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How to Ensure Faultless Employee Scheduling

By HR Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Inconsistent employee scheduling practices can cause major turnover. Here we are discussing how to prevent the most common mishaps of employee scheduling to retain workforce and productivity.

FREMONT, CA: Employee scheduling meltdowns can leave both employers and workers feeling extra stressed as well as hamper customer retention. Avoiding such mishaps can be possible by updating the outdated employee scheduling processes with analytic tools, modern compliance safeguards, and automated alerts.

Here are the 3 most common employee scheduling mishaps for employers to avoid:

Not Updating Outdated Employee Scheduling Methods

Often managers spend their valuable time on employee scheduling instead of managing their teams. The old-school manual scheduling is not only time consuming, but also filled with chances for errors. 

In recent times, remarkable advances have been made in employee scheduling software. Employers, however, have been quite slow to welcome this advanced software. As per the Sierra Cedar 2018-2019 HR Systems Survey, while 90 percent of the employers are using time and attendance software, 45 percent of them are also making use of scheduling software.

Scheduling software allows managers to quickly build, edit, and Top 10 Employee Benefits Solution Companies - 2019 update weekly work schedules, categorize and label workers by their training and certifications. Thus, the information becomes both accessible and shareable. It can effortlessly allocate extra tasks to the employees who work in dual capacities. 

Maintaining Inconsistent Employee Scheduling Practices 

Unstable employee scheduling practices can increase employee turnover and decrease productivity. Creating and fairly distributing works among employees become much easier with the scheduling software. There will be fewer chances of confusion and missed shifts if the employees can access and accept online schedules from their smartphones. Scheduling software allow the employees to exchange shifts with coworkers and call on the open shifts- all of which actively engage employees in their schedules, boosting their morale.

Not Considering Scheduling as a Budgeting Tool 

If managers are casual and not consistent in employee scheduling practices, the labor costs may inflate largely. It can be difficult to measure the impact of scheduling on a company’s labor budget with only manual scheduling and spreadsheets.

Advanced scheduling software that includes automated budget calculators can compare the

manually calculated cost for any mentioned schedule- i.e., job costing. It becomes easy for managers to create schedules that fit the budget of a given shift. Employers can also prevent spending too much on overtime. Few scheduling software can alert the user when a schedule-in-progress generates inadvertent overtime hours.

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