Zip Schedules vs 7shifts | Why to Choose Zip Schedules over 7shifts

Like 7shifts, Zip Schedules is a cloud-based platform that streamlines all aspects of employee scheduling. Zip Schedules gives you access to the quickest, most efficient tools to create perfect schedules that will keep you in line with your labor budget goals and increase the productivity of your operations in your business.

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What Does Zip Schedules Offer That 7Shifts Doesn’t?

Zip Schedules is an easy to use, feature-rich employee scheduling application. Because of the intuitive user interface, employees and managers can easily use Zip Schedules to address all of their scheduling needs. Employees can access Zip Schedules at any time and on any mobile device through our mobile application. On our mobile app, employees can view schedules, offer and swap shifts, and approve submitted requests right from their mobile device. Zip Schedules is a scalable platform, which means that regardless of your business size, the application will be optimized for all of your needs. 7shifts is also an employee scheduling application, but compared to the functionality in Zip Schedules, it’s very limited.

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Why Zip Schedules Is Different

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"I was so impressed when I first saw Zip Schedules that I couldn’t wait to start using it. I’ve never seen a employee scheduling software that is so easy to use and understand. A bit of magic that helps us operate at scale."

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Optimized Employee Scheduling

It can often be very difficult to manage and maintain scheduling for all employees in an organization. Creating a work schedule for employees can sometimes require a lot of back and forth while checking for employee availability. Zip Schedules provides businesses with the tools to gain full visibility of your organization’s scheduling needs and your employee’s availability so that creating schedules is easy and painless. When creating schedules with Zip Schedules, employee availability is displayed as you are creating the shift to ensure that you are adhering to both the needs of your business and your employees.

With Zip Schedules, you can create optimized schedules in minutes. Instead of having to manually come up with a schedule every single week, managers can copy a schedule from a previous week onto the current one and edit from there. Also, managers can save and load schedule templates to use them in the future. For example, you could have schedules for certain times in the year that are busier and you can use those templates to instantly have a schedule ready to go.

Unlike 7shifts, Zip Schedules features a very simple and straightforward user interface that both employees and managers can easily pick up and learn. Once you’ve opened the app, using it feels natural and all your scheduling needs can be completed with ease. With 7shifts, however, the user interface is not as intuitive. For example, managers and operators can only view the schedule by department. However, with Zip Schedules, managers can view the schedule for the entire location, and they can also select multiple departments. Having an intuitive user interface is critical with any application. If users aren’t able to easily use an application, it can cause major issues for any business. Unlike 7shifts, Zip Schedules features an incredibly sleek user interface that anyone can use, and on top of this, there are also multiple training videos available that demonstrate how to perform certain actions in-depth.

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"Yes, I use the mobile app, I have it on my phone. We managed to go from having nothing to having a sophisticated system leveraging a platform everyone has already has in their pockets. I got both my restaurants started right away and it didn’t take me very long."

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Mobile Employee Management

Like 7shifts, Zip Schedules is available on any mobile device. This gives both managers and employees the access they need to better manage their scheduling needs. In the mobile application, managers can easily approve shift swaps, time off requests, changes in employee availability, and they can even create schedules. With Zip Schedules, managers can always stay up to date on their store’s scheduling needs.

Employees can also utilize the mobile application by sending shift swap requests, time off requests, availability changes and more. All of these will need manager approval, but what’s great about using the app is that the employees can monitor their requests in real-time. They can see and be notified as soon as their request is approved or rejected by a manager. This eliminates the need to email, call or text other employees and managers and allows all scheduling needs to be organized in one centralized platform. While using Zip Schedules, every single member of your team will have better control over their scheduling needs.

While 7shifts offers a mobile application, the employee management functionality is very limited in comparison to Zip Schedules. For example, managers are not able to add new employees or update employee information on the 7shifts mobile app, but in Zip Schedules it is possible. Also, the user interface of the 7shifts mobile app isn’t as modern or intuitive as the aesthetic of Zip Schedules. With Zip Schedules, the app is available on any device and it’s also optimized for every device. Users can go from using the app on the web, to using it on their phone, to using it on their tablet, and on every device the experience will be exactly the same.

Another prominent feature in Zip Schedules is the ability for managers to broadcast a message to every team member of their store. This is incredibly useful for any reminders that need to be communicated to employees. For example, if there’s a particular promotion or event happening, managers can broadcast a message to every employee to remind them to inform customers about the promotion. Zip Schedules streamlines the communication in your organization and makes it easy for everyone to stay on the same page.

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"Our managers needed help with employee scheduling. We were using Excel and emailing the schedule out to our staff. But, when we tried Zip Schedules we realized how many hours we had been wasting with the timely task of handling shift changes and other employee requests. Now we schedule employees faster, with more accuracy and more flexibility. The free mobile apps have made our whole team feel more appreciated and more engaged. Our customers are more satisfied than ever before."

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Informed Scheduling

Zip Schedules also has forecasting capabilities to ensure that when you are creating your schedules, you can stay within your labor budget. This allows you to schedule employees in a way where you can be certain that the amount of employees scheduled will be perfect for your forecasted capacity. This significantly reduces your labor costs and also ensures that you will always have enough staff working to address busier days. Similarly, on days where the volume of guests is lower, you’ll know to schedule less employees. When compared to 7shifts, Zip Schedules has a much more advanced forecasting algorithm.

The algorithm takes upcoming forecasted sales, scheduled events, the weather, holidays, store location, size, seasonality, historical data all into consideration. This data is also pushed into a variety of reports that can be very insightful for store managers and operators. The more the application is used, the more precise the forecasting will become, resulting in a massive reduction in labor costs.

In addition to all of the great features in Zip Schedules, it also has a variety of reports that will help managers and admins gain key insight that could help improve their business in the future. Staying up to date on all of these reports means that your organization will be able to make more informed decisions, and gain real-time feedback on the benefits of any implemented changes. The reports offered in Zip Schedules include a Schedule Report, Daily Coverage Report, Time Off Report, Monthly Schedule Report, Notes and Broadcast Report, and Employee Certification Report.

The Hubworks platform separates Zip Schedules and Zip Clock so that the user can have a more simplified experience depending on what they’re looking for. The user knows if they want to see reports that are related to employee scheduling, they should go into the reporting section of Zip Schedules. If they want to see anything relating to employee time punches, they know to open up Zip Clock. With 7shifts, however, it can get very confusing because both scheduling and employee time punches are combined. This can make it much more difficult for users to find what they are looking for. By using Zip Schedules, your organization will have an experience that is much more intuitive, feature-rich and streamlined than what is offered in the 7shifts scheduling application.

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"The business management apps offered by Hubworks has helped our concepts save time and money. Our managers and supervisors are happier because tasks that used to take hours every week have simplified with the mobility and visibility from their free mobile apps. Our profit margins are the best they've ever been with over a 2% reduction in food costs and 5% in labor. The business solutions offered by Hubworks deserve consideration by any restaurant, franchisees, or small businesses."

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