How Auto-Rostering can help you plan your ultimate summer getaway
Blog //29-06-2022

How Auto-Rostering can help you plan your ultimate summer getaway

by Nick Gallimore, Managing Director - People Management

We can all agree that we’ve deserved a well earned break right? As summer gets into full swing and the weather begins to heat up, it’s only sensible that people are going to start planning their perfect getaways.

As much as it’s important to take time off work, it’s important to spare a thought for your colleagues who will have to take up the slack while you’re enjoying your time in the sun. The advent of summer means an upswing in annual leave requests which for many organisations can mean ensuring that the right people are in the right place at the right time is easier said than done.

HR teams all too often find themselves losing precious hours in their working week chasing anomalies caused by inefficient systems and processes. Many also find themselves working as task bots, fielding constant questions regarding leave allowances and the status of absence requests.

It’s not just summer getaways either- unplanned absences from sickness and other factors are still racking up costs of more than £18 billion for the UK economy. With all businesses keeping a keen eye on productivity and profitability, seeing money walk out of the door as a result of unchecked absence will be unacceptable.

We all need a holiday right about now but your HR people also deserve a break from the monotony of absence related admin. Your business also deserves to have the proper oversight of absences, planned or otherwise, in order to give you the information you need to keep your business running smoothly.

How Auto rostering can help.

Employee absences, be they planned or otherwise, have the potential to cause multiple issues for organisations and their people teams. A lack of visibility of who is off over what period can lead to disruptions in scheduling, spiralling costs and working hours lost chasing anomalies.

Auto rostering represents a unique opportunity for you to free your people teams from the burdens of manual inputs, admin heavy tasks and complex shift patterning. It can also serve as a brilliant way to empower your people to take charge of their working hours, offering them the ability to handle shift swapping requests without the need to burden your HR teams.

Our new Auto rostering function has been created specifically to handle the strain of the complex shift organisation. Auto Rostering is a multi-platform smart scheduling application for all industry sectors, designed to make complex staff rostering easy, saving time and money. Auto Rostering optimises the allocation of employees to shifts and will take into consideration all active complex constraints and rostering rules, employee availability, and employee skill sets to get the right person in the right place at the right time.

When summer rolls around and annual leave requests come flying in, you need the peace of mind to understand that shifts are being populated correctly and with the appropriate qualifications being taken into account. Our skills mapping function puts the power in your hands, allowing you to set your own parameters and ensure that key qualifications and certifications such as first aid training etc are always populated, no matter who is off.

Auto rostering can offer you a unique framework to empower you people to take charge of their schedules. Our employee trade boards can be actioned by management within your organisation and provide a forum for your people to exchange shifts at their own discretion. This is a powerful feature which not only incentivises your people to take control of their shifts but most importantly, it bypasses the need for your people teams to deal with the admin of shift swap requests and sourcing cover themselves.

Auto rostering also introduces an unparalleled degree of automation into your shift running processes, ensuring you greater degrees of accuracy and compliance. This makes for smooth business operations, even when key management personnel are on holiday.

At Advanced, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of workforce management solutions, boasting some of the best systems and hardware on the market. Auto Rostering integrates seamlessly with Advanced Time & Attendance and clocking terminals to provide a full workforce management solution for your organisation.

If you’d like to discover more about how our auto rostering and other people management solutions can help transform the way you work, get in touch with one of our friendly team members today.

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Nick Gallimore

Nick Gallimore


Managing Director - People Management

Nick is a Talent Management specialist, who has spent his entire career working with organisations looking to transform the way they hire, develop and manage their people. He works with our HR software customers, providing specialist consulting and advice around all aspects of the Talent Management lifecycle, helping them to deliver their strategic people aims.

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