By Chris Butler, TimeForge Educator

Your business has been steadily growing and now it is time to hire a new employee.  You have lots of applicants.  You interview the candidates and find the perfect employee.  They have years of experience, are hard workers, have done this exact same job many times at many places, and are willing to work within your budget.  You hire them on the spot!

Meet your new employee – AutoScheduler!

It is Auto’s first day, so now what?  Just like any other new employee, Auto is going to perform a lot better if you train him a little.  I doubt you would give a brand new server a section and tell them to start serving with no training at all.  Even a very experienced server might struggle.  They could probably take the customer’s order and might even figure out how to get the order to the kitchen.  Chances are though they wouldn’t be very efficient.  On the other hand, if you spent some time with them and did some training on your business, they would probably become proficient much more quickly.  Auto is like that new server, he has lots of experience, but hasn’t worked at your business before.

I can hear you asking, “How do I train Auto, isn’t he just a computer program?”  It’s really simple, you have to give him information about your business and your employees.  Now,  I hear you asking, “What kind of information?”  Probably the two biggest things you can tell Auto are pay rates for your employees and their minimum and maximum hours per week.  Some other things you can give him are skill levels, availability, min/max hours per day, min/max shifts per day/week, OT rules for your state,  on what day you start your work week, and birth date (if you have age rules in place).  There are some things Auto can learn on his own.  These can include patterns in past schedules, patterns in how an employee rates a shift (did you know employees can even do that?), patterns in shift swaps, and if you have TimeForge Attendance, patterns in absenteeism.  The longer Auto works for you, the smarter he gets.

Auto takes all that information and uses it to find the best schedule he can.  How long would it take you to sift through all of that information?  Hours?  Days?  AutoScheduler can do it almost always in less than 10 minutes.

Which would you prefer?  Hours or Minutes?

So take some time and train AutoScheduler now and save yourself lots of time next week!