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    3 Killer Tools for Scheduling Shifts

    By Jennifer Alsever | Yahoo Small Business

    These Web-based platforms take the hassle out of organizing employee shifts and vacations.

    Still using spreadsheets to manage employee shifts and vacations? If so, you might want to try an online scheduling tool designed to make the process simpler. Here are three services to consider.

    ShiftPlanning.com
    This service, which also has a mobile app, lets you create and share schedules, manage vacation and shift requests, and send alerts via email and text message. Staff members can log on to clock in and out, request time off, set their availability, and trade shifts.
    Cost: Free for 30 days, then starting at $20 a month for up to 14 employees

    86shifts.com
    Aimed at fostering communication among employees, this service features a community wall on which staff members can chat and post shift trades. Managers can log on to manage schedules, text alerts, and publish a blog.
    Cost: Free for 15 days, then starting at $35 a month for up to 20 employees

    WhenToWork.com
    WhenToWork lets you manage and publish schedules and sync them to calendars on Google, Outlook, and the service's mobile app. Managers can send text and email alerts and see who has viewed their schedules. Employees can trade or pick up shifts on a trade board.
    Cost: Free for 30 days, then starting at $100 a year for up to 10 employees

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