If you have not encountered self rostering before, the idea can come across as a recipe for anarchy and mayhem, with everyone going off in all directions and the administrator having virtually no chance in controlling what goes on.
Whilst it is true that, if attempted without the right tools, things can get out of hand,
provides you with all the information and control you need to make it a hassle free success.
Self-rostering is a system that allows employees to choose their own shifts and manage their own schedules, rather than having a manager or supervisor do it for them. There are several benefits to using self-rostering, including:
Increased employee satisfaction: Self-rostering allows staff to have more control over their schedules, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and motivation.
Improved communication and collaboration: Self-rostering can promote better communication and collaboration among staff, as they are able to coordinate their schedules with one another more easily.
helps in this regard with its transparent sharing of shift choices.
Greater flexibility: Self-rostering can provide more flexibility for staff, as they are able to choose when they want to work, within the constraints of the business.
Greater fairness: When applying a fixed template to a mismatched rota period, workloads can often be skewed so that some staff end up with a disproportionate number of anti-social shifts.
Whilst compliant, this disparity can lead to reduced satisfaction amongst those affected.
automatically adjusts shift targets for the rota period, on a pro-rata basis, ensuring shifts are always spread evenly in accordance with contracted workloads.
Reduced administrative burden: Self-rostering can reduce the administrative burden on managers and supervisors, as they are not responsible for creating and managing staff schedules.
This is especially true when it comes to the complex adjustments that are usually needed to accomodate everyone's leave requests, etc, while, at the same time, ensuring that the required cover is provided.
Increased efficiency: Self-rostering can increase efficiency, as staff are able to quickly and easily fill gaps that would otherwise be left by colleagues' leave requests.
ensures that everyone can see where any gaps are, at all times.
Self Rostering vs. Artificial Intelligence
How good is Artificial Intelligence?
Let's take a look at ChatGPT's answer to this question:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made significant advancements in recent years and has demonstrated remarkable capabilities in various domains.
However, it is important to understand that the effectiveness of AI systems can vary depending on the specific task or application.
Artificial Intelligence relies on two main things; an incredibly large dataset of previous examples and clear rules so that it can distinguish correct answers from incorrect ones. For something like playing chess, both of these things are readily available, but this is not the case for e-rostering
When it comes to staff rostering, even if you had a large enough dataset to work from, being able to provide the computer with enough information on the "rules" (i.e. the preferences and requirements
of each individual member of staff) so that it can tailor a rota that would satisfy everyone, would take a level of input that would negate the point of asking the computer to work things out in the first place.
In reality, what is touted as Artificail Intelligence is often just an algorithm that simply allocates people to rota gaps based on what they owe in terms of shifts, but with little or no understanding for their personal preferences and requirements.
A major factor in creating a rota that satisfies the staff that have to work it, is how involved they are and how much agency they feel they have in the shifts they have to work.
Engaging staff in the creation of their own rotas, in the way self-rostering does, allows them to see the associated constraints and feel more reassured with the result than they would be with something delivered by an opaque black box.
Why use Artificial Intelligence when you can use Real Intelligence?