About Sling

Sling is a staff scheduling and communication software for businesses where employees work in shifts. The software allows managers to assign shifts and tasks to employees across multiple work sites, using a single shared calendar.

Sling is built around four central features: tasks, shifts, messages and newsfeed, and allows managers to coordinate all of their scheduling tasks on one platform. Managers can create shift schedules, manage shift trade and time-off requests; chat with employees and share photos, links and videos; post information and updates to a company newsfeed; and create and assign tasks to employees.

Shift templates can be saved an reused any number of times, saving time for scheduling managers. Within the template, data can be filtered by date, position or department to find out the total number of employees assigned to a particular task or department. Employees can submit time-off and shift trade requests via the employee portal, where they're sent to the location manager for approval and re-assignment to other staff members where necessary.

Users can create to-do lists and tasks, then assign these to a single employee or a group of employees. Users can set task timelines which generate automatic SMS or email reminders a few days before the deadline. Employees can send messages, work files, photos, videos and links to each other via Sling, as well as search for past conversations using keywords. Retail and restaurant outlets that have used Sling include Subway, Aveda, The UPS Store, Applebee’s and Securitas.

Pricing starting from:

$2.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Sling

Streamline your business:

- Schedule faster and smarter: Build accurate schedules in minutes and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Control labor costs: Stay under budget while controlling overtime and absenteeism.

- Communicate efficiently from a single platform: Send messages in group or private conversations, keep everyone informed, and build a stronger company culture.

- Simplify time tracking: Allow employees to clock in and out right from their phones.

- Make payroll processing easier: Export timesheets for seamless payroll processing.

- Drive operational compliance: Ensure standards are being met to keep your business compliant.

- Enhance employee engagement: Engage employees in achieving business objectives in an easy-to-digest way while making work effortless and expected outcomes clear.

- Schedule with ease: Build your employees' schedules in minutes and manage time off, availability and shift trade requests.

- Eliminate scheduling conflicts: See up-to-date employee availability, time-off requests, and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Democratize scheduling: Let employees sign up for shifts on a first-come, first-served basis, or approve the requests and finalize the schedule.

- Reduce employee absences and late arrivals: Use shift alarms to remind employees of their upcoming shifts and send them notifications when they forget to clock in.

- Optimize labor spending as you schedule: Set wages per employee or position and see how much each shift will cost. Forecast and optimize expenses while scheduling to ensure you stay on budget.

- Manage multiple work locations with ease: Schedule employees across multiple locations on one account and view all schedules in one place.

- Set specific clock-in locations: Use GPS or IP settings to designate where you want employees to clock in.

- Integrate Sling with platforms you already use: Save time and money by integrating your scheduling with your existing platforms.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

$2.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Sling: 54

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Availability Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management Software
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Scheduling Software
  • File Sharing Software
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forecasting
  • GPS
  • Labor Forecasting
  • Leave Tracking
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Onboarding Software
  • Online Punch Card
  • Online Time Clock
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Physician Management
  • Punch card
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Salaried Employee Tracking
  • Schedule Distribution
  • Shift Swapping
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking Software
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management Software

Alternatives

Timesheet Mobile

4.2
#1 Alternative to Sling
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HotSchedules

4.4
#2 Alternative to Sling
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Zoho People

4.3
#3 Alternative to Sling
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Guardhouse

5
#4 Alternative to Sling
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(115)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support Software
4.5/5

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Anthony
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for Free Trial
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best scheduling software I've ever used.

Reviewed on 05/05/2020

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution...

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution existed and is perfect for small or large businesses. Everybody with a team should be using Sling.

Pros

It allows for coordination across unlimited business locations and unlimited employees. The ability to offer shifts to employees and allow them to claim or apply for them is incredible. SMS notifications to employees for their shifts, daily email notifications for managers to know who is working where, allowing staff to call out or switch shifts, apply for time off, set availability, and more.

Cons

I don't really have anything negative to say about this software. If I had to find something, it would be that at times, the interface is laid out unusual to our expectations but once you see what it's doing, it makes perfect sense.

Beth
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  • Industry: Facilities Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A Game Changer for Our Smaller Company

Reviewed on 02/02/2022

Overall experience with Sling has been great. As I said earlier, its deployment has brought our...

Overall experience with Sling has been great. As I said earlier, its deployment has brought our company into a new age with communication, timeclocks, and scheduling.

Pros

I originally went looking for an easy, free scheduling app. I happened to find Sling and immediately loved the way I could customize positions and make schedule templates. I then saw how Sling offered a timeclock, which our company really needed. We relied on Excel sheets for our employees, so using a timeclock app was like bringing us out of the dark ages. We use the Newsfeed all the time to communicate policy and procedure changes as well. It has changed the way we interface with our employees.

Cons

I would really love to see more customization for things like the timeclocks and working hours. For example, we are an umbrella of companies. We have physical properties that are staffed with managers and assistants (Great Atlantic Management), we have a Home Office staff (Great Atlantic Companies), and we have a maintenance staff (Great Atlantic Contracting). We also have some properties that are unmanned, so we have no computers at that location. So, it would be fantastic if we can choose the mobile timeclock for just certain employees (like our Contracting crew and the unmanned helpers). Our Contracting crew also works 10 hour days, so when they request a vacation day, it needs to be a 10hr block, but I can't tell the system to use 10hrs for this position vs 8hrs for that position unless I choose the "partial day" option, which cuts down on the convenience of the app. It would be GREAT if the "Position" option allowed more features, like enable different timeclocks, enable different working times, etc. Most companies have different departments that require different hours, etc., so being able to customize this would be very helpful.

Alternatives Considered

Timesheet Mobile

Reasons for Switching to Sling

Timesheet Mobile was very customizable, so I could choose who was going to use the mobile timeclock vs a kiosk but there was not a real communication hub with them. If they had offered that feature, I probably would have went with them instead.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

Love and Hate Relationship

Reviewed on 05/10/2021

We specifically chose this app because it integrated with Gusto, but the integration does not work...

We specifically chose this app because it integrated with Gusto, but the integration does not work well and the payroll report integration with gusto, does not work at all. Customer service is super hard to get hold of, they don't know what is going on, and it has been 3 months and the issue is still not fixed. It was difficult transferring everything over to sling and now we are stuck with them until we can switch over to a new company. Very disappointed with the integration and the lack of support. They have no phone number to call, it is only through a chat, that they take long to respond.

Pros

Creating, tracking and duplicating shifts works really well

Cons

Integration with Gusto and customer support.

Alternatives Considered

Homebase

Reasons for Choosing Sling

Because Sling integrated with Gusto and Zoho People did not.

Switched From

Zoho People

Reasons for Switching to Sling

It looked more user friendly
Cheri
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I Love Sling

Reviewed on 30/09/2022

10 Stars for this app, we love it

10 Stars for this app, we love it

Pros

This is so easy to use and communicate with your staff, my favorite function is that staff can switch shifts and I just hit approve, no more 10 texts, the scheduling is very easy to do and I can even do it from my phone!

Cons

I cant find anything negative, every age group has easily learned how to use this app

Rebecca
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Using Sling changed my life

Reviewed on 20/01/2022

Sling has been absolutely, hands down the best software we have ever adopted. I never feel...

Sling has been absolutely, hands down the best software we have ever adopted. I never feel frustrated with it and it helps save me time and irritations. My employees love it too! Best decision ever!

Pros

I love how easy it is to create a schedule and see what employees are not available, it makes completing the schedule painless and quick. I also love that you can complete it as non-published then once you are ready publish it to your employees. The notification feature telling employees when you schedule them and then again reminding them they are schedule is fantastic; my employees love that feature also. Being able to use the integrated time clock is also a great feature. There are just so many feature and customizations that it would be an asset for any type of business at any size.

Cons

I absolutely love this software. The only thing that would be nice to add is the ability for an employee to put their availability in addition to the current feature of unavailability. Because we have many employees who work "as needed" and "very part time" this would save a lot of time on their part on entering information. We could easily see when these "flex" employees would be available to work without them having to put in an excessive amount of unavailable entries as they do now.

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Sling FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sling.

Sling offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $2.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Sling allows you to schedule and communicate with your employees for free. You can also use advanced features by selecting a plan that works for your needs better.

Sling has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Sling supports the following languages:

English

Sling supports the following devices:

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

Sling integrates with the following applications:

Google Calendar, Gusto, Shopify, Shopify POS, Square for Restaurants, Square for Retail, Toast POS

Sling offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Chat

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