Comparing Shift Planning Software

Anyone who manages part-time employees, especially in the hospitality industry, knows creating shift schedules is a major time consumer. With larger hotel chains these systems are largely internal. For smaller hotels (boutiques) however, there still remains the question of what software to use.

Not using software? Well here is why. It saves time, increases visibility, and reporting are to name but a few. These should all be included with any software. We’ve listed some of competitors below, with a nod to our own proprietary software at the end.


Shift Planning

One of the easiest to use scheduling software we have come across. The user interface is extremely user-friendly, which of course helps when getting employees of all levels to adopt the software. Features include a time clock, customized reporting, and quite a few HR Management tools for training, vacation, etc. Really the only downside to this software is the amount of time it takes to setup compared to other shift planning software.


  • User-friendly
  • Good balance of features


  • Complicated setup


Timeforge features extensive scheduling capabilities as well as communications. Reporting is also extensive. This application will easily save time and help you better communicate with employees. Unfortunately, this excellence and attention to detail comes at a price. The software is more complicated to setup, thus meaning more time needed to learn the application.


  • Feature packed
  • Flexible


  • Flexibility at the price of simplicity
  • Longer setup
  • Harder to learn

Nimble Scheduling

Nimble scheduling is the opposite of time forge. It’s simplicity means it is extremely easy to use. Scheduling can be synced with Google Calendar, Outlook, and Facebook. There is of course the option to post schedules online, by text or e-mail. This simplicity comes at a price however, and customizable reports are much more limited. If you’re just beginning however, this could be the perfect solution.


  • Simple
  • Easy to learn
  • Integrates Google Calendar, Outlook & Facebook


  • Weak reporting

Staffer Tool

While all of these applications provide nice solutions, there seems to be a disconnect between what is available in the U.S. and what is available in Europe. This of course can be attributed to different regulations within the E.U. As a consequence, Staffer developed its own software which you can check out here (link to Staffer tool page). Let us know what you think.

Good luck with your search for the right solution.

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