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COVID-19 x Algorithms to reduce infection exposure in the workplace

By Dan Mackenzie, Senior Product Manager on March 18, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Using algorithms to reduce infection exposure in the workplace.

Here at Rotageek we use algorithms to create schedules for our customers as part of our Autoscheduler product. We already take into account lots of different considerations about what makes a good schedule, from making sure that employees get enough rest between shifts, to ensuring that key skill sets are available when needed, and generating schedules that seem fair if you were to compare with a similar colleague.
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Geek Speak: COVID-19 x UK Employers, a quick guide

By Alyssa Shamshudin on March 18, 2020 at 6:34 AM

How to manage with COVID-19: A quick guide for UK employers:

 

We’re no stranger to what’s happening in the world right now, and as an employer you must have several questions running through your head. We’re here to help and break down some of the UK government’s advice and help you keep on top of things to ensure your employees are healthy, safe and prepared for what’s to come.

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Geek Speak: Algorithms vs. Employees

By David Payne on March 10, 2020 at 2:34 PM

A few thoughts on why algorithms get bad press.

 
We came across a new s article last week (“Here’s What Happens When an Algorithm Determines Your Work Schedule”, Vice, 24 Feb 2020), in the vein of others we’ve seen before (eg Scheduling Technology Leaves Low-Income Parents With Hours of Chaos”, NY Times, Aug 2014), that made us sad. 😔 If you’re thinking of making the leap from ‘manual’ rotas to optimised, automated scheduling in your business, then maybe such press coverage of our industry also makes you wonder whether this is intrinsically a change that can improve efficiency only at the cost of employee wellbeing.
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Geek Speak: Technophobia

By Tara Dunham, Account Executive on January 31, 2020 at 1:52 PM

The perplexing argument against the rise of digital technology

You wake gently to an artificial simulation of daylight in your bedroom, timed perfectly to your sleep schedule, accompanied by the soft sounds of birds singing in nearby rustling trees. However, reality outside stands in stark contrast, as the sounds of nature are instead replaced by garbage trucks and ambulances – where the sun rarely braves the cold to show its face in moody London.

Then, simply by uttering the words “Good morning Alexa,” you signal the beginning of your personalised automated daily routine via voice recognition.

The lights in your bedroom brighten to full capacity after having lifted you peacefully from your slumber, your Spotify playlist ‘Morning Motivation’ begins playing throughout your home and your coffee begins to brew as you run a shower. You open an app that has pre-planned your outfits for the week as Alexa moves on to report the estimated time of arrival to work and the best public transport route before broadcasting the latest news podcast you’re subscribed to. You pre-order a second coffee to go from Starbucks, picking it up from the collection point on your way to the tube and avoid the line of commuters needing their caffeine fix.

You arrive early to work, scanning your fingerprint via a biometric terminal to clock into your office job where you jump straight into a virtual video meeting with colleagues in New York and Melbourne via a 70-inch conference room screen. You share your screens and map out workflows via the virtual whiteboard. Meanwhile, your smart watch vibrates and informs you that you need to begin making your way to your next meeting and you turn to your colleagues and remark:

“What on Earth would we do without technology?”
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Gwyneth, Geeks & Goop - NRF2020

By Jason Steuber on January 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM


Our quick bite out of the big apple: a brief recap of the largest retail expo in the world from Jason Steuber, Head of Sales here at Rotageek.

 

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Rotageek & Catapult partner to help retailers meet demand with a shared workforce

By Jason Steuber on January 13, 2020 at 9:13 AM

LONDON, UK, 13th January 2020 - Rotageek are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with shared workforce platform, Catapult!

Our partnership with Catapult will help shift-managers at retail organisations to easily access a pool of high-quality vetted talent, enabling them to better match labour to demand, while Catapult takes care of all payroll and admin.

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A Tale of Two Stores

By Tara Dunham, Account Executive on December 18, 2019 at 4:15 PM

On why optimised scheduling is key to operational performance.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… or rather, what one might call Christmas. This story begins with two store managers in the crux of the busiest period in the retail calendar. Let’s call them Richard and Charles. Both manage very large and well-known storefronts for the same retail giant in West (Richard) and East (Charles) London.

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How can we make fair rotas? 

By Gaëlle Zair, Business Development Manager on November 6, 2019 at 12:21 PM

At Rotageek, we create scheduling technology. Importantly, we’re trying to figure out how to make shift work fairer for employees (which will benefit employers, too!). In this article, I take a deeper look into what schedule fairness truly means. I also speak to Dan Chamberlain, Rotageek’s Head of Data Science, because really, fairness in scheduling is a delicate balance of logic and humanity, held together by data science.

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Retailers can create jobs for life. Here’s how:

By Dan Mackenzie, Senior Product Manager on July 25, 2019 at 12:38 PM

With almost three million workers, the retail industry is the UK’s largest private sector employer. But retailers face a number of challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best staff.

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Want to build an in-store experience? Start with your rota

By Jason Steuber, Account Executive on April 1, 2019 at 2:41 PM

Experience is everything in retail right now. Online shopping offers the ultimate in convenience, meaning brands are using their bricks and mortar stores to provide a spectacular, immersive experience.

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