5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Scheduling Software
It seems like there a type of software for everything in business nowadays. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Not if it makes your life easier! Software, computer programs, and online tools can help you save time (and money) on administrative work that wastes large chunks of your workday and exhausts valuable human resources that could otherwise be spent on more substantial projects.
No matter which field you’re in or what your business does, there’s one common denominator that’s a hassle for everyone: scheduling. It’s time-consuming, headache-inducing, and can quickly become a logistical nightmare for everyone involved. In fact, people were so sick of scheduling that they created software to make it faster and easier than ever before. Not convinced that your business needs it? Here are a few benefits of scheduling software that might change your mind.
1. Cloud-Based Technology Means (Practically) Unlimited Accessibility
Introducing scheduling software to your business means that thanks to cloud-based technology, employees will be able to access the company schedule from any Internet-connected device. Send out notifications when a new schedule is published, and ensure that your workers always have the most recent copy of the schedule. Don’t worry—you can still edit schedules once they’re published and send new notifications to alert employees to a schedule change.
Choosing a scheduling software that comes with a mobile app will take accessibility—and convenience—to the next level. Image courtesy of Pexels.
2. It’s Just More Efficient
Remember when we said scheduling can be a logistical nightmare? Well, there’s no way to get out of having to make a regular schedule, but scheduling software can streamline the process so that it’s less of a pain. With features like color-coding, drag-and-drop functionality, and, of course, copy and paste, scheduling is more intuitive, organized, and just plain more efficient.
3. Location and Job Specificity
Employees who divide their time between two or more locations might have a hard time keeping track of where they’re supposed to be going for their next shift. Likewise, you might get confused about who’s scheduled where and at what time. Scheduling software is largely customizable, which means that it’s easy to create and assign locations and job sites to each employee. Plus, you can also specify jobs and projects so that employees know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing throughout each shift.
If your business has more than one location, you know that avoiding mixups on the schedule isn’t as easy as it might seem. Image courtesy of Pexels.
4. Cut Down On Mistakes Surrounding Time Off
With scheduling software, not only will your employees be able to access the schedule remotely, but they’ll also be able to put in requests for time off from outside the office. Once you approve the request, it’ll be stored in the software and prevent you from scheduling that employee during that time. This means that there will be less confusion for you when you’re making the schedule and also reduce the chances that an employee will be scheduled for a shift during their vacation time.
5. Save Money
Scheduling can take up a lot of time—and in business, we all know that time equals money, which means that scheduling software can help you save in both areas. We already said that using software to create your schedule is more efficient, but how else can it help you save? To start, automatic saving and syncing can help prevent the disaster that comes along with lost connection and accidental erasing or deleting. Additionally, scheduling software has better accuracy than an human making the schedules by hand, which means less costly mistakes, too—especially when it’s time to process your payroll.
Every penny counts toward making your business more successful, so cutting down on wasted resources can make a big difference. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Why Stop at Scheduling?
Now that we’ve outlined how scheduling software can improve your business, one question remains still—why stop there? These are some other HR and operations tools that your business could benefit from:
- Time clock software — This one goes hand-in-hand with scheduling software and is pretty similar in concept. Instead of having physical time cards and timesheets, you’d use a web-based platform to track your employees’ time on the clock. Fortunately, most scheduling software providers offer this service and vice versa.
- Human resources management system (HRMS) — Introducing software to store company records and data will keep your archives organized, your HR department running smoothly, and your information secure.
- Employee engagement tools — From recognition and rewards to anonymous feedback and company-wide polls, technology is definitely your friend when it comes to keeping employees engaged and satisfied with their jobs. These tools come in many forms, including apps and interactive platforms.
A sense of tradition can be an asset in business—but only to a certain extent. Don’t get so caught up in the “old-school” way of doing things that you aren’t willing to evolve with the times, especially if that means simplifying monotonous taskwork and creating a more convenient workplace for both yourself and your coworkers.
If speeding up your scheduling process makes things a little easier, then why not do it? Find a plan that works for your budget, and see how much you save in the long run.