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Tech Tip: Introduction to Shift Bidding

For public safety agencies, shift bidding is a process where employees place a “bid” to express interest in available shifts, instead of directly being assigned to them. Though some agencies offer shift bidding as part of collective bargaining agreements, others offer shift bidding to ensure equitable schedules and boost employee engagement, even without union requirements. Tech Tip: Introduction to Shift Bidding

Tech Tip: System Log – Your Record of Events

Scheduling managers: raise your hand if anyone has ever come to you saying, “But you approved my shift trade/PTO last month,” and you have zero recollection of that action? Even if you didn’t actually raise your hand, chances are you’re nodding along. We’re all human and sometimes we can’t remember all these details. Thankfully, the Tech Tip: System Log – Your Record of Events

Tech Tip: How to Modify Existing Repeats and Rotations

As a Greek philosopher once said, “Change is the only constant,” and that certainly applies to employee schedules. Despite having regular schedules and rotations in public safety, schedulers still need to modify rotations at times. These modifications are needed when: An employee needs to be moved to a different rotation, schedule, or position. An employee’s Tech Tip: How to Modify Existing Repeats and Rotations

Tech Tip: How to Set Up Simultaneous and Staggered Coverage Alerts

While some organizations have yearlong shifts planned, most plan their shifts and schedules in a much shorter time frame. There are also sudden changes in coverage due to unexpected changes to staff availability. Aladtec’s coverage alerts feature helps organizations find coverage in a timely manner for both expected and unexpected openings. Image 1: Coverage Alert Tech Tip: How to Set Up Simultaneous and Staggered Coverage Alerts

Communicating Through Required Messages

Many Aladtec customers find the messaging capabilities one of the greatest features they never knew they needed in a scheduling solution. Sure, Aladtec makes scheduling easier, but did you know it can also help you ensure employees acknowledge key communications from management? Need to let your staff know of a policy change? Want to remind Communicating Through Required Messages

Using Time Types for Payroll and Reporting

Time Types in Aladtec allow scheduled time to be categorized with labels such as regular, overtime, training, etc. Typically Time Types are used to provide additional information about a shift that can be used for payroll or reporting. Visit the Time Types area under Setup to enable this feature and edit the available options, as Using Time Types for Payroll and Reporting

How to Use the Publish Schedules Feature in Aladtec

Allowing schedules to be published individually can be very helpful to administrators. Some departments only allow schedules to be visible for a few months out and some admins wish to “hide” the schedule when making changes before releasing it to members. Whatever the reason, a publishing option can be set for each individual schedule.   To How to Use the Publish Schedules Feature in Aladtec

5 Tips to Find Best Public Safety Scheduling Software

Public safety agencies need employee scheduling to be seamless and reliable. Fire/rescue, law enforcement, EMS and dispatch agencies have unique and complex needs, and with lives depending on you, every shift needs safety response personnel in the right place at the right time. If you’re still spending hours every week correcting errors and keeping the 5 Tips to Find Best Public Safety Scheduling Software

Creating a Pattern for Success: Comparing Public Safety Shift Schedules

Shift work is a given when working in the public safety sector due to the need for 24/7 coverage. However, the type of shift schedule will vary depending on whether someone is an EMT, a police officer, a firefighter or a dispatch worker. Collective bargaining agreements can also complicate things. While there has been debate Creating a Pattern for Success: Comparing Public Safety Shift Schedules

Setting Minimum Staffing Requirements

Minimum Staffing, a flexible and easy-to-use feature, allows the defining of minimum staffing requirements for each schedule. In addition to setting a minimum number of people are working, you may find yourself needing to utilize this feature when special positions or member requirements are needed. For example, ensuring a specific employee status is met such as Setting Minimum Staffing Requirements