Companies Join Forces to Deliver Leading Workforce Management Software via New Tablet-Based Device
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LIVONIA, Mich. (May 1, 2012) – WorkForce Software, the leading provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with complex labor policies and stringent compliance demands, today announced that it has partnered with EmployTouch™, makers of TouchBase™, an innovative, tablet-based solution for labor data collection, employee self-service, and collaboration. Under the terms of this strategic alliance, WorkForce Software will integrate its enterprise-grade EmpCenter® suite of workforce management solutions with the EmployTouch device and software. The combined offering, dubbed EmpCenter Engage, will allow employers to use WorkForce Software’s leading workforce management solutions on an easy-to-use, next-generation technology, resulting in more accurate labor data collection, improved accessibility and greater compliance with labor regulations.
WorkForce Software’s EmpCenter suite enables employers to track employee hours and absences, assign tasks, manage schedules, ensure compliance and mitigate the risk of employee fatigue, enabling organizations to meet their strategic workforce management goals. Through EmpCenter Engage, employers gain access to a powerful, flexible, AndroidTM based device that places the point of data capture and time collection much closer to the point where work is being conducted. It also serves as an employee communication platform where messages and rich media content can be shared with employees who would not typically have access to a desktop system or other similar device.
EmpCenter Engage is a wall-dockable, industrial-grade tablet and software platform enabling shared computing access for all employees. This next-generation device, in combination with EmpCenter, provides employers with an innovative and easy to employ solution for on-premises employee self-service and data collection. The combined solution eliminates the need for single-function time clocks, kiosks or shared PCs and offers organizations a new approach to enforce labor policies through a touch-based user interface. The revolutionary user interface also fosters a greater sense of employee engagement via a simple, clean, and familiar design.
Unlike ‘traditional’ touch screen data capture devices, EmpCenter Engage supports both multi-touch gestures and the ability to deliver access to third-party applications already designed for the web or Android. Furthermore, employers can make specific web-based applications or services accessible while restricting all others eliminating the concern that employees will be using the device for unsecure, non-work related tasks.
“WorkForce Software has a long-standing reputation for delivering advanced workforce management technologies, in an open and extensible format, for large organizations and their employees,” stated Kevin Choksi, co-founder and CEO of WorkForce Software. “EmployTouch shares the same philosophy and we’re proud of both the partnership and the unique EmpCenter Engage solution it has created.”
“EmployTouch was founded on the premise that, if given access to widely accepted, affordable consumer technologies, organizations could radically improve how they interact with and engage their employees. Time-clocks that merely beep at employees no longer have a place in a modern workforce,” stated Martin Hartshorne, co-founder and CEO of EmployTouch. “Through our unique approach to data capture – and through our partnership with WorkForce Software – we believe we can fundamentally change the way employers and employees interact.”
About WorkForce Software
WorkForce Software is the leader in workforce management software for organizations with complex policies and compliance concerns. Its EmpCenter® suite enables strategic HR by automating and streamlining interactions between the employer and its workforce, enabling organizations to better manage payroll and processing costs, help ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and increase the productivity and satisfaction of their employees. The EmpCenter suite is composed of numerous applications aimed at addressing an organization’s end-to-end workforce management needs, including time & attendance, absence management, labor scheduling, fatigue management, and labor analytics. WorkForce Software’s diverse customer base includes large employers such as the University of California, Blizzard Entertainment, the University of Alabama, Duke Energy and BBVA Compass.
EmployTouch provides TouchBase, an innovative, tablet-based solution for labor data collection, employee self-service, and collaboration. Founded in 2011 by a team of industry veterans from Workbrain, Cybershift, Amazon, and Google, EmployTouch uses leading-edge technology and consumer-grade design to deliver solutions for enterprises with hourly workforces. EmployTouch is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
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