Category Archives: Small Business Tips

4 Ways that Smart Scheduling Improves Employee Productivity

January 6, 2021 | 189 views

4 Ways that Smart Scheduling Improves Employee Productivity
4 Ways that Smart Scheduling Improves Employee Productivity

Productive employees are key to business success—those employees add value, create customer satisfaction, and use time efficiently. Usually, the most productive employees are those who stay healthy, are happy with the company and work, and balance home life effectively. As managers, we can help maintain these positive attributes so that our employees perform at their best level.

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4 Pointers for Scheduling Shift Work Efficiently

December 30, 2020 | 151 views

4 Pointers for Scheduling Shift Work Efficiently
4 Pointers for Scheduling Shift Work Efficiently

One of a manager’s important responsibilities is to maximize staff efficiency. Managing a workforce well will contribute to profitability while producing coordinated schedules that create the best result. Shift scheduling for long-hour or 24-hour sites can be tough—you must consider legal requirements, employee skill levels, shift needs, and results. With a few pointers, you will increase efficiency for your shift workers.

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8 Ways Scheduling Software Helps Managers

December 23, 2020 | 176 views

8 Ways Scheduling Software Helps Managers
C8 Ways Scheduling Software Helps Managers

If you are involved with employee shift scheduling, you are well aware of the stress it can cause as you struggle to distribute hours fairly, accommodate special requests, notify people of changes, and get it all done on time. Worse, it is a necessary task that is repetitive and doesn’t add to your bottom line. Ugh.

If you are looking for an easier way to schedule your employee shifts and save time, employee scheduling software will satisfy your needs and provide these eight benefits to your business as well.

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Reduce Retail Employee Turnover with a Focus on Scheduling

December 16, 2020 | 223 views

Reduce Retail Employee Turnover with a Focus on Scheduling
educe Retail Employee Turnover with a Focus on Scheduling

Employees come and go. It’s a fact of business life, but it is not always a welcome departure because attrition costs money and time. Owners and managers have to recruit, hire, and train replacement employees. And when someone leaves unexpectedly (for any number of reasons), managers and business owners feel the pain. It causes understaffing and last-minute scheduling changes, which nobody who is left behind wants to experience.

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Schedule Time for Employees to Prepare for Shifts

November 25, 2020 | 143 views

Schedule Time for Employees to Prepare for Shifts
Schedule Time for Employees to Prepare for Shifts

Each day, employees arrive at work during a pandemic and begin to arm themselves against interaction with possible virus-carriers. They wash hands, provide temperature readings, and sanitize more surfaces than ever before. And now, employers require personal protective equipment for nearly every job. This “dress-up” is a new experience, often based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. The PPE recommended for prevention of COVID-19 includes masks, gloves, face shields, and aprons—all intended to create barriers of protection for employees and those around them based upon their job requirements.

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Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?

November 18, 2020 | 261 views

Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?
Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?

Job-sharing is a form of employment and schedule that allows two employees to blend their talents, skills, and schedule to fulfill the role of a single full-time employee. This can be designed in many ways. You could assign each person to half of each day, or one person could work three full days a week while the other works two full days. Some job-sharing arrangements schedule overlapping hours each week to keep transitions smooth and communication solid. Deciding how to schedule two part-time employees for a single full-time role will depend on your business needs and the reasons for considering this less-common employment arrangement.

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Avoid the Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules

November 11, 2020 | 306 views

Avoid the Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules
Avoid the Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules

Flexible work schedules became popular long before the coronavirus—most everyone who could negotiate flexibility in working from home sought this desirable benefit. The current pandemic has now made flexible schedules the norm for many businesses large and small.

We have previously addressed some of the advantages of, and methods to streamline scheduling when flexibility is key. Today, we will look at some of the disadvantages and how to avoid them. Since the traditional 8 to 5 job may be a memory for some, the shift to flexible working hours will come with some bumps in the road, and we want to fix problems before they arise.

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4 Steps to Address No-Shows Because Employees Didn’t See the Schedule

November 4, 2020 | 653 views

4 Steps to Address No-Shows Because Employees Didn’t See the Schedule
4 Steps to Address No-Shows Because Employees Didn’t See the Schedule

We all know what it’s like when an employee does not show up for work unexpectedly. It can make a shift disproportionately difficult for others on the team who take up the slack. A restaurant that is down one cook or server means that everyone works harder, often with poor results and high frustration levels.

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Scheduling Employees Around Remote and Hybrid School Schedules

October 28, 2020 | 290 views

Scheduling Employees Around Remote and Hybrid School Schedules
Scheduling Employees Around Remote and Hybrid School Schedules

Remember singing Alice Cooper’s classic “School’s Out for Summer” each June, happily dancing as we imagine the freedom promised in our summer? I’m sure we never considered his lyrics a foreshadowing of today: “School’s out for summer…We might not come back at all, School’s out forever…School’s out completely.”

For employees, it’s different. As a manager, you rely on them to work their shifts and physically be on-site when needed. Manufacturing, hospitality and retail workers all have to present for their shifts—working from home is seldom an option. Yet, the majority of employees have school-aged children at home who need supervision. No one can be in two places at once.

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3 Questions to Ask When Redesigning Employee Schedules

October 20, 2020 | 331 views

3 Questions to Ask When Redesigning Employee Schedules
3 Questions to Ask When Redesigning Employee Schedules

Coronavirus is changing employee scheduling. Our industry is in high demand as organizations reimagine workplace demands, safety issues and staffing needs. For hourly workers, especially, scheduling has become a daily dance with legal restrictions, illness, and limited employee availability.

It is difficult to know how to prioritize employees and business needs when scheduling becomes nonstandard. When redesigning schedules, we suggest asking yourself these questions to help focus your decision on new schedules.

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