EmpCenter® Advanced Scheduler
For more strategic, cost-effective employee scheduling
EmpCenter Advanced Scheduler, part of our comprehensive suite of cloud-based workforce management tools, helps you optimize labor schedules without breaking a sweat … so you can field the right team at the right time, every time.
Configured to weigh all of the scheduling factors that impact your business—including staffing requirements, employee skills and certifications, preferences, pay rates, labor regulations, union rules, and fitness for duty—Advanced Scheduler allows you to quickly create schedules that support your strategic goals. Advanced Scheduler can help you:
Reduce labor costs
Advanced Scheduler makes it easy to identify which employees are qualified for open positions and filter that information by cost and fitness for duty—allowing you to maximize your bottom line without compromising effectiveness or safety.
When used in conjunction with other EmpCenter solutions, Advanced Scheduler provides additional insights to help you reduce labor costs and learn how scheduling impacts your business. Combine Advanced Scheduler with:
- Time & Attendance to track and compare scheduled versus actual work times
- Absence Compliance Tracker to learn how absence patterns are affecting your bottom line
- Fatigue Management to ensure that schedules reflect work-hour and fitness-for-duty requirements
- Analytics to understand how schedules correlate with 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 fluctuations—all while fully accounting for critical factors such as union requirements and overtime costs. You can also set up position-specific labor standards and correlate those configurations with a business-volume forecast to ensure adequate staffing levels for all locations and shifts. With this type of sophisticated labor scheduling, changes of any frequency or cadence can be easily addressed, allowing your business to run smoothly and with firmly controlled costs.
Quickly fill open shifts
When unplanned absences occur or increased 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. Advanced Scheduler also tracks 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 and empower them to quickly fill openings.
Enhance employee morale
Engaged employees accomplish more, at a higher level of quality, and Advanced Scheduler can help you reap those rewards. For instance, employees can enter work-hour preferences and indicate which hours they are unavailable due to personal commitments. Those preferences are automatically considered during schedule creation, demonstrating that employee needs are recognized and valued, while also streamlining communication processes and maintaining company productivity and labor budget goals.
Additionally, employees can directly exchange shifts with their peers, granting them greater control over work hours and tightly aligning work/life balance preferences with organizational staffing needs. Managers have the option of reviewing and approving agreed-upon swaps or merely receiving notifications when they occur.
Smarter scheduling can also 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 shift schedules.
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 all of our workforce management tools, EmpCenter Advanced Scheduler is designed to provide enterprise-wide coverage. Deep configurability and continual updates via the cloud give you assurances that Advanced Scheduler can handle all your pressing requirements today, and into the future—with no workarounds, no custom code, and no compromises. For more on what EmpCenter Advanced Scheduler can do for your team, request a personalized demonstration.