EmpCenter® Advanced Scheduler
Right person, right shift, right cost—on your terms
EmpCenter Advanced Scheduler—an integrated part of the EmpCenter workforce management suite – is a highly flexible web-based solution that allows you to optimize labor schedules without breaking a sweat. Taking all of the required criteria into account, Advanced Scheduler ensures that you field the right team for the job every time.
By comparing the full range of schedule factors, including staffing requirements, employee skills and certifications, preferences, pay rates, and fitness for duty, Advanced Scheduler helps supervisors rapidly create schedules that support strategic goals.
Reduce labor costs
Advanced Scheduler makes it easy to identify which employees are qualified for open positions, and to filter that by the cost and fitness for duty – enabling you to maximize the bottom line without compromising on workforce effectiveness or safety.
When used in conjunction with other EmpCenter solutions, Advanced Scheduler can provide additional insights into how scheduling affects your business. Combine Advanced Scheduler with:
- Time & Attendance – to track and compare scheduled versus actual work times
- Absence Compliance Tracker – to gain insight into how absences are affecting your schedules
- Fatigue Management – to ensure that schedules reflect work hour and fitness for duty requirements
- Analytics – to understand how schedules correlate to productivity, costs, and other critical metrics
Streamline staffing fluctuations
As your business demands change, Advanced Scheduler can automatically adjust your staffing levels and shift patterns to match those changes in demand – all while fully accounting for critical factors such as union requirements and overtime costs. With EmpCenter Advanced Scheduler you can also set up labor standards for positions and use those labor standards in connection with a business volume forecast to ensure that you are adequately staffed. As a result, fluctuations of any frequency or cadence are easily addressed, and your business runs smoothly and with firmly controlled costs through sophisticated labor scheduling.
Quickly fill open shifts
When the unplanned absence occurs or business volumes require you to call in additional employees, Advanced Scheduler steps in to assist. Call-out lists are generated quickly based on skills, costs, and fitness for duty. Complex union canvassing requirements can also be accommodated, including the ability to offer overtime based on seniority or other factors, and tracking accepted and refused overtime. One-Touch Callout, an optional extension, automatically connects with employees via their preferred contact method (phone, text message, or e-mail) to notify them of open shifts to quickly fill the opening.
Enhance employee morale
Engaged employees can get more done at a higher level of quality, and Advanced Scheduler can help you reap those rewards. For instance, employees can indicate hours they are unavailable due to personal commitments. Advanced Scheduler considers these factors while quickly creating schedules that achieve cost and quality targets – making employees feel more appreciated, and accruing mutual benefit for the employee and the organization.
Additionally, employees can directly exchange shifts with their peers with Advanced Scheduler, granting them greater control over work hours and tightly aligning employee preferences with organizational staffing needs. Managers have the option of reviewing and approving agreed-upon swaps, or merely receiving a notification when they occur, all dependent on your desired workflow.
Smarter scheduling can help resolve an age-old issue – making sure that all of the ‘tribal knowledge’ accumulated by experienced workers gets passed on to the newer crowd. Pairing up new hires with the right mix of top performers and company veterans can streamline the most important aspect of skills development: on-the-job training.
Deliver exceptional results
While we always need to be mindful of costs, the bottom line isn’t the only yardstick of success. Advanced Scheduler can easily schedule the most qualified candidates for the job, to help you maximize operational effectiveness for special projects, seasonal needs, or around the clock.
All of these goals can be addressed in each facet of scheduling, from creating a new shift template to filling a last-minute vacancy with a qualified employee.
Like EmpCenter Time & Attendance and the rest of the suite, Advanced Scheduler is 100% configurable to manage your complex requirements entirely through configuration, today and in the future. No workarounds, no custom code, and no compromises.