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Thursday, June 11, 2015

ABC Roster Employee Scheduling Program

Years ago my job involved trying to create an employee schedule for a 24/7 operation where I had not only full time employees but many part timers and many had limited availability. That was pre-computer days and scheduling was a nightmare. ABC Roster is a FREE, easy-to-use program that can take some of the hassle out of this task. The program's interface is fairly intuitive, with an optional wizard that can walk you through the steps of creating a schedule for the first time. 

Some of the features:
assign skill levels to each employee
set the minimum and maximum number of supervisors per shift
set parameters for the number of back-to-back shifts
hours worked per week, days off per week
...and more. 

    You can enter each employee's weekly availability and have the program automatically create the schedule. This is the best feature! Trying to do this manually can give you fits and in some cases can actually cause your head to explode! 
    You can enter each employee's pay rate and the program will calculate the anticipated weekly payroll. Plus, get this...ABC Roster lets you e-mail schedules to employees. 
    You can export the schedules to Excel, pdf and HTML documents. The program comes with a pdf Help file that includes plenty of screenshots and the program installs and uninstalls without issues. Impressive! Download from their site

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