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Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

March 24, 2021 | 242 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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9 Ways to Reduce Overwork and Employee Fatigue

January 13, 2021 | 286 views

9 Ways to Reduce Overwork and Employee Fatigue
9 Ways to Reduce Overwork and Employee Fatigue

Since the onset of the coronavirus, workplace regulations and changes have been continual. Employees have been furloughed, brought back, ordered to work from home, and asked to cover extra hours or be on call. Now, emerging health rules, distancing, and mask-wearing make employees more stressed, too. There are fear and trepidation, both of which can be tiring day after day.

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Should I Switch My Staff to a 4-Day Workweek?

December 9, 2020 | 379 views

Should I Switch My Staff to a 4-Day Workweek?
Should I Switch My Staff to a 4-Day Workweek?

A “traditional” workweek means five days a week, 8 hours a day, for a total of 40 hours. And for some organizations, this works just fine. Yet, have you thought it would be great to have a 3-day weekend every weekend? Instead of scheduling 40 hours over five days, you or some of your staff could work four 10-hour days.

You might choose the same day off for everyone, but if your business is open for multiple shifts and more than five days each week, you could choose to have some people working 5/40 and others working 4/40. It really depends on what you need to run your business smoothly.

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4 Ways Employee Scheduling Software Saves Time and Money

September 16, 2020 | 553 views

4 Ways Employee Scheduling Software Saves Time and Money
4 Ways Employee Scheduling Software Saves Time and Money

Exploring shift scheduling software can feel overwhelming. It takes so much time to investigate and compare, you’re too busy to learn something new and train others, and employees are resistant to change. You are not alone in feeling this way. To make it easier, focus on why scheduling software is valuable to your business. Then it will be much easier to justify the investment and move forward.

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Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules

August 5, 2020 | 587 views

Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules
Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules

We’ve heard so much about the “great pause” of 2020—this temporary reduction or shutdown of businesses and industry. Going forward means that there will also be a “great reset,” too. And when it comes to scheduling resets for staff, this is a good time to reimagine the possibilities for your business’s scheduling needs.

If the coronavirus’s impact on working has not yet been enough to force you into more flexible work schedules, there are plenty of other good reasons to offer flexible schedule options to your employees. Employees prefer flexibility for different reasons. Some may have medical issues that need regular attention. Others may want to pick up their children at school during the day. No matter the reason, your staff will be more satisfied when their schedules accommodate their personal needs.

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Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

October 30, 2019 | 1,844 views

Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.
Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous these days for purchasing power. More than one generation doesn’t carry checks or cash anymore, and with the majority of shopping done online, every business has to understand how they will get paid. Using a credit card processor is an absolute necessity, but the service can be costly.

As you shop around, and shop around you must, get into the nitty-gritty of how each prospective processor can improve your offerings. From easy transactions to low fees to online gateways, educate yourself and ask lots of questions to ensure the smoothest financial transactions for you and for your customers. 

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An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have

October 23, 2019 | 695 views

An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have
An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have

Here’s the simple fact: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that any business providing a service to the public cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. Usually, we think of this in terms of eliminating stairs for those with mobility issues or modifying bathrooms to accommodate wheelchairs. However, this also applies to website accessibility. Lawsuits could be brought by anyone who legitimately felt they are unable to access your product or service online. 

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Employee Ideas Matter–Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input

October 16, 2019 | 934 views

Employee Ideas Matter--Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input
Employee Ideas Matter–Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input

Employees are often an untapped resource. If we are not the ones on the front line every day, we sometimes lose touch with daily workplace challenges or customer issues. But our employees live it every day, and we need to acknowledge that openly. Because even if we don’t hear it, they talk about what is good and what needs improvement. We must find a way to extract those ideas, really consider them, and work together to promote the best possible ones.

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5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right

July 24, 2019 | 3,433 views

5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right
5 Reasons Why Hiring an Ex-Con Might Be Right

I used to volunteer in a male prison with youths under 18 convicted of serious crimes (this was no juvey). It was an interesting experience, filled with everything from trepidation and fear to incredible satisfaction and joy when things went well. The best memories were the moments when the inmates let down their guard and were able to be themselves, unencumbered by their convictions, their gang reputations, or their need to survive in a rough environment.

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Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?

May 8, 2019 | 3,883 views

Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?
Is It Time to Hire Overnight Staff?

Overnight staffing may not seem feasible to many business owners. With labor costs your highest expense, having someone available overnight to answer calls, dispatch services, or sell goods is nigh impossible. Besides, why did overnight employees ever become the norm anyway?

Do you remember when the phrase “24/7/365” came into our vocabulary? It seems like it coincided with the advent of extended hours, 24-hour grocery stores, and other businesses that competed by being open every single day of the year.

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