About HotSchedules

HotSchedules is an employee scheduling and workforce management application designed for use within restaurants, retail and hospitality industries, and other customer-facing businesses. The HotSchedules platform automates operational tasks such as scheduling, shift communication, reporting, forecasting, recruiting and training.

Users can manage time-off and shift-swap requests remotely using the native Android and iOS mobile apps, which are accessible to all employees. Store documents and employee information on a cloud-based database for access any time, anywhere. Use the HotSchedules Recruit tool to source and hire staff economically and the 'Schoox' tool to arrange training courses for employees.

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Key benefits of HotSchedules

  • Automatically schedule employees, create rosters and communicate information to staff.

  • The HotSchedules mobile app makes the work schedule, roster and time-off & shift-swap requests accessible for staff.

  • Automatically forecast sales levels and labor requirements before generating reports to better understand business performance and needs.

  • Overtime alerts notify users when someone is projected to hit overtime and how much it’s going to cost.

  • Source staff economically through referrals from other staff.

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    Business size

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    Markets

    Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

    Supported Languages

    English, Spanish

    Pricing starting from:

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    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
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    HotSchedules Software - The HotSchedules platform allows users to manage tasks, scheduled, availability, and more
    HotSchedules Software - The scheduling calendar allows users to create and edit shifts
    HotSchedules Software - Sales and labor summary reports provide business insight
    HotSchedules Software - Users can view labor snapshots across multiple regions or locations
    HotSchedules Software - Swaps can be requested by employees and approved or denied by mangers
    HotSchedules Software - Employees can view their own schedule using the mobile app
    HotSchedules Software - Reports can be generated to analyze business performance
    HotSchedules Software - Managers can review employee's total hours worked and scheduled, and analyze the cost
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    HotSchedules Software - The HotSchedules platform allows users to manage tasks, scheduled, availability, and more HotSchedules Software - The scheduling calendar allows users to create and edit shifts HotSchedules Software - Sales and labor summary reports provide business insight HotSchedules Software - Users can view labor snapshots across multiple regions or locations HotSchedules Software - Swaps can be requested by employees and approved or denied by mangers HotSchedules Software - Employees can view their own schedule using the mobile app HotSchedules Software - Reports can be generated to analyze business performance HotSchedules Software - Managers can review employee's total hours worked and scheduled, and analyze the cost

    Features

    Total features of HotSchedules: 63

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Approval Process Control
    • Attendance Management
    • Attendance Tracking Software
    • Automated Scheduling
    • Availability Indicator
    • Availability Management
    • Budgeting/Forecasting
    • Calendar Management
    • Calendar Sync
    • Clock In / Out
    • Compliance Management
    • Cost Management
    • Customizable Templates
    • Document Management Software
    • Drag & Drop
    • Employee Database
    • Employee Management
    • Employee Scheduling Software
    • Employee Self Service
    • Employee Time Tracking
    • Facility Scheduling
    • For Healthcare
    • Forecasting
    • Group Scheduling
    • Kitchen / Menu Management
    • Labor Cost Reporting
    • Labor Forecasting
    • Leave Tracking
    • Messaging
    • Mobile Access
    • Mobile Alerts
    • Multi-Location
    • Online Booking
    • Online Time Clock
    • Overtime Calculation
    • Payroll Management
    • Performance Metrics
    • Point of Sale (POS)
    • Projections
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real-time Updates
    • Recruitment Management
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • SMS Messaging
    • Sales Reports
    • Schedule Distribution
    • Scheduling Software
    • Shift Swapping
    • Skills Tracking
    • Task Management Software
    • Task Scheduling
    • Team Calendars
    • Time & Attendance
    • Time Clock Software
    • Time Off Requests
    • Timesheet Management
    • Vacation/Leave Tracking
    • Variable Workforce

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5
    (409)
    Value for Money
    4.1/5
    Features
    4.2/5
    Ease of Use
    4.2/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.2/5

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    Rachel M.
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The Ease of Hotschedules

    Reviewed on 15/06/2021

    Overall has been a wonderful scheduling format for a large staff. It is used every day, regularly,...

    Overall has been a wonderful scheduling format for a large staff. It is used every day, regularly, by all staff members from executive to employee. Would recommend to any business owner, as it saves time with many different features provided.

    Pros

    The mobile app is very user friendly, with it being easy to navigate for all individuals that are tech savvy AND those who are not. The quick access of information, ability to contact employees, and daily use in operations allow for high volume and fast paced environments to continue to be productive without the day being hindered in time and productivity.

    Cons

    The updates on occasion can result in removal of features that can sometimes be very helpful after being regularly used. Would like to see a communication piece from Hotschedules asking about latest updates and whether they are well liked by users.

    Darla C.
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

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    Reviewed on 31/01/2017

    It's got so many options - none exactly what I need - that it is almost too cumbersome. I would...

    It's got so many options - none exactly what I need - that it is almost too cumbersome. I would like more flexibility to create template shifts and place them on days as needed, with it being ok that some days there are blank shifts left over. Rather than now, when if I make a template and want a day to be scheduled lightly, it tells the staff there's a house shift open. The template feature is practically more work than just starting from scratch each week. I hate entering the times of a shift and having it immediately autocorrect to the last half hour. For example if I want a shift to start at 1:30PM and end at 10:30PM, I have to type 1:30, click off and it will change it to 1:00, click back on to get to 1:30, and repeat to get the end time to read 10:30 instead of 10, then repeat to get PM instead of AM. I'd also like to not have to redo the schedule report generator so that it's easier to read every week, for the printed schedule we keep in the shop. All those outlines, yikes! What I do like is the messaging/staff communication parts. Requests off are clear and easy, same with shift swapping. I like being able to create blackout days for no requests off, and I like that I can easily see who wants off when and when the RO was made.

    Pros

    Requests off, availability, blackout dates, staff communication sections. The app works great for everyone.

    Cons

    No ease of use when making the schedule - autocorrecting number entries constantly, schedule templates aren't what I need, schedule report is difficult to read.

    Response from HotSchedules

    Hi Darla!

    Thank you for reaching out and providing feedback for us. We're sorry you're having a hard time navigating the scheduling templates. These articles may be of use to you in better explaining the process of scheduling using custom and blank templates and auto-scheduling!

    https://help.hotschedules.com/hc/en-us/articles/215565977-HS-How-to-Use-the-Autoscheduler

    https://help.hotschedules.com/hc/en-us/articles/218955327-HS-New-Scheduler-Generating-Templates-

    https://help.hotschedules.com/hc/en-us/articles/222579107-HS-Templates-and-the-New-Scheduler

    If you are still having issues, please contact customer care for assistance!

    https://help.hotschedules.com/hc/en-us/articles/222476127-Contact-Us-Customer-Care-Support-

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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The Software That Changed Scheduling

    Reviewed on 22/06/2021

    HotSchedules is so much more than just a mere scheduling software for companies. It is a way to...

    HotSchedules is so much more than just a mere scheduling software for companies. It is a way to empower your employees by giving them the ability to switch their shifts around in the event that something happens abruptly in life and you can’t help but miss a shift. It has eliminated the anxious feeling you get wondering if the person you asked to cover your shift is going to follow through or not by opening the shift up to all employees to pick up for themselves if it fits their schedules.

    Pros

    This software was game changing from the very first moment I used it in the restaurant industry. In the past, I had found myself in situations at work where I had thought I had another teammate’s spoken word that they would switch shifts with me and that would be enough to clear my name in the event that something went wrong and they didn’t end up showing up. Little did I know that would not be the case and I am going to be held responsible instead of getting into a petty battle of he/said she/said with my coworker. Enter HotSchedules, a software aimed at eliminating that prospect from happening in your workplace again. Not only does this software put the power of controlling your schedule if you have a last minute emergency, it also carries that message of the switching of shifts to the highest form of management. It’s an intuitive and life changing software that I wish every company would implement for its employees.

    Cons

    I honestly am trying to rack my brain for anything I felt was negative throughout my experience using HotSchedules and I can truthfully say that not once did this software let me down. People picked up shifts because they actually wanted the extra work and it eliminates the need to single out a coworker and put the pressure on them and opens the shift up for the possibility of any team member to pick it up.

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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Great tool to schedule your employees

    Reviewed on 18/03/2020

    Using for 7 years and if they would not keep changing the format I could say I love it. Anyhow it...

    Using for 7 years and if they would not keep changing the format I could say I love it. Anyhow it is great app for managers, easy quick access to employees list, phone numbers, emails and etc.

    Pros

    I'm doing schedules for my employees weekly and this app has few great features. Coping, modifying and automatically feeling schedules are only few of them.

    Cons

    Constantly changing the format. Right after I'm used to one they changing it again.

    Eldridge G.
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Your Schedule On The Go!

    Reviewed on 06/10/2020

    Wonderful! I can easily access using the app from my phone a comprehensive view of todays roster...

    Wonderful! I can easily access using the app from my phone a comprehensive view of todays roster and more! Helping me as a director plan a shift before I even get to work. Especially important to plan in my business because surprises arise frequently and daily. I can also easily request time off needed through the app, call, text, or even email my staff if needed to. Hot Schedules saves me and my company time, money, and helps our business to stay productive!

    Pros

    I really enjoy the convenience of being able to view your work schedule remotely and anywhere for that matter! Set up an email or a Gmail account and it's delivered right to your inbox! Gone are the days of having to call your employer or having to drive to your place of employment to view it on paper. "Your" time is valuable and let's be honest, none of us want to go to work on our days off for any reason!

    Cons

    I really and truthfully speaking have nothing negative to include with Hot Schedules. It's been a great software addition to our store and team! If someone did tell me that I had to pick out one feature that I don't care for, I guess it'd be the "How was your shift?" feature that pops up when logging on. That said, it's such a minor dislike and isn't really worth mentioning.

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    HotSchedules offers the following pricing plans:

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    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    HotSchedules has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    HotSchedules supports the following languages:

    English, Spanish

    HotSchedules supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    HotSchedules integrates with the following applications:

    NCR Aloha, Plate IQ, Toast POS

    HotSchedules offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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