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When I Work


Staff scheduling, time tracking, communication & attendance

Use When I Work to schedule, track time and attendance, and communicate with employees, all in one place. Create schedules quickly and easily, and send the schedule to staff with just a click. Save time. Improve accountability. 14-day free trial.

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Simplifying labor management, one shift at a time.

7shifts is built for restaurant managers to schedule staff effectively to save time, money, and sanity. Trim labor costs up to 3%, reduce calls & texts by 70%, and save 5 hours/week on scheduling. Get started free today!

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Manage your projects from start to finish with Wrike

Wrike is a work management software used by 20,000+ companies. Its employee scheduling features include shared workflows, team dashboards, performance reports, resource management, Gantt charts, Kanban boards, custom request forms, time tracking, and workload overviews, along with 400+ integrations.

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Staff Scheduling, Time & Attendance (Time Clock) and more

Create optimised employee schedules using the information that matters most for your business, such as availability, training, sales data, weather and more.

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Free employee scheduling, time tracking, and more.

Save hours every week scheduling your team, with templates and everyone's availabilities all in one place, plus sales and weather data-- or auto-schedule.

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Enhance employee management with the only all-in-one app

Intuitive employee scheduling app for deskless employees.

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Workforce management software for the senior care industry.

The only solution purpose-built to optimize every facet of employee scheduling for LTC, PAC & senior care, including: Unified scheduling & attendance - Real-time staffing management - Analytics to predict & fill staffing gaps - Digital shift swapping - Correct missing timecard punches from mobile

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Schedule Publisher Smart App


Employee scheduling software for small businesses

Schedule Publisher is an employee scheduling software that helps organize employee availability and create, distribute, and revise shift schedules on a centralized platform. Supervisors can use the color-coded shift labels to organize shift charts based on staff members categories.

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Enhance your Google Calendar with team scheduling & planning

Enhance your Google Calendar with team scheduling and planning functionalities.

TeamCal's horizontal timeline view for Google Calendar is perfect for everyone scheduling contractors, service workers, support staff, or team vacation & leaves.

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Scheduling software for hourly employees.

ZoomShift is scheduling software designed for hourly employees. You can easily create schedules online and communicate seamlessly with your employees.

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Resource Guru


Cloud based team scheduling software

Resource Guru utilizes a color-coded team calendar and advanced scheduling tools to help project managers to schedule employees, contractors and anyone else.

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Tasks, Time, Attendance & Scheduling Management Solution

Employee scheduling with the Shift Marketplace for easy swaps, custom templates for reoccurring schedules, and more! Receive a message if an employee is late or approved shift swaps anywhere. Integrates with our time clock and time off tracking to provide you with complete employee management.

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GPS Time Tracking for Construction and Field Service

ClockShark is the leading time tracking and scheduling software built for local construction, field service and franchises that want a simpler way to track mobile employee time, run payroll quickly and accurately, and understand job costs.

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Making it easier out there.

Leading job management software that saves small businesses in trades and services up to 14 hours a week on admin duties. Schedule jobs, track staff, log timesheets, create quotes and invoices in one place. Get more done in less time, win more jobs and get paid faster with GeoNext.

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Employee scheduling tool for managers & employees

Voilà! is a time saving employee scheduling platform that allows both managers and employees to take part in the scheduling process. This cloud-based platform allows managers to set up business priorities while letting employees choose the optimal shift that meets your business needs.

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Security Workforce Management Software

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Cloud-based human capital management software

PayNorthwest is a human capital management platform designed to automate finance management, operations, & human resource administrative tasks. It offers multi-level cost centers & labor distribution, geospatial tax identification, audit trails & reporting, configurable data exports, & more

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TimeClock Plus


Workforce management, time tracking and scheduling software

Keep workforce management simple with employee information stored and maintained in one place. Locate and manage personnel with a few easy clicks.

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Branch helps hourly workers get ahead financially.

Branch is a mobile-first technology that helps hourly workers get ahead financially. The application allows users to budget, take paycheck advances, and earn more income by picking up available shifts.

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Employee scheduling software for law enforcement agencies

PowerDetails is an employee scheduling software designed to help law enforcement agencies manage administrative operations such as extra-duty, off-duty, and overtime monitoring, communications, billing, and job management, among other processes.

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Online employee scheduling software

Affordable, easy-to-learn staff scheduling software for organizations that schedule for shifts, including healthcare, public safety, government, energy, transportation, and more. Ensure proper coverage, control overtime, manage requests, and communicate with staff instantly.

Read more about ScheduleAnywhere

Schedule it


Scheduling Software for Businesses and Teams

Employee Scheduling and Management Software. Reduce your costs and save time by scheduling all your employees and other important resources, quickly and easily, in any location, on any device, with our employee scheduling software.

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Online appointment scheduling and booking management

Drive more customers to your business with FlexBooker, the beautifully simple way to schedule online bookings for multiple employees. Includes employee scheduling, powerful automated wait list management, and credit card payment processing with optional no-show fees for appointments

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Simple online employee scheduling

Findmyshift is an online employee scheduling solution which enables organizations to manage their workforce with time-clocking, timesheets, shift reminders, real-time reporting, payroll calculations, time-off management, text messaging, & more

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AI Field Management


1 Platform: Workers, Contractors, Customers, Jobs & Assets

Employee Scheduling Platform: Manage all details of your Org: Who, What, When, Why, Where (GPS) & for How Much ($). Start @$5 per license/mo. Real Time. Global Access

Don't know which Worker or piece of Eqpmt to assign? Just ask your Digital "Sherpa Guide", it knows based on YOUR Custom Criteria

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Buyers Guide

Employee Scheduling

Employee scheduling can be challenging for managers with expanding teams. They have to handle shift schedules, time-off requests, unexpected shift changes, etc., on an ongoing basis. In addition, when creating schedules, they have to consider factors such as limitations on working hours, employee availability, and potentially a remote workforce.

In short, creating employee schedules can be arduous, time-consuming, and prone to error, which can result in low productivity. 

But, employee scheduling software automates this process, saving your managers time and resources. This type of software allows managers to consider employee preferences when making scheduling adjustments, while employees are automatically notified about any rescheduling or shift changes. 

There are many other benefits to using this software, but before you can enjoy those benefits, you have to choose a vendor. In this guide, we define the core features of employee scheduling software, look at the deployment options, highlight emerging trends, and list important questions that you should ask potential vendors before making a purchase.

Here's what we'll cover:

What is employee scheduling software?

Employee scheduling software is software designed to help users create, track, and manage employee schedules. In instances of unexpected absences, the software notifies managers about required staffing changes and provides a list of available team members to find a substitute. Some solutions offer mobile integration so managers can make changes on the go. Employees can also view their schedules and swap shifts with their colleagues through these tools. 

This type of software offers real-time reporting, which helps managers develop their employee management strategies. For example, reports on shift duration can help managers efficiently track employee workload in real time, and therefore, reduce or eliminate overtime. 

Other benefits of using employee scheduling software include:

  • Faster employee scheduling: Manual employee scheduling is time-consuming as managers may have to ask employees individually about availability and make several changes before getting the schedule right. Employee scheduling software automates this process, eliminating manual effort and saving time.

  • Efficient shift change management: The software helps you efficiently manage shift changes. In the case of unexpected absences, the tool notifies managers about the required staffing change and provides a list of available employees. It also sends alerts/reminders to employees about their upcoming shifts to prevent no-shows and scheduling conflicts.

  • Better compliance with labor laws: The Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has strict requirements for wages and overtime pay. Noncompliance can result in severe penalties. Employee scheduling systems give users real-time reports on scheduled hours, calculate overtime accurately, and ensure that overtime pay meets FLSA requirements.

What are the types of employee scheduling software?

To select the right employee scheduling tool for your business, you first need to understand the various types of solutions on the market. This section breaks down the most common types of employee scheduling tools: 

Static scheduling software: This software is suitable for businesses with fixed working shifts that typically don’t change in a 24-hour period. It can be different for all employees every day of the week, but a shift’s start and end times need to be consistent each day. 

The software can recognize the periodic pattern of shift allocation and automates the scheduling process. Businesses that operate 24/7 (such as restaurants and hospitals) and schedule their employees across different shifts will benefit from this tool.

Dynamic scheduling: This software is helpful when shift changes depend on client needs and service level agreements (SLAs) such as for home care contractors and HVAC technicians. The tool helps them swiftly respond to new ad hoc job requests and avoid scheduling conflicts by ensuring that everyone has real-time scheduling updates.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: Is your software suitable for my business size and the kind of business I do?

What are the deployment options for employee scheduling software?

After you decide the type of software you need, the next step is to select the right deployment model. Here are the deployment methods offered by most vendors:

  • Cloud-based: This deployment is typically offered on a per user per month subscription, with the solution hosted on the vendor’s servers. Employee data is stored in the cloud, which allows employers to access it any time, anywhere. The subscription fee usually includes online data storage, backup, and some level of technical support. There are low or no installation or maintenance costs.

  • On-premise: This option is offered as a license agreement, with the software being hosted on the end user’s servers. On-premise deployment requires a higher level of security and dedicated IT support to manage the solution. Generally, it’s more costly, as it requires setup and installation as well as IT support to maintain it.

  • Web-based: Users access these tools via an intranet or a browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Employee data is stored on a central server, so you don't have to transfer files from one system to another. recommends software-as-a-service (SaaS) or cloud-based deployment for small businesses. Cloud solutions typically have lower upfront costs, a faster implementation time, and automatic updates. This way, small businesses can avoid the hassle of regular data backups and minimize the need for IT staff to maintain the software.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: What are the pricing plans for your employee scheduling tool based on the deployment options?

What are some common features of employee scheduling software?

In this section, we cover the key employee scheduling software features that you should consider when purchasing a solution. Most businesses need these core features.

Employee scheduling: Helps you create, manage, and communicate employee work schedules based on the time, location, and employee availability. Managers can view employee availability in real time and generate schedules without any overlaps or time conflicts.

Employee scheduling feature in When I Work Software

Employee scheduling feature in When I Work software

Employee database: Records employee contact details and information related to a job such as the demographics and availability.

Employee database feature in Zoho People

Employee database in Zoho People (Source)

Vacation/leave tracking: Lets managers track, approve, and manage the leave, holidays, and absence of their workforce.

Vacation tracking feature in resource Guru

Vacation tracking feature in Resource Guru

Time clock: Records employees’ work hours, including clock-in time, break time, and clock-out time. Managers can then use this data to calculate employee wages.

Time clock feature in TSheets

Time clock feature in TSheets

Task scheduling: Allows managers to assign employees to different projects or tasks in different locations during their shifts.

Task scheduling feature in Deputy

Task scheduling feature in Deputy

Employee self-service: Helps employees perform basic administrative functions such as submitting expenses, requesting time off, and tracking their leave balance.

Employee self service feature in Ramco HCM

Employee self-service feature in Ramco HCM

Shift swapping: Allows employees to swap their shifts with their colleagues in real time. Managers can approve or deny shift swap requests based on employee availability. Some solutions offer an employee portal for submitting shift swap requests.

shift-swapping feature in Rotacloud

Shift swapping feature in Rotacloud (Source)

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: What are the most relevant features in your software that suit my business requirements?

What are some important employee scheduling software integrations?

Integrating third-party applications with employee scheduling software provides you vital data from disparate systems that can be used to make nuanced and informed business decisions. It also makes data entry and reporting easier, faster, and more accurate. 

Here are some key integrations that you should consider adding to the employee scheduling solution you purchase:

  • Accounting: Generate project costs based on billable hours, project expenses, etc. Check with your employee scheduling software vendor about integration with third-party accounting software tools such as Xero, QuickBooks, and FreshBooks

  • Payroll: Integrate time and scheduling data with the payroll tool to transfer work hour details and calculate employee wages. This helps HR managers eliminate or reduce payment errors arising from duplicate data entries. 

  • Email: Add third-party email accounts such as Outlook and Gmail. This allows employees to access and view shift schedules, tasks, appointments, and get notifications in one place. 

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: Does your solution offer integrations with accounting, payroll, or email tools?

Look out for the following software trends in the market and talk to potential vendors about how they're preparing for these trends or incorporating them into their products:

AI schedules employee workflows better than humans: Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next up-and-coming technology that will optimize the performance of small businesses. The technology simplifies the employee scheduling processes as AI-based algorithms can make optimal scheduling arrangements based on criteria such as shift timing, leave, and project priority.

Chatbots will be the new leave managers: Capterra notes that 68% of small businesses either already use or plan to implement chatbots by 2020. Small businesses have begun developing chatbots that can approve or deny employees’ time-off requests. For example, some chatbots manage sick leave requests by asking employees a set of questions and forwarding this information to managers for approval.

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