Once you have found the right talent for your business, you don’t want to lose them because of frustration over inconsistent work schedules or scheduling errors. According to HR Drive, work-life balance is the number one driver of employee satisfaction and scheduling consistency is deemed to be the most important component of that.
If you’re struggling with how to create a more consistent work schedule for your hourly employees and want to avoid having to spend all of your time reworking it every time there’s a change, here’s how our scheduling software can help you solve any payroll inconsistencies and keep your top talent satisfied.
Not having a good handle on staffing creates problems for both you and your employees. First, having too many to cover a shift results in either boredom and lack of focus if there’s not enough to do, and too few employees results in stress, more frequent mistakes, and a poor attitude if there aren’t enough people to do the work. Ensuring that you have the right number of people at the right times, and in the right positions, is ideal for optimizing job performance.
Irregular or inconsistent schedules tend to result in much higher absenteeism rates. This is because employees may have to resort to taking unplanned days off to take care of personal or family needs. Not knowing how your schedule may change or having to work rotating night or weekend shifts can have a detrimental effect on people’s attitude often resulting in low morale and more missed days of work.
Physical and Mental Health
Frequent changes in schedule or having to bounce between night and daytime shifts can have a tremendous effect on a person’s overall health and well-being. It can influence sleeping patterns, eating and exercise habits, and, over time, frequent and drastic changes in schedule can even lead to serious health consequences.
Having a more consistent work schedule allows employees to plan exercise, doctor’s appointments, and even grocery shopping. Parents of young children will be better able to make arrangements for childcare or transportation to and from school if they know ahead of time what their schedule will be and have trust that it won’t change at a moment’s notice.
Create a Better Work Schedule
Scheduling isn’t easy, and some jobs are particularly challenging when it comes to scheduling consistency. However, there are still some things you can do to optimize your scheduling and create a win-win for all who are involved.
Align Business and Employee Needs
Create happier, more productive, and more dedicated employees by boosting morale and overall satisfaction. The best way to accomplish this is through more consistent scheduling and better aligning of work schedules with the needs and wants of employees — while still ensuring the needs of the business are met.
It’s possible to do this with staff scheduling software that gives you more hours back in your day and lets you spend more time interacting with your employees. You’ll be able to meet more requests for scheduling changes with Scheduling+ because the user-friendly drag and drop interface lets you make changes with the click of a button.
Reduce Scheduling Errors
Using a staff scheduling software to optimize your scheduling process can also help with another common irritation shared by employees and employers alike — scheduling errors. Scheduling too many people or not enough, double-scheduling employees, scheduling unavailable employees, and scheduling the wrong person for the job are all mistakes that make your life more difficult and your employees more frustrated. Using technology to help reduce those errors and streamline scheduling functions will save you time, and make your employees happier.
Optimize Scheduling With Scheduling+
If you need help reducing the amount of time you’re spending on scheduling and want to improve employee satisfaction and retention, the Scheduling+ staff scheduling software can help. Scheduling+ is a business management tool that makes scheduling more efficient while also offering features like time clock management, attendance tracking, and task management — in one comprehensive software package.
To make things even easier, we also include an employee app that can be used to log time, view schedules, and submit time-off requests. Changes are inevitable, and when a scheduling change is required, it’s necessary to communicate that change with employees as quickly as possible. With the Scheduling+ employee app you can email or text employees changes in schedule so they can have more time to plan their day.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Scheduling+ can do for your business, contact a member of your team and we would be happy to set up a free live demo. Want to try Scheduling for yourself? Simply give us a few pieces of information about your business and sign up to start your free trial.