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Microsoft® Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling by Wayne L. Winston

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Chapter 27. Using Solver to Schedule Your Workforce

  • How can I efficiently schedule my workforce to meet labor demands?

Many organizations (banks, restaurants, postal services) know what their labor requirements will be at different times and need a method to efficiently schedule their workforce to meet their labor requirements. You can use the Excel Solver to easily address a problem such as this. Here’s an example.

How can I efficiently schedule my workforce to meet labor demands?

Bank 24 processes checks 7 days a week. The number of workers needed each day to process checks is given in row 14 of the file Bank24.xls, which is shown in Figure 27-1. For example, 13 workers are needed on Tuesday, 15 workers are needed on Wednesday, and so on. All bank ...

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