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How offering flexible shifts benefits employers and employees

June 26, 2024

Flexibility has become a crucial factor in attracting and retaining talent across different industries. This shift is especially noticeable in retail and distribution centers, where operational demands often require closer to 24/7 staffing.

Embracing flexible shifts not only meets these operational needs but also brings significant advantages to both employers and employees.

Enhanced operational efficiency

Flexible shifts empower operations to optimize their operational efficiency. By offering staggered start and end times, businesses can better align their workforce with fluctuating production demands and delivery schedules. This adaptability allows for smoother transitions between shifts and reduces downtime—ultimately enhancing overall productivity.

Improved retention and inclusion

For employees, flexible shifts provide a better work-life balance. This flexibility is especially valuable for individuals managing personal commitments such as childcare, education or other jobs. This becomes even more important for hourly employees who may work in your facility and may be balancing a lot in their schedules.

It also accommodates individuals with disabilities, those pursuing education, caregivers and others who may have unique scheduling requirements.

This inclusivity and accommodating environment fosters a supportive work environment where employees feel valued and respected, contributing to a more diverse and dynamic organizational culture.

Increased adaptability

In this post-pandemic competitive landscape, agility is crucial. Flexible scheduling enables companies to swiftly respond to market changes, seasonal demands and unforeseen disruptions. Whether adjusting staffing levels during peak seasons or accommodating urgent orders, businesses equipped with flexible shift options can maintain a competitive edge by staying responsive and productive.

Recruitment potential

Having the ability to offer flexible shifts makes an employer more attractive to potential hires. This widens the pool of qualified candidates who prioritize work flexibility, expanding recruitment options and making it easier to acquire skilled talent crucial to your operation.

The adoption of flexible shifts in operations offers a strategic advantage for both employers and employees. Embracing flexibility enables businesses to adapt more effectively to market dynamics and fosters a positive workplace culture. This approach also helps in attracting and retaining top talent in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Need help adopting a flexible shift model or increasing your performance? We can help.

More than staffing: A performance solution

As businesses are struggling with production challenges and need to do more with less, SIMOS Solutions can help you increase productivity, lower costs, and improve worker retention.

That’s a triple-win for your business. Our custom solutions are built on driving performance—so you only pay for the work completed, period—and can flex to help you meet changing demands.

With our solutions in place, you can focus on making the best product—we’ll take care of the people.


Why our approach is different

Our customers only pay for the work completed, period. This means we have real skin in the game to meet the performance goals for your locations in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible.

Our custom solutions can solve a variety of workforce challenges.

Performance-Based Staffing: Our solutions are engineered to drive performance in the most efficient ways possible—not to fill hours.

Rapid Workforces: Get quality talent you can count on, fast, with onsite management and transparent pricing.

Engineer On Demand: Finetune your operations under the expert eye of our experienced in-house engineers.

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