This is the first version of TOCgame to include simple staff simulation. Your staff undertake three essential tasks:
It is obvious that you need drivers to run your company successfully. While you can get away with no fitters for a while, you will run into trouble as soon as one of your trains breaks down. Guards are useless on contract services, and they are entirely optional for passenger service operators.
Drivers and guards work seven hours a day and breaks are not simulated. Thus, if there are breaks in the service, they are not included in the work time. E.g. a driver may need to work a shift of 12 hours with a five hour break between the actual driving. This is not realistic and may be altered in future versions of the game.
Unlike train stock, staff are not located to specific places but remain in a common pool while not working a train. This is unrealistic, but simplifies gameplay significantly.
Staff management is done by controlling the number of employees and their salaries for each of the three employee groups. The columns and their meanings in the table from left to right:
Staff Availability and Behaviour
The staff availability is recorded in average percentages of the last seven weeks and displayed in graphs under the management table, the top row being the most recent.
You should keep an eye on the availability figures. While the employees are sometimes off work on sick leave and holidays, unhappiness also shows in decreasing availability numbers. If you don't pay attention, you may suddenly find services being cancelled as not enough drivers appear for work. If the availability drops and unhappiness grows, the employees will threaten to strike (a notice will appear in your company news). Striking employees are not paid their salary during the strike, but you may not be able to make much profit either.
The employees become unhappy if your company is making a huge profit, but the salaries do not reflect this. They also compare salaries from other companies, so if the salary level in your company is clearly below the other companies', they become less motivated. Sacking employees also causes discontent.
Applying Changes and Staff Costs
The bottom of the page shows the total staff costs. Notice that the actual cost of an employee is twice the salary. This includes the pension etc. overhead costs.
Remember to Apply changes if you make any modifications to the employee numbers or salaries.
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