Many of our clients have employees who are working multiple jobs. Juggling two different schedules, with your worker as the liaison, can be frustrating for all parties involved. Volunteer and non-profit groups often face a similar dilemma. While two weeks down the road a volunteer’s schedule is a white canvas waiting for shifts to be etched in, prior obligations and unaccounted for circumstances inevitably leave schedulers scrambling to fill shifts.

Scheduling shouldn't be a stunt...

Scheduling shouldn't be a stunt...

Plan ahead by utilizing Shiftboard’s Availability tool. Users (or their managers) can choose certain days of the week, at certain hours, and then specify busy or available. For random, spur of the moment events, you can select Specific Availability, and choose which days you will be available or unavailable. If you want to be really stringent, you can default your site so that members’ unaccounted availability times will be considered busy, thereby excluding them from being scheduled except for those times they have actually entered as available.

Constantly updating a calendar to accommodate ever changing priorities and schedules can be a real headache. So take a scheduler’s aspirin, use Availability, and give your workers an incentive to think more than a few days down the proverbial calendar road. Rest easy schedulers – those you see, are those available.

– Alison