Scheduling & Workforce Management

Matching Labor to the Increasing Demands in the Oil & Gas Industry

How To Match Labor To Increasing Demands In Oil & Gas

We know that many oil and gas companies, including those in the United States, are looking for a way to increase oil production. This increased demand trickles down and is placed on domestic workforces. With workers being asked to pick up extra hours to meet these increasing demands, it’s important for companies to ensure their employees are properly managed to promote worker safety and meet industry labor regulations. So, what does this mean, and what can be done?  

We’ve put together two important points below on how to match these increased demands to help make sure you have the right workforce optimization solutions in place to increase production. This all while being able to simultaneously prioritize the health and safety of your employees. 

1. Increase Production While Looking for Alternative Sources 

With a need for increased oil production, more eyes are on oil and gas companies in the United States. Even though the United States is one of the largest producers of oil globally, there remain plenty of sources of untapped oil domestically. The reality is that it will take time to increase domestic oil production, so this is not a quick fix. 

One option to meet the increasing demand for fuel is to look for alternative sources. There has already been a massive push to look for sources of energy that do not involve fossil fuels. Fossil fuels pollute the environment and they are not a renewable source of energy. Although this will take time it is important to get started sooner rather than later. 

By increasing demands on domestic energy companies, what does this mean for the workforce? It is important to make sure all employees are put in the best possible position to succeed. 

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2. Driving Efficiency in the Workplace 

Another way to match labor to production demands is for companies to take care of their employees and managers by driving efficiency. This is done by eliminating staffing mistakes, keeping an eye on the number of hours people are working, and staying in touch with their employees to be aware of the possibility of burnout. Some of the ways this can be executed include: 

  • Leverage digital schedules instead of Excel spreadsheets and paper charts. Even though Excel spreadsheets may be easy to read and users are comfortable with the interface, this solution requires manual labor, prone to errors and wasted time. All of the cells have to be changed by hand, and it can be difficult to quickly identify trends that might be concerning. 
  • Invest in workforce management. Shift scheduling and labor optimization are critical in the oil industry, and schedule automation can be a critical component as companies try to hire and discover employees who can work extra shifts to increase oil production. 
  • There’s an App for that: There are a number of mobile apps that can handle shift swapping, time-off requests, and schedule accessibility. This is an important part of oil demand planning, as companies try to find qualified individuals to work long hours and increase production. 

Ultimately, it is critical to find a solution that can match labor to production demand while also keeping the well-being of employees, managers, and the company in mind. That is exactly where Indeavor can help.

How Indeavor Supports the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas companies stepping up to fill the void in oil demand created by new sanctions must make sure they focus on healthy scheduling practices that allow them to increase production without burning out employees and managers. Safety regulations can easily be accounted for with intelligent algorithm design and by carefully tracking qualifications. Scheduling only qualified employees to each role will promote safety and eliminate cause for violation.  

Indeavor provides an automated scheduling solution that can make it easier for companies to schedule employees for the right shifts, increase output, and eliminate scheduling grievances while also increasing employee engagement through our innovative mobile app. It would be our pleasure to work with you to find a solution that is right for you and your employees.  

Learn more about our scheduling solutions today, and contact us to speak to one of our industrial workforce management experts.

About the Author

Claire Pieper is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Indeavor. She aims to share information to improve the customer journey. To learn more or get in touch, connect with Claire on LinkedIn

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