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6 Scheduling Conflicts and How to Avoid Them

October 13, 2021 | 26 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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Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It

September 22, 2021 | 99 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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7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business

May 19, 2021 | 413 views

7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business
7 Ways to Work Smarter in Your Small Business

Imagine the perfect day at work:  no distractions, lots of customers, balanced tills, productive employees, no overtime. We want our small businesses to run smoothly, but very few days are perfect. Yet, we do have some control over our productivity and progress. But with so much to do, is working more hours a good idea? In fact, it is not—productivity decreases as the workday and workweek grow longer. But do not despair. Here are seven  to work smarter in your business.

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Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

April 21, 2021 | 244 views

Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions
Library Staff Scheduling Pitfalls and Solutions

Libraries, like most organizations, work with tight budgets and limited resources. Creating an efficient library operation demands everything from managing book inventory and class schedule to assisting with research. One consistent aspect, however, is scheduling the right person for each type of necessary work so that the library provides full service to library users.

Effective library scheduling directly improves efficiency in the library. With the use of scheduling software, library managers easily manage these common challenges for library operations.

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Unpredictable Work Schedules Hurt Your Employees and Your Business

March 24, 2021 | 429 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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9 Ways to Reduce Overwork and Employee Fatigue

January 13, 2021 | 348 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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Should I Switch My Staff to a 4-Day Workweek?

December 9, 2020 | 489 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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4 Ways Employee Scheduling Software Saves Time and Money

September 16, 2020 | 611 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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Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules

August 5, 2020 | 672 views

Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules
Scheduling Software Supports Flexible Work Schedules

We’ve heard so much about the “great pause” of 2020—this temporary reduction or shutdown of businesses and industry. Going forward means that there will also be a “great reset,” too. And when it comes to scheduling resets for staff, this is a good time to reimagine the possibilities for your business’s scheduling needs.

If the coronavirus’s impact on working has not yet been enough to force you into more flexible work schedules, there are plenty of other good reasons to offer flexible schedule options to your employees. Employees prefer flexibility for different reasons. Some may have medical issues that need regular attention. Others may want to pick up their children at school during the day. No matter the reason, your staff will be more satisfied when their schedules accommodate their personal needs.

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Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

October 30, 2019 | 1,889 views

Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.
Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous these days for purchasing power. More than one generation doesn’t carry checks or cash anymore, and with the majority of shopping done online, every business has to understand how they will get paid. Using a credit card processor is an absolute necessity, but the service can be costly.

As you shop around, and shop around you must, get into the nitty-gritty of how each prospective processor can improve your offerings. From easy transactions to low fees to online gateways, educate yourself and ask lots of questions to ensure the smoothest financial transactions for you and for your customers. 

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