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Predictable Scheduling

Predictable scheduling involves ensuring that employees have some control over their scheduled working hours, not changing work schedules without employees’ consent, and/or giving employees advanced warning about changes to their work schedules.

Benefits to Employers

  • Increases productivity
  • Increases retention, reducing turnover costs
  • Reduces employee absenteeism
  • Increases morale, loyalty, commitment

Benefits to Children and Parents/Families

  • Allows employees to plan for child care, school activities, health care visits and transportation
  • Leads to better child development outcomes because of more stability for childcare arrangements, which improves cognitive
    and behavioral outcomes and language development
  • Lowers stress for parents and improves overall healthy behaviors
  • Increases family economic security, due to predictable pay
  • Allows employees to care for sick or elderly family members

Range of Practices in the United States

Almost three-quarters of hourly workers ages 26–32, who are more likely to have young children at home, report that their work hours fluctuate each month.

Forty-one percent of adults working in hourly jobs say they know their work schedule one week in advance or less.

About half of low-wage workers have little or no control over the timing of their work hours.

Part-time workers experience even more variability in hours and receive even less advance notice of schedule than full-time workers.

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