A schedule , often called a rota or roster , is a list of employees , and associated information for rent, working times, responsibilities for a given time period eg week, month or sports season.
A department is necessary for the day-to-day operation of many businesses eg, retail store , manufacturing facility and some offices . The process of creating a schedule is called scheduling . An effective workplace schedule balances the needs of the stakeholders such as management, employees and customers .
A daily schedule is usually chronologically , which means the first employees, which is followed by the next, and so on. A weekly or monthly schedule is usually ordered alphabetically , with employees being listed on the left hand side of a grid, with the days of the week on the top of the grid. [ citation needed ] In shift work , a schedule usually employs a recurring shift plan .
A schedule is most often created by a manager . In larger operations, a human resource manager or scheduling specialist may be solely dedicated to creating and maintaining the schedule. This schedule is sometimes referred to as a workflow . [ quote needed ]
Software is often used to enable organizations to better manage staff scheduling. Commonly used spreadsheet software or employee scheduling software to create and manage shifts, assignments, and employee preferences. For large employee scheduling organizations can be complex, [ citation needed ] and optimizing this is framed as the Nurse scheduling problem in Operations Research.  Advanced employee scheduling software also provides ways to connect with the staff, ask for their preferences and communicate with them. 
An On call shift or on-call scheduling is a practice which requires the use of last-minute shifts without pre-scheduling.  In the United States, the practice has-been Opposed by labor rights groups as “unfair and detrimental to employees.” 
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