Did you know that companies with higher employee engagement experience 16% greater profitability, 37% less absenteeism, and 65% reductions in turnover?
If you’re struggling to build a business case for implementing solutions that will improve motivation (and correspondence) among your own shift workers, those statistics alone should do the trick. But what if you’ve already mapped out the ROI and are simply stuck on where to even begin bolstering your employee engagement efforts?
Considering schedule mishaps can create a huge disturbance to your employee’s work-life balance, let’s start there.
Maximum Convenience, Minimal Red Tape
To truly give your shift workers the power of employee self-service and transparency over their own schedules, you need a solution with mobile capabilities.
Mobile self-service is the norm in all of our daily lives; we can bank, shop, stream television shows, and even hail a car from the comfort of our smartphones. It’s becoming increasingly clear that employees fail to see why the workplace is still viewed differently.
In fact, the majority (55%) of hourly workers surveyed by Software Advice stated that they would use a mobile scheduling app if it were offered by their employer. When asked which scheduling features they would prioritize, 47% of respondents noted they would use the “request time off” feature the most. The ability to trade shifts (39%) and to pick up shifts (38%) came in second and third, respectively.
The data doesn’t lie: employees can and want to participate in the scheduling process, and they expect to do it from the comfort of anywhere. To meet expectations for a more app-friendly environment, your scheduling and leave management process needs to catch up with the 21st century.
What’s better is that the convenience doesn’t end with the shift worker. With the responsibility in everyone’s hands (literally), employees feel more empowered to not only establish any needed flexibility and boundaries but to also volunteer for assignments. In turn, this level of mobile compatibility eases the burden for schedulers, supervisors, and managers alike—whether they sit at the site or within HR. Scheduling no longer needs to be seen as a forceful, one-way push from boss to employee, but rather a two-way street.
A scheduling system that provides visibility into hours, overtime rules, and PTO can be used as a recruiting tool to capture the attention of new employees and keep your existing talent satisfied. For leadership, perhaps the greatest appeal of a mobile-friendly workforce management solution lies in its inherent potential to collaborate with its front-line employees to both enhance productivity and reduce costs.
The Indeavor Solution
Workloud is our workforce management SaaS solution which offers clients an end-to-end, cloud-based employee scheduling, time & attendance, and absence management system. Workloud integrates with your human capital management and enterprise resource planning systems to create a robust platform that provides you with real-time employee data.