Posted on October 13th, 2010 No comments
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The fact is Business Management Systems, Inc., makers of the Snap Schedule software product line, has never licensed Snap Schedule for OEM use. Websites claiming to sell OEM Snap Schedule software are selling fake, bootleg (illegal), or hacked versions of the software that can cause program crashes, database corruptions, and expose your computer to viruses, worms, and spyware. People operating these websites are unscrupulous individuals selling illegal software and distributing spams. Don’t get conned into providing them with your credit card details and other personal information. Beware of the enormous risk of having your credit card information stolen and your computer infected with viruses, spyware, or other malicious software.
Posted on October 10th, 2010 No comments
Considering Excel work schedule templates to replace your pencil-and-paper work scheduling method? Before you download any of the free employee work schedule templates, let’s hear from Dean Morrison of Excell Cleaning Services Ltd. who swept out Excel work schedule templates and sent in Snap Schedule.
“Excell Cleaning is a growing, medium-sized, facilities-cleaning business of approximately 25 staff in Christchurch, New Zealand. The company notes, “Our operation and our industry is a unique challenge in staff and shift scheduling. We have to schedule people over multiple sites, then assign varying tasks by each site—some similar, some unique. And they aren’t always the same tasks each week.
“We had been coping with these scheduling complexities in a very time-consuming way using Excel templates for shift work and task assignments. We manually gave some cells little dots and manually colour-coded cells by employee. Even with all our ingenuity, load-balancing was very difficult. The process was error-prone and we spent many unnecessary hours in administration. Even then, Excel couldn’t give us accurate hours totals for companies or staff, and nothing by way of reports.
“When we downloaded the trial version of Snap Schedule and applied it to our problems, we instantly knew our hours were going to get a lot shorter. Snap Schedule is automated, not manual. It was created to entirely resolve shift problems. We’re not force-fitting a generic tool like Excel into a difficult stretch that it’s not meant to do.
“Snap Schedule is intuitive and very easy to use. Unlike a lot of software, it does what you want it to, the buttons do what you hope they will. Of all the shift-management solutions we trialed, Snap Schedule was the best fit for our difficult requirements. And it came at a fair price.
“Its most useful feature for us is the Two-Week Daily View. We instantly see who is—and will be—at what customer site, during what days and hours, and what they’ll be doing.
“Snap Schedule is much easier, and so much more cost-effective, than paper records or Excel for tracking scheduling, attendance, even timesheet processing for payroll. Now we wish we could get all those hours we spent back from Excel!”
Posted on October 9th, 2010 No comments
For each shift assignment displayed in any of the schedule views, Snap Schedule performs a set of conflict checks to determine if an assignment conflicts with other shift assignments, time off, employee availability, or your business’ work schedules. Snap Schedule also performs a set of conflict checks on each task assignment displayed in the Task view to determine if the task assignment conflicts with other task assignments within the shift or if the task assignment conflicts with the shift requirements.
When a conflict check detects an exception, Snap Schedule displays a small red flag in the lower right corner of the assignment cell. To see the warning message, you can hover the mouse pointer over the assignment cell and read the tooltip. Alternatively, you can double-click the assignment cell to bring up the assignment form to view assignment details and make any changes as necessary.
Posted on September 22nd, 2010 No comments
Overtime means hours worked for which there is an increase in the rate of pay for work on any day or in any work period in excess of the number of hours normally worked. In the United States, overtime compensation is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), applicable State laws, and collective bargaining agreements.
Snap Schedule provides a very flexible scheme to handle practically all types of overtime pay through the use daily overtime rules and work period overtime rules. The resulting overtime pay is the sum of the components derived from all rules that are enabled.
Posted on August 10th, 2010 No comments
Snap Schedule’s extensive collection of shift plans encompasses the vast majority of scheduling needs for shift-based organizations such as hospitals, medical centers, police and fire departments, public safety agencies, call centers, help/support desks, and production/manufacturing companies. Some of these shift plans are also implemented in Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet templates and made available for downloading from Microsoft Office.com website. Click here to view these free Excel scheduling templates on Office.com.
Posted on April 5th, 2010 No comments
Those of you who have fewer than 20 employees and would like to create and print weekly shift schedules may be interested in the free Weekly Employee Shift Schedule Template by Business Management Systems. Using this Excel template, you can create and print a weekly work schedule for up to 20 employees and 9 shifts. Its three-tab system lets you configure the worksheets to match your operations. Use the Employees tab to enter employee names and labor rates. Shifts and shift durations are defined in the Shifts tab. The Schedule tab is used to assign a shift to an employee. Once shift assignments are made, work hours and labor costs are automatically computed based on shift assignment durations and labor rates.
With over 40,000 downloads, this Excel template was showcased on Microsoft Top Templates with Doug and Ron. Click here to download the template from Microsoft Office site.
Posted on August 23rd, 2008 No comments
Converting from a regular five day work schedule to a four day compressed workweek schedule requires serious considerations. Under a compressed workweek work schedule, employees work approximately 40 hours in less than five days. The most common compressed work schedule is the 10-hour, four days per week schedule. Another arrangement is called 5-4/9. In this arrangement, employees work one week of five nine-hour days followed by one week of four nine-hour days.
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Posted on July 20th, 2008 No comments
We made these video tutorials to provide a quick and efficient way for you to get started with Snap Schedule. They range from introductory to more advanced topics.
We encourage you to download and try Snap Schedule on your own computer. Just play with the software and explore! Point and right click on the display screen and you’ll often discover a context-sensitive menu related to the functions you’re using and the thing you’re pointing at.
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