Scheduling Supervision

Both, Plant Managers and HR Managers have questions about scheduling supervision; especially with regards to a schedule change. Let’s cut right to the chase on this one: Should supervisors be on the same schedule as the people that they supervise? The answer is unequivocal – YES. Supervisors have one of the most complicated tasks at … Continue reading “Scheduling Supervision”

Non-wage Solutions to Rising Wage Pressure

Human Resource managers: How can you attract a quality workforce when you know that doing so with wages is out of the question? Back when we were recovering from the Great Recession, we all knew this was coming. We watched and cheered as unemployment numbers dropped, month after month. This meant the economy was recovering. … Continue reading “Non-wage Solutions to Rising Wage Pressure”

Making Shift Assignments

It’s human nature to not like change.  There are a lot of reasons for this, among the biggest is the fear of the unknown.  People “know” what’s going on now.  They “know” how things work.  Anything different is unknown. A schedule change is probably the biggest change your workforce will go through in a generation.  … Continue reading “Making Shift Assignments”

Draft Day – Assigning shifts on Your New Schedule

As supervisors and managers go through a process to change the shift schedule, the workforce will experience several different emotions; mostly in a predictable sequence. First, there will be a surprise, fear or even anger as the news breaks – “We are going to move to a 24/7 schedule.” Depending on your project’s process, the … Continue reading “Draft Day – Assigning shifts on Your New Schedule”

Help is on the way.

There is no such thing as a perfectly staffed shiftwork operation. Sure, there will be days when the number of people that show up is exactly the number of people that you need. It happens, but not often enough. What does a typical day or week really look like? The workload varies. This could be … Continue reading “Help is on the way.”

The Impact of Local Unemployment

More often than not, companies come to us when they are out of capacity.  Overtime is high and the workforce is becoming tired.  Absenteeism is leading to under-staffing and more overtime.Γ‚  This is the type of death-spiral that does not right itself unassisted. Improved shift scheduling can help.  However, one component is often to bring … Continue reading “The Impact of Local Unemployment”

How will a new schedule impact your Employee Handbook?

Measure twice, cut once. This adage is as applicable to a schedule change as it is for those in the carpentry trade. Make one mistake and either be prepared to live with it or face the uphill battle of yet making another major change to your workplace. There are all types of pitfalls.  You can … Continue reading “How will a new schedule impact your Employee Handbook?”

Work-Life Balance

A frequent lament I’ve been hearing for the last 30 years is “Today’s kids don’t have the work ethic of their parents.” Interestingly, the frequency of this type of statement is inversely proportional to the local unemployment rate. When unemployment is low, then companies start to notice that their employees become less “sticky”. They leave … Continue reading “Work-Life Balance”

Staffing? – Good Question

Considerations for answering – How Many Do I Hire? I’m a shiftwork expert so my posts are always centered on shiftwork operations.  That doesn’t mean that there isn’t something that a non-shiftwork operation might find helpful.  My hope is that every reader of every post is able to find value. Most of my work, about … Continue reading “Staffing? – Good Question”