Only 8 or 10 hour shifts. Don’t take those 4 hour shifts. You want to stay away from cold starts as much as you can. If you’re in the entertainment business, it’s a little bit different. The definition of a cold start is a post that starts without relieving another officer. In other words, it doesn’t even start until 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
This is going to let the security officer take home more money, and you pay less money in the payroll.
Here’s a program that will help you make some money and increase your quality, it’s called certified security officer program.
You just don’t give a guy a pay raise. If you sell someone after 90 days, you get a pay raise. What about the good guy gets the same thing, and the bad guy gets the same thing? I don’t think so. We got this thing called certified security officer program.
How about this, schedule 32 hour shifts. Not for 42. Give everybody 32 hours. Don’t give them 40 hours, and every time the shift opens you give him 40 hours. If you know you got a lot of overtime anyway, start hiring for 32 hours.
You can’t do it once the door exists, because they’ll get you unemployment for the other eight hours. See, you hire them 32 hours, and then give you 8 hours, and it’s not overtime yet.
Why not hire them for 48 hours? Figure out what your cost is, come up with a number, and now you hire them for 48 hours. What happens with call of then? When a guy calls off no matter what day it is, he’s called off over time.