Winter has always posed a problem for managing sick leave at care homes, but this year it is expected to be trickier than ever. With many cold and flu symptoms bearing resemblance to Covid-19 symptoms, there will no doubt be headaches for home managers when it comes to managing staffing rotas.


Luckily, Staff Smarter can help. Here’s how to use our system to get through this winter in four easy steps.


One - check staff symptoms


If staff are displaying any symptoms for Covid-19, flu, or norovirus, you’ll need to take necessary precautions by asking them to stay home and - in the case of Covid-19 - follow the government self-isolation guidance


Two - check your rota


After a staff member has been instructed to stay at home, have a look at what shifts they were supposed to work for the next two weeks. 


No need to jump on the phone calling all your staff to find cover, you can notify all your bank and perm staff in seconds with Staff Smarter.


Three - alert staff


To notify your bank and permanent staff via SMS in seconds with Staff Smarter simply log in and input:



You can select specific staff you might want to offer the shift to first, or send straight to all staff, depending on urgency. 


All they need to do to claim the shift is click on the link in the text and follow the prompts. You'll be notified the moment the shift is covered.


They’ll also be able to see what other shifts are available and choose to take any of those as well. 


Four - fill in your colleagues


With Staff Smarter your entire management team can see a real time picture of how close the team is to filling their shifts, and they’ll receive updates if anything changes. 


This means minimal disruption for you and your team while maintaining maximum communication. 

Would you like to learn more about how Staff Smarter can support your home?

Contact us at [email protected] or, 0203 8082387.