Monthly Archives: March 2021

8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

March 31, 2021 | 266 views

8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic
8 Business Lessons (So Far) from the Pandemic

At an early age, I learned that there is something to learn from nearly every situation. Mistakes teach us lessons just as successes do. Often, those lessons come in a situation that we have not yet encountered, so we are unprepared. The newness of the circumstances often puts us at a disadvantage, and we make mistakes (or we get lucky and things go well).

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Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

March 24, 2021 | 406 views

Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business
Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

You’ve probably heard about new “predictive scheduling” laws enacted in some states and cities. These laws are designed to give employees ample notice of work schedules so that they can plan accordingly. The law often requires that employers post schedules 14 days in advance or maintain some consistency in hours. However, most of the regulations impact large companies with 100’s of employees and dozens of locations.

For most of you, scheduling two weeks in advance is not required by law; however, scheduling practices have come under greater scrutiny because disruptive and unpredictable work schedules hurt your employees and, in turn, your business.

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5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

March 17, 2021 | 293 views

5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management
5 Tips for Effective Workforce Management

Whatever your job entails, it probably takes a lot of effort, daily decisions, and people management to keep things rolling along smoothly. Managing employees is one of the toughest aspects of running a business. Every day involves other peoples’ skills and preferences, moods and mindsets. Yet, managing the workforce is a key ingredient in your recipe for success.

Effective workforce management demands starting with the acknowledgment that employees are critically important. They can make or break any given day (and your business). But with proper structure and strategies, your efforts will reap rewards.

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Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

March 10, 2021 | 348 views

Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices
Questions to Ask About Your Scheduling Practices

Over the years, I’ve had to consider changes in employee scheduling. Most managers don’t want to change employee schedules, but usually, there was some sort of catalyst: a law change, a business change, or a complaint (or two) that demanded a review of how employees were scheduled.

When the status quo is not an option for scheduling, the prospect of change deserves a thorough rethinking of the goals and needs of both the business and of employees. To be effective, we must understand and agree on goals and then implement scheduling changes while being sensitive to everyone affected. Every stakeholder, then, should be considered by asking key questions about what scheduling change makes sense.

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