Today’s case study describes how the owner of a small grocery chain (four stores) saw the investment in Workforce Management Suite pay off in some unexpected ways.
Grocery employee scheduling is a balancing act. Schedule too few employees and the long lines that result can cause prospective customers to walk away before buying anything. Schedule too many and the increased cost of labor eats into profit margins. Sending part-timers home early frustrates employees and creates an atmosphere of uncertainty.
Increasing Timekeeping and Scheduling Challenges
The store owner needed an automated WFM system for grocery stores that furnished an easy way to design schedules, sling timekeeping tasks over to the staff, track data for DOL compliance, and ensure that accurate time cards were submitted on time. The system had to be reasonably priced and easy to implement, the supervisors couldn’t afford to spend hours being trained on a new system.
Solution – Workforce Management Suite
Workforce Management Suite provided an affordable solution to the owner’s WFM challenges. The supervisors loved TimeSimplicity’s built-in schedule templates that can be customized and replicated in seconds. The Virtual Trade Board simplifies shift trades and automatically notifies the appropriate employees when a manager approves a request.
The TimeWorksPlus mobile app allows employees to clock in from their phone. This feature is especially handy for the team members who travel between stores. The managers appreciate how little time it now takes to create schedules and submit time cards to the payroll system.
Unexpected Benefits of Workforce Management Suite
The store owner and supervisors had expected Workforce Management Suite to make time and attendance collection easier, however, they didn’t realize how much it would reduce labor costs.
Eliminating Time Theft
The managers discovered that several employees had been intentionally punching in a few minutes early and punching out a few minutes late. Even worse, two stores had a couple of employees that had been buddy punching for each other. They had no idea how much this had been costing them.
Reduced Labor Costs
Because TimeWorksPlus has virtually done away with time theft, missed and duplicate punches, and unauthorized early punch ins, they have been able to rein in labor expenses.
Employee Self Service allows associates to clock in, check their schedule, submit shift change requests, submit time cards, and monitor accruals online. The convenience and autonomy has increased employee morale and reduced confusion.
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