Scheduling staff is a challenge – Scheduling staff in COVID is so much harder

Many companies that schedule staff have multiple locations, there is a connection, think about retail stores like Gloria Jeans Coffee, hotel chains that manage multiple locations locally, nationally and globally.

As COVID continues to give businesses grief globally legislation is changing country by country to help manage COVID better in certain industries.

Key industries include….

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Aged care

These industries account for a massive number of the workforce globally, these industries also all need to schedule employees across one or many locations.

Examples of legistation we are starting to see being bought in by Governments around the world include

  • The operator of a residential aged care facility must develop a Workforce Management Plan that requires employees, contractors, volunteers and students to advise if they have worked at other locations in the same industry.
  • Employers in some countries can now force employees to come back to work and stop working from home – Not everyone will be happy with this outcome.
  • Vaccine legislation is now coming out for some industries as the vaccine is beggining to be rolled out globally.
  • Businesses are being forced to collect visitor information including name and mobile for COVID tracing
  • Wearing masks indoors in crowded places including retail is mandatory with fines aplying if you do not comply.

The only way to manage employees’ schedules across multiple locations is electronic, spreadsheets are no longer an option. Electronic scheduling allows you to set parameters that stop one worker from being scheduled at another location.

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