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Software \ Mobile App Developer - Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

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Softworks are looking for a highly motivated Software \ Mobile App developer to join our team at our HQ in Bray, Co.Wicklow.

We have a number of world class Time and Attendance products that we are currently building out onto our Mobile platform.

  • You love creating intuitive easy to use software products and we do too!
  • You love keeping up to date with the latest technologies and so do we!
  • You love simple solutions to complex problems and so do we!
  • You love software development….

We build our software products with a keen eye for design and usability while always keeping in performance in mind.

Working alongside the Product and Development Managers, as part of a small team, the successful candidate will directly influence how we design, build, maintain, test and deploy our software.

We assume a passion for keeping up to date with the latest technologies, for creating intuitive software products and developing simple solutions to complex problems on the part of any interviewee.

Must haves:      

  • 4 years’ experience developing web based software
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • Cordova
  • Ionic
  • Angular
  • C#
  • Visual Studio
  • Asp.net
  • CSS3

Wish list:

  • MVC
  • Bower
  • Knockout
  • jQuery
  • TFS\VSO
  • Entity framework
  • SQL
  • LINQ

To apply please send your CV to Gary Ashton - gashton@softworks.com

Topics: Vacancy, job

Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Thu, Nov 24, 2016

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Lizard surgery, Homeland Security and Vaseline trucks. What do they all have in common?

According to a study from CareerBuilder, they are among a list of outrageous reasons workers claim they have been late for work.

Below are some of the bizarre reasons for being late to work:

  • I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
  • My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.
  • I was detained by Homeland Security.
  • I had to chase my cows back into the field.
  • A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
  • My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.
  • There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
  • There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.
  • I had to finish watching “My Name is Earl.”
  • All of my clothes were stolen.
  • I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was “spring forward” or “fall back.”
  • A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.

CareerBuilder also asked how often employees are late to work, 25 percent (1 in 24) admitted they are late at least once a month, and with 13 percent saying it is a weekly occurrence.

With Christmas only a month away, it is getting colder and much harder to get out of bed in the morning. For some people, this can make getting to work on time a difficult task. You would be surprised of what could get in the way of your morning routine. Many of these excuses are extreme and may have more to do with one's creative imagination than anything else. However, you can bet employers are going to hearing more late-to-work excuses especially coming up to Christmas.

In order to prevent tardiness in your organisation, why not take advantage of Softworks Flexible Working and deploy a Time and Attendance system.

Flexible working is a very positive choice that needs to be embraced by more organisations. It doesn’t only provide employees with job satisfaction, better health, increased work-life balance, and less stress, it also benefits employers. With higher productivity levels, less turn over, and reduced absenteeism, employers will be able to retain qualified employees and also save money. With flexible working, excuses for being late to work will be less necessary as employees will have the flexibility to work around appointments, family events and of course, all of the excuses listed above!

Softworks Time Management Software will allow your organisation to build a clear picture of employee time-keeping through comprehensive reports on attendance, absenteeism, overtime, flexi-time, rostering and holiday leave. Softworks Time and Attendance is one of the most powerful tools available for recording and analysing hours worked. Used to manage employee attendance and produce real-time reports for analysis by management as well as to collate personnel information. It allows you to build a clear picture of employee time through detailed data and reports on attendance, absenteeism, overtime, flexi-balances, rostering and holiday leave. Scalable and completely configurable, it applies and automates processing your organisation’s unique pay rules and policies accurately and consistently and is fully compliant with legislation.

The survey also found more traditional excuses for being late to work are still very common:

  • 53 percent blamed traffic and road conditions.
  • 33 percent said oversleeping.
  • 28 percent on bad weather.
  • 15 percent on getting children to school.

By implementing Softworks Flexible Working and Time & Attendance Software, employees and employers will be able to overcome the traditional excuses of being late to work (along with a few of the outrageous ones too!).

Request a Free Demo Today!

You can also turn your administrative nightmare of managing employee time & attendance into a dream come true with Softworks new self-service app. Softworks app enables employees to record their own time, attendance, holidays, absences and check work schedules via their smart phones/tablets. Softworks app is a joy to use and loved by employees and managers alike, but you don’t have to just take our word for it, find out more via this link.  

You can keep up to date with Softworks by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Topics: Time & Attendance, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working

Project Manager Position - Bray, Co. Wicklow

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

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Company Profile

Softworks Limited founded in 1990 are specialists in Workforce Management solutions. Our policy of employing highly qualified and experienced staff has enabled us to produce the most feature rich and technologically advanced solutions available for the Web, PC and Mobile environment. Softworks has concentrated its efforts on the management of labour resources since its foundation. Extensive research in the area combined with the advice and assistance of practitioners in industry has led to the successful development of the Softworks suite of applications. In its relatively short history, Softworks has won acclaim for its products and business acumen. The selection of Softworks by our existing customers, many of who are multinational leaders/innovators in their field, bodes well for belief in our continued expansion and success. We have proven our ability to increase productivity and decrease costs, through improved management of human resources in our many customer sites. Our qualified and experienced employees are committed to meeting any unique requirements a customer may have through our project management, customisation, implementation, consulting, training, and support services.

Project Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and technical individual to gain valuable project & technical experience. The Softworks Project Manager is results focused and experienced in working with customers. The Project Management group manages and co-ordinates a well thought out delivery process which adheres to a variation of experience managing parallel project implementations. The Project Manager will work closely with clients taking a balanced and measured view of implementing projects and aligning customer requirements from both the customer and a Softworks point of view. In addition and perhaps most importantly, the candidate should be commercially aware, technical and have the ability to deliver projects from end to end solution, from gathering the clients requirements to implementing these requirements onsite and guiding the customer through each step of this process up to and including go live. The Project Manager is comfortable working with customers, steering and guiding them through the process of Workforce Management projects and will typically be responsible for:

  • Understanding the required solution
  • Technically implementing the solution Co-
  • Cordinate with client technical staff to deliver
  • Implementing the client configuration 
  • Liaising with development on customisations

The Project Manager liaises with the client and draws on the support of the Softworks internal team (Development, Engineering, Training, etc.) and is well versed in delivering client specific and out of the box requirements, ideally someone who has experience installing software onsite. The Project Manager will be responsible for sales support during the formulation of the software solution, utilizing standard product mixed with custom elements; always taking an optimal approach during implementation to ensure a quick and successful go live always focused on delivering on time and to budget. This role would be ideal for someone who can work on their own, with a technical qualification or background and experience installing software onsite with clients. This role is office based and will require regular day travel and may require some occasional international travel.

Qualifications

The typical Project Manager will have;

  • A recognised technical 3rd level qualification
  • Experience with Windows operating systems including servers
  • Preferably some industry experience
  • Experience of working in a fast paced environment

Skills

  • Proven track record in problem solving
  • Organisational skills
  • Technically strong when dealing with product configurations
  • Experience in installing software
  • Excellent knowledge of database concepts
  • Full clean drivers’ license

The candidate should be technical, have project skills, be personable, professional, analytical, and will be good in a formal presentation situation.

To apply please send your CV to supportjobs@softworks.com.

Topics: Jobs, Project Manager, Vacancy

We’ve Reached 1,000+ LinkedIn Followers – Thank You!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Fri, Nov 11, 2016

1000 followers LinkedIn.jpgSoftworks are delighted to have reached an outstanding milestone – we have 1,000 + followers on LinkedIn and we could not be more pleased. Many thanks to everyone who likes our page and shares/comments on our content. We love engaging with you all!

Our LinkedIn page is an important tool which enables us to actively engage with our customers and followers alongside our other digital channels, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

If you do not follow Softworks on LinkedIn, you can join us here.

We also have a group which you can join “Learn How to Successfully Manage a Time and Attendance Project.”

We look forward to welcoming new followers and continuing to grow our LinkedIn base.

Once again, thank you all very much for helping us reach such a great milestone!

National Stress Awareness Day

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Nov 2, 2016

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day. It was put in place by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), which was established over 30 years ago to raise awareness of stress-related issues, both in the workplace and at home. Its purpose is to combat the stigma which is often associated with personal stress and change attitudes towards the management of stress in the workplace. The theme for this year is 'Workforce Wellness - Your Prime Investment.'

A lot of the things you do at home to reduce stress will also help reduce stress in the workplace. The key is to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Below are some things you can put in place to help reduce stress.

1. Identify the Causes

The first thing to do when you want to deal with stress is to identify what is causing it and how it can be managed. Make a list and narrow it down to the main triggers which cause the stress in your life to occur. Causes of stress in the workplace can include the following:National-Stress-Awareness-Day.jpg

  • Being unhappy in your job
  • Having a heavy workload
  • Working long hours – This is where flexible working comes to the rescue!
  • Working under dangerous conditions
  • Having to give speeches in front of colleagues

Causes of stress at home can include the following:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial issues
  • Moving to a new home
  • Chronic illness or injury
  • Emotional problems

Once you recognise the main triggers of your stress, you can start identifying how you can make the situation better. Even something as simple as taking up yoga or meditation can make a huge difference to your mind-set. Remember that sometimes the stress can come from the inside. We can stress ourselves out by overthinking/worrying about things.

2. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. It can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers. Mercer carried out a survey on over 1,500 employees across UK and Ireland, which showed that 52% of workers are very concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while holding down a job. Flexible working arrangements can help reduce stress as employees working flexibly are more satisfied with their job and lives, and they experience better work-life balance.

3. Get Active

Regular exercise can be a powerful stress reliever. It is recommended to do at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

  • Join a gym, take up yoga, play a sport.
  • Check if your company offers a gym membership discount.
  • Get out of the office during your break, even a small walk can make a huge difference.
  • Use flexible working to get a work out/stroll in before, during or after work.

4. Eat Well

Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating small, frequent and healthy meals can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keeping your energy and focus up, and avoiding mood swings. Low blood sugar, on the other hand, can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic.

  • Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
  • Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.
  • Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol and trans fats.
  • Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines), flaxseed and walnuts.

5. Unwind

Try and take some time out every day to relax and do things you enjoy. Even if it is only 20 minutes, it will make a huge difference. Some examples are below:

  • Go for a walk or jog on your break or after work
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Watch your favourite TV show
  • Meet a friend to catch up

6. Contact Softworks

Not only can we benefit your company but we can benefit your employees too. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services. 

Request a Live Demo

The best way to celebrate Stress Awareness Day is to take the opportunity to remove the stress from your life for the day. Take the time to examine your life and find out where all the stressors lie, and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to at least minimise them. Starting to reduce the stress in your life is the hardest part but once you’ve identified the triggers, you’re half way there. Often, the best way to cope with stress is to find a way to change the circumstances that are causing it.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Healthy Workplace

Softworks Halloween Competition!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Mon, Oct 24, 2016

With Halloween creeping up on us, Softworks wanted to help you all celebrate so we are running a frightfully fun competition!

Guess how many chocolates are in the pumpkin below and be in with the chance to win a fabulous prize.

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To enter, simply like our Facebook page and leave your answer in the comment section and don’t forget to share the love by liking and reposting the message. You can only enter the competition once.

The lucky winner will get this hamper full of Halloween goodies and treats.

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The winner will be announced on Friday, October 28th. Best of luck everyone!

Witch-ing you a spook-tacular Halloween, from all at Softworks.

Topics: Competitions, Chocolate, halloween

Trick or Treat? It’s Always a Treat with Softworks!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

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It’s almost that spooky time of year again – ghouls, goblins, gremlins and of course, the tradition of kids knocking on our doors declaring “Trick or Treat”. Every kid wants a treat! Isn’t that what we all want? So let’s avoid the tricks this Halloween and look at all the ways Softworks can “treat” you!

1. Save You Time

How much time do you or your HR manager spend each week (or day) trying to make a work schedule? It can be such a nightmare! Using our Workforce Management Software can save you and your business hours per week so more time can be spent on the human aspect of HR within your corporate environment. As Softworks have a web based system, you can manage tasks wherever you are instead of rushing back to the office.

2. Increase Security

Biometric data collection devices (i.e. fingerprint scanners) make it so only an actual employee can clock in and out, which helps eliminate “buddy punching”, the practice of one worker clocking in for another. Spreadsheets are not very accurate, time consuming, and do not provide useful insights. Your organisation should begin thinking about the better alternative – Softworks Workforce Management Solutions.

3. Reduce Absenteeism

Employee absence has a huge impact on any organisation and the best way to control it is with a Time and Attendance Solution. Attendance needs management and absenteeism needs to be controlled. The software will allow an organisation to track rates and report reasons for the absenteeism. Recording absences allows the relevant people such as line managers, colleagues, payroll and so on to be notified. The recorded absences can then be totalised and can used as a management aid. This can be done by highlighting employees with unusual absenteeism levels, comparing how absenteeism varies by department, how it varies over time and so on.

4. Increase Employee Satisfaction

Scheduling and handling time-off requests are an important part of maintaining a satisfied workforce. When employee satisfaction increases, issues such as turnover may decrease. With automated systems, it is possible to quickly review, approve, and address absence requests and manage planned absences to minimise their effect on your business.

5. Reduce Errors

When the onus of responsibility rests with humans, there is always a chance of human error, which can lead to lost time and increased discrepancies. Our Time and Attendance Software reduces the risk of human error and ensures an easy, impartial and orderly approach in addressing specific needs without any confusion.

6. Softworks Self-Service Mobile App

Easily turn your administrative nightmare of managing employee time & attendance into a dream come true with Softworks new self-service app. Believe it or not, our mobile app is not a trick. It is simply another treat we have for you, so what are you waiting for?

Get a Free Demo Today!

If you are interested in learning more about Softworks and want to avoid all the tricks and horrors this Halloween, contact us today. With over 25 years’ experience, we have a great story to share!

Topics: Time & Attendance, Workforce Solutions, Workforce Management

It’s National Flex Day and Family & Work Life Month!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

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When you think of October, you probably think of falling leaves and Halloween. But did you know that today is National Flex Day? Held the third Tuesday of October, National Flex Day is designed to encourage employers and employees to unite behind the need for more flexibility by sharing how pervasive and powerful it already is.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on all the ways that flexible working is important and how it can benefit your employees and organisation.

For the first National Flex Day in 2013, The Working Mother Research Institute surveyed more than 1,500 people about flexible work schedules and found that women who are working flexibly were more likely to say:

  • Their opinions count at work
  • They have influence over their work schedules
  • They have better work life balance
  • They are satisfied with their compensation
  • They are happy with the amount of time they spend with their spouses and their kids

Last year, they surveyed men to find out what work schedule flex means to them, and the results showed that most of them have flex (77%) and feel comfortable using it.

Below are some of the many benefits of flexible working:

  • Reduced employee stress
  • Improved employee morale, job satisfaction and productivity
  • Controlled costs
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Increased customer loyalty and customer satisfaction due to lower staff turnover
  • Higher productivity & happier employees
  • Improved balance of work and family life
  • Remove or reduce overtime
  • Improved staff concentration

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Are you aware that October is also National Work and Family Month (NWFM)? It is an education campaign led by the Alliance for work-life progress, to raise awareness among employers about the value of work-life effectiveness as a business imperative.

This campaign is supported by President Obama, who released a statement acknowledging the difficulty of juggling work and family responsibilities. He encourages employers to implement practices such as "telework, paid leave, and alternative work schedules."

This annual celebration is designed to communicate and celebrate the progress towards creating healthier and more flexible work environments. The main goal of the campaign is to remind employers about the benefits of supporting work-life balance and effectiveness programs.

Below are some tips on how to encourage a healthy work-life balance:

  • Make use of flexible working
  • Schedule downtime
  • Get moving - execrise will boost your energy & can it can be fit in easily with flexible working
  • Manage stress - Take up yoga/pilates, eat healthier & relax!
  • Prioritise to avoid burnout
  • Create a schedule & follow it

By taking these tips in to account, we hope you will be able to find a healthy work-life balance in your workplace.

October gives us lots to celebrate with National Flex Day and National Work & Family Month. It is a time to recognise all the organisations who want to make life easier for employees to succeed at work and at home by helping them gain a healthy work-life balance.

If you do not currently offer your employees flexitime, contact us today for a free demo, you’d be amazed at the differences it could make to your employees work, mood and lives!

Feel free to check out the rest of our blogs which cover flexible working and work-life balance.

You can keep up to date with Softworks by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working

National Work Life Week

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Oct 5, 2016

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Did you know it is National Work Life Week? The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on the importance of work-life balance and general well-being at work. Employees with a healthy work-life balance are more likely to flourish in the workplace, so it’s in employer’s best interests to help them achieve this.

The term ‘work–life balance' refers to a healthy balance between work and other aspects of our lives. Proactive work-life balance measures benefit not only the employees, but also employers. It can help create greater satisfaction with quality of life, lower levels of stress and physical improvements, such as increased energy. A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity.

These days finding a suitable balance between work and home can seem almost impossible to achieve which is why we have outlined a few tips to help you put it in place.

  1. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. More than ever, employees are increasingly concerned about work-life balance and organisations which offer flexi time can often find increased levels of satisfaction among employees. Flexible working can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers.

Download our free guide – How to Strategically Use Flexible Working Arrangements to Benefit your Business.

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  1. Set Priorities

There are only so many hours in a day. So ensuring you have enough time after work for personal situations and relaxation, involves organisation and prioritisation of tasks. You can’t go wrong with an old fashioned to-do list. When you have a lot of tasks to do there is no better feeling than crossing some of them off the list! To feel more balanced in life, simply create lists and set your priorities. Put the most important things on the top, such as deadlines in work or important tasks and family time. This will help keep your work and home life balanced.

  1. Schedule Downtime

Taking time for yourself is important to recharge batteries at times. Something as small as going for a walk during your break, reading a book or going to the gym. With flexible working, you could have the opportunity to work out/get a walk in before or during work. This would also free up some time after work to relax or do something for yourself. Getting out of the office during your lunch break can also do wonders by helping you unwind – it could involve going for a walk, watching a movie on your phone or simply reading a book.

  1. Plan Ahead

Being organised is a great way to help improve your work-life balance. A good way to start is by adding reminders to your calendar so you’re aware of upcoming meetings and appointments. This way it will be easier to make plans and time for yourself around these important deadlines. It can also be less stressful if you plan ahead and don't leave tasks until the last minute.

  1. Remember to Unwind

With so much technology and so many ways to stay plugged in to work after hours, it is important to allow our minds a break when we are doing other activities. Pretty much every piece of technology has an off button, so it is time to use it. This can be easier said than done so it is best to do it in phases:

  • Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table
  • When you are on holidays, be on holidays
  • Don’t bring your phone/tablet to the beach
  • Disable email/notifications on your phone
  • Distract yourself from looking up work emails after hours

Try out these tips so that you can experience less stress and more peace and fulfilment in your life. This is the perfect week to give it a go. You will be pleasantly surprised at how well you will feel!

You can keep up to date with Softworks by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Topics: Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working

How Softworks Have Aided Manufacturing Companies such as Formaplex

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Oct 5, 2016

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At Softworks we understand the unique operational challenges faced by the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies today are using Workforce Management Solutions to more efficiently manage and optimise workforce planning, scheduling and modelling, facilitate flexible working options, respond to legislative compliance and best practice obligations, and manage planned and unplanned absences.

Designed to address the manufacturing industries’ latest and varied operational requirements, Softworks Time & Attendance, Rostering and Dashboards, together with our suite of Workforce Scheduling solutions provide a completely automated manufacturing workforce environment with proactive, event driven, actionable alerts and full reporting facilities as standard.

With our Payroll Integration, you can reduce the amount of manual adjustments required. We easily manage complex pay rules such as shift premiums, overtime and exceptions. You will be delighted to learn that staff who have no access to computers, can now view their holidays/leave requests on the clocking terminals.

Softworks have been working with manufacturers, just like you, for over twenty five years. We can assist you to:

  • Reduce operating costs by making optimal use of existing workforce and minimising the need for overtime and temporary labour.
  • Optimise workforce rostering and deployment by aligning labour resources with production demand.
  • Take control of employee absences and manages holidays, time in lieu and sickness more efficiently.
  • Improve productivity and quality by making informed real time decisions based on actual activity data.
  • Increase payroll accuracy by automating the flow of information from time and attendance to payroll.
  • Effortlessly adhere to health and safety legislation and union agreements.

Local manufacturing companies like Formaplex are benefiting from the success Softworks brings, let us replicate that success for you - Request a live demo today! 

Download Aughinish Alumina Case Study

You can also download our white paper: How Advances in Workforce Management Technology can meet the Manufacturing Sector’s Business Challenges.

Topics: Workforce Management, manufacturing