ZoomShift Launches A Collaborative Online Employee Scheduling Program For Small Businesses That Helps Managers Forecast Labor Hours And Costs

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ZoomShift, a Milwaukee based startup released a new version of their employee scheduling software that focuses on solving the complex scheduling needs for small businesses.

ZoomShift, a Milwaukee based startup, released a new version of their employee scheduling software that focuses on solving the complex scheduling needs for small businesses.

ZoomShift was introduced in 2011 by Ben Bartling. Bartling took ZoomShift through the 94labs seed accelerator program to develop the web application and validate the business model. For Bartling, the focus was always to create a simpler solution. Bartling says, "We've seen so many applications that get in the way of how people want to schedule. It's difficult to find a solution that caters to the needs of many organizations without becoming overwhelming for users."

After graduating from the 94labs program, Bartling joined forces with co-founder Jon Hainstock to rebuild ZoomShift and focus on creating a better user experience for ZoomShift's growing customer base. Hainstock says, "We partnered on ZoomShift to simplify scheduling and give people the tools they need to spend less time scheduling."

The new ZoomShift features a timeline, taken directly out of Facebook's playbook, that ties all events together. "The timeline gives managers and employees the big picture of what's going on. Shift trades, availability changes, and schedules are all timestamped and mapped to events. All of these events sync with email and text message notifications that can be managed by each user," says Hainstock.

ZoomShift also redesigned their scheduler which allows managers to schedule employees in two unique ways. One way, allows managers to add people to shift blocks. ZoomShift does the heavy lifting by limiting the list of employees that a manager can add to a shift block based on employee availability. This helps managers see if they have enough people for each shift and position.

The other way managers can schedule is by employee. Adding shift blocks to users for each day of the week helps managers make sure they are allocating the right amount of hours and shifts to the right employees.

ZoomShift calculates shift and cost totals in both schedulers instantly, helping managers forecast each week.

"Customers use ZoomShift to forecast and keep employees from going into overtime. We're seeing this become even more of a hot topic with the upcoming health insurance laws that will take effect early next year."

The new ZoomShift is optimized for mobile with a completely responsive web design. This allows users to access their schedule, offer shifts, and manage availability anytime from their computer, tablet or phone.

For more information on ZoomShift visit http://www.zoomshift.com

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