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Zenefits is an all-encompassing HR SaaS platform designed specifically for small to midsize businesses. The Zenefits People Platform includes a robust offering spanning HR, Benefits, Payroll, Well-being and Performance apps that combines... Read more
Recent recommendations: 116 recommendations
Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform that combines workforce management with human capital management (HCM) and talent management capabilities and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It offers features... Read more
Recent recommendations: 99 recommendations
Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read more
Recent recommendations: 71 recommendations
BambooHR is a cloud-based HR management software solution for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS), time... Read more
Recent recommendations: 68 recommendations
The BirdDogHR Talent Management System offers cloud-based applicant tracking and performance management software for organizations in all industries, especially construction, manufacturing, engineering and skilled trades. The Talent... Read more
Recent recommendations: 64 recommendations
Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® is a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution designed to help organizations manage their HR, payroll, and talent needs. A configurable solution, UltiPro has functionality for recruiting and... Read more
Recent recommendations: 57 recommendations
RUN Powered by ADP (RUN"), is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read more
Recent recommendations: 46 recommendations
iSolved is a unified, cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution that offers key workforce functions including payroll, HR, time and attendance and benefits enrollment, as well as people-centric functions such as learning... Read more
Recent recommendations: 30 recommendations
Ascentis offers a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) suite designed for midsize companies of all industries. It includes HR and benefits, recruiting and onboarding, talent management, time and attendance and payroll. Ascentis... Read more
Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations
Dayforce, provided by Ceridian, is a cloud-based solution for Payroll, Benefits, Workforce Management, Human Resources, Talent Management, Document Management, and Analytics. As a single application, Dayforce provides organizations... Read more
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
Replicon TimeAttend, part of the Time Intelligence Platform, is a cloud-based workforce management solution that helps businesses across various industries to streamline time tracking and manage payrolls of their employees. The solution... Read more
Recent recommendations: 23 recommendations
TimeSimplicity makes employee scheduling easier for small to mid-size businesses. This software guides schedulers through shift-building based on business need, certification rules, labor laws, and employee preferences. TimeSimplicity... Read more
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HQ Platform is an all-inclusive software as a service, system designed to meet the human resource needs of small, medium, and large sized Construction, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Production plants, Factories, and Workshops that... Read more
Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations
EPAY Human Capital Management is an integrated HR system that helps midsize and large companies track, manage and pay their employees. EPAY Systems specializes in industries like business services, staffing, manufacturing, healthcare... Read more
Recent recommendations: 20 recommendations
Planday is a cloud-based employee scheduling platform suitable for businesses of almost any size or vertical. In addition to scheduling, Planday also allows managers to oversee employee hours, vacation requests, shift-swaps, payroll... Read more
Recent recommendations: 17 recommendations
ITCS-WebClock is a cloud-based human resources solution that caters to HR, payroll and finance teams in businesses of all sizes across various industries. Key features include time and attendance tracking, absence management, expense... Read more
Recent recommendations: 16 recommendations
CommonOffice is a cloud-based human resources (HRIS) software service for small and midsized businesses. CommonOffice offers customizable HRIS solutions to organizations of all sizes, which includes applicant tracking (ATS) and HRIS... Read more
Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations
TeamPay by ADP is a payroll solution designed for Canadian small business owners. The solution is cloud-based, protected by double-layer authentication, and allows users to access systems from multiple devices through a secure system. TeamPay... Read more
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
7shifts is an online employee scheduling software system designed for shift workers operating in the restaurant industry. The solution allows employees to check their upcoming shifts, scheduled availability and time-off requests from... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
Mitrefinch is a provider of workforce management solutions suited for medium to large organizations. This custom tailored solution includes time and attendance management, self-service, employee scheduling, absence management and HR... Read more
Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations
2020 Employee Scheduling Software Pricing Guide
Learn about the key aspects of accurate software pricing before you make your purchase decision.
Pricing models & ranges
Pricing of popular systems
What Is Employee Scheduling Software?
Employee scheduling software is a tool that helps managers create and manage the work schedules of their direct reports based on their skills and availability. The software also helps in tracking employee utilization and productivity.
Employee scheduling systems let managers create, track and manage employee schedules. In addition to freeing managers and employees from the bonds of paper scheduling, standard features and capabilities of scheduling software include:
- Schedule creation and modification.
- Employee tracking.
- Integrated time clock functionality.
- Online schedule distribution.
- Report generation.
- Mobile access.
Scheduling snafus are the bane of every HR manager’s existence, often leading to missed shifts and decreased productivity. Scheduling software is designed to prevent common problems by making employee schedules easy to create, modify and distribute. Although these programs might seem similar at first glance, finding the perfect software solution for your needs requires an understanding of the variety of features that employee shift scheduling software provides. This buyer’s guide will make it easy for you to learn just that. Here’s what we’ll cover:
While this guide focuses exclusively on employee scheduling, we also provide a list of top appointment scheduling systems. These offer a broader set of features, such as online booking, calendar management, automatic reminders, customer scheduling, online payment acceptance and more.
Implementing the right employee scheduling system can have numerous benefits for managers and employees alike. A few of these include:
Improving communication. Developing and maintaining a strong line of communication with your staff is one of the most important aspects of running a successful business. By providing staff with an online resource for checking schedules and using text or email reminders, many common staff scheduling miscommunications can be prevented.
Increasing efficiency and accuracy. One of the primary benefits of staff scheduling software is being able to quickly create, view and modify schedules, handle vacation requests and keep in contact with employees about scheduling needs. Some programs include automatically populating fields, which help you spend less time manually entering names and numbers.
Maintaining compliance with labor and union laws. Scheduling applications can be used to automatically track employee hours to prevent labor and/or union law violations. This feature is especially useful for companies that have employees who can legally only work a certain number of hours, such as minors or people receiving disability benefits.
Monitoring labor costs. Scheduling software makes it easy to record hours and payroll data, providing valuable insight into current and future expenses. This gives managers better control over budgeting and overtime costs. Some payroll support solutions can even be integrated with your scheduling system.
Employee scheduling software usually adheres to one of two models:
|Pricing Model||Description||Example Products|
|Subscription-based, or “Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)”||A monthly or annual fee for using the software, typically based on the number of employees who need to access it.||ZoomShift, WhenToWork, WorkSchedule|
|Perpetual License||A one-time fee paid up front that allows you to use the software in perpetuity.||TimeForge, VSS Pro|
The majority of employee scheduling systems are priced on the SaaS model. Typically Web-based systems, these products allow you to access schedules from the cloud. To help determine which pricing model is best for your needs, try using our Total Cost of Ownership calculator.
Many vendors offer free trials lasting between 14 and 30 days to let prospective buyers test the software before buying. Offering both monthly and annual subscription options is another popular billing approach that gives buyers more freedom to decide when to pay.
Evaluating new employee scheduling software can be intimidating, especially with the large number of products and myriad of different features available. Recently, we contacted software buyers across several industries to determine how they could most effectively choose new software. We discovered that the top methods included checking vendor references, having agreements reviewed by an attorney, assessing financial viability of vendors and preparing a request for proposal (RFP).
Quadrant indicating where selection tactics fall on the “impact” and “satisfaction” spectrum
By adopting selection tactics that fall in the "most effective" quadrant and avoiding tactics in the "least effective" quadrant, you can avoid wasting time on methods that are less likely to return useful information for selecting the best employee scheduling software.
Some vendors have industry-specific solutions that come with their own set of customized features. We profiled some of the more popular ones:
Restaurant/food service. Solutions tailored for restaurants and food-service organizations often include options for recording certifications, such as TABC and ServSafe, and notifying managers before their expiration; many can also coordinate schedules between multiple locations and integrate with POS systems.
Retail. As with the food service industry, some retail-specific solutions can coordinate between store locations and be integrated with POS systems. Retailers that depend on just one or two employees per shift can also benefit from reminders to prevent missed shifts and the inevitable scramble to find last-minute coverage.
Health care. Adequate shift coverage is crucial for healthcare providers, which has led software companies to include such features as notifications for last-minute appointment changes, fast communication tools for shift-swapping and the ability to assign employees to work at multiple locations.
Your Guide to Top Employee Scheduling Software, May 2020
Software Advice uses reviews from real software users to highlight the top-rated Employee Scheduling Software products in North America.
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