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.