One of the tasks you have to perform, while managing a community radio station, is that of creating work schedules for the staff. You have to create work schedules for the staff members who are involved in broadcast duties: the presenters, news anchors, DJs and so on. You also have to create work schedules for the technical staff. At yet another level, you have to create work schedules for the support staff: the messengers, the clerks, the people who clean the community radio station premises… and so on.
While creating work schedules for community radio station staff, you need to pay attention to efficiency. This should be the main consideration. If, for instance, you are looking at the broadcasting staff, you need to ensure that you schedule them to work at their most productive hours. You realize that there are people who are best suited for running breakfast shows. There are others who are best suited for running midday shows. Then we have others who are best suited for running late night shows… and so on. These are very critical considerations.
Further, while creating work schedule for community radio station staff, you need to put the staff members’ convenience into consideration. You need to tailor the shifts in such a way that the staff members’ lives are not very badly disrupted. You may need to involve the staff members in the process of creating the work schedules.
After creating the work schedules, you need to avail them to the concerned staff members. Ideally, it should be possible for the staff members to make reference to the work schedules whenever they wish to do so. To that end, you may consider setting up a web-based portal where the staff members can log in, whenever they wish to view their work schedules. The portal can be structured along the same lines as, say, the UPS staff portal, which is also known as the UPSers portal. So you would have the staff members signing up for accounts on the portal, just as UPS staff go through the UPSers sign up procedure in order to get accounts. Then you can have a login screen, where your staff can sign into the portal – designed in the same way as the UPSers portal sign in screen. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can create your community radio station staff portal in the same way as the other HR portals that are already in existence.