Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

May 12, 2021 | 14 views

Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World
Employee Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

Fortune offers several business-related newsletters that I read when I can, many of which offer insights from CEO’s around the globe. A recent executive conversation centered on attracting talent in a post-pandemic world. Deloitte US’s CEO considers the current environment the “hottest market for talent that most of us have ever seen,” and Allstate’s CEO envisions “an employee-choice model in the new world.” One consistent theme was that social issues are now business issues. And, in an employee-choice model, businesses must widen employee benefits to remain competitive.

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6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid

May 5, 2021 | 75 views

6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid
6 Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid

A common scheduling strategy is to divvy up the human resources by the hours and slots you need covered. It seems simple enough that way. But a good schedule also pays attention to key factors of productivity. When you overlook these factors, you probably make one of these common scheduling mistakes (that you should avoid).

Sticking to One Pattern. Consistency can be a good thing, of course, but scheduling has to flex based on real data. A schedule that doesn’t change when business needs change will become inefficient and more costly. Instead, review your peak hours, employee performance, and other things that are fluid. A limber scheduling pattern will improve shifts to suit your business’s ever-evolving demands.

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Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software

April 28, 2021 | 106 views

Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software
Why Your Start-up Needs Scheduling Software

You’re a new entrepreneur—the business oundation of our economy. Congratulations on taking steps to strike out on your own. You’ll be your own boss and, finally, be the one calling all the shots in your new start-up.

Of course, we know a new start-up comes with hefty challenges, too, particularly financial concerns. It takes time to build revenue and your customer base. The business may keep you awake at night as you consider how best to utilize your capital to grow your new business, especially now that you have employees who come at a considerable expense.

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Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

April 21, 2021 | 125 views

Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions
Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

Libraries, like most organizations, work with tight budgets and limited resources. Creating an efficient library operation demands everything from managing book inventory and class schedule to assisting with research. One consistent aspect, however, is scheduling the right person for each type of necessary work so that the library provides full service to library users.

Effective library scheduling directly improves efficiency in the library. With the use of scheduling software, library managers easily manage these common challenges for library operations.

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5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests

April 14, 2021 | 173 views

5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests
5 Steps for Managing the Onslaught of Upcoming Vacation Requests

Whoot! Travel destinations are opening, summer is on the way, and it is time for a vacation. After a year of WFH and little-to-no travel, we are ready to take off. From the latest camper van road trip craze to new international flights, the whole world is itchy to get away.

For managers, there will be an onslaught of vacation requests to manage, and scheduling them (without hurting your business) can be tricky. No matter the timing, there are several steps you can take to control what can be a disruptive vacation season.

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4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated

April 7, 2021 | 204 views

4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated
4 Ways to Incentivize Employees To Get Vaccinated

We are finally seeing rapid ramp-ups of vaccination centers in the US. After months of modifying our businesses, we see rapid changes, again, as we move toward more normalcy in our operations. The path toward widespread inoculation has been a circuitous and sometimes murky path, to be sure, but as the second spring season of pandemic rolls around, things are moving along.

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8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

March 31, 2021 | 208 views

8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic
8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

At an early age, I learned that there is something to learn from nearly every situation. Mistakes teach us lessons just as successes do. Often, those lessons come in a situation that we have not yet encountered, so we are unprepared. The newness of the circumstances often puts us at a disadvantage, and we make mistakes (or we get lucky and things go well).

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Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

March 24, 2021 | 338 views

Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business
Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

You’ve probably heard about new “predictive scheduling” laws enacted in some states and cities. These laws are designed to give employees ample notice of work schedules so that they can plan accordingly. The law often requires that employers post schedules 14 days in advance or maintain some consistency in hours. However, most of the regulations impact large companies with 100’s of employees and dozens of locations.

For most of you, scheduling two weeks in advance is not required by law; however, scheduling practices have come under greater scrutiny because disruptive and unpredictable work schedules hurt your employees and, in turn, your business.

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5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

March 17, 2021 | 245 views

5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management
5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

Whatever your job entails, it probably takes a lot of effort, daily decisions, and people management to keep things rolling along smoothly. Managing employees is one of the toughest aspects of running a business. Every day involves other peoples’ skills and preferences, moods and mindsets. Yet, managing the workforce is a key ingredient in your recipe for success.

Effective workforce management demands starting with the acknowledgment that employees are critically important. They can make or break any given day (and your business). But with proper structure and strategies, your efforts will reap rewards.

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Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

March 10, 2021 | 316 views

Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices
Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

Over the years, I’ve had to consider changes in employee scheduling. Most managers don’t want to change employee schedules, but usually, there was some sort of catalyst: a law change, a business change, or a complaint (or two) that demanded a review of how employees were scheduled.

When the status quo is not an option for scheduling, the prospect of change deserves a thorough rethinking of the goals and needs of both the business and of employees. To be effective, we must understand and agree on goals and then implement scheduling changes while being sensitive to everyone affected. Every stakeholder, then, should be considered by asking key questions about what scheduling change makes sense.

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