Monthly Archives: October 2021

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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