3 ways Biarri Workforce can improve rostering and workforce planning

The team behind Biarri Workforce are dedicated to helping your business get the most out of our rostering software. Whether it is simplifying the job of your workforce planners or creating a team friendly roster that increases your employees satisfaction and retention, Biarri Workforce is the solution to improve your workforce planning and rostering. Biarri Workforce is tried and tested across many industries including maintenance teams, healthcare and aviation.

Read on to learn about the 3 ways Biarri Workforce improved rostering and workforce planning for the team at CQFMS and how Biarri Workforce can help your Workforce Planners and your Business. 


Reahan McBain – FMS Group

1. Biarri Workforce Software

We’ve all heard it before: 

“It is not the tools we use that make us good, but rather how we employ them”. 

This saying doesn’t always hold true, sometimes simply not having the correct tool for the correct job restricts our ability to perform; so why not start with the right tools for the right job? 

Like so many other businesses, CQFMS managed their workforce and planned their rosters using ever increasingly complex Excel spreadsheets. While Excel is a capable tool, rostering a growing team of people over a 24/7 period all while adhering to EBA and fatigue regulations can quickly become a nightmare of complexity. Through system driven automation and the powerful Biarri Workforce roster optimisation engine, the team at CQFMS were able to significantly reduce roster preparation time, more easily ensure compliance with EBA and fatigue requirements and manage changes to their rosters more effectively

2. Onboarding New and Existing Employees

When managing a large fleet of workers, onboarding and assigning new employees to a roster can become a time consuming task. This was the case with CQFMS, with a growing workforce. Previously, onboarding was completed using another HR software system and new employee lists were manually transferred through to Excel to begin planning the roster. This was inefficient and not scalable so CQFMS requested a more streamlined approach to onboarding. Through Biarri Workforce, Workforce Planners are now able to onboard employees much easier, as well as manage their roster in the same system. Found in the Biarri Workforce ‘Employees’ tab, you are able to onboard new employees and upload documents such as certificates and other qualifications all in one simple and easy to use interface. 

3. Creating a safe roster 

CQFMS and Biarri value safety and understand that an implied safety culture goes beyond the job site and includes appropriate roster creation. It is critical when planning a roster to have the correctly trained and skilled people for the job and to ensure that employees have current certification suitable to be rostered to work on a site. Biarri Workforce has in-built validation rules which enforce training and skills compliance to enable workforce planners to plan and roster the correct workers to be deployed on site. Another crucial aspect of roster creation that Biarri Workforce automated for CQFMS was the time consuming process of checking and managing employee fatigue. Ensuring the safety of employees meant making a roster that was compliant with EBA regulations including workplace fatigue rules.  Previously, it was difficult and time consuming for CQFMS to manually update and track overtime and employee hours for a large workforce. The Biarri Workforce rules engine and validation function will not generate a roster which breaks fatigue rules and when manual changes are made to the roster the rostering team is automatically notified if the planned roster breaches any fatigue rules. Rosters cannot be published without the Workforce Planner acknowledging and/or fixing these issues.

The right tool

CQFMS is one of many valued Biarri Workforce users. By stepping away from Excel spreadsheets and adopting Biarri Workforce, CQFMS have made noticeable improvements in how they plan and manage their rosters. Reducing time and effort to generate rosters while also automating the important task of skills and fatigue compliance.

If you would like to know more about how Biarri Workforce can improve your rostering and workforce planning or have any other further questions, feel free to leave your details below and a team member will get in touch with you. 

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Biarri Expands to Europe

2019 has been a big year for Biarri. All divisions have been growing strongly with over 20 new team members in 2019 alone. The largest part of this has been in Australia but the growth has also seen the establishment and solidification of our overseas bases – especially in Europe.

Welcome Our New London Office

This year saw some of our most talented employees take the leap and establish a new home in London. They are spearheading a number of supply chain, workforce and health care activities while setting up base in the nation’s capital. This has brought Biarri closer to our customers in Europe, especially in the UK, now with the local team able to help them in their time zone.

It also means they now can enjoy Marmite instead of Vegemite as well as sleet, slush, whiteouts and snow instead of sun, sun and more sun. But best of all, London brings with it some challenges even for high calibre mathematicians such as standing on the left in the corridors but right on the escalators in the Tube.

If you happen to be close to the Big Ben, then drop by the team at 16 Great Chapel Street, London, W1F 8FL.

Welcome To Oslo

To complement the English team, Norway has also become a stronghold for the Biarri expansion. We are working there closely with a number of customers and in fact will be at one of the world’s largest shipping events in Norway, the Nor-shipping conference at stand A1-50.

The team has been preparing by eating surstromming (fermented fish served in a ready to explode tin that tastes like soap), cloud berries and elk tongue. They are more prepared than ever to meet the vikings in June at the shipping expo.

Where Next?

As Biarri continues to grow we will continue to add hubs around the globe to help serve our customers close to where they are. Apart from Europe, there has been a lot of activity recently in North America so expect further updates on the additions to our offices in Denver and Chicago.

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The Biarri Score: Predictive Analytics for better integrated healthcare

Many Health and Hospital services around the world have introduced integrated care activities to coordinate Primary (Community and GPs) and Secondary (Hospitals) care levels in order to increase the effectiveness of care being provided at all levels. 

Biarri delivered a predictive data analytics solution which successfully identified hospital patients in the community who were most likely to readmit to hospitals. Statistical analysis proved the Biarri Solution is able to identify the top 1% of the population at risk of hospitalisation with 90% accuracy.

In January 2018, Ron Calvert, the CEO of Gold Coast Health and Hospital Services (GCHHS) was in the news recognising Biarri’s predictive analytics in the form of a ‘Biarri Score’, which predicts an individual’s likelihood of readmission to hospital with ‘remarkable levels of accuracy’. Check out the article here.

The Biarri Score is now in place in the Gold Coast University Hospital emergency department. Also, patient criticality scores are integrated into local GP practices to provide intra-facility collaboration of healthcare services and prevent unnecessary admissions.

This application of Commercial Mathematics has resulted in increasingly better identification of patient who are likely to readmit, in order to improve the effectiveness of the Integrated Care activities and reduce demand on emergency departments.

 

Get in touch to learn more about Biarri’s Predictive Analytics capability or to learn more about applicaitons of Commercial Mathematics in other areas!

Well Done Nick and Daryl – Maths Prize Winners

Daryl Bruce and Nick Vaskrsic both won awards at the recent RMIT Mathematical Sciences Awards Night.  Daryl won the Operations Research Prize and Nick won the Mathematics Rising Star Prize.  Both of them currently work as part-time business analysts and route optimisation planners for Biarri.

It is great to see the guys doing so well in their studies. All the best to everyone in the Biarri team who are currently in the midst of exams – good luck!

Michael Forbes at the SMART Research Forum

Michael Forbes, Biarri Optimisation Expert, presented on “An Integrated Approach to Supply Chain Redesign: Team, Process and Tools” at the SMART Research Forum in Sydney in June. He examined how rapid and effective supply chain redesign requires a team representing all stakeholders; a process that identifies, quantifies and implements practical savings and tools that produce accurate estimates of the potential gains together with realistic plans. In his paper he presented an approach distilled from many years of international consulting on major supply chain redesign projects. Keys to this approach are the wide number of roles represented in the project team and the appropriate application of well chosen optimisation tools. A case study was presented in which significant savings were produced very quickly.