I heard a commerical on the way in to work today asking for part-time employees who “must be available nights and weekends.” Some of the greatest turnover I have seen has been in the night and weekend workforce. One of many challenges managers face is how to deal with turnover of this type while still keeping the business afloat.
A best practice I have seen work best is to require all full-time staff to work at least one evening in order to qualify for full-time pay and benefits. If nights and weekends are such a concern, then utilizing some of your best staffers to cover your most difficult to cover shifts will increase productivity and hopefully decrease turnover.
There are many arguments for and against this policy, but when looked at from the perspective of total organizational success, this policy can work in any setting. It rewards those who are flexible with their schedule to the fruits of full-time salary and benefits, while encouraging those who may just be joining the workforce that there are opportunities to participate in the company other than just night and weekend work.