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Beekeeper to Release Shift Schedules | New Feature for Workforce Management

Beekeeper to Release Shift Schedules | New Feature for Workforce Management

Recently, Beekeeper announced brand new marketplace integrations with not one, but two exciting new apps. First, we rolled out an integration with Hyphen, a cutting-edge employee survey tool. Second, we were listed on Zapier, the treasure chest of cross-app integrations. Well folks, we aren’t done yet. We’ll be launching yet another new feature in 2019 to further boost Beekeeper’s functionality for frontline teams. Introducing. . . Shift Schedules.

As the go-to mobile communications tool for frontline employees, Beekeeper’s newest, yet-to-be-released capability, Shift Schedules, will enable shift managers to upload their employees’ schedules directly in the Beekeeper app. This will allow hourly shift workers to easily check the most updated schedules whenever and wherever they want and stay informed about their upcoming shifts. It's the ultimate tool for your workforce management!

Now, frontline workers can have instant access to their work schedules right at their fingertips. No more standing in front of dusty bulletin boards desperately searching for a faded, printed schedule that’s probably already outdated anyways.

With Beekeeper’s new Shift Schedules feature, frontline workers can now enjoy greater autonomy with instant access to a user-friendly, personalized work schedule right from their mobile device. Frontline workers will have access to all the information they need, without having to sort through rows of hard-to-read data on a company-wide printed schedule.

Curious to learn more? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s everything you need to know about this new exciting feature.

Shift Workforce Management: What is Beekeeper Shift Schedules?

Beekeeper’s Shift Schedules makes it easier for frontline employees to swap shifts and update their availability. Members of shift teams can simply contact their managers directly through the app to request approval for shift coverage or last-minute schedule changes. Companies benefit from reduced absenteeism, as managers are now able to ensure coverage for every shift thanks to clear communication and a streamlined scheduling process.

Shift Schedules is currently in beta testing and will be available to our general customer base later this year. If you’re already an existing Beekeeper customer, you can always request to be a beta tester to give new functionalities a spin before they’re officially released.

Shift Schedules will be released in two parts. The first version will allow employees to view their schedule and get a push notification when it changes or they get assigned a new shift. The second version goes a step further by allowing employees to directly contact the shift manager.

Shifts List

Why Are We Building Employee Shift Schedules for Workforce Management?

We’re always searching for new ways to make Beekeeper more useful, engaging, and easier to use for our customers. We strive to make working life smoother for frontline employees enabling them to be more productive (and ultimately happier) team members.

Here are just some of the reasons why we’re releasing this new scheduling capability.

Last minute schedule changes happen on a daily basis (especially in the service industry). Employees get sick, swap shifts at the last minute without approval, write down the wrong start times, the list of possible complications that comes with printed schedules are endless.

Frontline employees often have to call their workplace the night before their shift to ask the person working on the floor to go back and check the printed schedule for them so they know what time to come in the next day. This is because weekly employee shift schedules change so often, it’s difficult to know for sure which is the correct version. Extra steps like these are extremely time-consuming and frustrating for staff. There has to be a better way! Fortunately with Shift Schedules, now there is.

With Beekeeper’s new Shift Schedules feature, everything happens in real time, right within the app. Managers can easily approve shift changes, and employees can trust they’re viewing the correct version of their schedule.

What Are the User Benefits of Beekeeper's Shift Schedules?

Frontline employees can:

Shift managers can:

Beekeeper Shift Schedules

Why Shift Schedules Matter More Than You Think

Not only does Beekeeper’s new Shift Schedules feature make life easier on shift managers, it can actually improve the quality of life for your hourly workers. According to a recent study in FastCompany, a lack of stability in an employee's work schedule can negatively impact their sleep and even their overall happiness.

The study also found that even small improvements in schedule stability can alleviate many of these problems. Simply sharing employee schedules two weeks in advance was strongly associated with the chance that more workers would feel happy in their jobs. With a little planning and preparation, managing shift schedules for hourly employees doesn’t have to be so painful.

Let Beekeeper help you schedule shifts without the stress, and ensure every shift is always covered. With better shift communication comes increased productivity and reduced absenteeism, saving companies time and money in the long run.

If you’re a current customer and want to try the new Shift Schedules feature, contact your customer success manager to learn more. If you're new to Beekeeper, request a free demo to learn how we can help you streamline your operations.