Arranging shifts in restaurants can be a tricky and tedious task. There tends to be a high amount of part time staff and high staff turnover which can complicate the allocation of shifts more. However it is through the use of employee scheduling software that restaurants are managing to plan shifts with ease. The shift planner software contains details of what time each shift runs, the amount of staff required for each shift, the employee type required for this shift and the pay rate. The hours each employee can work within the week is already stored within the system. The system then can automatically allocate shifts to employees only when they are available. Usually there is also a minimum and maximum amount of hours each employee can be allocated which is also taken into account.
Most shift planners these days are web based. This allows employees to login from any internet connected computer to see what shifts they have been assigned. Not only does this give them piece of mind that they know they have been allocated shifts and exact time of when they are working, they no longer have to get in contact with their shift manage during business hours to find out this information. The shift manager is free to get on with other work. If employees are happier in the workplace the turnover of new staff will not be so much.
In some of the latest software there is the facility for employees to request certain shifts for the next shift schedule. When the algorithm creates the next shift schedule it will try to assign the employee that shift. Although if multiple employees request the same shift, preference is given to the employee with the highest ranking and they are given the shift. The ranking is specified by the manager so they may take into account how longer the person has been employed by them, if they are a good worker or purely their position within company. Employee scheduling software also has facility to manage the time off and holidays taken by staff. When the employee was added to the system the manger will have specified the maximum number of days they can take off. An employee can then choose from their computer which days they wish to take off. If the shift manager approves then they are automatically removed the schedule for these days.