4 Things to Do to Make Extended Hours Work for You
April 5, 2009
Providing “Extended Hours” of service is
something that I’ve always preached as a key to creating additional
profitability at any company. It’s also the right thing to do to serve your
customer best. It’s also the only smart way to squeeze all the profit you can
out of your business. That’s true in any economy but in this economy
it’s essential to become great at this process.
quick overview of four ways you can kick in the
extended hours’ program the right way:
How do you keep track of who’s on and
who’s off for a rotating shift layout?
Setup an Excel Spreadsheet that has all the technicians you have and then what
trades [ex: plumbing, drain, hvac or electrical] they can do. Then, plot it out
on a monthly calendar so you can get a feel for it.
How many techs
do I need on these shifts?
The number of techs depends on how many different trades you do and how well
your staff is cross-trained.
3. Do I schedule calls for Saturday and any call that comes in that
day is on-call?
The best companies call it “Same as Normal Service” and staff it with rotating
shifts or as necessary as overtime in the most dramatic weather or peak season
if staffing rotation isn’t possible.
4. Where is the
cutoff on taking extended hour calls, if
We don’t stop taking more calls until the techs tell us they won’t be available
to take more calls. Only then, do we need to prioritize the calls we have. The
better the leadership of the owner and the ability to create buy-in from all
the staff the less of a problem this becomes.