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Warehouse employee scheduling

     
6:33 am on Dec 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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How do you guys schedule your warehouse employees as far as working hours? Up until now we've been contacting them a few days in advance of a day we'd like them to work and they come in and usually work until everything is done.

I'd like to set something up that's a little more professional, but it's difficult since purchase orders come in from suppliers at various (and changing) times and overall volume fluctuates. Even when we think we know exactly when a purchase order is coming in (and we're right), it's impossible to say how many hours we should schedule an employee for in order to receive and ship the purchase order.

How do you guys handle this sort of thing?
5:31 pm on Dec 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Generally I keep set schedules for my 2 employees and have them do other work if time allows. There is always intermediate inventory, cleaning, supply counts, etc. I also have one do basic bookeeping - entering invoices. I try to keep staff to a minimum and then have an adequate amount of B level work to do when shipping and receiving are complete.
8:54 pm on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yeah I think B-level work is the key. I need to get that together.
1:27 am on Dec 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@JackieBlue
Do your warehouse employees work full 40 hours per week?
How do you track their hours?
2:33 am on Dec 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@jrockfl - one of them is currently exempt so no time card needed and his job kind of straddles. He is supposed to work a 40 hour week. He works a set schedule. The part timer writes his hours on a sheet. Because of some of the work they do, I can audit the hours. However, I am looking at buying a biometric type time clock for both of them to use - keep them honest.