From the WorkSight Blog Archive: Unionized Labour Needs Configurable Workforce Management System, Leave Management, and Timekeeping.
Unionized workers will always make up a healthy percentage of the workforce. The numbers are pretty impressive.
In the U.S. alone, 14.6 million wage and salary workers are union members. That’s more people than the entire state of Illinois.
Public sector workers have a union membership rate of 34.4 percent — more than five times higher than private sector workers (6.4 percent). The public sector is heavily represented when it comes to unions. But is workforce management software adjusting to its size and needs?
For the public sector, local government has the highest rate of union membership at 40.3 percent, which includes teachers, police officers, and firefighters. We all know local government comes with a lot of complex payment rules. Is workforce management software keeping up with all the intricacies that come with union rules?
In the private sector, industries with high union utilization rates are utilities (21.5 percent), transportation and warehousing (18.4 percent), telecommunications (14.6 percent), construction (13.9 percent), and educational services (12.3 percent).
More likely than not, these union workers and their organizations rely on workforce management software to see that work gets completed. And this software market is pretty big.
Leave management can’t only consider a single unionized employee’s personal holidays and vacation — it has to account for how that time off is going to affect the whole organization. Configurable workforce management has to be customized to fit the whole unionized labour organization to ensure jobs are never missed on a production schedule.\ And unionized labour workforce management software absolutely has to account for and manage FMLA leave consistently and accurately with rules and workflows. In highly regulated fields, unionized organizations need a workforce management partner that customizes to fit their needs and ensure compliance with all rules and regulations, as these rules change at the federal, state, and even local levels.
That’s where WorkSight comes in.
With WorkSight, unionized labour organizations can track time-off data in real time with seamless unification to the WorkSight Scheduler, Timekeeping, and Absence & Discipline modules. They automate rules and calculations to create a consistent language for absence functions across their organizations. And they make sure they are in compliance with all laws and regulations.
And that’s not all.
Configurable workforce management software supports complex union rules and industry-specific cost requirements. These are rules that spreadsheets and HR employees can’t efficiently and consistently apply. If an organization’s workforce management software can’t customize to fit unionized labor needs, that organization is going to have a problem on its hands.
With WorkSight, organizations compensate employees for jobs worked based on any scheduling level necessary — their permanent position, their longer-term assignment, or their short-term job for the day. These three tiers ensure that the proper person gets paid the proper amount for the proper job. This is incredibly important — especially for unionized workers, who are held accountable at several levels.
Also, when calculating premium pay, organizations need to consider variables such as which employees possess certain skill levels, have earned additional certifications, are performing specific tasks, or are working weekends, holidays, vacation days, or hours and shifts considered to be less desirable.
Our customers’ schedules flow through to the timecard automatically without rekeying, and employees can record their efforts by work order. We make unionized labor timekeeping easy. With WorkSight, organizations can control costs, enhance cost accounting, and use the past to predict the future.
WorkSight can configure around any workforce management needs you might have.