Scheduling for holidays is hard. The tension between work obligations and the pull of family, social, and spiritual events, coupled with a wide range of beliefs, creates challenges for staff and managers alike.
Here are a few tips that can offset some of the difficulty of holiday staffing.
- Fairness matters to staff. If you have a holiday rotation program be sure that you have excellent tracking over time and make that visible to all.
- Not everyone feels the same about working holidays. Allow staff to work with each other to swap shifts and have a policy that supports that.
- Fill open shifts through effective communications that reach all qualified staff in the organization. Not just those in a particular unit or area.
Scheduling for holidays will never be easy, but it can be easier when staff understand what the needs are, feel that the process is fair and when they are empowered to work out important scheduling conflicts with their peers.
ShiftHound can help you make holiday scheduling easier.
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.