For those still struggling with a basic pen and paper planner or a spreadsheet, scheduling and stress seem to go hand in hand. However, scheduling need not be a constant headache. Thanks to employee scheduling software, the previous drains of shift scheduling can be consigned to history.
End understaffing. Shift management programs let you forecast busy period and then plan your shift allocations around this. Staff scheduling software can also filter your employees by their skills and then match these with work stations. Ultimately, this means that the most stressful periods of the day can be conquered by a schedule which leaves adequately staffed with all bases covered. No longer juggle and muddle these periods – cash in with an effective service during peaks.
Know when your staff are around. Few things are more stressful than being in the dark and this is never worse than when scheduling employees. It’s impossible to cover shifts when you’re unclear about who is working and when, yet old scheduling methods struggle to convey this. Now, you can fully comprehend the availability of staff and bust the stress of knowing who is on holiday, who can work and who is able to fill a shift’s task requirements.
Be fully confident that your staff are aware. Knowing who is around to work is important, but this is useless unless you are sure that this is being communicated to staff. Say goodbye to frantic emails and confused conversations about shifts. Employees can access their schedules whenever they like and from a variety of platforms. No longer will you worry that your staff don’t know when they are on shift.
No matter how organized you are, some things can never be stopped. One of these is last minute changes. Staff can drop out at the last minute for any number of reasons, but trying to cover these events with a poor scheduling solution only exacerbates the problem. Employee scheduling software lets you see who can replace the staff member, filtering skills, availability, seniority, labor costs and more. This isn’t just useful for last minute changes, all adjustments are now manageable without either a mass of scribbles or confusing cell changes.
Time! Really, the greatest cause of stress is being pushed for time. Having too much to manage and not enough time to properly focus on your priorities induces headaches and sleepless nights. Anybody who has tried to stay abreast of their scheduling without shift scheduling software knows just how much of their focus can be stolen by trying to keep control of shift management. It can be a nightmare. Management now enjoy new efficiency, freeing their time for other responsibilities and reducing workload.
Managing a business is always going to be stressful, but it need not be as stressful as previously. The ease of shift management programs is revolutionary – an investment in your business and yourself.