Labor, labor, labor. As a security services contractor, it's likely labor costs are the largest expense in your budget. While that cost is always a big part of your budget, there are tools you can use to narrow the gap through security guard scheduling software in order to maximize your profit margins.
1. Curb your overtime.
Overtime can be necessary in some cases in order to deliver on your customer's expectations and your contractual obligations. But, by improving the way you use security guard scheduling software, you can lessen your reliance on overtime and reduce labor costs.
2. Empower employees through tools like self-scheduling and electronic timekeeping.
Self-scheduling is a feature that shares scheduling work between your guards and back office. Your guards have control to manage their schedules by self-selecting open shifts, trading shifts with other guards or posting shifts when they can't work. This frees up manager time to more high-value responsibilities, rather than being stuck managing changes once the master schedule is posted. Configurable self-scheduling can be used as a retention tactic for your guards, providing them the ability to create a flexible working environment while ensuring you have the right guards with the right qualifications covering the right contracts. And, electronic timekeeping helps ensure your guards can quickly and efficiently clock-in for patrols.