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Hiring Freeze Impact on Overtime Costs – Is it Measurable? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 27, 2016 9:29:31 AM

Faced with increasing overtime costs, city officials in Portland, Maine have secured a significant concession from the firefighters' union.  The Portland Press-Herald reports that the city will be asked to approve a new contract with firefighters that will fill vacant positions and cut overtime.

Officials say that the nearly 31 percent overtime increase in the past two years is primarily the result of a hiring freeze that kept vacant positions unfilled and required employees to take on more hours. Combine that with minimum staffing requirements and the resulting short-staffed units always lead to excessive overtime. 

Agencies that use workforce management software with full-time equivalency calculators are better able to quantify the actual costs of filling vacant positions. With data-driven analytics like this, agencies are in a position to justify new hiring levels. What an incredibly valuable tool!

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As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.