10 May API’s announces health care shift-bidding software
Hartford, Wis.— API Software, Inc. announced Thursday the availability of a new shift-bidding module designed to allow health care organization employees to bid on open shifts based on schedule, credentials and pay schedule.
API’s shift-bidding module is expected to be another way for hospitals to address what the Association of Nursing Executives considers to be the most pressing industry challenges: employee recruiting and retention.
After a work period is scheduled, managers are able to post unfilled shifts so that part-time employees or employees seeking extra hours can bid on these time slots. Similar to an online auction, managers designate available shifts along with a “hidden” maximum pay rate and an automatic closing date. Employees are able to view open shifts online and bid on those openings for which they have a suitable skill level. All bid requests are forwarded to the appropriate manager who can fill the shift based on lowest bid cost, credentials or a combination. Once a manager accepts a bid, it is automatically entered into the master online schedule.
“Shift bidding improves patient care because it ensures adequate staffing and improved employee morale,” said Luis Garcia, API president and chief executive officer. “Because the system is scalable, health care organizations of all sizes, from small rural hospitals to large, multi-facility health systems, can benefit from the module’s capabilities.”
Shift-bidding can be purchased as an add-on module to API’s ActiveStaffer employee scheduling application. ActiveStaffer automates the processes involved in scheduling that helps ensure employees are being treated equitably.
API Software is based in Hartford and develops staffing/scheduling, payroll and human resource software for the health care industry.