4 Keys to Getting Employee Scheduling Right

If your business isn’t rostering employee shifts in a fair and balanced way, you could be over-working staff and reducing productivity. On the other hand, a well-considered workforce rostering strategy can help to improve employee satisfaction engagement and ultimately retention.

If you succeed in fostering an employee-friendly workforce rostering system, your workers will feel more valued. Satisfied workers tend to stay more engaged and loyal to the business.

There are four things organisations should consider when evaluating whether their employee rostering strategy is effective or not:

1) Time off requests

Employees need to be able to ask for time off for a vacation, a sick day, or any other relevant reason, directly to a centralised system instead of having to find time to ask their manager face-to-face. The system should be able to enhance decision-making by cross-referencing that person’s request with other people’s rosterd time off and determining whether the business’s needs can be met. The workforce rostering software should then directly reflect the agreed time off on timesheets.

Self-service tools let employees lodge their preferred working hours and unavailability. So when a staff member asks for time off, there’s no need to ask other staff members whether they can cover shifts. This saves time and the hard feelings that can arise when employees have to refuse shifts.

2) Shift swaps

An effective rostering system should also provide workers with the ability to trade shifts with qualified peers. Thus giving each employee more control over their roster without compromising business results.

3) Adding and dropping shifts

Workforce rostering tools can let workers indicate if they want to pick up additional work or reduce hours. System safeguards c