the right systems. An integrated forecasting strategy that integrates foot traffic, sales, and employee scheduling data is a practical opportunity afforded to retailers of any size to optimise their labour resource allocations. The interesting part is, Fisher’s research is readily available to all retailers who are looking to drift away from the traditional method of fixing labor budget rosters. The next step is to get this method of labour resource allocation battle tested in the Australian markets. Stay tuned. Up next: What is the Contingent Workforce and how can you leverage it in your business?

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June 30 Reminder: Check your Superannuation Contributions!

Superannuation underpayment is a significant problem in Australia. An estimated 2.85 million Australians are being short-changed. On average, they have 50% less in their super balances than those who are being paid correctly. Further, analysis of ATO data has shown that the average underpayment is $2,070 — that’s $80 per fortnightly pay. Young, blue-collar workers […]

Four Ways to Keep your Managers on the Frontline

Managers juggle different roles throughout the day. They set goals, coach employees, monitor performance, and control budgets and expenses. When they don’t do it effectively, employees become frustrated and can’t perform their best. In fact, a worldwide survey revealed that 40% of employees are dissatisfied at work due to a lack of help and support […]

Awards & Rostering

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5 Benefits of Using Time and Attendance Software

Every year, problems with tracking time and attendance (and ultimately, wages) cause governments to apprehend and collect millions of dollars in penalties. Planning shifts, creating rosters, managing leaves, and keeping track of employees’ clock in and out are some of the most important things a business manager does on a regular basis. While some still […]

Peak Season Rostering: How to use data to meet demand and raise profit

The number of festivals, trade shows, conferences, and marketing meetings is on the rise. According to Eventbrite Australia, 54% of businesses plan to host more events in the future. And with several major holidays like Easter and ANZAC Day just around the corner, businesses face an increased demand in products and services. Hotels, pubs, retail […]

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The last financial year in key feature releases

At Tanda, we move fast to solve the world’s greatest workforce challenges. We released over 200 features last year. Here are the major ones. The last 12 months have seen Tanda rise above the capabilities of traditional workforce software.  Our product team has focused on releasing features that help management to plan and execute the […]

We want you to use our software less. Here are 5 new ways to do it.

Have you ever changed numbers on Excel, and everything else changed too? How long did that take? I’m guessing less than the time it took to read this sentence. What takes seconds now took an entire day for an accountant or bookkeeper in the ‘60s. They had paper spreadsheets back then. So a small adjustment meant […]

Events & Media

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How to Communicate as a Leader with William Gooderson

“Staff members have good and bad days. We need to adjust. There will be times when there is a short deadline. We need to drive and lead because we are the team leader. There will be times when you’ve got the flexibility to take staff on a journey,” says leadership expert William Gooderson of PwC. […]

Forging the Workforce of the Future: Can you increase employee attendance?

John is 5 minutes late for work every day while his colleague Martha is late for 30 minutes once a week. Do these late clock ins really matter? For many businesses, they do. In shift work industries and frontline roles, frequent tardiness can mean disruption and loss of profit. Even just 10 minutes of being […]

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Domino’s Israel selects Tanda for Workforce Success

Tel Aviv, Israel — Tanda is proud to announce that Domino’s Israel will roll out its innovative workforce management software to 57 locations after a successful 3-month trial. The Tanda platform will be used to manage rostering, time and attendance, and wage reporting for over 1,500 staff across Israel. Following an introduction from Domino’s Pizza […]

How to Achieve Culture by Design with Career Culture Lab’s Amanda Lutvey

“I’m passionate about developing extraordinary places to work because we spend a lot of time at work and in a number of organisations, managers just really don’t know how to design a culture,” says Amanda Lutvey, founder of Career Culture Lab. For the past twenty years, Amanda has worked with leaders and managers to transform […]

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Industry Insights    |   

How this retailer increased profit by $8.9m from rostering more hours

There has been a lot of speculation on why we are losing retailers so fast. An interesting research piece from the US presented an alternative hypothesis that generalises the issue down to rostering for profit rather than rostering to control costs. For context – If you were given the choice of increasing revenue by 5% or reducing costs by 5% in order to create the most profitable outcome, what would choose? A “back of the hand” calculation would show that reducing costs increases profit more than the equivalent uptick in revenue. Accordingly, most retailers choose option two. This makes sense if you assume the two scenarios are independent of each other, but what if the cost was your employees? This is where the problems arise. For industries like retail, where staff have a direct impact on sales, it’s not as simple of a question as cutting costs to increase profit. In a study led by Professor Marshall Fisher from Wharton, he and his research team constructed a conceptual model from historical data to identify stores within a US-based retail chain that had the highest potential to benefit from increased labour spend. Importantly, the strategy was actually implemented at 168 retail sites over a 26-week period to validate the model, with the retailer electing to implement the strategy further. The result: A near $8.9 million increase in profit of the stores included. The labour cost challenge The challenge in allocating labour budgets lies in the tradeoff between the known immediate payroll cost and the less certain increase in sales that could be achieved with more staff on hand. The researchers point out that retail managers have a tendency to overweigh the decision to reduce the known payroll cost than the less certain increase in sales which could be achieved by allocating additional labour spend. The labour budget death spiral The study highlights the limitation of the most common retail strategy — setting labour budgets as a portion of sales. Fisher points out that this approach creates a circular problem by failing to take into account how store labour spend can positively impact sales, with the worst case leading to a spiraling effect of reduced sales forecasts reducing labour spend which reduces sales further and so on. Quantifying the impact of labour spend on revenue Creating labour budgets that are designed to maximise profit requires retailers to know on a store-by-store basis the correlation between labour-spend and sales. One way to do this is by looking at times when staffing levels deviate from the original schedule. If ten staff were scheduled on a particular day, but on that day only eight turned up, did sales also decrease by the same portion? If not, by how much? If the answer to the above is that sales didn’t decrease at all, the store is likely overstaffed. If there is a measurable impact, the inverse scenario is likely true and the store may be losing sales by being understaffed. This is the same approach used in the study, which found the relationship between random staffing deviations and impacts on sales was statistically significant. Results showed an increase in labour spend pointed to increased sales at varying degrees, depending on known store attributes. Implementing the strategy for profit The study identified stores in a US retail chain which had the highest market potential, making them good candidates for an increased labour spend. The market potential factored in attributes like average basket value and proximity to competitors, which would create scenarios that allow workers to have the highest impact on converting sales. In the study, 168 stores were selected this way, then allocated a 10% increased labour budget over a 26-week period, of which 75% of the increase was actually consumed in practice by the stores. The outcome was a 4.5% increase in revenue at the impacted stores and resulting in a near $8.9 million profit increase. Learning from the strategy The study shows empirically why the common practice of setting labour budgets as a fixed proportion of forecasted revenue is often self-defeating when applied in a retail setting. An opportunity exists to all retailers to leverage this same profit-centric model for defining labour budgets. The data required is available to all retailers however, it may just be a matter of leveraging that information with the right systems. An integrated forecasting strategy that integrates foot traffic, sales, and employee scheduling data is a practical opportunity afforded to retailers of any size to optimise their labour resource allocations. The interesting part is, Fisher’s research is readily available to all retailers who are looking to drift away from the traditional method of fixing labor budget rosters. The next step is to get this method of labour resource allocation battle tested in the Australian markets. Stay tuned. Up next: What is the Contingent Workforce and how can you leverage it in your business?

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