Many businesses owners are scared of having staff standing around doing nothing – and rightly so. Rostering requires forecasting your weekly sales which can be difficult. The weather might change, a competitor might open up, roadworks might start right outside. If you’re a natural optimist and assume you’ll have an excellent week, you run the risk of blowing your payroll budget.


Assuming you’ll have a below average sales week – the ‘worst week’ scenario ensures you a lower wage cost if sales come in as forecast, and an efficient roster if you have a great sales week and need to ask staff to stay a few hours later here and there, or call someone in.


Once you’ve got a handle on the factors that affect your sales like weather it makes it very easy to ‘top up’ your roster later in the week, using the ‘Fill shift’ function in Zuus.


The bonus of this ‘worst week’ approach is you’re covered both ways – you’re ensured an efficient roster if sales come in at or below your forecast, and if sales come in higher you’ve got the option to call in staff easily and quickly. Staff much prefer you calling them in to work rather than sending them home early.


Using below-average sales forecasts such as last year’s sales with a low growth index ensures your rosters will be efficient. It also minimises the risk of having staff ‘standing around’ because you can top up when it gets busy without having an expensive wages week.