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How Agile is your Labor Reporting?

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The planning / reporting cycle of most companies often looks the same:

  • Scheduling of personnel happens weekly
  • Labor productivity is periodically throughout the shift
  • Overtime is approved toward the end of the shift, if needed
  • Financials are compiled at the end of the month after closing
  • Financial results are available often weeks after closing the month

In best-in-class operations, the planning / reporting cycle is agile:

  • Scheduling of personnel happens weekly and is refined daily through shift planning
  • Productivity is tracked in real-time throughout the shift
  • Output trends project overtime requirements prior to the shift starting
  • Before each shift, supervisors understand the impact of their shift plan in terms of labor costs and whether they are within expected productivity and budget goals
  • Financial results are available daily and aggregated weekly, monthly, and quarterly, bringing cost-per-case front and center.


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