10 Tips if You Schedule Overnight Staff

November 24, 2021 | 59 views

10 Tips if You Schedule Overnight Staff
10 Tips if You Schedule Overnight Staff

Overnight staffing has unique challenges, logistically and physically. While the rare night owl prefers night time shifts, most employees are affected by fatigue. Fatigue causes safety issues that can create serious problems. And then, if employees rotate between day and night shifts, it spreads out the difficulty, but the change of times is problematic, too.

Shift changes of a few hours are well tolerated by most, however, so reducing the jolt of shift changes is helpful. If you run a 24-hour operation in health care, security, or public safety, it is important to schedule appropriately to reduce risk and improve employee welfare.

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Technology is Disrupting Retail Business (for Good)

November 17, 2021 | 62 views

Technology is Disrupting Retail Business (for Good)
Technology is Disrupting Retail Business (for Good)

No matter the sign on your door, your business is increasingly influenced by technology’s expanding role in your operation. And you are not alone. The last year forced retail to shift to online sales, delivery, and remote operations. The changes in retail were unquestionably disruptive but also helpful in navigating pandemic restrictions. Nevertheless, learning new technology added to an unsettling year. Tech changes are here to stay, though, and the disruptions in retail businesses are mostly for good.

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Sharpening Your Competitive Edge in Hiring

November 10, 2021 | 73 views

Sharpening Your Competitive Edge in Hiring
Sharpening Your Competitive Edge in Hiring

We are in a tough hiring market, and the extraordinary labor shortage is a conundrum for many small businesses. We can argue all day about the reasons behind it, but for hiring managers and business owners, the problem is real. Whatever the causes, a pandemic caused many to reevaluate their working conditions and hiring requirements. From health concerns to lifestyle, the last year created a rare opportunity for us to reconsider how best to proceed with the need for income.

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4 Ways PEO’s Help Businesses Avoid Headaches

November 3, 2021 | 75 views

4 Ways PEO’s Help Businesses Avoid Headaches
4 Ways PEO’s Help Businesses Avoid Headaches

Our clients operate a wide variety of businesses. From single-location retail stores to construction companies, we are always impressed by the levels of expertise in various industries. While we focus on staff scheduling, we realize that you cannot be as skilled in employee management any more than we would know how to run your operation.

Most organizations provide a product or service. The human capital side of the business is a different specialty altogether, and employee issues can be stressful and time-consuming. But you’ve probably had to dedicate more time than you wanted to personnel concerns and legalities.

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Creating Staff Schedules in Your New Small Business

October 27, 2021 | 88 views

Creating Staff Schedules in Your New Small Business
Creating Staff Schedules in Your New Small Business

Starting a new business can feel a bit chaotic. Everything is new and feels strange. There is little pattern to each day, yet, and no consistency. Scheduling employees feels similarly odd, too, especially in the early days of opening a new business. You will juggle good (and maybe not-so-good) employees and those who are often ill. Or an otherwise normal day ramps way up (or down) without anticipating employee resources accurately. The early days will continually present you with new situations to manage, and appropriate staffing is fundamental to keeping things balanced. Creating staff schedules that work for your new business will go smoother with a few key strategies.

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Does a Condensed 9/80 Schedule Make Sense?

October 20, 2021 | 81 views

Does a Condensed 9/80 Schedule Make Sense?
Does a Condensed 9/80 Schedule Make Sense?

We’ve watched work schedules change a great deal in the last year. For the most part, hours are now more aligned with worker needs. The oft-used word “flexible” is a challenge for many businesses that rely on consistent work shifts and coverage. Hybrid or WFH structures are not an option for many. But if you are trying to give employees a little without losing production hours, a condensed 9/80 schedule might make sense.

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6 Scheduling Conflicts and How to Avoid Them

October 13, 2021 | 86 views

6 Scheduling Conflicts and How to Avoid Them
6 Scheduling Conflicts and How to Avoid Them

Last week, I ran into an HR manager whose eyes grew when I mentioned our scheduling software. She was interested in the benefits because while scheduling can be tedious, she excitedly expressed how important it is. “People want it right,” she said, clearly having had the experience of disgruntled employees and managers whose scheduling was not smooth. Here, I’ve distilled our conversation to focus on six types of scheduling conflicts and how easy-to-use scheduling software avoids them.

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Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works

October 6, 2021 | 108 views

Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works
Hiring for Seasonal Retail Workers – Why Virtual Hiring Works

The holidays bring expanded opportunities for many types of retail locations. Holiday travel, dining, and catered events usually increase. Salons and entertainment venues gear up for holiday spending and celebrations. Pandemic or not, we see economic growth in retail sectors where a seasonal workforce is needed. Virtually hiring seasonal workers is an appropriate and efficient technique to hire seasonal employees quickly. Here’s why:

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  1. Safety matters. This $@&# pandemic isn’t going away—at least not this holiday season. Virtual hiring methods allow you to schedule interviews with prospective employees remotely while still seeing their facial expressions. For now, an online interview without a mask is better than an in-person interview with masks.
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Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

September 29, 2021 | 92 views

Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule
Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

What one person considers a good work schedule is not the same as another person’s ideal schedule. For a long time, we lumped the idea that we could be happy at work and home into a work-life balance concept that somehow perfected workloads while providing time for personal pursuits. The idea was that if we tried hard enough, we could neatly relegate workload demands to specific hours of the day. Then, an employee could then manage their personal needs (outside of work) accordingly.

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Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It

September 22, 2021 | 126 views

Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It
Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It

It’s not news that hiring and keeping hourly employees was particularly difficult in the last year and a half. First, it was the pandemic and immediate drops in revenue that made us lay off workers or cut their hours. When we were ready to hire them back, we discovered that “economic incentives” like unemployment hindered our businesses’ abilities to rehire and fulfill demand. And now, we see that the time spent working from home (or not working at all) changed priorities for many workers. It has been a rougher ride than usual for managers who need employees to stick around.

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