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Encourage Employees to Volunteer

January 20, 2021 | 42 views

Encourage Employees to Volunteer
Encourage Employees to Volunteer

Nearly one-third of Americans volunteer their time with formal non-profit organizations, and many more do so less formally. From classrooms to beach cleanups to coaching sports, you can see volunteer efforts throughout our communities. Generosity is one of our country’s positive attributes, and it permeates all ages and interests.

Volunteering has benefits for businesses, too. Volunteers are more engaged in their communities than non-volunteers. They participate more often in public meetings, elections, and civic development. If businesses can actively encourage employees to volunteer, those entities will receive various benefits in return:

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9 Ways to Reduce Overwork and Employee Fatigue

January 13, 2021 | 80 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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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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Should I Switch My Staff to a 4-Day Workweek?

December 9, 2020 | 218 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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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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