Employee scheduling software is not one size fits all. Since scheduling needs vary greatly by industry, scheduling software will vary, as well. Before selecting a scheduling solution, it’s important to consider the needs of your business against the features of the specific scheduling software.
Static Scheduling vs. Dynamic
First, and perhaps most importantly, consider whether your business operates on static scheduling or dynamic scheduling. Static scheduling, often called shift-based scheduling, applies to businesses that rely on a fixed schedule where there is little-to-no variation in shift schedules.
Businesses that use static scheduling generally have two or more shifts that need to be covered in a 24-hour period. For example, a 24-hour diner must schedule servers for three eight-hour shift to cover the around-the-clock service.
Another defining characteristic of static scheduling is a fixed time and place. For instance, a grocery store requires a set number of registers to be filled during set operating hours (e.g., 7am to 10pm). The cashiers always work in the store and never offsite or outside the predetermined store hours.
Dynamic scheduling is used in industries with variables that constantly change times of work shifts, as well as the location of the worksite or client. Examples of businesses that rely on dynamic scheduling include home care agencies, pet sitting services, cleaning services and HVAC technicians.
Scheduling software is very specific, so the platform will often cater exclusively to either static scheduling or dynamic scheduling, but not both. About 70 percent of the scheduling software on the market is geared toward static, shift-based scheduling. Only 30 percent of products, including TimeCurve Software, is developed specifically for dynamic scheduling.
Finding the Right Scheduling Solution
As mentioned above, it’s important to select software based on your business’s style of scheduling. TimeCurve was created specifically for small- to mid-sized businesses that operate on dynamic scheduling. TimeCurve is a cloud-based software, so it’s easy to set up and use. Plus, the application integrates with QuickBooks and Electronic Visit Verification for additional functionality.
Lastly, when selecting any employee scheduling solution, it’s important try it out before committing. TimeCurve offers a free 30-day trial, so you can make an educated decision and determine if it’s a right fit for your company.