We cannot deny the fact that smartphone popularity is getting bigger as time goes by. Employees use Androids, iPhones, and other smartphones to view their work schedules, request time off, punch in and out of work, and to access other forms of corporate data via an online planner or a web-based schedule planner. Consequently, web-based employee scheduling has grown to be a very important part of most businesses.
A recent study reported that more than 50% of adults in the U.S have smartphones. The study continued to show that more people will be able to afford smartphones as the economy recovers. With such information in mind, it is expected that most, if not all, employees from different organizations are already using smartphones or will soon be able to use one.
An online planner, also known as an online shift planner, is a scheduling application that automates the procedure of creating and maintaining schedules. An online shift planner usually tracks sick time, vacation time, compensation time, and also sends alerts whenever a scheduling conflict occurs. It also offers uninterrupted or around-the-clock access to schedules, communication lines, staff information, and more.
In other words, a web-based schedule planner gets rid of the challenges that are usually associated with employee scheduling, making the whole process less complicated and more productive.
Organizations especially rely on smartphones to connect with younger employees. According to yet another study, what young employees find most appealing about mobile scheduling applications is the ability to swap shifts and to request time off via their smartphones. Other than that, other features that make mobile scheduling software popular among employees include the following:
- They work more or less like a facebook wall by allowing both employers and employees to communicate as a team or a group.
- Employees can use the applications to communicate their availability.
For employers, the following are some of their favorite features in mobile scheduling software:
- The capability to schedule and manage their employees while on the go.
- The capability to text their employees whenever a schedule is changed or edited.
- Getting notified via their smartphones whenever employees make requests, and being able to approve or reject requests through the same way.
All in all, mobile scheduling can only be effective when employees are willing to embrace it. Fortunately, most surveys targeting employees from all industries have produced very encouraging results, with a good number of employees indicating they would be extremely interested in a mobile scheduling system.