For large and small businesses alike, payroll is one of the largest costs, and wasted resources can significantly add to this cost. Wasted time and abused talent can prevent your business from succeeding, and often, waste is bred through inefficient scheduling processes. This post discusses four scheduling scenarios that show how mistakes can cost your business numerous resources.
What is procrastination, really? A bad habit? A lazy tendency? An inherited trait? Statistics show that 20% of people characterize themselves as chronic procrastinators. Interestingly, 85%-95% of college students surveyed state that procrastination plays a major role in their lives. Having always struggled with procrastination myself, I can honestly say that these are my people. Seriously. In just the short time since I started writing this article, I’ve done a load of laundry, organized my desk again, checked my email, and looked through the pictures I took at last night’s Shinedown concert. It was a great concert, by the way, and you wouldn’t believe how loud … Stop! Wait a minute. It’s a story for another time. I need to regroup. FOCUS.
Working a 9-5, 40 hour workweek can sometimes be a daunting task. Doing similar tasks every day, or even a variety of tasks, can be cumbersome and downright boring. Attention spans are at an all time low thanks to smartphones, TVs, and (arguably) the number one distraction, the internet. So how do we combat this reality? There are three things you can do right now to be an active participant in this raging productivity battle:
Workforce management - even in small businesses - can be a major hassle, without the proper tools and scheduling processes in place. Keeping track of time and attendance is vital to a company’s bottom line, but smaller businesses are the hardest hit when staff shows up at the wrong time, or not at all. By not having the flexibility of an extended staff, they must get the schedule right the first time … or suffer the consequences of inadequate coverage.
There aren’t many business procurement decisions that bring about an immediate return on investment. Implementing new products or services usually takes some time. However, if there was one type of automation that would immediately benefit your organization in 15 separate ways, would you consider taking a look at it? If your answer is yes, consider automating your scheduling process.
The 5 REAL Questions to Ask Scheduling Software Vendors
Everyone knows to practice due diligence when purchasing a new product, system or service. Evaluation of key features and benefits is the only way to truly know what the best fit will be for your organization. The scheduling systems on the market today demonstrate significant variances in pricing, and since cost is a big factor in making a purchase decision … it’s important to be educated on this topic.
Sometimes businesses and organizations resist or delay the adoption of a scheduling system due to thinking that their staff is too small or that it doesn’t apply to their industry. Others may not be aware of the powerful benefits of incorporating an employee scheduling component into their business management model. Yet another common obstacle to those who want to proceed with scheduling automation is to obtain agreement amongst various departments that this is an essential investment.
Historically, Public Safety agencies have been required to buy, build, and maintain internal IT infrastructures despite exponential costs. The primary justification for this cost was to control and secure confidential data. However today, dedicated hosting centers for software applications have become a more viable alternative for police, correctional, and fire agencies due to the heightened security and precautions these data centers employ 24/7/365.
Freehold, NJ - Visual Computer Solutions (VCS), the leading provider of scheduling software for businesses and law enforcement, recently unveiled a newly redesigned company website.
Choosing a scheduling system can be a daunting task since there are so many companies who offer systems marketed as “cutting edge” or “compelling”. In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed when researching the system that fits your needs the best, you should first take some preliminary steps before you start the research process.