Create shift schedules, post them on the notice board, receive vacations and illnesses, done!? In most companies, it has been a long time since this has reflected reality. Competition in the market and HR requires creative, sophisticated solutions. Staff deployment must be cost-efficient but it must also reflect the reality of employees' lives today: working parents, a demanding young generation of employees, demographic change. Anyone who needs skilled workers in the future must think ahead.
ROBUST SCHEDULING AND INFLUENCE ON WORKING TIME
If you want to be attractive to employees, you should start with working hours. Frequent last-minute schedule changes that wreck private time management will cause employees to lose goodwill and motivation. And it feels really good to be asked, rather than simply being told to work shifts and extra hours. When scheduling robustness and working time autonomy are in line with operational goals, employees are more satisfied and remain loyal to the company for longer. If you know your medium-term personnel requirements, you can avoid short-term schedule changes. And those who define conditions under which employees can influence their working hours, cushion the hardships of shift work and position themselves as attractive employers.
WORKING TIME FLEXIBILITY: A WIN FOR BOTH SIDES
How can employees influence the working times for shift work? For many this is difficult to imagine because flexible working hours do not seem to be compatible with fixed shift schedules. And because individual working time agreements are already highly complex. Also it seems almost impossible to also give employees influence when planning for full-time, part-time, and outside labor, based on demand. But pioneers do exist. They take small steps – or giant leaps. They show that shift work can also be flexible. For the benefit of employees and the company.
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DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR A DIGITAL WORKING WORLD
Digital solutions simplify such steps – or make them possible in the first place. Digital decision making optimizes scheduling. Employees and companies agree on framework conditions, algorithms find the best solution for all parties involved. In WorkforcePlus, employees enter requests and private restrictions on the go. Or just digitally swap their shifts if the schedule is already sorted. WorkforcePlus makes suggestions and considers fairness when overtime is needed. Welcome to the new world of shift work.
We live technology. But technology should not be used just for technology’s sake. We do not want planning automatons that assign work and disenfranchise employees. But rather working time systems that value employees' commitment, allocate work fairly, and give employees influence while taking operational concerns into account. Systems which are collaborative so supervisors, schedulers, and employees can communicate directly with each other in chats.
DIGITAL WORLDS - NOT ONLY FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF WORKERS
Workforce management for digital natives? Yes, for younger workers, a mobile solution can increase employer attractiveness. But we believe that mobile workforce management is more than this. It can change the way working time is experienced – and not just for younger employees. It's easy to access and use: today, the digital world reaches all generations. Mobile workforce management can increase business attraction and employee retention.
Nowadays, we hear the question with increasing frequency: can't we just leave the coordination of working hours to the employees themselves? The promise of maximum working time autonomy is appealing. But operational concerns must be taken into account. Conflicts in staffing unpopular times and activities must be resolved and moderated. Laws, collective bargaining agreements, and company agreements must be observed. WorkforcePlus also supports this type of scheduling. We will be happy to advise you on which approach is suitable for you.
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Five theses on the future of digital workforce management. White Paper by Dr. Jörg Herbers, CEO of INFROM GmbH.