Common Scheduling Myths Exploded!

Jeremy Anderson
Jun 23, 2014

Scheduling is time consuming and labour intensive

Yes scheduling is time consuming but there are ways to streamline the process. An effective scheduling process will significantly reduce the administration time required for scheduling. Scheduling software can also help to reduce time spent scheduling, not only in schedule creation but also with automatic alerts. Automatic alerts keep staff  informed of new shifts, changes and cancellations meaning the time spent communicating schedules is massively reduced.

Double bookings happen and when they do we suck it up and deal with the cost of the mistake

Errors in scheduling impact negatively on employer, employee and often also the customer. Scheduling errors are frustrating and often expensive.   In order to avoid errors planning is critical – make schedules as far in advance as possible, and have a clear and constant process in place to manage changes and ensure staff are kept up to date. With advanced notice double bookings should be picked up. Alternatively invest in scheduling software  and set business rules to make double bookings impossible.

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The myths surrounding scheduling make people and organisations reluctant  to think about their scheduling methods or consider changing their current processes – “this is how we have always done it so why change?”. By exploding some of these myths we hope you will look at your methods and see if you could improve on any of the 4 common scheduling goals:

  • Accuracy
  • Productivity
  • Profitability
  • Satisfaction (for employer, staff and customer)

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