Every day, organizations in every industry are turning to advanced, cloud-based software to help manage the changing needs of a dynamic workforce. This includes time & attendance software, which can help managers and leaders track and analyze time-on-the-clock data, and utilize key information to create schedules, help control costs, and measure productivity. Great—but how does […]Read More >
Be Efficient with Labor Levels in Traveling Jobs
- nettime solutions staff
Most managers find it challenging, and sometimes unnecessary, to be constantly aware of their employees, checking to see if they are on task every minute of their workday. A combination of trust, project management, and regular check-ins allows managers to focus on their work while their employees do the same. But what about when the employees are remote? The manager loses the ability to physically check-in on his employees, relying solely on trust, and the completion of work.
Let’s explore this further with Brian and his boss Mark. Working as a traveling nurse, Brian spends his day driving and tending to patients in several different locations. He has his usual routine; drive from his home to his first patient of the day, tend to her and then drive to his second patient, look after him, drive to his third and so on. As long as each patient is given the care they need, Brian is doing his job. But what if Brian could be doing more? What if, each day on the way from his second patient to his third, Brian stops to get coffee with a friend? He then spends over an hour driving between the locations of his next two patients. And every afternoon, he takes a nap in his car while on the clock. If Brian is better managed, might he be able to add another patient to his schedule each day?
By using the labor levels feature in stratustime, managers are able to create an environment of productivity for themselves and their employees. Track, via mobile devices, how long Brian takes with each patient throughout his day and begin to notice trends in his shifts. Maybe the three hours he spends with his first patient could be more productive if a second nurse is scheduled at the same time. Track the amount of time it takes to get from patient to patient. It’s possible Brian and another nurse are crossing paths, and his outlying patient would fit into her route more efficiently. By having to communicate his current activity, Brian is now conscious of his decisions to participate in non-work leisures while on the clock. With stratustime in place, not only can Mark now make proactive decisions about Brian’s schedule, but Brian will be more likely to hold himself accountable when he is on shift.