Zip Schedules, like Jolt, offers a fast, easy, and intuitive cloud-based employee scheduling solution for businesses. It is a simple way to create clear and manageable employee schedules while controlling labor costs and improving internal communication.
Zip Schedules is simple to use and rich in features when compared to Jolt’s scheduling app. With a clean user-interface, employees and managers can easily navigate through Zip Schedules. Users can access Zip Schedules from anywhere using the free mobile app where they can view the schedules, offer and swap shifts, and approve submitted requests right from the palms of their hands. Zip Schedules caters to businesses of all sizes and offers faster employee scheduling with full visibility, an internal communication platform for managers and employees, and improves internal communication to increase employee accountability. Jolt offers a wide variety of products but does not specialize in any one of them particularly the same way Zip Schedules focuses on scheduling.
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The ability to take care of business and do things on-the-go has become a mainstream part of this century’s culture. Mobile apps are a prevalent force in the technology industry and not having a mobile presence can put companies and businesses at a major disadvantage to others who do. The flexibility to access information from anywhere and not be limited to a desktop is key in creating a more efficient and productive workforce. Jolt’s mobile app is used mostly for checklists and are limited to viewing schedules only. Their mobile employee scheduling app is simplistic and only offers basic features compared to their web application. Zip Schedules allows its users to manage and access their work schedule anytime. Employees can view their schedules, request time off, change availability, offer to swap and pick up shifts, update their contact information, and communicate more effectively.
With Zip Schedules, managers can control scheduling changes from the palm of their hands. Not only can they access their own schedules, but they can manage their time off requests, availability changes, shift swaps, pick up shifts, and drop shift requests all on their own time. Any time they make an update to the schedule, all parties involved will receive notifications in real-time and the changes will automatically be reflected on the schedule. While Jolt’s scheduling also offers time off requests, availability changes, and shift trades, the mobile interface can feel crowded and confusing due to being one of the many products that Jolt offers on the same application. Employee scheduling would normally take hours to complete but with the Zip Schedules mobile app, they can be approved or rejected within minutes.
When employees make changes to their schedule, whether it is to request a shift swap or availability, managers will be notified when any request is made and can make decision quickly. They will have all the information needed, such as the position assigned, skill rating for that position, and the hours that the employee is already scheduled for that week. This leaves more time for managers to focus on spending time improving customer experience and less on managing the schedule. Managers are also able to restrict employees on their availability through web settings to better plan for when they might need more hands on deck, such as during the holiday seasons.
Zip Schedules’ mobile application makes sending out company and storewide messages easier. Managers can keep employees informed of important news and alerts at the press of a button. Zip Schedules also includes a manager note feature that lets only managers and executives communicate to each other. Employees will be notified when a schedule is published or updated, request has been fulfilled, or an announcement has been made. This way, employees will always know what is going on and encourages them to actively use the Zip Schedules mobile app.
Onboarding employee scheduling can be a painstaking process that may require support of consultants and adjusting to a new system can be overwhelming and costly. Jolt’s application contains all of their products, making the interface seem cluttered, and navigating it can feel daunting. Zip Schedules provides a self-implemented system that is easy to learn using conveniences like streamlined onboarding and an intuitive interface through every phase of employee scheduling.
Zip Schedules save managers time when scheduling by offering various options that Jolt does not have. Jolt’s disability to import employees via CSV file and difficulty in loading schedule templates due to organization by position puts them at a disadvantage when compared to Zip Schedules. Zip Schedules allows its users to create recurring shifts for the week, save and load schedule templates, and copy the schedule of a previous week on to the next. By allowing managers to save their favorite schedules as templates, they can quickly create a new schedule suitable to their needs. Minor changes can also be made by tweaking a previous week’s schedule to create a new one.
Users will get full visibility of the schedule with Zip Schedules. When building out the schedules, all employee availability and approved time off will be shown to avoid scheduling conflicts. All employees can be assigned job codes and put in different departments, which is useful when filtering through to create schedules quickly and with ease. Also included in Zip Schedules is labor forecasting, available directly on the schedule builder so managers can schedule the appropriate amount of staff to prevent over- or under-scheduling and meet demand.
Zip Schedules give managers total control when it comes to scheduling. They can view the schedule by day or week, ensuring that they have enough staff to cover all parts of the day and week. In the Day View, management can view forecasted sales and forecasted labor coverage in 15-minute increments. With the Weekly View, the schedule pad will display employees assigned to which position and the skill ratings they have been assigned for each position allowing more experienced staff to be assigned to more challenging shifts assuring the customer satisfaction.
A flourishing business starts from the inside out, meaning that employees and management should be able to seamlessly function together. Jolt only offers custom emails and texts for each employee when schedules are published. With Zip Schedules, managers can broadcast messages to make company announcements to all site employees. Managers and employees can also send messages to each other if they need to reach them directly. These features give employers and employees a common base where they can reach out. Jolt’s design does not allow this feature to be easily integrated in its app without further cluttering their app. The messaging feature is accessible throughout all Hubworks apps.
Keeping employees accountable can be difficult if not handled correctly. Managers should not have to keep tabs on their employees at all hours of the day but employees may sometimes be forgetful. Jolt claims they have smart alerts and warning, but for what they do not specify. With Zip Schedules, employees are instantly notified once their schedule is published. They will also receive reminders informing them of their upcoming shifts, shift swaps, requests, or availability changes. Managers can view site schedules and see which employees are scheduled for upcoming shifts. Zip Schedules helps both parties manage their time efficiently without having to feel overwhelmed by pressure to remember everything.
With the convenience of the mobile app, internal communication and employee accountability is taken to another level. Staff can view their schedules and offer or trade their shifts to coworkers right from their phones or tablets. Managers can send organization and store-wide messages and announcements, or respond to requests from their employees in real time. They can feel assured that their employees always be in the know and empower them with the schedule mobility offered by the free mobile app.