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Optimal personnel deployment and mobility planning

In rural tourism areas, such as the Pongau region (Salzburg, Austria), there is often an imbalance between labor supply and demand. This imbalance is generally caused by tourist workplaces that are geographically difficult to reach and by centrally located residences in Alpine regions. Women are particularly affected by this imbalance in the tourism sector, since on the one hand part-time work in Austria is predominantly sought by women, and on the other hand, especially in the tourism industry, a large proportion of employees is female.

For many potential part-time workers, the mobility costs and time required are not worthwhile in comparison to the time spent working and earning potential. Up to now, neither personnel planning systems nor alternative transport systems have been able to solve this imbalance because only one part of the problem was considered in isolation - either personnel planning or mobility planning.

In the research project TEPMOS (Part-time employee personnel and mobility booking system), AIT experts, Herry Consult and the Pongau Mobility Centre are developing a solution to this problem with the support of AMS Bischofshofen. The project partners analyse the needs and requirements of employers, part-time workers and job seekers in the Pongau tourism region. Based on the collected data, the researchers are developing an integrated personnel and mobility booking system. With this system, optimal duty rosters for part-time employees can be created and coordinated arrivals and departures of several workers to and from the workplaces can be planned.

The new TEPMOS system considers the entire problem and offers the advantage of coordinating the creation of the duty rosters and the organization of the combination trips in the best possible way. With the help of the central planning system, the time required for the journey of part-time employees and the mobility costs per employee are reduced. Not only part-time working women can benefit from this system, but also other target groups (e.g. people with care obligations, etc.), since the needs and requirements of potential users are always taken into account.

In this way, potential part-time workers in the regions concerned are integrated into the labor market and personal mobility costs are reduced. In addition, TEPMOS supports employers in designing flexible work schedules.

This research project is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) for a period of two years.