Managers have a tough job. While dealing with things like adhering to lean budgets, creating and supervising schedules, attempting to boost productivity and making sure work gets completed, no one expects them to be flawless. However, some solutions can help make their job easier. Let’s talk about “Average Joe”, the schedule manager.
Average Joe spends about 3.14 hours or more per week creating the work schedule. Not to mention the hours he spends on updating, processing time-off requests, managing overtime work, and filling slots to no-shows or sick workers. This is where the real time is lost. Average Joe is shown to lose almost 20% of his time on a week to week basis just to keep shifts filled and minimum staffing levels maintained. The real tragedy about Average Joe is that with all the time spent on the schedule, he has much less time to manage his other responsibilities. He knows that scheduling is often overlooked and taken for granted, with little to no recognition unless he messes it up. He knows he could be capitalizing on managing priorities and safety, if he could only stop expending so much time and energy on the weekly schedule. With this on his mind, he begins to research how he can make scheduling more efficient and realizes that shift management automation is a solution that is used by a multitude of critical infrastructure organizations across the country.
With a workforce management automation solution, Average Joe has his scheduling responsibilities basically done for him. It can create a fair and balanced work schedule based on his bargaining agreements, process time off requests, allow workers to bid on open shifts independent of his supervision, and automatically fill last minute open slots with just a couple of clicks – no more countless emails and phone calls. Now Average Joe isn’t so average anymore. With all the time he saves he begins to dedicate it to other priorities, and soon enough he’s getting recognized for his efficient operations.
What is true for Average Joe is true for many managers today. Time is money and losing it on manual shift management is like throwing money out the window. Using automation to create schedules for your workers, all while allowing them to have autonomy in shift bidding and trading, overtime, and time-off just to name a few, can save you hours of your time weekly. A robust shift and workforce management solution can turn these precious hours wasted into additional productivity – freeing managers to maximize their efficiency and impact the organization’s bottom line. With the ARCOS Platform, all these things and much more are possible. Take a page out of Average Joe’s book and do some research and see what ARCOS shift management solutions can do for you and your company.