Invaluable software by Kronos, Sabre and Guitar Center make “shift scheduling” a breeze, and even incorporate labor law regulations into their algorithms. These programs also allow employers to monitor workers hours, reduce OT, and monitor tardiness and breaks.
Say you own a thriving bakery that’s open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and you have nine full-time employees and 11 part-timers. The shop is busiest between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and then again from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. How many people do you need on the noon to 6 p.m. shift?
It’s a problem that could flummox even someone who aced advanced calculus.
Fortunately, scores of software programs are available to help businesses manage their scheduling conundrums.