Back-to-School Scheduling—Making the Adjustments

05 Sep, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

As we are now in September, students have one thing on their minds—going back to school. That means shopping for new clothes, book bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, and all manner of “school stuff.”
For personnel managers at educational facilities—elementary schools, vocational high schools, private high schools, colleges and universities—going back to school means something a little different. It means creating work schedules that accommodate fluctuating employee availability:

  • Faculty and instructional personnel
  • Aids and in-classroom assistants
  • Executives, administrators, and managers
  • Secretaries and clerks
  • Technicians and para-professionals
  • IT administrators
  • Service and maintenance personnel
  • Food services
  • And many more

Your employees have busy lives outside of your school’s walls. They want to attend their children’s soccer games, ballet classes, and piano lessons. They need to take their kids to doctors and dentists. With so many employees and so many extra-curricular demands, it’s a constant battle to keep track of the requests for time off and preferred classes or shifts. Emails help, but not everyone follows that rule. You still receive some ad-hoc requests that all too often get lost or forgotten.
Rather than spend one more school year struggling with work scheduling, maybe the time is right to try a new solution that replaces traditional paper schedules with web-based online scheduling.
What Time Do I Work offers a comprehensive yet easy-to-use online scheduling solution that provides point-and-click simplicity. By storing all your employee’s names, emails, phone numbers, preferred shifts, and requested time off in one online location, we enable you to create a new schedule by simply moving time slots to the appropriate names on your schedule template. And if you happen to select a name for a time slot that the employee requested off, the software alerts you to the mistake immediately. To correct the error, you simply move the time slot to a different name. It’s just that easy to create a schedule.
When a schedule is completed to your satisfaction, click Send, and the schedule is automatically posted to the cloud and sent to all your employees via email or text. And because all employee information and schedules are stored in the cloud, they remain:

  • Available 24×7 to you and your workers
  • Protected against loss
  • Well organized
  • Updatable at any time, i.e., you can use an existing schedule to create a new one quickly and easily

For many clients, our advanced yet easy-to-use web scheduling software reduces the time required to create a weekly schedule by as much as 75%.
To discover for yourself just how much time and money you can save by using our web scheduling software, you can test drive it for free. There’s no obligation, and no credit card is required to sign up.

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Why you need an Opening Checklist for Your Managers

23 Feb, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Whether you are the manager responsible for opening the business every morning or you are the bar or restaurant owner wanting to ensure that the opening shift starts the business on the right foot for the day, you need to have a framework for what needs to be achieved before you welcome the first customer.

Having a checklist on hand each morning will allow you to focus on the key areas without forgetting anything while ensuring you keep your staff on task and focused on their goals for the day.

A set of standard operating procedures are essential for the consistency needed to achieve success in the bar. Furthermore, setting standards in place early on means you’ll have the ability to measure the performance of your staff against the standards set.

It’s easy for the opening shift to be distracted by deliveries, phone calls, staff issues but a framework for keeping them on track can only help. Have your manager fill this out every morning and keep it on file to review if something goes wrong.

Use an Opening Checklist to streamline the opening shift and to ensure consistency between different managers.