Susan M. Reese, chief nurse executive at Kronos Incorporated, investigated the effect of shift work schedules on nurse engagement during a Kronos-sponsored webinar, presented by Becker’s Hospital Review March 21.

Organizations opting for variable scheduling can build employee schedules in the following ways.

  • Manually build: This tactic involves an employer starting from scratch with a blank sheet of paper or Excel spreadsheet to fill in shifts.
  • Auto-generate with manual intervention: This technique leverages a rules-based software solution but requires manual intervention to ensure the schedule is reasonable and full.
  • Self-schedule: This approach is gaining popularity, as it offers a plethora of benefits, including nurse empowerment, work/life balance support, lessened administrative burden on managers and communication improvement.

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