Fourth at the 2019 NRA Show: Collaborative scheduling

Written by: Jane Handel

Live at NRA: Collaborative Scheduling
Here at the 2019 100th Annual NRA show, we’ve been hearing a lot about company culture, engaging employees, and making manager’s lives easier. One of the easiest ways to positively impact all three is to harness the power of mobile technology and to introduce collaborative scheduling to your restaurant.

What is collaborative scheduling? This approach allows employees to request changes to their shifts, to swap shifts with other staff members, and to suggest unavailability for future shifts. Managers still retain control with the ability to review and approve changes, but are also able to set more reliable schedules that require fewer last-minute changes. 

Collaborative scheduling also maintains a clear and accurate record of changes to limit liability and ensure compliance with the predictive scheduling laws that affect a growing number of states.

Hand-in-hand with an accurate demand forecasting solution, collaborative scheduling tools save your managers time, limit frustration, and reduce the administrative burden of crafting and adjusting schedules. It also gives your employees a platform to easily communicate necessary changes, to engage with their colleagues, and to easily find replacements where necessary. 

Uniting and empowering your employees with the tools they need to thrive further promotes a one-team-one-dream mindset. Taking this more hospitable approach to scheduling helps employees feel taken care of, and frees your manager from a pile of busywork in the back office. Plus, with mobile technology, the new schedule is instantly available to all employees, reducing confusion, eliminating version-control errors, and maintaining a clear and accurate record. 

To learn more about how collaborative scheduling tools can help transform your back-office operations, get in touch!

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