By choosing an expense scheduling software, your company is making a considerable investment of money ranging from just under a hundred dollars to a few hundred dollars for one software package. Due to this, there is good reason to be picky in choosing the right employee scheduling software. Here are some of the factors that should go into your consideration when making your digital purchase of the software package.
Of course the foremost consideration would be that of price, and that of course again depends on the nature of your firm, if it is a large one with many varied needs than you would likely need to spend more. If you are running a small start up however, then your needs and wants may be more easily met by a tinier more compact and easy to understand cheaper software package.
Certain features that are important in this decision making can include many or some of the following to varying degrees of importance: The number of employees a package can schedule without paying any extra costs. This can range from a few hundred, like a hundred of two hundred, which would be more than adequate if you were say running a local barista. Others go up to the tens of thousands and some are even unlimited, up to as much as your data servers or their data servers can support and run smoothly.
Others may require schedule for multiple locations, if they were say shuffling employees to different branches on different days of the week. Others might want to have extra tabs to manage employee information, perhaps particulars and peculiars that would affect the course of business. Some might require a printable schedule, as well as an easy way to make individual sheets or to convert it right back to a digital form. The ability to import and export as well as backup data may be important considerations for some. Finally in this category password protection as well as privacy may top the list for certain sensitive industries.
For the actual schedule creation though some of the things company heads look out for would be whether there is a setup wizard to make things simple for the frontline employees as well as the ability to segue in part time employees with the full time one and assign multiple shifts as well as different holidays or special occasions and having a different start day like either Monday or Sunday or something else entirely. They would also like to have warning for scheduling conflicts or if something unexpected pop ups perhaps some form of backup plan or have employee report software capabilities.
In viewing the reports it would be good to have data charts and graphs and look at say the weekly employee hours as well as their daily monthly and weekly schedules from a top down view. Finally one important consideration is also the support that is provided. At its most basic level that would be whether it supports Microsoft Vista or Windows XP, or perhaps a macintosh if you are running a design firm. Then you would want to see if you are able to synch or access the data from your smart phone, as well as the help and or documentation or even phone support that is perhaps available from the employee scheduling software maker.