Three ways to run a perfect shift (that aren’t clocking in and out).

Emerson Domingo

4 September 2019    |   

Communication leads to perfection. SMS, calls, FaceTime, face-to-face, WhatsApp, and time and attendance (T&A) all have one thing in common. They are used to send and receive messages. The communication gets especially more complex with T&A. Whenever you log in, you build and publish rosters. You ask for staff details during onboarding. You receive leave requests from the team. There are a multitude of moving parts in any given shift. That’s why your T&A needs to act like a communication service. According to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, poor communication drastically impacts morale, sales, and goals. Some losses have even been in the hundreds of thousands. And, just as managers need to adapt to each employee’s communication style, they also need to know which tool to use in each situation. Key Points: Three major releases this month Bespoke information workflows with The Platform A record of contract hours with Regular Hours of Work Complete staff inductions with employment contracts in onboarding More often than not, T&A software is a 2-step information exchange. Step 1: Tell staff their start and end times. Step 2: Staff prove they followed those times by clocking in and out. But it can also be a complex process. To run the perfect shift, some teams need extensive information such as addresses, vehicle numbers, access codes, preferred hours, staff on leave. And don’t forget onboarding contracts, managing leave requests, performance review dates. The list goes on. Every feature we release is working towards one goal: empowering you to run the perfect shift. And correct, comprehensive communication is a massive part of this. So this month, we released 3 major features to help strengthen those lines of communication. 1. Communicate bespoke information with The Platform Custom fields on rosters (L) and the Tanda App (R) If you’ve ever needed to send information to your team before a shift starts, there’s a high chance it’s done outside of Tanda. Things like alarm codes, reminders, or client details. Anything your team needs to be able to complete the perfect shift. But what if you could do it all inside Tanda? Store client addresses. Send unique reminders. Keep track of performance review dates. Even create an entire database of your customers. Welcome to The Platform. It’s a brand-new way of workforce management. The Platform is made up of Custom Fields and Custom Objects. Between these two, you can create your own fields and forms, and turn Tanda into a bespoke, powerful data management tool.  We believe it’s the future of workforce management. See how it works. 2. Keep a record of contract hours with Regular Hours of Work Set Regular Hours of Work for your staff. Choose break lengths, teams, and how shifts are split. The fact is, as your business grows, so do the administrative requirements. The brute force solution for this is to hire more and more staff to handle the paperwork — but that might blow your bottom line wide open. For permanent staff (especially part-time), contract hours are a staple. Using Regular Hours of Work, you can keep track of it all in Tanda. This cuts on back and forth between different systems because, hey, rostering and leave is just on the next tab over. Recording Regular Hours of Work is just the beginning. In the next few months, you can create both rosters and leave requests from Regular Hours of Work. Whether you’re building out your rosters or processing massive amounts of leave, Regular Working Hours automates the most time-consuming part of that process. If you have Admin, General Manager, and Payroll Officer permissions, start recording your team’s Regular Hours of Work now. For team managers, ask your supervisor to do this for you. 3. Better onboarding with contract uploads and welcome messages In the first days of your newest hire, a smooth onboarding is one of the best ways to ensure early success. One of the core parts of this process is signing a contract. The easiest way to do that is with Tanda’s onboarding offering. You can now upload their contracts when you send onboarding invitations (and include a nice welcome message, too). This means they can sign it with a click of a button. Note: Please double-check if this is sufficient to count as a signature.

Communication leads to perfection.

SMS, calls, FaceTime, face-to-face, WhatsApp, and time and attendance (T&A) all have one thing in common.

They are used to send and receive messages. The communication gets especially more complex with T&A. Whenever you log in, you build and publish rosters. You ask for staff details during onboarding. You receive leave requests from the team. There are a multitude of moving parts in any given shift. That’s why your T&A needs to act like a communication service.

According to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, poor communication drastically impacts morale, sales, and goals. Some losses have even been in the hundreds of thousands. And, just as managers need to adapt to each employee’s communication style, they also need to know which tool to use in each situation.


Key Points: Three major releases this month

  • Bespoke information workflows with The Platform
  • A record of contract hours with Regular Hours of Work
  • Complete staff inductions with employment contracts in onboarding

More often than not, T&A software is a 2-step information exchange. Step 1: Tell staff their start and end times. Step 2: Staff prove they followed those times by clocking in and out.

But it can also be a complex process. To run the perfect shift, some teams need extensive information such as addresses, vehicle numbers, access codes, preferred hours, staff on leave. And don’t forget onboarding contracts, managing leave requests, performance review dates. The list goes on.

Every feature we release is working towards one goal: empowering you to run the perfect shift. And correct, comprehensive communication is a massive part of this. So this month, we released 3 major features to help strengthen those lines of communication.


1. Communicate bespoke information with The Platform

Custom Fields on Tanda

Custom fields on rosters (L) and the Tanda App (R)

If you’ve ever needed to send information to your team before a shift starts, there’s a high chance it’s done outside of Tanda. Things like alarm codes, reminders, or client details. Anything your team needs to be able to complete the perfect shift. But what if you could do it all inside Tanda? Store client addresses. Send unique reminders. Keep track of performance review dates. Even create an entire database of your customers.

Welcome to The Platform. It’s a brand-new way of workforce management. The Platform is made up of Custom Fields and Custom Objects. Between these two, you can create your own fields and forms, and turn Tanda into a bespoke, powerful data management tool. 

Nick Braban, General Manager of Celissa, on Tanda's new Platform

We believe it’s the future of workforce management. See how it works.


2. Keep a record of contract hours with Regular Hours of Work

Setting an employee's regular hours of work

Set Regular Hours of Work for your staff. Choose break lengths, teams, and how shifts are split.

The fact is, as your business grows, so do the administrative requirements. The brute force solution for this is to hire more and more staff to handle the paperwork — but that might blow your bottom line wide open. For permanent staff (especially part-time), contract hours are a staple. Using Regular Hours of Work, you can keep track of it all in Tanda. This cuts on back and forth between different systems because, hey, rostering and leave is just on the next tab over.

Recording Regular Hours of Work is just the beginning. In the next few months, you can create both rosters and leave requests from Regular Hours of Work. Whether you’re building out your rosters or processing massive amounts of leave, Regular Working Hours automates the most time-consuming part of that process.

If you have Admin, General Manager, and Payroll Officer permissions, start recording your team’s Regular Hours of Work now. For team managers, ask your supervisor to do this for you.


3. Better onboarding with contract uploads and welcome messages

Add contract to onboarding invitation

In the first days of your newest hire, a smooth onboarding is one of the best ways to ensure early success. One of the core parts of this process is signing a contract. The easiest way to do that is with Tanda’s onboarding offering. You can now upload their contracts when you send onboarding invitations (and include a nice welcome message, too). This means they can sign it with a click of a button. Note: Please double-check if this is sufficient to count as a signature.


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Emerson Domingo

Emerson oversees Product Marketing at Tanda, and has a background in interactive design and advertising. He works closely with our Product Managers to keep you informed of the new ways Tanda is helping businesses build successful teams.

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