Why Schedule Employees? What are the benefits?

Scheduling employees has been around long before any software was invented. The first digital scheduling I can recall was spreadsheets where you would build your schedule in a spreadsheet. I am sure before spreadsheets people scheduled with paper and pen.

Today scheduling with a digital solution the employee roster means so much more.

The old way was to schedule on paper, pick up the phone, call and confirm the person is ok for the shift, takes notes on your paper. The modern way is to build your schedule and then push one message with all people scheduled notified automatically at the same time with the ability to turn on a feature asking the person to accept or decline the schedule.

The old way was to have a list of names you could call for on-call scheduling when you needed people at the last minute. I have done this one before in a previous life where at 10 pm at night I needed to find 5 people and would start calling people until I got the 5 people i needed, sometimes I was still calling at 11:00 pm at night starting to wake people up who had already gone to sleep. The Modern way is to push one button notifying any person who is skilled to complete the work and the first 5 people to accept the offer get the shift, everything sorted in minutes without one phone call.

How do you schedule? the old way or the Modern way?

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How can I schedule employees to know how many are in the office?

This has been the most asked topic over the last 8 weeks through several different questions.

  • How can I schedule employees into future weeks?
  • How can employees see what days have fewer people based on government limits?
  • How can employees pick what day they want?

Here is my best answer to the problem

  • Build out a schedule for each desk
  • Gives employees access to choose a desk on the day that suits them
  • Once the desks are gone for the day, there are no more desks to select 
  • Allow employees to trade desks with each other 
  • Report on expected V actual
  • Get visibility on people who book and don’t arrive

Once you have built your initial schedule copy to the following week in seconds.

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Scheduling employees with contact tracing

Scheduling staff across 1 or many rosters is a challenge at the best of times, imagine then being asked to run a report from your schedules on who worked with who on what day and in what area to assist with contact tracing. Can you imagine how long it would take to bring this information together?

What if you could simply choose a contact tracing report to run that did all of this for you?Deputy contact tracing

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Log hours for all employees – Have you caught up with latest legislation?

As we all start to return back to work over the coming weeks it is the perfect time to put your systems in place for employee timekeeping. New changes that came into place on March 1st, 2020, for the most part, may have been overshadowed by COVID-19.

Several modern awards now need people who are paid under annualised salary provisions to actually record there start and finish time each day.

Who is impacted?

If you’re covered under the following modern awards, this will be relevant to you:

  • Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2010
  • Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010
  • Contract Call Centres Award 2010
  • Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2010
  • Legal Services Award 2010
  • Mining Industry Award 2010
  • Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2010 (clerical employees only)
  • Salt Industry Award 2010
  • Telecommunications Services Award 2010
  • Water Industry Award 2010
  • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010

If you work under the following awards, the changes will apply to you, but only if you agree to the new arrangements

  • Broadcasting and Recorded Entertainment Award 2010
  • Local Government Industry Award 2010
  • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010
  • Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2010 (non-clerical employees)
  • Pharmacy Industry Award 2010
  • Rail Industry Award 2010
  • Horticulture Award
  • Pastoral Award 2010

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The Fair Work Commission is introducing changes to the terms of several modern awards which will mean that from 1 March 2020 there will be new obligations on employers paying annual salaries under these provisions. Although these changes will vary slightly from award to award, some of the common changes will require employers to:

  1. Have in place written documentation that records which provisions of the award are intended to be included within the annual salary.
  2. Specify in this documentation the ‘outer limits’ of the number of overtime or penalty rate hours that are included within the annual salary in each pay period/roster cycle.
  3. Where an employee works hours that exceed those ‘outer limits’ in a pay period/roster cycle, pay the employee for those hours worked (at the relevant overtime or penalty rate) within the relevant pay cycle.
  4. Keep records of the start times, finish times and unpaid break times for each employee paid an annual salary, and have employees sign, or acknowledge as accurate, that record in each pay cycle.
  5. Perform an annual ‘reconciliation’ every 12 months, calculated from the commencement of the annualised salary arrangement or upon the termination of the employee’s employment. The annual reconciliation will involve calculating the amount the employee would have been paid if they were paid on an hourly basis in accordance with the award. If there is any shortfall it must be paid within 14 days.

In addition, some awards will require that annual salaries under these provisions can only be paid where employees agree to this arrangement.

 

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Touchless visibility of Data has never been more important

As the world continues to change and move around Covid-19 touchless is the new keyword with people contact. Deputy has it all

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  • Provide quick, touch-free timekeeping
  • Get up and running quickly with a verified onsite clock-in on your existing
    devices. By using Deputy’s contactless clock in for Kiosk you can ensure a
    fast, hygienic, touch-free clock in. Spend more time helping your patients
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  • Limit contact exposure between employees during
    clock-in procedure and contamination of devices
  • Fast and simple clock-in process for employees

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