Shift planning in retail trade


The retail trade in particular is a rapidly changing and challenging industry. Especially in turbulent times like the ones we are currently experiencing – due to Corona (Covid-19), short-time work and also economic crises – the retail trade is always a much needed and affected industry.

The problems in the retail trade

Looking at the operative side, in the retail trade, especially due to the branch and employee structures, e.g. the maintenance of absences and vacation requests often involves a lot of effort. Whether communication of desired shifts, requesting vacation days or reporting illness… many of these HR processes are implemented in a bumpy way and are rarely automated.

In addition, shift schedules are often still created using spreadsheets or on paper, which leads to additional manual effort. This reduces employee satisfaction and thus motivation at the workplace, both for those affected and for those who work on them.

Advantages of automated workforce management for the retail industry

With the help of an automatic duty roster, employee motivation can be increased. This is done by:

  • the employees are included in the planning,
  • communication is improved,
  • and stress is reduced.

In addition, time and costs are saved by:

  • automatically creating rosters,
  • Planning errors are avoided because rules are automatically taken into account,
  • and business processes can be optimized.

Sheepblue as an online software solution

Sheepblue creates the duty roster for your departments and employees at the touch of a button, taking into account all the necessary rules for your company, such as legal requirements regarding working hours. In addition, Sheepblue automatically takes care of the correct allocation of the selected shift model. Sheepblue offers employers a way to create shift schedules efficiently, quickly and easily.

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