Case Study: Small Manufacturer

Today’s example company is owned by a woman who starting making soap as an artistic hobby. She started selling her handcrafted, all-natural soaps only because neighbors and friends asked if they could purchase them. She wasn’t planning to launch a business. She had no business plan and no investors—just a small shop behind her house and a passion for natural ingredients like oatmeal, shea butter, coconut oil, goat milk, and lavender.

An Accidental Entrepreneur

She didn’t even have a website for the first three years. Her clients loved her soaps, told their friends about them, and her business sprouted steadily on word-of-mouth marketing alone. When sales grew to the point where she couldn’t manage the production herself, she hired a couple employees. One of them offered to build a simple website which began attracting soap buyers from around the world. They emerged on the online market when people were really starting to care about the ingredients that touched their skin. All-natural, chemical-free products were suddenly the hot commodity in the personal care industry.

Last year, the business had grown to 25 employees and had moved to a 20,000 square foot facility. The owner had become a savvy businesswoman, manager, and marketer. Her product line had expanded to cosmetics and face creams. She had learned to use several apps to stay organized and effective in her business and personal life.

Workforce Management Was a Time-Consuming Burden

The HR tasks, however, were claiming too much of her time. Creating employee schedules that everyone could live with, correcting sloppy time cards, tracking accruals, and staying compliant with DOL regulations occupied far too many hours of her busy workweek.

Because she had become experienced at using inventory management and CRM systems, she started searching for a Workforce Management solution tailored to manufacturers that would solve her HR headaches in a similar fashion.

Solution — Workforce Management Suite

After an afternoon of online research, she scheduled a demo of Workforce Management Suite. Workforce Management Suite provides streamlined scheduling with TimeSimplicity, and a robust suite of integrated cloud-based tools that include time and attendance tracking (TimeWorksPlus), with mobile capability.

No Steep Learning Curve for Implementation

When she saw how effortless it was to use, she knew she could learn it swiftly and was happy to get it up and running. Simple HR process automation would have made a sea change in her organization, but Workforce Management Suite goes beyond basic automation. Customizable settings designed precisely for medium-sized manufacturing plants allowed her to tweak the system with precision to glean the maximum value.

Workforce Management Suite consists of TimeSimplicity which offers expedited scheduling and TimeWorksPlus for integrated time and attendance tracking.

  • Biometric clock tracks employee time to the minute, eliminates overpayment for labor, creates error-free time cards, and keeps staff members honest
  • Create schedules with drag-and-drop simplicity
  • Customizable job codes make sure the right employees are scheduled at the right times
  • System automation finds eligible staff members to cover open shifts
  • Customized system notifications reduce over-staffing and unplanned overtime
  • Complete mobile coordination for workers and management
  • Employee Self Service enables staff to manage their time cards, post shift requests, and monitor PTO accruals
  • Creates and maintains audit-ready records
  • Integrates seamlessly with payroll platforms

Less Confusion, Happier Employees

When it comes to filling unexpected coverage gaps due to schedule changes, the team no longer goes into panic mode; associates can enter their availability to pick up hours, and switching shifts between staff members is as effortless as trading cards. The owner and manager only need to confirm swaps for stress-free schedule revisions.

Workforce Management Suite easily handles the involved scheduling logistics of manufacturing facilities that run 24/7. We would love to show you what it can do for your company. Call 800-440-9033 to schedule a demo today.

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