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TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

ShiftPlanning is employee scheduling software that provides the essential and advanced scheduling tools needed to effectively organize your workforce. ShiftPlanning is fully customizable to your company's needs and excels in many areas, including its powerful reporting capabilities and time clock feature. Because it is so user-friendly, managers, supervisors and employees can quickly learn how to use the software and easily manage their schedules on the go. ShiftPlanning is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner due to its flexibility, versatile functions and commitment to helping customers.

Feature Set
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10/10
ShiftPlanning
Nimble Schedule
TimeForge Scheduling
Work Schedule.Net
Hello Scheduling
WhenToWork
Snap Schedule
DRoster
Time Tracker
Schedule24
10
10
8.8
8.1
7.5
8.1
6.9
6.3
6.3
5.6

ShiftPlanning has the muscle you need to get your scheduling, reporting and time tracking under control. Setting up ShiftPlanning is a thorough process that can take some time, depending on the size of your business and the amount of information you need to input. Fortunately, ShiftPlanning includes a quick setup tool called the Auto -magic Schedule Wizard. This wizard walks you through, step by step, as you add shifts, employees and locations.

Thankfully, you are not limited to entering in employee information by hand, since you can add workers from CSV spreadsheets, Facebook profiles or Google Apps. You can also import worker's information from a digital address book. If you are extremely pressed for time, you can send your employee data to ShiftPlanning, and the company will do the initial data entry for you.

ShiftPlanning is a fully hosted web service, allowing you to access your information from almost any device with a web browser. Because the service is web-based, there's no software to download. ShiftPlanning stores your information on its secure servers and employs 256-bit encryption to keep your data completely secure from prying eyes. It also makes daily backups, ensuring that your information is up to date and can be recovered quickly.

The benefits to having your information securely stored in the cloud are many, not the least of which is the fact that you, your managers and employees can access ShiftPlanning wherever there is an internet connection. For example, you can post the weekly schedules online where all employees can access them. This convenience helps management communicate effectively and helps reduce excuses and absences due to miscommunication. Additionally, employees can ask for time off and even trade shifts with their coworkers, all without having to come into work.

You can access your scheduler portal with a free app that is available for almost any mobile device, including iPhones, Blackberry devices and Android phones and tablets. You can also export data to use in external calendar applications such as iCal, Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar.

ShiftPlanning offers a time clock feature, which is an option found among the best employee scheduling software products we reviewed. You can choose whether to integrate the time clock with your schedules, and you can see which employees are clocked in at any given time from the online interface. There's also an option to have a webcam take a time-stamped photo each time a worker checks in or out.

ShiftPlanning's data services are ideal. You can export data to multiple file types, and it's easy to back up and restore data. You can also send your schedule information to payroll and accounting software using Data API. Specifically, the supported programming interfaces are REST, JSON and XML.

Scheduling Capabilities
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ShiftPlanning
Nimble Schedule
TimeForge Scheduling
Work Schedule.Net
Hello Scheduling
WhenToWork
Snap Schedule
DRoster
Time Tracker
Schedule24
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10
9.4
9.4
8.8
8.8
8.1
7.5
6.3
5.6

You can further ensure scheduling accuracy with this office scheduling software by way of real-time conflict warnings, an effective time-off portal and employee-availability notifications. Moreover, you can schedule employees for on-call shifts and let your workers swap shifts and bid on open shifts. Then, you can send your employees emails or text messages when you post the calendar.

Another great feature of ShiftPlanning is that your employees can integrate their schedules with Facebook so their friends and family know when they'll be working. Employees can likewise synchronize their schedules to Google Calendar and iCal from the Schedule page. Beyond benefits to your bottom line such as reduced absenteeism, these attributes of ShiftPlanning make for more satisfied employees and, ultimately, decreased turnover.

Reporting
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9.6/10
ShiftPlanning
Nimble Schedule
TimeForge Scheduling
Work Schedule.Net
Hello Scheduling
WhenToWork
Snap Schedule
DRoster
Time Tracker
Schedule24
9.6
9.3
9
7.5
8.8
8.1
8.8
6.9
7.5
6.3

Knowing the status of your business, along with its strengths and weaknesses, is crucial to running a successful company. This office scheduling software offers a handful of reports to help analyze the day-to-day dealings of your business. You can create reports based entirely on the number of hours scheduled, employees, availability, time sheets and more. If you do not see the option to create a specific report on the software, you can use the custom reports tool to create a report containing the specific information you want.

You can print any report quickly and easily, and the ability to access this information in multiple ways makes this feature even more beneficial. You can see your schedules in monthly, weekly and daily formats. You can also pull up charts on weekly employee hours, attendance, employee information and a summary of time-off usage. In addition, this web application lets you track labor and payroll as well.

Ease of Use
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ShiftPlanning
Nimble Schedule
TimeForge Scheduling
Work Schedule.Net
Hello Scheduling
WhenToWork
Snap Schedule
DRoster
Time Tracker
Schedule24
10
9.4
9.4
8.8
8.8
8.8
9.4
8.1
8.1
8.8

With features such as shift colors, labor tracking and the Auto-magic Schedule Wizard, ShiftPlanning is easy to use. ShiftPlanning developers take into account user feedback and do their best to implement the best suggestions.

Other elements that make this employee scheduling software easy to use are an intuitive menu system, multiple views and a convenient settings portal. If you run into trouble, you will find solutions easily and conveniently.

Help & Support
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ShiftPlanning
Nimble Schedule
TimeForge Scheduling
Work Schedule.Net
Hello Scheduling
WhenToWork
Snap Schedule
DRoster
Time Tracker
Schedule24
10
10
7.5
9.4
10
6.3
8.8
7.5
5
6.9

ShiftPlanning has all the help and support attributes we look for, along with several additional resources to ensure that if you do encounter any problems, assistance is available. There are video tutorials and a user start guide available to help you with schedule creation. If you have any questions while creating schedules, you can click the photo icon in the top left corner to link to a comprehensive help section. You can also call or email the company, or chat live with representatives online.

We recommend subscribing to this company's blog feed. You'll find a link to it at the bottom of any company webpage. Topics include new features, information on software updates and tips such as how to use keyboard shortcuts or customize the payroll system.

ShiftPlanning Summary:
9.9/10

The incredible data services, trouble-free scheduling and easy communication options for employees make ShiftPlanning one of the best employee scheduling software services we reviewed. With so many options and features to make your scheduling tasks run smoothly, this web application is decidedly the top easy-to-use and fully capable employee scheduling software product.

 
 
 

ShiftPlanning

Pros
ShiftPlanning can be used anywhere with internet access and allows you to track time cards, create custom reports and flexible schedules.

Cons
ShiftPlanning can take longer to set up than other ranked software due to the in-depth employee profiles.

The Verdict
: 9.93/10

ShiftPlanning allows your employees to access their schedules, request time off or even switch shifts without having to come into work. These features and the user-friendly interface make this employee scheduling software one of the best choices for businesses.