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Part Three: The Schedule Shifter
When you’re sure your schedule is set, only to find it’s a mess – who is to blame? Why, it’s none other than the shifty-eyed Schedule Shifter.
No manual system is immune to the Schedule Shifter. He’s sneaky and he’s swift. It doesn’t matter how water-tight the schedule seemed before locking up. The Schedule Shifter slips in later, undetected. His marker is speedy – he can drop, swap, and stop shifts short in seconds.
He scribbles all over the calendar, smacks some sticky notes on notice board, and slinks off into the night, snatching up important reminders and stuffing them into his pocket on his way out.
By morning, only chaos remains. Those shift swaps cause frustration for your teams or dents to your bottom line…usually both.
The fees add up and he never backs down. Too many people on the shift? Too few? Swaps that push staff into overtime – what can you do?
The secret to defeating the Schedule Shifter is keeping him from striking in the first place. By ditching the manual systems, the Shifter will have a harder time striking. And using an accurate demand forecast will get the right people on the right shift at the right time – preventing the need for constant swaps.
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