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A record 6.3 million people quit their job in November of 2021 alone. Each individual had their own reasons for resigning, but many of them stated it was, at least in part, due to burnout.
In a recent study, researches found burnout is cited as one of the top reasons behind employee attrition. The same study points out that burnout is the biggest threat to workforce retention, as reported by 95% of human resource leaders. Research by the Center for American Progress points out that companies spend anywhere from 16% to an astounding 213% of an employee's salary to cover the costs of finding a replacement. Clearly, this is something worth paying attention to. What you're looking to do is reduce burnout, both for your employee's health and the sake of the organization as a whole.
Burnout Within the Workforce
Chronic fatigue, disengagement, low motivation, and poor performance are all telltale signs of employee burnout. Does this sound like the managers within your organization who are tasked with creating the company schedule? If so, this is something you need to pay close attention to. Employee burnout can be caused by a variety of factors, with too many responsibilities being a major one.
Creating the schedule for the organization or even just one department can be much more time-consuming than you may realize. It may not be that they have too many tasks per se, but that one of their tasks is taking an extraordinary amount of their day.
At this point, it's important to point out that employee burnout isn't only a personal mental health issue. It affects your entire organization! Employee burnout has a negative impact on an organization by decreasing morale and increasing employee turnover, two things you want to avoid at all costs.
How Staff Scheduling Software can Help Alleviate the Burden
Think about all the steps needed for managers at your organization to manually schedule shifts and events. They create shifts in Excel, import the schedule into Doodle, send surveys to employees, wait for them to respond, and then transfer the information back into Excel and assign shifts.
As long as this process is the norm, managers will continue to deal with tedious tasks that could otherwise be automated. On average, managers report they spend two hours each week dealing with conflicts in the schedule. Conflicts in scheduling can arise from multiple scheduling platforms being used across your organization, spreadsheets, or other manual scheduling processes. Then, workforce data not being available to managers and less-than-stellar scheduling software that's not built to handle the workload compounds the issue.
It's no wonder your managers are spending countless hours on this task. They have little time to focus on other tasks, meaning they either aren't getting done or your managers are working longer hours than they should be. In fact, a heavy workload and work long hours are the number one risk factor for burnout. They have every right to be burnt out, but there is something you can do to help.
Simply put, staff scheduling software lets you automate schedule creation. This type of software is much like a secretary or assistant, except that it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate and improve your processes.
It takes a lot of time and energy to monitor employee max hours, time-off requests, and other variables. It's time to look further into changing your scheduling software to something that makes many of these steps obsolete. Automated schedule creation can revolutionize their scheduling process!
SubItUp can Reduce Your Manager's Scheduling Burnout
Last-minute callouts, forgetting someone requested time off, and double bookings make creating and maintaining a schedule a nightmare. Think about the holiday season, when everyone wants certain dates and hours off. Just one or two instances of exceeding an employee's max hours, forgetting to schedule a shift, a missed time card punch, and going over your labor budget begin to throw the entire plan off. Automated scheduling can be set to alert you to any uncovered shifts, and this is only the beginning.
With the right staff scheduling software in place, you can greatly reduce the stress your managers are feeling. SubItUp's platform allows you to build staff requirements, budgets, and shifts, and then save it all as a template. This will save you tons of time down the road, as you can either use the same schedule again or make minor changes the next time around. Say goodbye to the scheduling nightmare your team has struggled with in the past!
Let's take a deeper dive into a product we think would solve much of your manager's scheduling woes, Social Scheduling™. Once your shifts are created, the power of Social Scheduling™ takes over. Our software will alert your team that shifts are available to be picked up. You can also auto-assign your shifts and let your team autonomously swap until everyone is happy.
This is only one small way out of the countless possibilities that our software is going to make daily life much easier for your scheduling managers.