What Are the Benefits of Using a Scheduling Software?
- Optimizing labor costs;
- Simplifying time tracking;
- Preventing payroll-related errors;
- Reducing back and forth communication with employees;
- Improving employee work satisfaction;
- Minimizing scheduling conflicts.
What Type of Software Is Used for Staff Scheduling?
Scheduling software may be divided into two broad groups: cloud-based software and local programs.
Cloud-based scheduling software are on-demand services or applications provided through a shared cloud computing infrastructure. Such software do not necessarily need to be installed on a particular device and store data online to make the scheduling information available from any point with Internet access.
Cloud-based scheduling software may receive automatic updates from the provider and do not typically require frequent maintenance by the user. Google Drive is an example of a cloud-based solution used to store documents online.
Local programs are installed directly on the device and are not systematically updated by the provider. Microsoft Word is an example of a local program.
What Functionalities Do Scheduling Software Commonly Share?
The functionalities commonly shared by scheduling software include:
- Online schedule creation, management, and sharing;
- Timesheets that automatically record and round clock-in, clock-out, and break times;
- Web, mobile, geolocation, computer, and landline phone-based work time punching;
- Leave, availability, shift swap, and replacement management;
- Unlimited online and mobile access (iOS / Android);
- Professional instant messaging.