SocialSchedules

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Scheduling software for businesses with hourly employees

About SocialSchedules

SocialSchedules is a free employee scheduling solution for managers and employees within the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries. The platform was designed for businesses that have hourly workers with scheduling/rostering needs, and helps promote open and timely communication between workers and managers.

SocialSchedules enables users to create a weekly schedule in minutes using schedule templates. Staff availability and hours worked are displayed in one place, helping managers to avoid scheduling conflicts, or accidental overtime. The budget view allows users to keep labour costs in line with the organization's budget. Employees receive published schedules directly to their mobile devices in real time.

Users can manage schedules while on the go using the native OpenSimSim mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Managers can effectively communicate with staff in real time through the message board and chat functionality. They may also delegate schedule maintenance to staff by enabling shift giveaways and swaps through the platform. Notifications inform users of when an action should be taken or a schedule needs to be modified by exception.

Employees are able to see which co-workers are scheduled to work, as well as use the message board and chat feature to communicate with each other. Staff is able to send shift swap invitations, update their own availability, and submit time-off requests to managers. The opportunities feature enables users to pick up extra shifts by applying for available openings. OpenSimSim also comes with with advanced features for managing multi-location businesses and franchises.


Key benefits of SocialSchedules

  • SocialSchedules provides intuitive, native mobile apps for Android and iOS devices that allow users to manage schedules from anywhere.

  • Advanced scheduling/rostering capabilities enable weekly schedules to be created in minutes and help avoid scheduling conflicts and accidental overtime.

  • In-app chat enables real-time worker-to-worker and manager-to-worker conversations that help keep everyone in the loop.

  • Co-workers are able to send shift swap invitations, as well as apply for shift opportunities to pick-up extra shifts.

  • SocialSchedules helps prevent accidental overtime and scheduling conflicts by displaying staff availability and hours worked in the same place.

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    SocialSchedules Software - Manager's Weekly Scheduler
    SocialSchedules Software - Manager's Daily Scheduler
    SocialSchedules Software - Free TimeClock tablet app (iOS & Android)
    SocialSchedules Software - Free mobile apps for workers and managers
    SocialSchedules Software - Real-time view of who's clocked in, upcoming shifts.
    SocialSchedules Software - Worker timeoff requests, approvals and availability management
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    SocialSchedules Software - Manager's Weekly Scheduler
    SocialSchedules Software - Manager's Daily Scheduler
    SocialSchedules Software - Free TimeClock tablet app (iOS & Android)
    SocialSchedules Software - Free mobile apps for workers and managers
    SocialSchedules Software - Real-time view of who's clocked in, upcoming shifts.
    SocialSchedules Software - Worker timeoff requests, approvals and availability management

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    Briana
    Briana
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    • Industry: Events Services
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Country club scheduling

    Reviewed on 2019-05-28

    I’m able to schedule my employees and communicate with them easily

    I’m able to schedule my employees and communicate with them easily

    Pros

    A coworker had previously used it . I like that my employees can put in their availability and trade shifts with each other

    Cons

    I’d like to have a counter or additional notes next to each employee on their shifts and hours preferences. I have some employees that only want 20 hours a week or two days even though their availability is wide open. These details I have to remember.

    Eric
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Compass-Non profit cafe using Open Sim

    Reviewed on 2019-10-17

    Easy to start and implement​, staff loves it

    Easy to start and implement​, staff loves it

    Pros

    It's​ free! We were using an app called Deputy, and we had to pay for what open sim offers​ for free and its great as a manager, and our staff loves it! '

    Cons

    There is no direct message board for all staff notes, id love to be able to communicate with my team throughout a week this way

    Lance
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Great, but slow

    Reviewed on 2019-08-16

    So far OpenSimSim has been a mixed bag. When it works well it's a fantastic software. When it...

    So far OpenSimSim has been a mixed bag. When it works well it's a fantastic software. When it doesn't work well it's absolutely frustrating to deal with. We used OpenSimSim so that way if people needed to be able to switch shifts or request time off there was a place where these requests were stored and could be accepted or declined. Our old program was all manual so it's a big help being able to see who can work and who can't all at once.

    Pros

    I like that it's easy to see when you and/or your peers work on the web version of opensimsim. It's easy to set-up for your work weeks too so it'll accurately show how many hours you're getting in a week, and it being easy to customize is a nice feature too.

    Cons

    Sending messages to your peers is really slow. Even with a perfect connection it might take serveral (1-5 minutes) to send a message. Also, there was a problem my peers and I had with signing into OpenSimSim. I wish they had a feature to upload your schedule to a third party app such as Google Calendar or being able to do it on your phone using your Apple calendar. So that way my spouse and I can plan around my schedule. Another con is that it'll automatically sign you out every week. We had assigned computers at work so having to sign into my computer every single day is a waste of time.

    David
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Just what I need, all in one place

    Reviewed on 2019-05-31

    The biggest benefit to myself is managing time off requests, I no longer need to remember when a...

    The biggest benefit to myself is managing time off requests, I no longer need to remember when a colleague has asked for time off. They use the app, submit request, I review and there it is in the schedule. No more allowing too many colleagues off at same time and mistakingly scheduling on time off.
    Another benefit is less pressure to complete a schedule, I do my schedules at home so I no longer need to rush to ensure all staff see it in store, I have a little extra breathing space because as soon as I hit publish, my colleagues instantly have the schedule in their hands.

    Pros

    Communication feature - direct messages to specific colleague(s)
    Manage time off requests which then show in schedule
    Mobile version - inc notifications on shifts
    Coverage graph (able to see how many colleagues scheduled per hour/per day)
    Best of all, it has a FREE version

    Cons

    Some limited functionality on mobile version.
    For example, can only manage/create schedules on pc version.
    Time off requests need to be managed on pc version as this way allows to view existing time off to prevent allowing too many staff off. On mobile version, this is difficult to manage.
    Can't track holiday allowances - possibly icing on the cake
    Generally though, con's are hard to argue because it is free and it does just what I need it to do

    James
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    • Industry: Restaurants
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great product and great company

    Reviewed on 2019-05-28

    Was looking for an alternative to excel schedules that we've used for 20 years. Found OpenSimSim...

    Was looking for an alternative to excel schedules that we've used for 20 years. Found OpenSimSim on a search, tested it out and loved it. Our search criteria was mainly, what will benefit the employee and the store the most.

    Pros

    Easy to use and navigate. Support is always quick to help when we have an issue. They gladly take our feedback on improvements and listen when we make suggestions.

    Cons

    That we can't incorporate all of it into our system. They have a time/attendance but since we have a POS system that does that, we haven't used that portion.

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    SocialSchedules FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for SocialSchedules.

    SocialSchedules offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$15.99/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Basic: Free (up to 10 employees) Starter: $15.99 mo / location Premium: $39.99 mo / location Enterprise: Contact OpenSimSim

    SocialSchedules has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    SocialSchedules supports the following languages:

    English, French, Spanish

    SocialSchedules supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    SocialSchedules integrates with the following applications:

    Future POS, Harbortouch POS, Heartland Payroll, Heartland Restaurant, POSitouch POS and ZOOM POS, Payroll System, Restaurant Manager

    SocialSchedules offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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