Like everyone else, correctional facilities are facing increasing pressure to cut costs. Labor costs can be one of the largest costs facing correctional facilities. Therefore, it’s only natural that there is an increased scrutiny on projected labor costs. But forecasting labor costs can be difficult without the proper tools.
What tools do correctional facilities need?
TimeForge provides over 30 unique reports, enabling you to follow labor costs in real-time and predict future labor costs accurately.
TimeForge can also reduce your paperwork time from hours to minutes by streamlining the process through our automated software. Creating an officer duty roster for your correctional facility can be a hassle. You coordinate 24/7 shifts, multiple employees, required skill sets, each officer’s availability, accrued PTO, and meal breaks. While juggling this officer information, you also need to ensure that all posts are adequately covered, but also minimize overtime. Once finished, an officer or employee will inevitably request unexpected time off or a shift swap, so you’ll need to restart the entire process.
Importance of communication
Without the right tools, notifying everyone about the finished schedule (and any schedule changes that arise) creates frustration for everyone involved. Failure to communicate effectively can lead to staff shortages. When an officer or employee misses a shift, it unfairly encroaches on the personal time of other staff who unexpectedly need to cover it. Unexpected schedule changes (like fills for missed shifts) lead to negative job satisfaction and increased turnover.
Most importantly, TimeForge addresses high turnover at the source: miscommunication. You can notify officers about the schedule and any changes through TimeForge text message, email, or social media (Facebook, for example). TimeForge can even send these messages automatically.
Much like communicating the schedule, attendance monitoring is often dreaded by correctional facility managers. Monitoring attendance is a hassle. It can feel like you’re babysitting your employees, and requires a lot of your time. However, it is absolutely necessary in order to control labor costs. TimeForge can help with your attendance monitoring needs by preventing early clock ins or late clock outs. It also prevents staff from buddy punching, and it equips you with the power to see who is clocked in, whether you’re on site or not. You can monitor attendance through your TimeForge website account, from your smartphone, or through a social networking account (like Facebook).
Manage the labor at your correctional facility with TimeForge
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