What Is a Scheduling System?

by Geoffrey St. Marie - Updated September 26, 2017
Scheduling systems allow managers to monitor and maximize labor resources.

With all of the tasks managers are required to perform, any tools which expedite and ease those duties are welcome. Scheduling systems provide a diverse range of functions which attempt to do precisely that.

Identification

A scheduling system is usually a form of software that allows managers to construct schedules for their employees. It will often be subdivided into different departments with lists of employees working in those departments. The software will also tend to calculate or tally individuals' total hours projected over a scheduling cycle.

Function

Systems of this nature offer an important tool for managers in helping them to control labor costs. They can frequently see how much they are spending on a certain type of labor and whether the need for that labor matches what is being scheduled. These systems additionally offer an opportunity for employers to manage the payment of overtime by seeing how many hours people are scheduled to work in a given cycle.

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Considerations

While vital tools, scheduling systems do not replace the mind or business savvy of the scheduler. A keen business person will be able to anticipate changes and adapt their scheduling process accordingly. In the end, the software is only as good as the user.

About the Author

Geoffrey St. Marie began writing professionally in 2010, with his work focusing on topics in history, culture, politics and society. He received his Bachelor of Arts in European history from Central Connecticut State University and his Master of Arts in modern European history from Brown University.

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