Job Schedulers

Written by Elizabeth Rose
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Job schedulers have become increasingly sophisticated, as today's work environment has become more complex. Many tasks in manufacturing used to have to be handled by human beings. Staff scheduling also demands a hefty commitment of human resources or management personnel. With today's trends toward streamlining staff and increasing productivity, job schedulers can fill a gap, especially for small to mid-sized companies.

Job Schedulers Keep Businesses on the Go

Job schedulers are basically divided into two categories. One type primarily handles staff scheduling. The other type is more process oriented and handles manufacturing processes and resources.

For staff issues, schedulers can be customized to any type of business or service. Such schedulers primarily handle staff scheduling and payroll issues. They can be programmed to suggest changes for sudden shifts in the staff picture, like leave, vacation or illness. They also work well if you're running a union shop, as the system can monitor union rules and help make decisions about issues such as overtime.

Manufacturing-type schedulers are more concerned with batch processing. In complex operations, many steps take place on the route to a finished product. These sorts of job schedulers function as a hub to supervise the process from beginning to end. Computer terminals or automated manufacturing processes are networked in, giving employees and management input and oversight capabilities at every step. Job scheduler systems also make the task of estimating materials, predicting trends, generating reports and tracking progress very simple.

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