Using Excel spreadsheets or pencil and paper to schedule your food processing lines, manufacturing production operators, and support staff may be familiar - but it’s not easy. These old methods are time consuming and error prone since they won’t alert you of any conflicts or notify your employees of schedule changes.

Cost control has always been a constant struggle for food manufacturers. Poor shift scheduling on the production floor can lead to increased operating costs, decreased sales, high worker turnover, and soaring grievances. Production managers often spend countless hours on shift scheduling, trying to get their shifts and work schedules just right.

Overstaffing wastes payroll dollars while understaffing results in late deliveries and lost sales. Most foods production factories operate around the clock (24/7), having many skilled job positions to schedule and multiple shifts and production lines to cover. Within each shift, production workers must also be assigned to various tasks or work orders and their attendance and work hours must be closely tracked.

Union and FLSA rules may place restrictions on work hours, overtime compensation, and the types of shift rotation that can be implemented. The schedulers must also consider time-off requests, labor rules, and worker availabilities when developing schedules for manufacturing facilities.

Make your food processing, food packaging, food manufacturing scheduling process smooth and simple by using Snap Schedule. You’ll wonder why you didn’t switch sooner.

Right now Snap Schedule 365 is helping us more efficiently track who is working and if they should be. The dashboard is advantageous. I can see how many are required for a shift, and how many are actually scheduled. That helps us keep our labor costs down so we are not scheduling more people than we should. Overall, it makes it more efficient for us to schedule.

Michael Ramirez, Production Coordinator Fresca Foods, Inc.

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Try It For Yourself

Try Snap Schedule 365 absolutely free for a full 30 days. The trial period starts on the day you first use our software and automatically expires 30 days after. You can use one of the sample schedules to evaluate the software features or enter real data and use Snap Schedule 365 to schedule and manage your employees.

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Request a Personalized Demo & Consultation

If you prefer personalized online demo from the convenience of your office via Citrix GoToMeeting, we can do that too. We will schedule one of our product specialists to help you set up your schedule, walk you through the many features of our scheduling software, and answer your specific questions. There is no risk, no cost, and absolutely no obligation on your part.

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Features for Schedulers

  • Multi-View, Multi-location Scheduling
    Drag-and-drop to create schedules for a virtually unlimited number of employees, shifts, and tasks in multiple views. Define as many production lines, packaging machinery, locations, departments as you like and authorize your production workers to work at certain locations, equipment, product lines, but not others. Schedule your production operators, packing operators, and food production team members for shifts at one or several locations or product lines.
  • Split Shifts, Multiple Shifts, Time Off and On-calls
    Complex shift assignments, such as split shifts, multiple shifts, paid/unpaid time off, and on calls, are all supported. Easily drag-and-drop or use the context sensitive menu to assign shifts or make schedule changes without having to enter/type in the information. Define specific tasks for food processing / food production team members to be performed in each shift.
  • Auto Scheduler
    For shift systems with repeatable shift patterns, auto-generate each team member’s shift assignments for any scheduling period. Plan various shift patterns and develop “what-if” scenarios to better meet the demands of your business. Then auto-generate shift schedules from the best shift pattern. Easily model and generate any fixed, oscillating, staggered, mixed, and rotating shift schedule.
  • Shift Coverage and Schedule Conflict Warnings
    Show the number of food processing / food packaging team mebers scheduled in each shift by position, skill, or reason so you can quickly see if any position is over/under staffed while making shift assignments. Detect and warn of all sorts of schedule conflicts, like overlapping shifts, lacking required skills, minimum rest period, or too many overtime hours.
  • Find Best Fit Employees or Substitutes
    Easily find qualified and eligible employees to fill no-shows and open shifts based on availability, position, skill, labor cost, work hour limits, seniority and other criteria.
  • Online Schedule Posting
    Employees can view their planned and actual work hours for the current, previous, or next payroll cycle. On-call, overtime, paid and unpaid time-off hours are also presented.
  • Multi-schedulers with Role-based Access Control
    Set roles to limit access to sensitive data. Keep an audit trail and maintain complete control over the scheduling process by setting up multiple schedulers with different responsibilities. Allow schedulers to create/change employees’ schedules, approve time-off and open shift requests, update employees’ cost data, run reports, and much more.
  • Maintain Complete Employee Information
    Keep track of teams, positions, and up-to-date employee's availability. Define skills/certifications and assign shifts based on employee’s skills/certifications. Avoid over/under staffing a shift with people you need by skills and get an alert when an employee’s skill is about to expire. Use the 25 customizable data fields to store additional information to fit your business needs.
  • Labor Cost Control
    Automatically sum up employees’ work hours and costs; calculate overtime, on-call, time off, and shift premium pays; and provide detailed cost reports, so you know instantly if you are on budget.
  • Overtime, On-call, Shift Premium Pay
    Handle practically all types of overtime pay through the use of daily overtime rules and work period overtime rules. Flexible premium pay rules help you compute extra pay to employees working on public holidays, certain days or hours of the day, irregular shifts, etc.
  • Planned vs. Actual Costs, Time Sheet Data for Payroll
    Keep track of planned and recorded work hours (based on punch in/out times). Run reports to see variances in employee planned vs. recorded work hours and costs for any date range. Generate timecards for payroll based on either planned or recorded work hours. Use data API to interface with external payroll systems.
  • Comply with Labor Rules and Collective Agreements
    Avoid grievances and ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements, HR policies, and labor and working time regulations. When filling an open shift, you can use multiple criteria to narrow down the number of eligible employees.
  • Extensive Data Analysis and Reporting Capabilities
    Use a comprehensive set of 53 standard reports to analyze your scheduling data; prepare records for day-to-day management and planning; and track employee activities, work assignments, labor costs, coverage, and time-offs. Filter, sort, and group report data in thousands of ways. Export to Adobe Acrobat’s PDF format, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel.
  • Employee Communication
    Keep teams in sync and notify employees that their work schedule has changed or when open shifts are created and available to bid on. Schedulers get notified when employees perform certain tasks, including requesting time off, bid on an open shift, or accepting a shift trade from a coworker.

Benefits for Employees

  • View Work Schedules
    View employee's shift assignments, time-off, shift trades as well as co-workers’ work schedules. From this planner, employees can filter what they want to see, request time off, bid on open shifts, and trade or pick up shifts from co-workers.
  • Request Time Off
    Employees can make time off/vacation requests, and schedulers can track, manage, approve, or deny those requests. Employees can see the approval status and are automatically alerted when their request is approved or rejected via an in-app notification.
  • Trade/Pick Up Shifts
    Allow shift trading between employees with or without a scheduler’s approval. Employees can post their assigned shifts to trade with coworkers who are eligible to work the shifts.
  • Punch In/Out
    Employees can punch in and out of their assigned shifts, and schedulers can see the punch data in real-time in the Punch view or run reports to see the variances between planned vs. actual work hours and costs for any date range.
  • Self-scheduling with Open Shifts
    Empower employees by letting them self-schedule with open shifts. Schedulers can simply create an open shift for a position and specify the number of employees needed and the required skills.
  • View Time Card Information
    Employees can view their planned and actual work hours for the current, previous, or next payroll cycle. On-call, overtime, paid and unpaid time-off hours are also presented.
  • Look Up Coworkers
    Employees can look up coworker’s contact information to call, text, or email. Schedulers decide whom to include or exclude from the directory.
  • Update Availability
    Save time and stay up-to-date by allowing employees to update their own contact information and availability. Employees can enter their availability information for each day of the week, and in multiple time segments as needed.

Try It For Yourself

Try Snap Schedule 365 absolutely free for a full 30 days. The trial period starts on the day you first use our software and automatically expires 30 days after. You can use one of the sample schedules to evaluate the software features or enter real data and use Snap Schedule 365 to schedule and manage your employees.

Get Your Free Trial

Request a Personalized Demo & Consultation

If you prefer personalized online demo from the convenience of your office via Citrix GoToMeeting, we can do that too. We will schedule one of our product specialists to help you set up your schedule, walk you through the many features of our scheduling software, and answer your specific questions. There is no risk, no cost, and absolutely no obligation on your part.

Request a Demo

QUESTIONS? OUR REPS HAVE ANSWERS. 1-800-450-4230

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