We explore the fundamentals of Annualised Hours including how the framework can address issues around productivity, flexibility and employee wellbeing
We’ll help you unlock the full potential of your workforces' contracted hours by planning, scheduling and managing efficient shift patterns and rosters.
Over three decades we’ve developed a unique blend of expertise and software that allows you to:
Use this page to explore our Lean Employee Resourcing® (Lean-ER®) approach, which will help you fully optimise your workforce and control Working Time.
Many organisations operate legacy shift patterns and rosters that are not designed around the needs of the organisation or its employees.
‘Traditional’ resourcing approaches often see employees work fixed eight-hour shifts regardless of how busy or quiet it is.
This imbalance in labour supply and demand typically causes a wide range of Working Time issues including:
A demand-led approach to planning and management is central to workforce optimisation and addressing Working Time issues.
Our WORK Suite® technology and industrial insight allows us to conduct detailed analysis of demand data so you can accurately calculate resourcing needs over any given period.
These forecasts are used within the software to design shift patterns and rosters which ensure the workforce is always aligned to the workload.
This allows you to:
To release the full potential of employees’ contracted hours, we help organisations adopt an Annualised Hours approach to resourcing.
Agreeing the hours an employee works over a year, rather than on a weekly basis, provides the opportunity to create truly responsive resourcing patterns and new ways of working.
This unlocks a step-change in productivity and efficiency whilst increasing fairness and flexibility for the workforce.
Key to the workforce optimisation process is engaging employees in the planning, scheduling and management of shift
patterns and rosters.
Changes to Working Time can be a sensitive area of employee relations, but it can also unlock new ways of working that deliver significant ongoing benefits for your organisation and its workforce.
Engaging and collaborating with employees in the shift pattern design process will help:
Our approach can create a broad range of shift pattern options, making your workforce planning and management more adaptable
and responsive to employees’ needs.
Embedding engagement within the optimisation process can also serve to improve employee relations and help create a workforce that embraces and contributes to change.
Maintaining a fully optimised workforce requires an approach to shift planning, scheduling and management that responds to change.
Your Working Time requirements may be affected by a host of influences, from economic, social and demographic issues to pressures created by regulation, competition and new technology.
How your shift patterns and rosters adapt to these factors is key to harnessing the full productivity and efficiency gains created by Demand-Led Rostering and Annualised Hours.
To ensure your workforce remains agile and responsive to changing demand, we will help you embed a management approach that:
Many non-specialist workforce planning and management systems are overwrought, complex, inadequate or error-prone when it comes to managing Working Time.
The level of shift planning, scheduling and management required to maintain an optimised workforce cannot be delivered by spreadsheet based systems or Time & Attendance software.
By creating an effective, streamlined approach to workforce planning and management, we will help ensure your labour supply and demand remains aligned…no matter what changes your organisation faces.
Our proven approach to workforce planning and management is effective in a wide range of industries which employ shift workers.
The impact on productivity and efficiency is immediate - delivering significant ROI on our WORK Suite® software and specialist services.
Maintaining an optimised workforce over the long-term delivers broad and substantial value across a number of areas.
The data-driven nature of our Lean-ER® approach to workforce optimisation enables us to demonstrate the quantitative and qualitative benefits of implementing workforce planning and management.