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New Feature: Weekly Roster ‘Requirements’

September, 2018

goRoster users can now set ‘Requirements’ for their weekly rosters.

Requirements allow you to set the number of employees that need to be assigned to a particular role on any given day so that you can check to make sure you have your roles covered. This feature is one way to help design your roster to ensure you  maintain a high quality level of service and compliance in your chosen industry.

Create some Roles (if you haven’t already)

To use requirements, you first need to make sure you have created ‘Roles’ for your roster.

Here is a handy article showing you how to set up roles if you haven’t already Creating Roles

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Using Requirements in your Weekly Roster

Once you have your roles set up you can then enter requirements for the roster in the current week. In the Roster Designer > Menu 

To get started, click on the field that corresponds to the day you would like to set it for and click ‘up’ or ‘down’ to adjust the number of required roles.

Enter the Requirements

New! Requirements Indicators

When you have everything set up a ‘REQs’ indicator will display in the Roster Designer above the date in the roster. Green indicates you have assigned the correct number of employees for that role and date while Red indicates that you need to add more. If you need to add more employees to a role you can click on the indicator to edit the settings for your week.

Requirements Indicators

Who can use Requirements?

This new feature is now available to all goRoster users, including those on a free 30-day trial.

Not using goRoster yet at your business? Sign up today for a no obligation free trial.

Adding a blank row

April, 2018

goRoster users can now add blank employee rows to their rosters. This feature gives you the flexibility to create a roster template without having to assign employees.

 

Just click on the blue ‘Add a row’ button in the roster designer page to create a blank row.

The row will appear as ‘Unassigned.’

You can instantly start adding shifts and roles as normal by clicking on the cells you want to fill.

Once you’re happy with the roster, simply drag an employee’s name from the right-hand side of the screen to the ‘Unassigned’ row to apply the shifts to that person.

You can copy your roster template to future weeks too. Just click the ‘Copy Roster’ in the drop-down menu at the top right of the screen, choose which week you want to copy to, and confirm by pushing the ‘Copy Week’ button. This tool makes it really easy to plan your rosters well in advance!

You still have the option of adding employees to your roster before assigning shifts to them. Just click on the name of the employee you want to add to your roster on the right-hand side of your screen. Then assign shifts and roles as normal.

This new ‘Add a row’ feature is now available to all goRoster users, including those on a free 30-day trial.

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Failing to plan is planning to fail

March, 2017

Hospitality is a complex – and often fickle – business. There are so many factors that can affect the need for staff, and therefore the overall turnover of the business. There are far too many to mention, but can include: changes in weather; local events; public holidays; what your competition is doing; what deals are running; and how you’ve marketed the business.

Many new customers we meet often focus on the operational side of the business when trying to pre-empt these factors – like recording and capturing time sheets and having an availability of short term staff on standby. This can certainly help with the day to day running of your business. To be truly effective, however, these systems need to be incorporated into a carefully considered staff rostering plan.

An effective rostering plan should do a number of things. It should help you to organise enough staff for each shift; account for employee leave; prevent staff burnout; have transparency about the performance of your staff; and see staff costs. It needs to consider all outcomes, and have contingencies in place when the proverbial hits.

When it comes to creating an effective rostering plan, the question every manager must consider is: how? Too many businesses get caught up in the what and the why, without considering how they are going to implement change.

Just like in real-life, it’s the how that can undo even the most well intentioned plans. It’s why so many of us fall off a healthy eating plan – it’s all well and good knowing that you want to lose weight (what) because you want to be fitter for summer (why), but how you go about it is the most important part.

Having a solid rostering plan could massively increase the chances of success for your business. So, do you have a rostering plan? And if so, is it a good one? And if not, we can certainly recommend one.

Four tips to help minimise disruption caused by employee leave

February, 2017

An efficient, hard-working and friendly team is often the making of a successful hospitality business. So it can be quite disruptive when employees need to take leave.

Here are four tips to help minimise the impact:

1: Communicate with employees

Absences due to illness can be particularly stressful for a manager, as you may only get a few hours to find a replacement. Research suggests that regular sick leave is commonly taken by employees who feel overworked or stressed in the workplace. Thinking about the welfare of your staff, and openly communicating with them about their workloads, can help mitigate the amount of sick leave taken. Ask staff how they are feeling, be empathetic to their responses, and listen to feedback on how to best help their situation.

2. Train your staff across multiple skills

Having staff who are competent across several roles can help ease the burden of employees being away. The ability to take your kitchen staff and put them front of house for a shift – or have your wait-staff serving at the bar – gives you the flexibility to change your roster at a moment’s notice. Teach staff these extra skills during quiet times, so that the training itself doesn’t become a disruption.

3: Have a system in place to record future leave

If employees are planning a holiday for later in the year, have been invited to a special event (like a wedding for example), or are planning to take advantage of the Easter or Christmas break, they will often book leave months in advance. Make a record of this so that you and other staff don’t get caught out when the time comes. Don’t use post-it-notes either – make sure it’s recorded somewhere reliable, in a system like goRoster, for example.

4: Ensure you have dependable backup

Unfortunately, leave can’t always be planned. Sickness and bereavement are part of life, so you always need to plan for them. Create a shortlist of dependable people that you can call on when you require staff at short notice. This will save you a lot of stress when you need to make quick rostering changes.

Why rostering templates are bad practice

January, 2017

Anyone who works in hospitality knows that no day is the same. Things can change as quickly as the seasons, but with far less predictably.

How busy you are depends on the weather; the time of year; what events are happening around town; what your competitors are doing that day; even if your local sports team is performing well that season.

Plus on any given week, one or more of your staff will be on holiday, away sick or have a family emergency they need to attend.

We’re continually surprised at how many businesses we find using the same roster template that they created months ago.

With so many fluctuations not just day to day, but shift to shift, rostering templates can become out of date as quickly as they are created. Your template roster might have worked last week, but this week you have three large functions, an international touring band in town, and half your staff are away with the flu.

That’s why we recommend using a four-step process when it comes to rostering: Plan, execute, review, repeat.

Make a roster that can change as your situation does. Have contingencies in place for when things don’t go to plan, and continually assess how things are tracking. Take notes on what did and didn’t work and make changes accordingly.

A system like goRoster allows managers to access all the relevant information needed to execute this four-step process effectively. This is the best practice for managing staff, and the one followed by the most successful businesses in the hospitality industry.

Not enough vs too many staff – get the right balance

July, 2016

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We’ve been in the roster software business for eight years now and have worked with a lot of hospitality businesses in both NZ and Australia. One thing we’ve learnt is that having the right number of employees is crucial to success.

Having too many staff will cut into your profit and leave workers standing around with nothing to do. Staff wages are one of the three largest expenses of a hospitality business and the only one that you can control, so keep a close eye on those costs.

Even more important is to have enough staff, otherwise your team will become stressed from working in an under resourced environment and customers will grow tired of waiting 25 minutes for a latte. That will lead to a bad reputation and, eventually, failure. Understaffing is the most common reason for hospitality businesses going under.

One way to find the right staffing balance for your business is to keep tabs on wages. Being able to see how much is being spent each day, week and month will help you determine whether you have the right number in your team.

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How to reduce staff no-shows

July, 2016

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It’s Saturday night and dozens of people are starting to stream into your restaurant for a bite to eat. Your staff are ready and everyone’s looking sharp… except Dave, who was supposed to be there 15 minutes ago. Turns out he didn’t realise he was meant to be working and is away for an epic skiing weekend. Awesome for him – not so much for you.

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A special blend: Tank Juice and goRoster in the mix together

May, 2016

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When you go to TANK, you’ll get a mind blowing health experience. Not only are they fast, original, and fresh but their menu is packed with delicious nutrients – whether it’s their juices, smoothies, salads or wraps. Tank gives the health-conscious Kiwi an easy way to get their daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Tank recently brought goRoster in to help with the management of staff. goRoster enabled the management team to reconstruct their paper-based system to an online format that was quicker and easier to train staff. Plus there is the added bonus of being able to access all important information anytime, anywhere via the digital cloud, without having to download any third-party software. Jess Dempsey, Human Resources Manager of Tank Juice, says that everyone at Tank – from the management team to the staff – absolutely love the new system that goRoster initiated.

“Goroster has transformed the way we manage our staff. With over 60 stores across New Zealand and hundreds of staff to manage, Goroster has allowed us to prepare rosters, communicate with staff and track times. An all in one package, that is simple to use and integrates directly with Payroll.” – Jess Dempsey, Human Resources Manager of Tank Juice.

goRoster has allowed the management staff to have better control so that there aren’t any bombshells at the end of the week. In fact, the mobile app ensures that every team member is on the same page in real time. With goRoster’s online and mobile system, it is easier to stay within your budget, cut down costs and meet targets because you have the ability to forecast expenditures by looking at previous needs.

Jess goes on to say that, “The management team loves the use of goRoster for its simple, cost-effective way of managing staff rosters, time sheets, leave, and communications. goRoster has provided us with visibility of all staff across 60+ stores and allowed for greater management of our teams.” – Jess Dempsey, Human Resources Manager of Tank Juice.

TankWe all know that our staff is our most important resource. With goRoster’s tracking software, you are able to manage your staff wisely and effectively which will increase your bottom line. goRoster takes away the guesswork. You can actually see where things are ineffective and reorganise any areas that are not meeting your business’s needs.

goRoster is proud to be part of Tank’s successful business. To find out how goRoster can benefit your business sign up for our free, no obligation 30 day trial today.

The importance of seamless payroll integration

May, 2016

The importance of effective payroll integration Finding the right rostering software is not an easy task. Every business has its own set of integration requirements, but there seems to be one recurring issue across all businesses we talk to.

Employee payroll can be a time-consuming task.

It takes time and resources, often costing you significant amounts of money if done wrong. It can often slow a business down. The right rostering software can help you eliminate the pain associated with employee payroll.

Rostering in the hospitality and retail industries is dynamic. Shifts can change as well as the location and total number of employees required. Dynamic rostering requires software that can easily plug into your payroll so you don’t have to worry about any inaccuracies.

Simple payroll integration is imperative to the smooth running of your business. goRoster will let you export roster information directly to your chosen payroll software with the simple click of a button, alternatively you can export to Excel if you wish to dive deeper into further analysis.

goRoster integrates with Ace Payroll, MYOB, iPayroll, IMS, SmoothPay and Rocket Payroll. Manage your employee profiles more easily and process payroll with goRoster’s ability to send through all the information required for a seamless pay run.

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Payroll doesn’t have to be a time consuming nightmare. Save time and money by investing in seamless payroll integration.

Watch this space. We have more exciting integrations coming your way in the next few months!

Following these rostering tips will help drive business efficiency

April, 2016

Following these rostering tips will bring you guaranteed business efficienciesA robust rostering system is essential in any hospitality or retail business. Ensuring you have the right number of staff rostered on will keep your customers happy, and your wage cost looking great.

On the contrary, building rosters inefficiently can be a real time-waster. So, how do you get maximum results from your roster?

Here’s five quick tips you can easily incorporate into your rostering practice today. 

Utilize “Role Rostering”

First you need to work out what shifts and roles you need to fill, then costing out this plan against your employee’s hourly wages. Then, simply add the names of those staff member you wish to fill each role. Role rostering is great as is focuses on what’s best for your business. Perhaps there’s a special event in town and you anticipate being busier than usual. You need your senior employees on that can handle the pressure, but always be weary of overstaffing.

Share the top shifts

For wait and restaurant staff, certain shifts are always better than others in terms of stress and potantial for tips. These are the shifts that need the most careful management – you need to share these around fairly to ensure all staff members get their turn.

Automate rostering tasks

The more rostering tasks you automate, the more management time you free up for sorting out issues and, well, managing the business. This is where the benefits of cloud technology come into play. Modern rostering tools can provide costing models at the click of a button and can be updated in real time and sent out to employees via email or SMS.

Enable staff to plan in advance

Everyone has a busy life these days, and the more advance notice staff have of their shifts, the more you reduce unexpected absences and last-minute changes. Focus on automating your rostering system as much as possible so you can advise staff of rosters 4 weeks in advance. This will leave you with happy employees, and allowing them the opportunity to request leave early means there’s no chance of you rostering staff on when they’re not available!

Allow staff to check the roster without calling in

With a cloud-based rostering system, you can prepare the roster from anywhere. You can send a most up-to-date roster  straight to an employees smart phone as an SMS or an email. They can check this and keep it on record – no more calling in to check when their shift starts! The more of your rostering tasks that can be handled in this way, the more time you free up for other tasks.

Using these simple tips will help you implement efficient rostering strategies. If you’re looking for a cloud-based rostering tool that can automatically update employees about shift changes, then send us an email at support@goroster.com and find out what goRoster can do for you!

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