Sling Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Sling

Employee scheduling made easy and free!

4.55/5 (75 reviews)

Sling overview

What is Sling?

Sling is a staff scheduling and communication software for businesses where employees work in shifts. The software allows managers to assign shifts and tasks to employees across multiple work sites, using a single shared calendar.

Sling is built around four central features: tasks, shifts, messages and newsfeed, and allows managers to coordinate all of their scheduling tasks on one platform. Managers can create shift schedules, manage shift trade and time-off requests; chat with employees and share photos, links and videos; post information and updates to a company newsfeed; and create and assign tasks to employees.

Shift templates can be saved an reused any number of times, saving time for scheduling managers. Within the template, data can be filtered by date, position or department to find out the total number of employees assigned to a particular task or department. Employees can submit time-off and shift trade requests via the employee portal, where they're sent to the location manager for approval and re-assignment to other staff members where necessary.

Users can create to-do lists and tasks, then assign these to a single employee or a group of employees. Users can set task timelines which generate automatic SMS or email reminders a few days before the deadline. Employees can send messages, work files, photos, videos and links to each other via Sling, as well as search for past conversations using keywords. Retail and restaurant outlets that have used Sling include Subway, Aveda, The UPS Store, Applebee’s and Securitas.
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Pricing

Starting from
$2/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany

Supported languages

English
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Sling user reviews

Value for money
Features
Ease of use
Customer support
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Anthony Militano

The best scheduling software I've ever used.

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2020-05-05
Review Source: Capterra

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution existed and is perfect for small or large businesses. Everybody with a team should be using Sling.

Pros
It allows for coordination across unlimited business locations and unlimited employees. The ability to offer shifts to employees and allow them to claim or apply for them is incredible. SMS notifications to employees for their shifts, daily email notifications for managers to know who is working where, allowing staff to call out or switch shifts, apply for time off, set availability, and more.

Cons
I don't really have anything negative to say about this software. If I had to find something, it would be that at times, the interface is laid out unusual to our expectations but once you see what it's doing, it makes perfect sense.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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john tucker

Best scheduling app out there

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-08-28
Review Source: Capterra

It truly has been a real asset for our business, I really believe we would be lost without this fantastic software.

Pros
Clocking in works great with SLING, scheduling and the employee interaction with the app is fantastic!

Cons
Getting use to messaging for help, were all used to calling someone. I found it works great and the response time is quick and responsive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Chelsea Moberg

Great scheduling software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-16
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
We switched from paper to digital scheduling with sling. Staff appreciated being able to swap shifts from their phones & easily picked up on the new method. We also switched all communication to the app which has helped me find communications from staff & stay organized. Other key features we enjoy: shift alarms, constantly updated services, template/copy paste for shifts, categorization options, reports, & more.

Cons
There is only one thing that we need updated - a specific report to include some data for payroll.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Stephen Malek

Excellent with limitations...

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-04-25
Review Source: Capterra

As a scheduling software great. no need for the extra features.

Pros
Easy access to distribute schedules and messages.

Cons
Private messaging. Users can private message each other within Sling. If these messages take a negative turn. Sexual Harassment or something else. There is no way no monitor these messages. Unless a screen shot was taken there is no proof, because if the either of the user deletes the message it is gone.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Lynn Vu

This app is a game changer

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-11-06
Review Source: Capterra

Sling is excellent! I have been using it for several years and it’s getting better every year. I highly recommend it. It’s allows real time scheduling for team members as well as time off requests, shift notifications and several more options. It’s extremely convenient and easy to use. There are great simple features like colour blocking specific roles, it’s the little things that count. Along with all of that there is virtually no annoying advertising. Sling has created a seamless connection between schedule creators and team members creating easy communication and boundaries. Thank you Sling for generously offering such a great app.

Pros
There are so many options and it’s very easy to use from both the administrator and users point of view. It’s constantly being updated for improvements and there is absolutely no advertising on the free version.

Cons
It’s not really a con more of a possible option in the future and perhaps this is already an option. It would be great if it could link to iCal for apple users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sling pricing

Starting from
$2/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Sling allows you to schedule and communicate with your employees for free. You can also use advanced features by selecting a plan that works for your needs better.

Sling features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Compliance Management
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management

Activity Tracking (365 other apps)
Audit Trail (369 other apps)
Auditing (402 other apps)
Billing & Invoicing (340 other apps)
Document Storage (355 other apps)
Inventory Management (513 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (382 other apps)
Monitoring (350 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Sling

Key features of Sling

  • Availability management
  • Change tracking
  • Chat functionality
  • Communication management
  • Customizable fields
  • Data filtering
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Employee management
  • Employee portal
  • Employee profile
  • File transfer
  • Filtered Views
  • Group forums
  • Group scheduling
  • Instant messaging
  • Mobile alerts
  • RSS feeds
  • Real-time notifications
  • Recurring schedules & tasks
  • Scheduling management
  • Task scheduling
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time planning
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Benefits

Streamline your business:

- Schedule faster and smarter: Build accurate schedules in minutes and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Control labor costs: Stay under budget while controlling overtime and absenteeism.

- Communicate efficiently from a single platform: Send messages in group or private conversations, keep everyone informed, and build a stronger company culture.

- Simplify time tracking: Allow employees to clock in and out right from their phones.

- Make payroll processing easier: Export timesheets for seamless payroll processing.

- Drive operational compliance: Ensure standards are being met to keep your business compliant.

- Enhance employee engagement: Engage employees in achieving business objectives in an easy-to-digest way while making work effortless and expected outcomes clear.

- Schedule with ease: Build your employees' schedules in minutes and manage time off, availability and shift trade requests.

- Eliminate scheduling conflicts: See up-to-date employee availability, time-off requests, and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Democratize scheduling: Let employees sign up for shifts on a first-come, first-served basis, or approve the requests and finalize the schedule.

- Reduce employee absences and late arrivals: Use shift alarms to remind employees of their upcoming shifts and send them notifications when they forget to clock in.

- Optimize labor spending as you schedule: Set wages per employee or position and see how much each shift will cost. Forecast and optimize expenses while scheduling to ensure you stay on budget.

- Manage multiple work locations with ease: Schedule employees across multiple locations on one account and view all schedules in one place.

- Set specific clock-in locations: Use GPS or IP settings to designate where you want employees to clock in.

- Integrate Sling with platforms you already use: Save time and money by integrating your scheduling with your existing platforms.