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A schedule, often called a rota or roster, is a list of employees, and associated information e. A schedule is necessary for the day-to-day operation of many businesses e. The process of creating a schedule is called scheduling.
An effective workplace schedule balances the needs of stakeholders such as management, employees and customers. A daily schedule is usually ordered chronologically, which means the first employees working that day are listed at the top, followed by the employee who comes in next, etc.
A weekly or monthly schedule is usually ordered alphabetically, employees being listed on the left hand side of a grid, with the days of the week on the top of the grid. 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 resources manager or scheduling specialist may be solely dedicated to creating and maintaining the schedule.
A schedule by this definition is sometimes referred to as workflow. Software is often used to enable organizations to better manage staff scheduling.