Is overtime avoidable? The evidence points to yes a lot more often than you might think. When making a staffing decision that results in overtime, it is not unusual to make that decision without a full understanding of how the overtime could be avoided. That is no longer the case for organizations across the country that use ShiftHound’s workforce management scheduling software.
By leveraging data that has been collected and displaying it within the natural workflow of making staffing decisions, opportunities for avoiding overtime are surfaced. Not only are overtime situations clearly visible, you also have the ability to look beyond a single unit or area to easily identify qualified and available staff who could fill the shift without being in overtime. If someone you select will be pushed into overtime later in their schedule, you are alerted.
Overtime alerts are present when you create new schedules, are approving requests and filling open shifts. Even when announcing open shifts via text or email, you can choose to eliminate those who would be in overtime from the announcement. Reports at your fingertips keep you informed on overtime use and trends.
There are many reasons to avoid overtime, financial pressure certainly being one of them. But other issues related to overtime, like fatigue, and safety are also real concerns and can have staggering financial implications. With managers well versed in avoidable overtime management, you not only save money but also reduce risk.
About ShiftHound, Inc.
ShiftHound is the leader in cloud-based Workforce Management solutions, including Attendance, Credentials Tracking, Staff Scheduling and Open Shift Management. Organizations in any business vertical with shift-based staffing needs use ShiftHound to improve scheduling effectiveness and operational efficiency, while maximizing workforce utilization, assuring compliance with policies and/or labor contracts and addressing open shifts while better manage labor costs such as overtime and contract labor utilization.
Using ShiftHound, Management and Employees gain back valuable time to do what they do best – provide quality service. Customers choose ShiftHound because of its extremely simple to use interface, quick implementation time, and proven ability to deliver immediate ROI thorough cost savings, increased efficiencies, and better quality of life for their Employees and Staff.
About Kathy Douglas
Kathy is healthcare executive and filmmaker. She has been on the executive team of several start-up companies bring cutting edge technology solutions to the healthcare industry for over 20 years. She has published extensively on the topic of healthcare staffing and the healthcare workforce. She holds a masters degree from the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of Stanford Business School’s Executive Program.