by Stacy Malone, Marketing Intern
Sales reports and sales forecasting are integral to your business. They help you decide how much inventory to have, how many employees to schedule, whether or not you can hire new people, and what kind of marketing decisions you’ll have to make. They can even help you build better schedules and help prevent over-staffing or under-staffing. If you’re over-staffing, you’re wasting money and employee productivity will decrease since there won’t be enough work to go around. If you’re under-staffing, you’re likely overworking your employees and decreasing employee morale. You’re also running the risk of unhappy customers because there aren’t enough employees to serve everybody who needs it.
To prevent over-staffing or under-staffing, have you tried to build employee shifts with sales forecasting? This could help you determine what shifts will need better coverage and ensure that you’re well staffed. This ultimately helps you maintain high employee morale, higher customer satisfaction and can help you earn more money in the long term. It also helps you make schedules faster. Using sales forecasting and letting software suggest what shifts you might want to schedule for could help you save time because all you have to do is make sure that those suggested shifts are what you want!
With that said, you may want to look into using employee scheduling software that is capable of helping you build better schedules faster. There are some scheduling software solutions that will automatically populate shifts based on your projected sales, like TimeForge. Others might just give you a report so that you can base your shifts off of that projection. Either way, finding a solution that works best for you will help you save money and time in the long run. That makes for happy managers, happy employees, and happy customers!