Workday Scheduling Can Help You Retain Your High-Value Employees

In what’s been called “The Great Resignation,” more than four million people left their jobs in 2021, with nearly half of them representing frontline and hourly workers in the healthcare, retail, hospitality, and leisure industries. 

Many of these frontline workers said they left their jobs due to COVID-19, but the pandemic wasn’t the only reason they did so. People used the time during the pandemic to reflect on what they really wanted from their work, including things like better benefits, more flexibility, and career growth.

In order to address the tight labor market and support frontline workers, employers must make changes to give employees more control and flexibility. That’s why Workday has launched Workday Scheduling. This article covers the key benefits and features of Workday Scheduling, as well as how to get started with it so you can retain and support your staff. 

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What is Workday Scheduling? 

Workday Scheduling is a comprehensive workforce management system that helps organizations balance business and employee needs when creating shift schedules. It provides a real-time view of labor spending, workforce analytics, and productivity information. 

The system’s intelligent scheduling functionality automates the scheduling process and takes into consideration worker availability, preferences, and job qualifications. Even better, it integrates with the entire Workday suite, including Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), Workday Time Tracking, Workday Absence Management, and Workday Labor Optimization, ensuring all your workforce data is in one place. 

Key Features of Workday Scheduling 

The suite of offerings allows organizations to transform the worker experience and address workplace challenges before they happen. Some of these features include: 

Workforce Analytics

With access to information on sales and productivity at their fingertips, managers will find it easier to compare data and monitor in real-time, allowing them to make data-driven decisions.. For example, retailers can monitor labor costs as a percentage of sales and revenue per hour of labor for a store so that adjustments can be made quickly to meet business goals. 

Time and Scheduling

A comprehensive dashboard helps organizations manage day-to-day operations, monitor trends, and take action on time and absence issues as they arise. Keeping an eye on daily labor costs across all your locations assists managers in maximizing schedules. Additionally, this feature can help save costs by adjusting schedules while also supporting employees’ needs. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Workday’s AI technology allows businesses to automatically adjust schedules based on labor costs and other factors. The technology works by evaluating thousands of scheduling scenarios and matching worker preferences against business needs. This is extremely valuable in industries with fluctuating labor demand like retail and hospitality. For example, retailers can use this AI technology during those busy holiday shopping seasons to help retain employees by prioritizing shift preferences while still meeting staffing demands.

Benefits of Workday Scheduling 

Workday Scheduling allows companies to improve the overall worker experience. Add in a new focus on career building, learning, and skills building, and it’ll be easier than ever for employers to better retain their high-value staff. Here are some other benefits of the tool:

  • More control over labor costs with a single source of data
  • Management time saved generating schedules 
  • Improved employee satisfaction with input on preferred schedules
  • Employee self-service functionality and mobile app
  • Seamless integration with the Workday suite of workforce management tools 

Getting Started with Workday Scheduling 

When used to manage labor costs, Workday Scheduling can give organizations a competitive advantage without hindering service or staffing. Thanks to its AI technology, quality analytics, and comprehensive dashboard, managers will be amazed at how much it helps improve the frontline worker experience

If you think this tool is right for your organization, or you’d simply like to learn more about it, Surety Systems is here for you. Our senior-level Workday consulting team has the experience and know-how you need to succeed, whether that’s with implementing Workday Scheduling or with any other sort of Workday project.

Contact us today to get started.