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Best Employee Scheduling Software for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 3, 2021 10:36:47 AM

Keeping track of all the company’s employees is hard work. At times it seems like you won’t be able to get everyone where you need them to be. And it feels like all the work isn’t going to get done.

At Veryable, we help companies match their labor to the work that needs doing in real time by connecting them with on-demand labor.

However, our solution doesn’t fix all the scheduling problems you face with full-time employees. In fact, getting your full-time employees scheduled properly will set you up for success with on-demand labor. You can’t know how much flexible capacity you really need if your current capacity isn’t being deployed properly.

In this article, you’ll see the differences between a few of the top providers of employee scheduling software so you can pick the best one for your business. For each software, you’ll see a quick summary of their features, platforms, pricing, and compatibility with other solutions.



Shiftboard

Shiftboard focuses on always-on operations like those in manufacturing and offers two solutions, each of which cater to a different audience’s needs. Both of these solutions are generally the same besides the one key difference discussed below in the “features” section.

 

Features

Shiftboard’s ScheduleFlex is tailored to organizations with fluctuating demand. The website highlights these features:

  • Workflow built around teams or work groups
  • Visibility into individual workers' schedule preferences, skills, and availability for overtime
  • Automatic absence filling
  • Option to find additional flex workers when needed

 

Shiftboard’s SchedulePro is tailored to organizations with high compliance requirements. The website highlights these unique features for this version:

  • Automation of your complex scheduling rules and the ability to optimize within those bounds
  • Extensive logging and reporting options for compliance needs

 

Apps/Platforms

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop (web app)

 

Pricing

  • Must ask for specific pricing
  • Latest pricing listed from other sources is $3/month per user for basic, $6/month per user for professional (2018 pricing)

 

Compatibility and Integrations

Shiftboard touts integrations with:

  • Oracle
  • Ultimate Software
  • Paychex
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • SAP Fieldglass
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Kronos
  • Salesforce
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online
  • Workday
  • Veryable - established partner (sole provider of flexible labor)



When I Work

When I Work has scheduling software that can be purchased separately from its time and attendance solutions.

 

Features

  • Digital timesheets - native or imported
  • Labor distribution reports help prevent overtime
  • Shift coverage by auto matching employees with right skills to the work
  • Schedule shifts across multiple sites

 

Apps/Platforms

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop (web app)

 

Pricing

  • Scheduling and messaging: $2.00 per user per month
  • Scheduling, messaging, time, and attendance: $4.00 per user per month
  • Enterprise (100+ employees): custom pricing

 

Compatibility and Integrations

  • ADP
  • UKG
  • Workday
  • ADP
  • Gusto
  • Paychex
  • QuickBooks
  • "Robust" API for custom integrations



Kronos (UKG)

Workforce Dimensions Scheduling (also known as UKG Dimensions) is scheduling software from Kronos that is part of its Workforce Dimensions Suite. Kronos software is popular in operations for manufacturing and logistics companies, and its scheduling software is popular because it’s part of the larger Kronos ecosystem.

 

Features

  • Automated workforce scheduling powered by artificial intelligence
  • Forecasting
  • Ability to recognize employee shift preferences and availability

 

Apps/Platforms

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop (web app)

 

Pricing

You must request pricing information.

 

Compatibility and Integrations

Kronos offers an API with optional assistance through API Empowerment Services. There are tiered levels of assistance available for implementing your integration.



Deputy

Deputy shares many features with the other solutions on this list, and offers solutions for many industries, including hospitality and retail.

 

Features

  • Sync shifts to your team's calendars
  • Shift swapping
  • Labor costing
  • Automated scheduling (AI)
  • Share open shifts to your team through the app
  • Plan breaks
  • Schedule by skill set

 

Apps/Platforms

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop (web app)

 

Pricing

Free plan

  • Limited to 100 shifts per month
  • Limited to 100 time sheets per month
  • No auto-scheduling

Premium plan ($2.50 for only scheduling)

  • Unlimited shifts
  • Auto-scheduling
  • Full features unlocked

Enterprise plan (custom pricing)

  • Custom solutions offered

 

Compatibility and Integrations

31 integrations, including:

  • ADP
  • Gusto
  • OnPay
  • Paychex
  • Paylocity
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Rippling
  • eCommerce and Point of Sale systems



Flexible capacity beyond your optimized schedule

When your schedule is optimized to maximize value from your current workforce, there will still be times when the unpredictable happens. Instead of relying on forecasts and guesswork, you could add workers on demand with Veryable.

With on-demand labor, you can quickly scale up and down with extra workers beyond your usual headcount. That way you can truly match capacity to demand. This isn’t just optimized scheduling, and it isn’t temp staffing either.

On-demand labor enables true flexibility. You can post short-term work opportunities one day, and then you’ll select who works in your facility the next day. As workers bid, you can view insights on their skills and past performance to decide who is right for your operation that day.

Reduce overtime, shorten lead times, and gain real-time control over the size of your workforce with on-demand labor. Take the first step by reading more about how on-demand labor works and what it means for your business.

Steven Calhoun

Written by Steven Calhoun