The Hidden Cost of Overtime and Shift Scheduling for Manufacturers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average overtime hours worked by manufacturing employees in December 2018 was 3.6 hours per week. Surveys of shiftwork and overtime practices at companies maintaining around-the-clock operations show some employees average up to 500 hours of overtime a year. Along with employees’ requests for overtime, supervisors must distribute (and account for) overtime equitably. Coleman Consulting Group Managing Partner Frank Pereira, who says his firm has surveyed more than 350,000 employees worldwide, estimates only about 50% of manufacturers have scheduling software. Pereira’s firm helps manufacturers analyze their scheduling and overtime practices, and he notes that there are as many ways to keep track of overtime and schedules as there are companies. 

“Automating scheduling is scary for a lot of manufacturers because it’s hard to put a value on it like you could with an ERP implementation that will save 10% in shipping costs,” added Pereira, “And, more importantly, employees build their lives around their work schedules, so the risk of something going wrong in implementation far outweighs the benefits of an automated schedule.

“Managers know that messing up the schedule can lead to massive headaches including increased turnover, low morale, poor performance, higher costs, and, if you’re unionized, even a strike,” adds Pereira.

March 01, 2019

Reliable Plant Conference

Our Managing Partner Frank Pereira will be speaking about " The Power of the Right Schedule" at The Reliable Plant Conference in Cleveland, OH on April 16-18.

February 22, 2019

DisruptHr in New Orleans

Our Managing Partner Marco Juarez will be sharing how to "Move Beyond Traditional Work Schedules And Create Employee Lifestyles.” If you’re an HR professional, a CEO, a technologist, a community leader – and you’ve got something to say or learn about talent, culture or technology – Disrupt is the place. 

February 06, 2019

As a Veteran run business, we are passionate about helping other Veterans succeed

On February 6th our Managing partner will be speaking at UC San Diego's Veterans Ventures. This event is a mentorship to help vets re-engage in careers and entrepreneurship after time in the service. 

January 02, 2019

WOSSA 23rd Annual Conference

Do you know the "The Power of the Right Schedule”? Our Managing Partners Frank Pereira and Marco Juarez will be speaking at WOSSA 23rd annual conference on January 25-26th.

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