Okay – so you’ve heard about ‘Static’ and ‘Flexible’ scheduling, well here’s the deal. University Dining units schedule their employees around either flexible OR static scheduling. What’s the difference you say? Find out below:
Static scheduling is the traditional method of covering shifts. You tell your supervisor at the beginning of the semester what your class schedule looks like and they build a static schedule of work around your classes. So you’ll work the same shifts, on the same days, at the same times each week.
The advantages to this schedule are reliability and consistency – you know when you’re working so you can plan studying, outings with friends, and other shindigs around your schedule AND you know how much you’ll be paid each month (because you’ll be working the same number of hours each week). Also remember static doesn’t mean inflexible – you can always swap shifts with another employee or request a one-time-event leave of absence.
Unit that uses this schedule: University Catering
This is the schedule you’ve probably been hearing more about. University Catering is the only unit offering this type of scheduling. Why you ask – it’s because catering is an event-based service. Weddings, receptions, meetings, and other University functions are one-time-only events so every week looks different. Your flexible schedule will look like this: You’ll set your regular available work times at the start of the semester and let catering know during the semester when you have tests, projects, and the like – when you won’t be able to work.