Posts By: Terry Schilling

Work Schedule Program Innovators Tugboat Software Introduces Employee Driven Vacation Scheduling

Software development experts Tugboat Software have announced the introduction of a new application to their existing roster of innovative work schedule program optimization solutions. The company’s new vacation scheduling application is engineered to capture and manage employee vacation requests through an online self-service portal. Through the solution’s comprehensive data access functionality, employees at all levels… Read more »

Tugboat Software Introduce Event Scheduling for Their Work Schedule Program

Newport Beach, California workforce scheduling specialists Tugboat Software have recently announced the introduction of their latest new capability for their laboroptimization of workflow within manufacturing facilities. The company’s new workforce scheduling application  now includes the ability to plan and schedule events for employees during regular shift work job assignments. As part of Tugboat’s  work schedule… Read more »

From Workforce Level Planning to Job Bidding

Amongst pressures faced by manufacturing operations today, matching the size of one’s workforce to their projected production requirements is a growing challenge. Tugboat’s new job bidding tools include a labor planning interface that manages the desired number of jobs for each department and shift. Users can develop a list of minimum jobs required during both… Read more »

Implementation – Early Payback

Even if an application appears to really meet one’s needs, there is always the challenge of implementation. A financial manager for Coca-Cola recently asked, “This application looks like it will do the job but answer this: how much trouble will we uncover when it comes to implementation?” He was specifically referring to the resistance that… Read more »

Extra Man? Right or Wrong

In large manufacturing facilities, it’s not hard to find managers who’ll acknowledge, on any given day, there may be extra workers on the floor. Sometimes referred to as redundant manning this sounds like an easy target when looking for labor waste. But is it? Yes and no. Here’s the difference. Under certain circumstances having an… Read more »

Labor Scheduling Best Practices / Past Practices

What are the “Best Practices” (BP) for workforce scheduling? Most managers in operations and HR would like to see these documented. But what is BP?  BP is a method, process, or activity, which conventional wisdom regards as more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other method, process, etc. when applied to, in this… Read more »