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4 Ways Manufacturing Can Improve Employee Scheduling
For manufacturing operations, it’s all about schedules. You not only have to maintain production schedules, but you also have to worry about staff schedules. This can be a delicate balancing act, keeping track of staff availability, making sure not to over-staff or under-staff shifts, and all while keeping an eye on labor expenses and the bottom line.
On top of everything else, you also have to make sure your scheduling practices are fair and are benefiting both employees and the company. But there are steps you can take to manage staff scheduling, keep your employees happy, and streamline expenses. Whether you’re running a plant, production unit, or mill, here are four ways a cloud-based solution improves employee scheduling in manufacturing:
1.Employees Get Schedules Further Ahead of Time
Making sure your employees know their schedules ahead of time solves a couple of problems: 1) Compliancy with government legislation in states that require employers to give workers at least two weeks notice; 2) Identifying potential shift conflicts and fixing them before the shift occurs, which decreases costly employee absenteeism.
According to Software Advice, an employee scheduling software consultancy, 50 percent of workers whose employers use scheduling software learn about their schedule two or more weeks in advance. This not only eliminates confusion with employees as to when they’re scheduled to work, but also simplifies the scheduling process for manufacturing managers so they can create schedules months in advance in a fraction of the time. This can translate into a healthier bottom line.
2. Employees Get Their Preferred Shifts More Often
A cloud-based scheduling solution for manufacturing operations makes it much easier for employees to get their preferred shifts more often because scheduling becomes a collaborative effort. Employees can communicate with their managers about what shifts work best for them and managers can even allow employees to choose their own shifts. This is a huge benefit for manufacturing companies with multiple locations where it is especially challenging to manage schedules and ensure everyone is working their preferred shifts.
3. Self-Service Functionality Makes Scheduling Easier
Scheduling manufacturing employees is even easier when you give them the ability to see their upcoming shifts on a self-service app or website. Employees can view their shifts and then communicate back with managers if any conflicts come up that were not identified when the schedules were created.
According to Software Advice, 65 percent of employees use an online self-service portal to view or modify their schedules. Giving employees this type of visibility also makes for a happier workforce because employers are listening to their needs while still making smart business decisions.
4. Managers Get Automated Notifications
Automation is a wonderful thing. Especially when it streamlines a process like scheduling for manufacturing operations. With automatic notifications, managers can send employees real-time alerts when shift changes occur. This allows managers to delegate tasks while still maintaining accountability and eliminates any scheduling confusion that may occur with workers.
In a Software Advice survey, 34% of managers use automated notifications to inform employees of schedule changes. Having this type of technology handy to quickly communicate with employees can save managers time and allows them to focus on more strategic tasks.