Category Archives: ScheduleBase Tips

Scheduling Vacations to Maintain High Service & Production Levels

March 2, 2022 | 950 views

Scheduling Vacations to Maintain High Service & Production Levels
Scheduling Vacations to Maintain High Service & Production Levels

Vacation planning is on the upswing. Finally, we can imagine international trips and summer beach houses in our future. We want to visit family in person rather than on video calls. With these longings comes the challenge of allowing employees time off without interrupting the operations. Everyone needs a break, but a business often struggles if specific roles are left unfilled. Vacations or other PTO needs planning so that employees get what they need and the business maintains high performance levels.

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3-2-2 Workweek Scheduling Could Be a Happy Combination

February 2, 2022 | 288 views

3-2-2 Workweek Scheduling Could Be a Happy Combination
3-2-2 Workweek Scheduling Could Be a Happy Combination

Over many years in the business of providing scheduling software options, we’ve seen organizations develop all kinds of business models and workforce schedules. Some clients sought flexibility; others had to modify their plans to accommodate a limited employee base.

With the meteoric rise in work-from-home (WFH) options, employers are discovering that a return to traditional hours is impossible. Employees simply are refusing to conform to pre-pandemic standards. Indeed’s list of work trends suggests that the 8-hour workday in the office (or at home) may become the 3-2-2 workweek.

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Can Split Shift Scheduling Work for You?

January 12, 2022 | 223 views

Can Split Shift Scheduling Work for You?
Can Split Shift Scheduling Work for You?

A split shift is a scheduled shift that has a long interruption. It is easy to imagine a restaurant, for example, that schedules staff for lunch and dinner shifts to fulfill customer demand at peak times of the day. It gives an employee a break in the middle of two shorter shifts—the break is longer than a lunch break (often a few hours long). The practice allows managers to customize work schedules to fit times of higher demand without paying an employee for the slower hours between their two busy shifts.

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The Human Role in Your Business Success

December 29, 2021 | 202 views

The Human Role in Your Business Success
The Human Role in Your Business Success

Without exception, the most successful organizations thrive because the people involved in making it grow can create something great together. That sounds a bit cliché, I suppose, but the humanity behind a business shows its worth when the human side is recognized. People move successful organizations forward, and they do it better when the organization recognizes its people’s humanity.

Business success comes when the people in the business perform well. And management must help those employees perform to the best of their ability. So what are those human characteristics and needs for leaders to recognize?

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Technology is Disrupting Retail Business (for Good)

November 17, 2021 | 303 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 | 233 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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6 Scheduling Conflicts and How to Avoid Them

October 13, 2021 | 217 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 | 202 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 | 537 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 | 330 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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