Work Schedule Ideas

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One of your largest costs as a business owner is labor. You want to cover your company's needs while avoiding unnecessary payroll obligations. In developing a work schedule, it is important to consider your needs as well as employee flexibility. There are several options available when creating a work schedule.

Set Schedule

A set schedule places each employee on a repeating set of work hours. Once scheduled, the employee is expected to report to work at the time listed and perform his duties until his time ends. A set schedule can be for day shift, afternoon or evenings, or any combination of these, as long as it is a schedule that repeats without change. A set schedule allows the company to place a consistent set of workers based on work flow and need. A set schedule allows employees to easily schedule their own personal agenda because they know well ahead of time when their time off is scheduled. The downside to a set schedule is that an employee may impede company operation if they need personal time off during their scheduled shift.

Flex Scheduling

Flexible scheduling allows employees to report to their jobs during a range of hours, perform their duties and then leave. For example, you may tell employees they can report to work anytime between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., put in their required shift and leave. Flexible schedules provides employees with the ability to schedule personal time while still allowing them to work a full shift. Flexible scheduling works well in positions that are not driven by the public. For example, a restaurant could not easily use a flexible schedule, as they are open during a specific set of hours. However, in an office setting, a flexible schedule can be effective and maintain employee morale.

Rotating Shift Schedule

When you use a rotating shift work schedule, your employees change shifts on a regular basis. Many rotating shift schedules mandate weekly shift changes. It is often used when you have a 24-hour operation and incorporates day shift, afternoon shift and evening shift. A crew might spend a week on days, a week on afternoons and a week on night shift before returning to a week on day shift.


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