Northwest Outfitters is a small retail chain tackling the complications of selling in the competitive outdoor sports market. Managing a specialized workforce across 5 locations became their focus as an opportunity to significantly reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage.
Workforce Management is a key sore spot for retail organizations with numerous departments. Northwest Outfitters’ primary challenge is keeping unique departments staffed with the right people while reducing costs with viable cross-department coverage. They also wanted to address one of their largest budget problems; last-minute overtime.
Except for a small team of supervisors, all sales associates are part time. When there is a staffing pinch, it can be nearly impossible to keep part-timers from working forty hours or more. Holiday breaks and year-end staffing has been slinging scheduling problems and compliance pressure with the burden of tracking and reporting.
Workforce Management Suite Integration Creates Savings
With TimeSimplicity, the scheduling solution in Workforce Management Suite, department managers established standard schedule templates for busy and slow sales periods, which vary from department to department. With the standard schedule in place, managers can drag and drop to adjust to changing conditions. This has been a key time saver for managers, and with pre-defined alerts, has provided a significant reduction in unexpected overtime.
SOLUTION — Workforce Management Suite
- TimeSimplicity for automated scheduling and mobile coordination.
- TimeWorksPlus for integrated time and attendance tracking.
- Mobile access provides employee access and management control.
Before Workforce Management Suite implementation, employees continuously contacted supervisors about shift adjustments, time card mistakes, and PTO accruals. With Employee Self Service (ESS), employees clock in/out from their mobile device, handle their own time cards, submit time off requests, and monitor accruals without having to connect with a manager. With the intuitiveness of PunchLogic, time card mistakes are no longer a substantial problem.
When employees manage shift changes, all supervisors have to do is authorize them on the Virtual Trade Board. TimeSimplicity even alerts the employees affected when a shift change is approved! With job codes and employee groups, team members with the appropriate skills are scheduled in the corresponding departments. This helps maintain first-rate customer service for which Northwest is known.
No More Compliance Headaches
With customized overtime alerts, supervisors are notified when part-time employees are approaching full-time hours, and full-timers are approaching overtime. They don’t need to be constantly monitoring time cards to keep team members working within the designated hours. In the case of a DOL audit, reports can be created instantly from attendance data that was automatically captured and recorded.
Northwest Outfitters is benefitting from reduced labor rates, improved scheduling, automated compliance tools, and associates who are much happier with their jobs.
Advantage Payroll Services offers Workforce Management Suite, the powerful, fully-integrated Workforce Management Suite that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and company.
Workforce Management Suite includes TimeWorksPlus, TimeSimplicity, and TimeWorks Mobile. Workforce Management Suite is created for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and decrease labor costs.
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