Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Smart Work Allocation is More Than Scheduling Human Assets

September 23, 2020 | 92 views

Smart Work Allocation is More Than Scheduling Human Assets
Smart Work Allocation is More Than Scheduling Human Assets

Work allocation means assigning tasks to the right person in the most efficient manner. A team leader decides who is best suited to perform each specific task for a project. Then, all the team members become part of achieving a goal or project at a high level of productivity. At least that’s the plan.

It may sound easy, but it involves considerations beyond simply scheduling people to do a particular job. Scheduling is the result, but getting the right balance of skills assigned to appropriate tasks is the goal. Developing skills and improving the company’s overall abilities matter, too. This allocation of tasks and staff involves a few concerns:

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4 Ways Employee Scheduling Software Saves Time and Money

September 16, 2020 | 161 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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3 Scheduling Tactics for Your Bar & Restaurant During Covid

September 9, 2020 | 228 views

3 Scheduling Tactics for Your Bar & Restaurant During Covid
3 Scheduling Tactics for Your Bar & Restaurant During Covid

Open-for-business signs are glowing, again, at bars and restaurants—what a welcome change from our earlier lockdown days. People can finally address their toast to good health and celebrate birthdays. 

This is great news for restaurant owners, too, but regulations still abound. For many, there are legally mandated restrictions on which services you offer (no buffets, perhaps), where the services can occur (dine in vs. dine out), and how many customers are allowed in your door at a time (if at all).

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3 Best Practices for Hotel Staff Scheduling During the Pandemic

August 26, 2020 | 339 views

3 Best Practices for Hotel Staff Scheduling During the Pandemic
3 Best Practices for Hotel Staff Scheduling During the Pandemic

Hospitality management can be a lot of fun. It exposes you to high rollers and lowbrow jokers. It presents dining experiences and travel deals. In large hotel chains, it can mean a solid career choice, too. But the industry has been especially hard-hit by the pandemic, leaving managing a hotel and staying profitable a day-by-day concern.

Hotel managers have always had a tough job, of course. Competition is fierce. Consolidation sites lower daily rates. Being on call 24 hours-a-day is exhausting. And with government-imposed restrictions, many hotels are finding themselves with inconsistent occupancy levels while striving to keep a healthy staff working.

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Is the 5-Day Work Week Dead to Me and You?

August 19, 2020 | 267 views

Is the 5-Day Work Week Dead to Me and You?
Is the 5-Day Work Week Dead to Me and You?

The longer we find ourselves with staggered work schedules, empty offices, and endless tele-meetings, it is harder to see the end of this great scheduling shift. When we catch up with friends or call family, the conversation inevitably turns to how we are coping, how we are working, and how we think the future might look.

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Why You Should Track Hours for Your Salaried Employees

August 12, 2020 | 207 views

Why You Should Track Hours for Your Salaried Employees
Why You Should Track Hours for Your Salaried Employees

Hourly employees track hours so they will receive accurate paychecks. For salaried employees, this is not necessary because they already know what their paycheck will be. But tracking all hours for employees is important. It will be beneficial for them and for your organization’s accuracy in records. Understanding the variability in employees’ routines is important to use their time effectively and to pay them appropriately.

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Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules

August 5, 2020 | 330 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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5 Ways HR Can Dial Up Employee Trust

July 29, 2020 | 354 views

5 Ways HR Can Dial Up Employee Trust
5 Ways HR Can Dial Up Employee Trust

Not everyone likes dealing with HR departments; particularly staff employees. Executives seem to appreciate the HR role more than others; perhaps they have more insight into the role, but it is a different assessment of trust that comes from non-executive employees.

From the initial screening and interviews to rule enforcement, employees don’t always feel comfortable or trust that HR staff will be sympathetic if there is a problem. And let’s face it—HR professionals do have a strange role to both protect the company and protect employees.

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6 Ways to Reduce Workers’ Comp Costs Before an Injury Occurs

July 22, 2020 | 442 views

6 Ways to Reduce Workers’ Comp Costs Before an Injury Occurs
6 Ways to Reduce Workers’ Comp Costs Before an Injury Occurs

Workers’ compensation insurance is expensive. Really expensive and getting higher in some industries. If you can lower that cost, it will contribute directly to profit. In addition, a reduction in work-related accidents lowers payout costs while improving employee satisfaction and consistent production levels.

The National Safety Council reports regularly on work-related injuries and workers’ compensation claims. Most injuries that keep an employee out of work are caused by overexertion, falls, and contact with equipment and objects. Ideally, no one would ever be hurt at work, and company expenses would remain low for insurance coverage. However, accidents do happen, so to reduce accidents and injury, keep these objectives a priority:

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Older Workers Add Value in Many Ways

July 15, 2020 | 372 views

Older Workers Add Value in Many Ways
Older Workers Add Value in Many Ways

I’m not the oldest person in my company, but I am certainly not the youngest, either. With my graying hair, however, comes wisdom. Wisdom from many years of working. Along with it comes a comfortable realization that I actually know a thing or two about what I’m doing. I like to think that it makes me more valuable, of course … a valuable work of art, carved by grit and successes, challenges and failures.

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