One of the most powerful self-service functions in RosterApps is the ability for employees to trade shifts among each other within the rules and constraints established by their employer. While the system can be configured to require supervisor approval for trades, most companies find that to be unnecessary since all checks and balances that the supervisor would review have already by checked by the system before the trade request was allowed to proceed. The ability to trade shifts empowers the employees to solve their own scheduling issues without involving management but still ensure that a qualified individual is covering the shift. The three main types of trades are those via the Trade Board, one-way trades, and two-way trades.
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The trade board allows employees to post shifts that they are looking to give up to a list, which other employees can view. Interested employees can claim the shift on a first-come-first-served basis so long as claiming the shift would not cause a conflict with any of the rules under which they operate.
A one-way trade occurs when an employee wants to give up a shift and has a specific co-worker in mind to receive it. The employee assigned to the shift can initiate a request and the receiving employee must accept the request to complete the trade. Of course, if the trade would violate any of the rules in place, the request would be blocked before it could be submitted.
A two-way trade occurs when an employee wants to give up a shift to a specific co-worker and wants to receive one of the co-worker’s shifts in exchange. One of the two employees can initiate a request and the other employee must accept the request to complete the trade. Of course, if the trade would violate any of the rules in place, the request would be blocked before it could be submitted.