Beyond Schedule Optimization

Learn how to reduce absences by 60% no matter which scheduling system you use

This white paper is for any retail or restaurant executive who wants to drive revenue by reducing understaffing. We examine the shortcomings of schedule optimization and recommend operational best practices and technology solutions for staying fully-staffed.

Understaffing

Understaffing is hurting your business -- and it’s getting worse. With intensifying online competition and accelerating labor costs, it’s critical to put your stores in the best position to drive revenue. What might have worked just a few years ago might not be effective anymore as competitive and regulatory dynamics make retaining, recruiting, and scheduling employees more challenging. Luckily there are business practices and technology you can leverage to start addressing understaffing today.

Businesses Profiled

An academic study in a large national retailer found that1

A landmark study at Belk (over 24,000 employees in 300 stores) found that2

1. “Estimating the impact of understaffing on sales and profitability in retail stores”. Mani, Vidya; Kesavan, Saravanan; Swaminathan, Jayashankar M. Production and Operations Management, February 2015.

2. ”How to Manage Scheduling Software Fairly". Bernstein, Ethan; Kesavan, Saravanan; Staats, Bradley. Harvard Business Review, December 2014. https://hbr.org/2014/09/how-to-manage-scheduling-software-fairly

Businesses Profiled

An academic study in a large national retailer found that1

A landmark study at Belk (over 24,000 employees in 300 stores) found that2

1. “Estimating the impact of understaffing on sales and profitability in retail stores”. Mani, Vidya; Kesavan, Saravanan; Swaminathan, Jayashankar M. Production and Operations Management, February 2015.

2. ”How to Manage Scheduling Software Fairly". Bernstein, Ethan; Kesavan, Saravanan; Staats, Bradley. Harvard Business Review, December 2014. https://hbr.org/2014/09/how-to-manage-scheduling-software-fairly

Chapters

Case Studies

We review several academic case studies in-depth (including the examples above) to help you think through the impact on your business.

Recent regulations

Impending regulation promises to make employee schedules less accurate while simultaneously limiting the ability for your managers to adjust. It’s more important than ever to think beyond schedule optimization to stay fully-staffed.

Examine your business

We propose a framework to help you examine your business in terms of the root causes of understaffing. You’ll be equipped both to benchmark yourself relative to other retailers and to calculate the potential revenue impact.

Solutions

Should you focus on retaining employees, recruiting, scheduling, or adjusting to staffing needs? We’ll help you think about which problem to tackle first and recommend operational best practices and technology solutions.

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