Next week will mark a century since Daylight Savings Time (specifically British Summer Time, BST) was introduced in the UK.
The clocks changing every March and October actually mark a shift in timezone. In fact, timezones are one of a number of factors in what we call a ‘locale’ in Rotaready – and a locale defines the configuration of a particular region.
In this article I’ll talk you through how our attention to locales allows seamless use for a business with sites across different parts of the world… Continue reading The clocks go back, Rotaready marches forward
Do your staff work the classic Mon – Fri, 9-5? Many of our clients’ staff don’t. They have a variety of different shift patterns so keeping track of who’s available to work on any given day can be a headache.
On top of this, in summer, many people’s weekly patterns and commitments will change, e.g. university students can offer more hours. Furthermore, with increased holiday requests between June – September, keeping track of the availability of your workforce, their holiday allowances and ensuring you don’t become short-staffed can be tricky to stay on top of.
Rotaready’s self-service availability and absence management tools are perfectly suited to the job, giving your staff as much flexibility as you can afford them whilst reassuring you that you won’t be suddenly short-staffed.
Continue reading Tracking staff availability & holiday allowances
Whether you’re directly affected by the introduction of the National Living Wage or not, you’ll almost certainly have heard of it.
It’s only been a legal requirement for a few weeks, but we’re already seeing a number of changes in the way businesses are resourcing and rewarding those staff who are now more expensive to employ.
Luckily, at this time of rising wage costs, Rotaready already has a range of cutting-edge tools to dramatically reduce the time you spend managing staff, rotas and budgets.
Continue reading National Living Wage: winners and losers
A key design principle when we were building our rota management software was to ensure it’d be awesome in every industry, for businesses large and small. From hospitality to retail to healthcare to leisure and more, we offer a consistently great product, regardless of how many staff or sites an organisation may have. This contrasts with many of our competitors whose software is targeted at a certain market.
A few days ago, a prospective client asked me an interesting question, along the lines of: “Why should I choose Rotaready over rota management software built especially for my industry?”
The answer? The niche requirements of each industry are already supported in Rotaready. The software is already configured especially for the rigours of your sector. Moreover, Rotaready also offers you great features from other industries (at no extra charge) you didn’t even know you needed.
Now that’s quite a claim to back up – read on to see what I mean.
Continue reading Rota management software – Jack and master of all trades
Adopting new software can be a worry. Especially adopting software that directly impacts something as important as managing your workforce.
We get that.
That’s why we go the extra mile to ensure your transition on to Rotaready goes as smoothly as possible. In this blog I’ll explain some of what we do behind the scenes to help with the “leap of faith”.
Continue reading Rota management software: the leap of faith
When it comes to managing rotas, ensuring that schedules are fair is really quite important. But doing so is tricky – yet another layer of complexity on top of an already difficult job.
Luckily, Rotaready’s scheduling algorithm (which builds accurate rotas in seconds) will automatically factor in whatever “fair” means to you and your employees.
Continue reading Fairness at the heart of rostering
Time & attendance (“T&A”) – capturing and processing staff clock ins and outs – has been one of our most in-demand features in recent months. In this article I’ll take you through the importance of getting T&A right, how we selected our approach, and why T&A’s real value lies in integration with the other facets of workforce management.
Continue reading Click, clock… getting time & attendance right
You may love it, you may hate it. You may have bagged a bargain you didn’t even know you wanted. Either way, you can’t argue that since its full-scale introduction to the UK in 2013, Black Friday has marked the start of the busy festive shopping season.
Records tumble each year. Christmas presents (pun intended) the biggest opportunity in the business calendar. That said, it’s not all good news…
Continue reading Black & blue Friday
Sunday trading has always been contentious.
Since the Sunday Trading Act 1994, shops bigger than 280m2 (3,000ft2) – typically the size of a convenience store or independent shop – have been limited to 6 hours of trading on a Sunday (between 10am – 6pm).
Over here at Rotaready, we don’t run any shops (!) but many of our clients do. Before looking at what we can do to help, let’s take a look at the main arguments for and against relaxing the rules.
Continue reading Sunday: a day of rest?
If you use Elastic Beanstalk to run and manage your web apps, at some point you’ll want to setup some scheduled tasks, or cronjobs. Today’s blog post aims to take you through the best way of achieving this, whether you’re running in single instance mode, or load balancing.
Continue reading Running scheduled tasks on AWS Elastic Beanstalk