Clock in, go to work. Clock out, go about your personal life. This is essentially what managing a schedule is about—it tells an employee when they are to be working and when they aren’t. For one employee, creating a schedule is simple enough. For multiple employees, things can get complicated, especially when you layer in availability, requested time off, labor budget and on and on.
Instead of spending hours—time you could better spend in a lot of other ways—drafting, rearranging and editing schedules, consider a better solution. A solution that will benefit you, and meet your employees where they are at in terms of technology use. And that solution is scheduling software.
Yes, scheduling software is an investment. But, the upfront costs will easily be offset by what you get in return: more time to spend on your business, improved labor management and increased operational efficiency. Three things that will help protect your profit margin and improve staff retention. Three things that historical scheduling practices don’t do very effectively, and are becoming more and more important as the labor economy remains competitive and employee expectations expand.
Speaking of employee expectations, here’s another reason to adopt scheduling software: candidates are more likely to consider you and employees are more likely to stick with you if you have scheduling software that empowers them. Why? The answer is simple, because it makes their lives, and their jobs, easier, something everyone appreciates.
As you consider the pros, cons and costs of various software options, knowing what to look for will make choosing one easier, keep the comparison apples to apples and help you net those returns on investment we mentioned. A strong scheduling contender will come with a mobile-friendly platform (meaning it can be used on a computer, tablet and smartphone) and support the below features for managers, employees and payroll.
Here are the key features to look for that will support the duties of your managers:
These features will help your employees self-serve when it comes to scheduling:
Support your basic payroll and labor management needs by looking for these features: