Your organization is constantly changing. This means that, over time, the rules and policies behind your staff scheduling will need to be altered to accommodate additional people, policies and jobs. Doing this with a primitive scheduling system can be time consuming and involve a lot of trial and error; but with automated scheduling, your scheduling growing pains will be less painful. Here’s a few ways:
Add & Alter Rules
Automated scheduling involves setting up your scheduling rules and policies before being able to make schedules. Once complete, you can make more accurate schedules in less time. As you grow, you can work with the application support team to make edits to existing rules or add more rules to your system. This may sound small or insignificant, but having the ability to continually evolve your scheduling application helps avoid short staffing or staff satisfaction issues that are so common with poor scheduling.
As your organization gets bigger, people frequently run into the issue of overlapping roles. Sometimes, overlapping roles are OK, while sometimes they create problems that leave patients waiting and cost your company money. With automated scheduling, you can determine which roles can be scheduled with other roles. Compatibility, in an automated scheduling application, gives you and your team the tools to minimize scheduling errors and reduce unnecessary confusion.
Understand Your Scheduling Needs through Reports
Often, organizations don’t realize their scheduling policies are outdated until an obvious problem is identified in real time. Automated scheduling can help with reports. You can easily track overtime hours worked, and identify any compatibility issues before they occur in the workplace. In addition to these examples, there are many reports that help ensure your organizations is operating at peak efficiency, maximizing patient satisfaction and ROI.