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28 03, 2018

Are you optimized?

By | 2018-03-28T15:06:50+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Industry Tips|0 Comments

Introduction Optimization is defined as the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation’s resources. While generally applicable, this definition lacks specificity when it comes to complex processes such as staff scheduling. In industries with complex scheduling demands, optimization is more appropriately defined as finding an alternative that meets the organization’s goal for maximum coverage or lowest cost while meeting or exceeding quality expectations.   Goals Expected of Optimization Optimization technology for complex scheduling has existed for at least two decades but is offered by no more than two scheduling systems on the market today. This technology has been shown to provide high quality results yet surprisingly is still not widely adopted by hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States. With few workforce management vendors offering optimization capability, few hospitals know much about the advantages that schedule optimization provides. The most powerful optimization technologies use mathematical algorithms to produce schedules of best [...]

26 01, 2018

7 Tips for Efficient Staff Scheduling

By | 2018-02-22T08:31:11+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Industry Tips|0 Comments

It is an oft-cited statement in business that to keep an organization’s employees happy there are two things managers should never get wrong: schedules and paychecks. Efficient staff scheduling is the bedrock of employee satisfaction and leads to higher productivity, lower turnover, and improved staff loyalty. With this in mind, below are seven best practices for efficient and effective scheduling we have learned from over two decades of staff optimization experience. Use shift templates Rather than creating a new schedule every schedule period, managers should document the days each employee prefers to work and create a template that can be repeated. Scheduling by template allows managers to create a schedule once and only fill in missing shifts as they occur. Allow staff to show their availability in the future When staff make their future availability known, managers can select the best person available each shift based on necessary skills, competencies, and whether the shift is [...]