Setup Recommendations for Retail

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Overview

When I Work schedules, positions, and job sites are powerful tools that make scheduling fast and easy. Using these tools to their full potential is key to getting the most out of When I Work for your business.

In the following sections, we’ll go through our recommendations for a small store, large store, and multi-store chain.

Terms to know before you begin

Schedules

A feature that allows you to group employees into separate schedules. You might want to set up multiple schedules if your business operates out of different physical locations/regions or you want to build separate schedules for different teams/departments. If you use multiple schedules, supervisors can build their schedules independently (managers have access to view and edit all schedules).

Positions

A position identifies a particular job, duty, or skill that is performed at your workplace. For example, a store might have sales associate, cashier, and manager positions. Use positions to make sure you’ve scheduled the right people for the right shifts. You can also allow employees to swap/drop shifts based on their qualified positions.

Job sites

A job site identifies a location where shifts take place. You can use job sites for shifts that take place off-site from your normal place of business, or to designate specific locations inside your place of business. For example, you might add a job site for an off-site location where employees get training or run promotional events. Job sites are optional; shifts without job sites take place at the normal schedule location.

Small store

In this example, we’ll explain how to set up When I Work for a small retail store that has 19 employees.

Small restaurant

The following table summarizes some key details about the store and our recommendations for When I Work.

Key ItemsPhysical locations
DetailsOne Store
RecommendationsUse the default schedule (a) for the store. Multiple schedules are not needed for a small number of employees.
Key ItemsSkills/jobs
DetailsSales Associate, Cashier, Manager, Key Holder
RecommendationsCreate a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.
Key Items Details Recommendations
Physical locations One Store Use the default schedule (a) for the store. Multiple schedules are not needed for a small number of employees.
Skills/jobs Sales Associate, Cashier, Manager, Key Holder Create a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.

Large store

In this example, we’ll explain how to set up When I Work for a large retail store that has 62 employees.

Large restaurant

The following table summarizes some key details about the store and our recommendations for When I Work.

Key ItemsPhysical locations
DetailsOne Store
RecommendationsBecause the store has a large number of employees, we recommend setting up separate schedules (a) for each team.
Key ItemsDepartments
DetailsMen’s Clothing, Women’s Clothing, Cosmetics, Customer Service, Warehouse
RecommendationsSet up a separate schedules (a) for each department to keep each schedule easier to manage and let supervisors build their own schedules.
Key ItemsSkills/jobs
DetailsSales Associate, Cashier, Customer Service Rep, Shipping-Receiving, Store Manager, Key Holder
RecommendationsCreate a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.
Key Items Details Recommendations
Physical locations One Store Because the store has a large number of employees, we recommend setting up separate schedules (a) for each team.
Departments Men’s Clothing, Women’s Clothing, Cosmetics, Customer Service, Warehouse Set up a separate schedules (a) for each department to keep each schedule easier to manage and let supervisors build their own schedules.
Skills/jobs Sales Associate, Cashier, Customer Service Rep, Shipping-Receiving, Store Manager, Key Holder Create a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.

Large store configuration

Multi-store chain

In this example, we’ll explain how to set up When I Work for a retail chain that has 134 employees across 4 stores.

Multi-location restaurant chain

The following table summarizes some key details about the retail chain and our recommendations for When I Work.

Key ItemsPhysical locations
DetailsUptown, Downtown, Northeast, Lowertown
RecommendationsSet up a separate schedule (a) for each store so that the local managers can handle scheduling individually and keep their employees separate. You can share employees between schedules if they work at multiple stores.
Key ItemsDepartments
DetailsSales, Cashiers
RecommendationsCombine departments on a shared schedule (a) for each store. If each store has a large number of employees, you could consider making 8 schedules—one for each department/store combination.
Key ItemsSkills/jobs
DetailsSales Associate, Cashier, Store Manager, Key Holder
RecommendationsCreate a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.
Key ItemsOff-site training
DetailsCorporate Office, The Learning Center
RecommendationsAdd a job site (c) for each off-site location where employees receive training. A shift with a job site lets the employee know where to go.
Key Items Details Recommendations
Physical locations Uptown, Downtown, Northeast, Lowertown Set up a separate schedule (a) for each store so that the local managers can handle scheduling individually and keep their employees separate. You can share employees between schedules if they work at multiple stores.
Departments Sales, Cashiers Combine departments on a shared schedule (a) for each store. If each store has a large number of employees, you could consider making 8 schedules—one for each department/store combination.
Skills/jobs Sales Associate, Cashier, Store Manager, Key Holder Create a position (b) for each job to make sure that you’re scheduling qualified employees for the right shifts.
Off-site training Corporate Office, The Learning Center Add a job site (c) for each off-site location where employees receive training. A shift with a job site lets the employee know where to go.

Multi-store example setup

Still have questions?

Contact us if you still have questions about how to use When I Work at your retail store.

Updated on December 18, 2017

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