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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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Use Schedule Details to Share News and Tasks with Employees

October 14, 2020 | 434 views

Use Schedule Details to Share News and Tasks with Employees
Use Schedule Details to Share News and Tasks with Employees

Do you ever leave notices for employees at work, or find yourself texting them details about an issue that will affect them? Every relationship builds on good communication, and employees are not different. Communicate often with your staff, and use multiple ways to get the word out that you want to share.

Leaving notes or counting on sending personal texts is not ideal. Instead, one of the features of ScheduleBase is an area to share details that employees need to know about an upcoming shift.

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Why Scheduling Breaks is an Important Managerial Task

October 7, 2020 | 352 views

Why Scheduling Breaks is an Important Managerial Task
Why Scheduling Breaks is an Important Managerial Task

We know how time-consuming and angst-inspiring scheduling can be, so we create our scheduling software to make lives easier for managers. It’s simple to use and we designed it to improve employee contributions with intelligent scheduling.

One part of intelligent scheduling is the wise use of break times. Every employee, hourly or not, does better work when they take a short coffee break or a real lunch (away from their workstation). Federal labor law does not require that employees take a break during a shift, but many states and municipalities do mandate breaks. However, even if your area does not have requirements for employee breaks and lunches, it is still an important responsibility of a good manager to schedule them.

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Recognize and Avoid Scheduling Abuse

September 30, 2020 | 370 views

Recognize and Avoid Scheduling Abuse
Recognize and Avoid Scheduling Abuse

If you’re reading this, you probably are a conscientious manager who tries to schedule employees in the best way possible. And yet, employees often complain about poor scheduling or how managers who take advantage of them.

Last year’s Schedules that Work Act brought additional focus to scheduling workers equitably. It is labor-friendly legislation, and managers must follow its rules to avoid lawsuits from employees.

On the flip side, it is also possible for employees to manipulate schedules to their advantage. When this happens, it creates inequity among staff and exposes organizations to scrutiny and possible legal backlash. Employers must watch for signs of scheduling abuse, no matter the source.

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Smart Work Allocation is More Than Scheduling Human Assets

September 23, 2020 | 410 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 | 456 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 | 462 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 | 576 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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