Decision Support Puzzles for Applied Mathematicians
February 2012 - Popsicle Scheduling
Workforce management is central to efficient operations and good customer service. Proper scheduling of employees can mean the difference between profitability and business failure.
As the manager of a popsicle stand, you are required to hire and set the weekly work schedule for your employees. The required staffing levels for the week are as follows. Total employees required: Monday=5, Tuesday=7, Wednesday=7, Thursday=10, Friday=16, Saturday=18, Sunday=12. Assume the same staffing requirements continue week after week.
Full Time employees work 5 consecutive days and earn $100 per day. Part Time employees work 2 consecutive days and earn $150 per day.
Question: What is the minimal weekly staffing cost you can achieve while meeting the required staffing levels?
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th, 2012. The winner, chosen randomly from correct answers, will receive an “Analytics - Driving Better Business Decisions” T-shirt.