Employee scheduling software can save businesses time and money. It organizes and balances employee hours with store coverage needs to keep everything running effectively and efficiently.
The main purpose of employee scheduling software is to create work schedules that simultaneously handle the needs of the business and the needs of the employees. In industries like retail and restaurants, employee scheduling software ensures high customer satisfaction while avoiding high labor costs. In other industries, efficient scheduling ensures that projects are completed on time. Employee schedule software guarantees a particularly streamlined approach to labor management, because it removes all the paper work associated with requests, availability, employee certifications, and work hours calculations.
HR professionals can utilize programs with certification tracking and enforcement to save hours of time processing alcohol and safe food handling certifications. With the recent changes in Canadian alcoholic beverages regulations, many Canadian businesses will be experiencing expired certifications for the first time within the next few years. The right scheduling software can help ensure that these businesses avoid fines and license revocations associated with uncertified employees by automatically preventing employees with expired certifications from being scheduled (or clocking in) without renewing their certification first. In fact, with some web-based labor software, employees can even upload their renewed certifications to the website so that management has it on file.
Besides the streamlined operations, scheduling software can save businesses and HR professionals time through easy storage and retrieval of employee information. Data such as employee names, contact information, and wages can be easily input. HR professionals can easily create regular schedules, assign shifts, make changes to accommodate sick leave, shift swaps, and organize time off.
Most schedule software is able to notify and inform employees of their schedules via printouts, web notiifcations, email, or through text messages.
A particular time saver is simply ease of use. Spreadsheets simply do not offer the readily available information that a cloud-based system does. Additionally, using a quality labor program will ensure that there are never overlaps (no double scheduling). Features like online red books help store records of absences and tardiness of employees, and will allow HR personnel to upload disciplinary action forms, make notes about specific staff members, and store everything in an easy-to-retrieve format.
All of these features add up to the simple, primary benefit of using a quality scheduling software: better communication between the employer and employee. Employee scheduling software saves everyone time, and saves the business money.
Employee scheduling software increases efficiency for HR professionals. It leaves you more time to focus on high priority items that can't be automated by a software system!
Who Should Participate
Anyone involved with daily operations in businesses, especially those with hourly workers. HR professionals, business owners, managers, payroll personnel, etc.
What You Will Learn
The primary features offered by employee scheduling software and the effects of each.
The direct ROI implications on labor costs through use of employee scheduling software.
Which features tend to give the biggest "bang per buck" for businesses.
Realistic analysis of the secondary ROI implications through impact morale, productivity, operations, retention, process automation, etc.
Managing staff schedules and labor costs in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries has never been easier.