Improve your scheduling software with 2 easy features

Having kids that work in the hospitality industry it is easy to see how manual scheduling process are still today. After working more than 20 years in this industry I am not surprised when a modern company is discovered to be still using paper time sheets and notes for scheduling.

Every customer with a manual system has issues building, distributing and maintaining the schedule. Every person who has ever had to build, distribute and then maintain a weekly or monthly schedule knows exactly what I am talking about here.

Building and sharing the schedule – It is one thing to build the schedule, once built you can share the schedule with all employees. I have seen customers share the employee schedule on a notice board, in the lunch room, more progressive companies try using Facebook.

Maintaining the schedule – If your employees work the same hours each week doing the same work week in and week out then scheduling is very simple, copy this week into next week and away you go again. If your company is in retail or hospitality or health then schedules can change with a minutes notice. A restaurant may get busy 2 hours earlier than expected due to extra customers walking in off the street.  What ever the reason how do you manage many changes to the schedule every day? Some companies will change the schedule daily, reprint and stick back on the noticeboard. Can you imagine doing this every day?

Ways clever scheduling can help your business profit!

1/ Availability – Imagine if your employees could advise their availability in advance so when you went to build the schedule automatically employees who advised previously they were unavailable would not be available to schedule. (you can still over ride this feature if desperate for an employee to walk however the feature is designed to help both the employee and the scheduler.

2/ Shift Swap – One of the best features ever invented for many industries. If my daughter wants to swap a shift at her manual scheduling job she has to start contacting other staff to find one who will say yes they can work and take her shift, I can see the stress this puts on my daughter as she does not want to let her work down when something has come up including being sick. I cant imagine the stress this puts on a scheduler who’s job it is to replace a person who calls in sick, calling number after number until someone is found. What a waste of time? How much time would your staff save if employees managed the shift swap?

Employees can only swap with suitably skilled employees to replace them. What an awesome add on to shift swap!!

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Can you sign into scheduling software without scheduling?

This is a great question and one that pops up a lot, customers vary, many need to schedule every person that is working, some need to schedules some staff while others just need to sign in and sign out without scheduling. The most common place I find where customers want employees to sign in and out without a schedule is when labour costing is involved. Labour costing for employee attendance can be 1 of 2 things.

Option 1 – labour costing 

Sign in and out against the job. Many customers need to know how many hours are spent on a job, if you have multiple jobs and the jobs are long term you can schedule easily. If your jobs are short term or you have limited control over the start and finish time of the job then you need to be able to have the employees sign in and sign out without scheduling.

Option 2 – labour costing with cost codes

Not as popular as labour costing against the job but for the customers that need the data it is very easy to create an easy way for the employee to sign in against the job and the cost code, for example Job 1 – painting or Job 1 – cleaning.

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Now Integrated with ACTAtek employee biometric time clocks

As cloud software has taken off over the past decade for time and attendance and scheduling questions still arise on hardware, do you need hardware? If an employee has a phone app that only works on the employee phone why would you consider biometric fingerprint readers for employees to sign in and out?

Put simply it is a choice, along with going biometric comes an additional cost, if you have 20 locations with 600 employees you can either have employees sign in and out with their own mobile phone (no cost to you) on an iPad set up in kiosk mode (additional cost) or a biometric fingerprint reader for employee time and attendance.

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Deputy adds leave balances for employees to see when booking leave – WOW!!

Every once in a while comes a feature every customer asks for but is not easy for the development team to provide, allowing an employee to easily see how many hours leave are available when requesting some time off is gold. This was worth the wait. Thanks a million to the developers, customer are going to love this feature.

Not only does Deputy show the leave balance to the employee they also show the balance per leave type. AND any future approved leave, so everyone is completely in the know. This will save employees, managers, and employers from jumping back and forth between Deputy and their payroll product – what a time saver! At present this data syncs seamlessly with Xero, MYOB and Bamboo HR.

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Deputy introduce paid breaks – making compliance even easier

Last month Deputy released a new feature – Paid Breaks.

 

What does this mean?

You can now ask employees to sign out and in for breaks giving you an electronic easy to understand report showing the breaks taken while the employee continues to get paid as required. Previously you could not do this as the employee if they signed into a break would not get paid.

What should you do?

Deputy says…Relieve your employees from all duties during their breaks – (Pay close attention to this one). Ensure your staff are not pressured to work during their allocated break times. IF they’re working at any capacity during their break, you’ll be liable to pay them in addition to their entitled wage.

Setting up paid breaks is easy…register to start a 30 day trial and book in training to get your employees signing in and out electronically.

It is now even easier to import your data in XERO….

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