I recently started a new management position and the staff schedule is an overly complex nightmare that takes an two-plus hours of one of my supervisor's time to do EVERY DAY. How can I move towards a less complex schedule even though it will mean upsetting most of the managers in the building as they will become responsible for enforcing things that the schedule itself use to enforce?
I believe the schedule has swollen over the years as managers noticed that it was easier to create a "position" on this schedule rather than simply give feedback (or discipline) their own staff. If someone was in the wrong place they could simply be shown the schedule and the manager wouldn't have to explain themselves.
Unfortunately, as it exists now, staff are completing 2-3 different "positions" a day, some of which overlap others don't, some overlap in the middle of the day but not the end, some are all day positions meaning that that staff cannot be assigned anywhere else. It is IMPOSSIBLY complicated. The only solution I can see is removing positions and making the supervisors and their staff responsible for working out their own systems. I'd like to simplify, significantly.
However, I'm very new to this position. 2 weeks right now. Even if I hit the recommended 90 days, I don't think anyone is going to be happy moving towards taking more personal responsibility for their staff. Its starting to feel like a nearly impossible culture change. What can I do to help grease the wheels here?