Work Survey and Shift Swapping
I spoke with a member tonight about work scheduling, and he has some interesting ideas for the work survey and shift swapping.
The member's doctoral work is matching people to positions. He firmly believes in offering incentives to overcome the fact that many people are either not altruistic or are too comfortable with the status quo to change. This is why he has a strong negative opinion of the ICC policy preventing people from paying others to cover their shifts.
The ICC policy is inflexible, but we could provide non-financial incentives to get people to switch. One possible solution is to give swappers a higher priority in future swaps. Suppose two people want to swap out of the same shift, but only one of them has swapped with someone else in the past. Because the one who swapped in the past has provided a social benefit to the house, they should get first priority when they need a swap.
Also, we need to make it fun and easy to swap with someone who can't make their shift.