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Scheduling & Flexibility

Scheduling & Flexibility

Having a reliable schedule is something that many of us take for granted, but for many hourly workers the lack of a dependable schedule wreaks havoc on a family’s ability to plan and budget for expenses. Small changes making a worker’s schedule more predictable and hours more consistent go a long way for their overall family and financial stability. Ultimately, this makes the employee more productive and less likely to be forced to call out at the last minute when they cannot find adequate child care so that they can work an unplanned shift. Explore the case studies below to see how other area companies are navigating these scheduling challenges.

Strategy: Offer creative child care solutions
How employers can help:
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When many of my staff members cannot be at work on a given a day, it affects our productivity, operations, and customer service. It also affects morale and the stress levels of our employees, who are trying to juggle their child care with work.
Strategy: Engage employees in creating work schedules
How employers can help:
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Employees feel valued and respected, and in turn, are loyal to me and my company. These staff are most dependable. Clients see this and are the basis for my company’s good reputation. Staff turn-over rates are low.
Strategy: Create work-life balance for employees
How employers can help:
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When I was first offered the job, it was just a great perk. But when I became a parent, this flexible schedule allowed me to afford higher quality child care, see my child more, and work a full-time job that I love.
Can you imagine what it’s like to juggle childcare when you find out you’re scheduled the night before you report to work? Providing advanced, consistent work schedules for your cleaning people doesn’t affect your bottom line, but it has huge impacts on ALICE. – Human Resources Professional, Home Health Care
When you offer the opportunity to work remotely, now you have somebody who is not spending money on getting to the office. They have flexibility, so they can be home for a four-hour repair window. What's the cost to the company? Zero. Now you have a loyal employee, they are more productive, and they are willing to go the extra mile. These are things that can be done, little changes that cost nothing. – Executive Director, Nonprofit
They don’t care. Every minute is every dime they can get out of you. I understand we have a business to run. But If you know I have an appointment and I'm going to be ten minutes late, then let me just let me work 8:30 to 4:30 instead of 8 to 4. They act like it’s a factory line and don’t allow any fluctuation. They say, ‘If you can’t do it, I’ll get the next one.’ But I’ve been here 15 years. – ALICE employee
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