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Newsletter #9
September 30th, 2011

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The Future of Employee Scheduling

The ‘Old Scheduler’ is set for retirement

The ShiftPlanning team has been working toward popularizing the updated version of our application with subscribers since its late July release. The new features were designed to provide a more intuitive interface and allow for a faster application, reducing the amount of time it takes for users to visualize, organize, and schedule staff.

Since the release, client participation and engagement have been key in helping to get the new release where it need to be to become the standard version of our application. We are now ready to retire the “old scheduler” which will no longer be available after a maintenance update early Sunday (Oct 2) Morning.

Key functionality from the old scheduler will still found in the updated version:

  • Schedule Import:
    Importing an offline schedule into ShiftPlanning is the easiest/fastest way to bring in employees, schedules, and shift times all at once. The schedule importer is now a part of the new version and can still be found under the gear-shaped action icon.
  • In-Line Shift Requests:
    We’ve recently made requests more easy to find and manage with the addition of the ‘requests’ tab. Now, users can also approve requests from within the ‘shift edit’ window directly in the ‘schedule’ tab.
  • Filters:
    Schedule filters are an easy way to quickly zone in on specific shifts within the timeline. Schedules can now be filtered based on shift completion, locations, and employees. Shift Notes and Titles are also searchable allowing for managers to hone in on the view that they need.

We’ve outlined details about the maintenance update on our company blog.

If you were still primarily using the ‘old scheduler’ and need training or support on the newer aspects as the application, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Incremental Updates / Fixes

This release includes a number of incremental updates and fixes.

  • Requests Tab
    Requests for a shift trades, vacation time, and open shifts along with shift approvals can now be found in the dedicated ‘Requests’ tab.
  • Schedule In Month View
    The ability to draft schedules in monthly view is now available. Similar to the daily and weekly views, shifts are created by clicking within a date field and entering shift time information.
  • Referral Program
    Joining the referral program is a quick process that can be completed from a user’s dashboard and from the referral dashboard spreading the word about ShiftPlanning via social networks or email can be done in less than five minutes!
  • ShiftPlanning Has 99.9% Uptime
    We aim to be a reliable and secure service as well as offer transparency to our users. Therefore you can check on uptime anytime at
A look ahead at the Road-Map:

We still have even more great features coming right around the corner and would like to share a quick preview of what we’re working on:

  • Improved Payroll Support:
    Direct export to multiple payroll applications as well as more support for customizable: wage, salary, and break
  • Improved Print handling:
    Ability to print in more views (those similar to the scheduler itself), as well as correct following of applied filters.
  • Enhanced ‘Reporting’ Features:
    Improved Reporting UI, more robust import/export options, payroll-oriented reports, and the ability to email reports directly from the application.
  • New Mobile Apps:
    Increased OS integration, so that users can take advantage of more great ShiftPlanning features on their mobile and tablet devices.
Have a Suggestion?

Do you have an idea for how we can improve our application? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave any requests in the customer forum. You can also reach us at any time at with any other questions, comments, or concerns.

From the entire ShiftPlanning team, I would like to thank-you for your continued support and business. It’s a pleasure to work alongside so many incredible organizations.I would like to remind you that my direct line is open at any time for comments, suggestions, or just to say “Hello”. Your suggestions and constructive criticism go along way to help us to continue to provide you with the best possible service.Happy Scheduling!Ryan Fyfe

ShiftPlanning Inc.
phone: 1.281.973.6030
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