According to the classic Christmas song, we’re heading into the most wonderful time of the year. And, sure, from Glühwein to mince pies, there’s plenty to love about Christmas.
But take a second and put yourself in the shoes of the poor scheduler. For many businesses, whether they be restaurants or retail stores, Christmas isn’t just the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the busiest.
And with the scheduler juggling the needs of full-timers, part-timers and seasonal staff, while trying to make sure the business always performs to its optimal level, it’s easy to see how seasonal scheduling can bring with it a whole world of headaches.
Meeting increased demand, scheduling for longer operating hours and working around staff holidays can leave business owners fretting over how they are going to reach their targets during the festive period.
So what’s the best way to manage all of this? To keep customers happy and give them a great experience while keeping the business running to budget and the employees motivated?
Well, you could do it all on a spreadsheet (and if you do you’ll definitely need more than one cup of Glühwein to see you through), or you could use software to make your life easier.
Workforce management software like Quinyx is built to save you time and money by automating and optimising the scheduling process.
Automated scheduling. With the click of a button you can set the schedule for your entire organisation that’s optimised to make sure you have the right people, in the right place at the right time. The system also check against working time directives, employee contracts and employee requests for when they work. It does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.
Mobile-first approach. The average person picks their phone up more than 300 times a day. Most of us use our smartphones to run our lives. By having a presence in this environment through an app, you’ll be where your employees are, making your business (and them) more productive and more efficient. This is why, at Quinyx, we have a mobile first approach.
Less admin. A user friendly solution like Quinyx makes it much easier and quicker to create schedules, as well as significantly reducing the amount of time spent on admin. In fact, figures from TechNavio Global Research in 2014 state companies who use a workforce management solution for their scheduling save, on average, 9 hours per week per manager and see a 20% increase in client facing time.
Enhanced communication. One of our beliefs is workforce management solutions should become more fun to use and form a key part of enjoying work. Coupled with our mobile-first approach, this means communication can happen instantly and easily through the app, whether that’s switching a shift, finding cover for an empty shift or approving a leave request.
Seamless integration. True workforce management software extends far beyond scheduling. It allows you to integrate core functions like your budgeting and payroll. Advanced systems like Quinyx also provide huge insights into how your business is performing, allowing you to visualise the data and metrics that matter to you. It can also integrate with third-party systems, like Scrive, to help streamline other core processes.
One rota in one place. Quinyx is a cloud-based solution which brings with it a host of benefits like automatic software updates and easy scalability. Alongside this, you only ever have one rota and it’s stored in one place meaning there are never any duplicates and the risk of incorrect scheduling is dramatically reduced.
Join us and our Founder & CEO, Erik Fjellborg, on November 29 for a free webinar to find out more how a solution like Quinyx can save you time and money, not just through the festive season, but for the whole here.
Simply click on the link below to register.