In yesteryears some businesses choose to leave their shift scheduling to an actual person. Although there is nothing wrong with that, and many can argue that pen and paper have been effective for many years before technology, the truth is; businesses in yesteryears were not facing the challenges that businesses today are.
Not to sound crude, but reality is, the circumstances and situations that employees and managers faced historically don’t all apply today. An increase in factors such as cars, and transport issues can affect how quickly or late someone arrives. Everyone has a car nowadays, which means traffic on the roads are insane. Historically, in the paper trail days, these were not factors to even consider. Your job was often in walking distance from your apartment.
Location, that’s another factor managers nowadays have to consider, with skyrocketing property rental rates a lot of employees are forced to live much further away from their area of work to save on costs. All these factors mean that paper trail shift schedulers might not be as effective and efficient as they used to be.
A flexible shift scheduler opens doors for efficiency
Your employees are human beings, they are also your most valuable capital within your business. As such, your shift scheduler needs to be accommodative of your employee’s needs.
It needs to be flexible to change on short notice and apply contingency alternatives where necessary.
The functions of an effective shift scheduler
- Consideration for employee preferences: like we mentioned previously each of your employees have differing needs and situations that face them. As a result, they have shift preferences. It is important to note each employee’s preferred shift times. Night shifts might be more suitable for younger employees who have little to no family commitments.
- Health concerns and considerations: Placing the same people on night shift for extended periods of time, could result in bouts of exhaustion being experienced by your employees. It is important that you take this into consideration when inputting factors into your shift scheduler.
- Business needs: your shift scheduler must account for the competencies and capabilities required on any given shift. Your employees don’t all have the same skills, specialisations and competencies. Your shift scheduler will need to ensure that all your competency business needs are accounted for on any given shift.
Your shift scheduler needs to work for your business, and therefore has to be effective. You have an array of options to choose from so don’t wait, sign up for Busybeemanager today.