Is This Your Situation: Trying to Schedule Staff
Did you know that scheduling employees properly is yet another opportunity to increase your bottom line? Think about it. It costs more to recruit and train new workers than it does to take care of the good ones you already have. So sticking to the old scheduling methods can result in:
- Disgruntled employees. It's hard for people to balance their home lives and work lives. Last-minute scheduling makes it even harder.
- Burned-out employees. When schedules aren't created far enough in advance, people's plans get in the way. Your best employees are always the ones you depend on to pick up the slack, and that's one of the best ways to burn them out. But they are the last people you want to burn out.
- Stressed-out employees. Making advanced scheduling a priority can result in happier employees. They'll become more consistent and reliable, which can help decrease turnover.
Here are some tips to help you figure out this whole scheduling thing:
- Do unto others: When it comes to scheduling, treat your employees the way you'd like to be treated.
- Use technology to your advantage: One company suggests that you use your mobile phone to snap a picture of the schedule, then text it to your employees. If someone needs to switch a shift, the notice gets out instantly and rescheduling is accomplished without a lot of back-and-forths.
- Know the laws: If you schedule for what's best for your business and not what's best for your employees, you may end up breaking labor laws.
- Keep the future in mind: Schedule your workers with your company's growth in mind. One New York company owner has the formula down: "We calculate sales volume for the previous month and percentage of growth in that month, and apply that to the following month."
So you're convinced that scheduling your employees in advance is good business. But, for example, calculating sales volume and percentage of growth every month and then applying those figures to yet another calculation can be time-consuming, especially with all the other tasks you're responsible for. And there are only 24 hours in a day!
How can you eke out the time to do one more thing? Call us. We have some insights on scheduling that we can apply to your particular business. This will make your and your employees' lives so much easier while increasing your bottom line.
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