Email Out Worker Schedule Updates

Worker Schedule Problems    One of the most important parts of scheduling is keeping your workers up-to-date on schedule changes. Of course, we could just have it so that workers can only log in to see any changes to their schedule. This leads to some bad situations.    Let’s say Amy from Right Catering changed the start time for a role to an hour later the night before, and the worker never logs on to check. You now have a worker waiting around, and either calling in to find out what happened or, the worst case scenario, just leaving. Even in the best case scenario, you have multiple negative implications. Of course, this situation is avoided by the worker double checking his schedule the day of the event, but this isn’t a perfect world and some people will go off what they saw several days beforehand. Worker Schedule Updates    Amy’s problems are …

Yelp to Add Video Reviews for Restaurant and Employees

   Imagine going into a restaurant. The first thing you notice is wallpaper peeling from the walls and bad lighting. Once you do get seated, you find that the tabletop is is dirty and sticky. You flag down a server and get a new table. Of course, you have to flag down another restaurant worker to get both refills and the bill. You find the entire experience bad all in all. Of course, the next step is to jump on Yelp to review the restaurant. You can describe the restaurant in a million different ways and people might say, “Oh, they were just being overly harsh.” Here is where Yelp Video reviews come in handy. Will restaurant employees act differently when on video?    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a short video must be worth a million. Yelp is going to start rolling out video reviews this month …

Schedulehead Keeps You on Top of Scheduling

   Staying on top of employee scheduling can be very frustrating and difficult. Think about this situation, Jill of Valentine Catering has an event to staff. She prepares a Google drive spreadsheet with all the event details and requirements. She does the initial call around and gets it half staffed as well as several people saying they will find out if they are available. Jill sets it aside and works on other projects that are pressing, while planning on taking care of it the next day. The next day, an event goes badly, and she is handling damage control the next two days. The spreadsheet sits silently, as it is just a spreadsheet. Fast Forward a Week and a Half.    Jill reviews the information on Google drive for an event happening in a couple of days. She is shocked to notice that this event is only half staffed. This event was …

Time Saving Applications for Businesses

   Now everyone likes to save as much time as possible. Business owners like to save time even more because their day can be unbelievably busy 16 hour workdays at times. So, we made a list to really help people with managing their business. We use many of these applications ourselves and recommend them. Try not to thank us too much: 🙂 Microsoft Office 365 Micrsoft Office is a default go to for most businesses. Outlook is incredibly important and relatively hard to replace mostly due to its ease of use and wide range of features. Although other programs are encroaching on Microsoft Office, there is no current total package replacement for it. Pricing Small to medium sized businesses can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 per user per month to $15.00 per user per month. Google Drive Google Drive is a rebranding of Google Docs with improvements. While not a …

Time to Lose Internet Explorer

   If any of you have been following the latest internet explorer bugs, you know there was a massive one just recently. IE recently had security vulnerability that allowed remote code to be executed on your computer. The vulnerability affected Internet Explorer 6 through the newest version, 11. This basically covers all versions of Internet Explorer that is in use today. The exploit that allows remote code to be executed specifically affects internet explorer 9 – 11 which are the mainstays of Microsoft’s market share. Certain versions of Internet Explorers 9 through 11 come standard on Windows xp, vista, 7, and 8. Microsoft released a security patch for this on May 1, 2014.    This is not small error, but a relatively large one as it allowed others to gain complete control of your computer. Overall, this makes it the last straw for me. I have slowly over the last couple of …

Let autotext and e-mail check-in work for you!

Now we all know that it is stressful making sure you have enough employees on a shift. Schedulehead has a couple tools that truly alleviate scheduling concerns thankfully. Our web based employee scheduling software is truly amazing! E-mail Check-in    You fill all of your shifts weeks ahead of time. You are relaxed and stress-free. Fast forward to the day of the event, you are missing several workers who either forgot or had something come up in the last couple of days before the event. You are now stressed. This is not a situation you want to be in.    We don’t want this situation to ever happen to people as we understand just how frustrating it can be, so we included check-in emails into Schedulehead. Check-in emails are a simple system to severely reduce the occurrence of these unpleasant situations. 24 hours before the employee’s shift is going to start …

Future of Schedulehead

Recurring Schedules While we are awesome, there are features we want to add to make Schedulehead completely mind-blowingly awesome. One feature many scheduling programs have is a recurring schedule. Our beginning demographic involved event based companies such as catering, so we didn’t include a recurring schedule system into our design at first. This is something that needs to change as Schedulehead expands further into other business models where a recurring schedule fits better. Output to Other Programs We also want to include the ability to output the event schedule to other programs. This will be good for both the current event scheduling method as well as the planned recurring schedule method. Several businesses have requested this, so we are working on including this as soon as possible. Two of the outputs we are working on are Caterease and Excel spreadsheets. Skillset Specific Instructions Certain types of scheduling such as school …

Employee Scheduling App

Why Use an Employee Scheduling App? If you manage or own your own business, you probably think you have a pretty good idea about how to run things. You have been at it for a while and you have been pretty successful.  So why fix something that isn’t broken? Ask yourself this:  Is there a better way to do things? Sometimes it isn’t just about fixing your business.  Maybe your profits are high and your workflow is fine – you don’t need to change anything. But what if you could just one thing differently and save tens of thousands each year? Wouldn’t you at least give it a shot? Who Are We? As a result of the vaguely metaphysical implications of that question, we could never answer it in a way that would satisfy us scientifically. But we can say that one part of us consists of the world’s only …

Efficiency Hacks For Entrepreneurs

In small business, profit margins can be extremely tight.  As a result, it is imperative that owners explore every possible way to reduce overhead and increase efficiency.  In this article, I will outline five ways that you can make your business better, without spending a dime. Free Apps: As the old saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” but in today’s highly competitive technology market, that isn’t always the case.  A savvy business owner can find a plethora of free programs that will help streamline their business.  Some of these include: Google Docs – https://docs.google.com/ – is available for free.  With this program, owners will be able to manage a variety of important tasks ranging from E-Mail, to spreadsheets and beyond. Inventoria – http://inventoria.en.softonic.com/ –  is a free, professional stock management software that gives businesses the tools to keep track of all their inventory.  This tool is an invaluable resource for many types of …

The Brain Inside our “Head”

What makes Schedulehead unique from other employee scheduling apps, is its unique ability to make decisions like a person. That way, when you create an event and fill it with available shifts, Schedulehead is able to consider a large variety of factors when choosing which workers to reach out to. Some of these factors include: Skillset, seniority and performance. As the the event gets closer, if Schedulehead sees that there are unfilled positions, it will reach out to other available workers in descending order of quality to ensure your event is fully staffed. Here’s an example: You have an upcoming event in 15 days and it will require five staff members. Once you have created the event on Schedulehead, the program will wait up to an hour to ensure that all revisions are final. Once this time is up, it will begin to let your staff see and sign up …