Decision Support Puzzles for Applied Mathematicians
April 2008 - Restuaruant Scheduling
After faithfully serving the O.R. profession for 50 years, you decide to retire and open a restaurant. Among the hundreds of details with opening a restaurant, you need to hire and schedule employees. Based on the foot traffic of other restaurants in the area, you expect that you will need the following number of employees each day:
Day of week Employees Needed
Your employees will work four consecutive days and then have three days off. They will be paid $100 for each day they work. In your rush to get the restaurant started, you haphazardly hire 17 employees. Five will start on Monday, five will start on Thursday and seven will start on Friday. This schedule satisfies the above work requirements, but you have no idea how optimal this is.
Questions: How much money would you save each week from your current schedule if you optimized your workforce?