5 Myths About Online Scheduling Software

carlos-muza-84523.jpgAs scheduling has become more complex in the last few years technology has stepped up to handle the challenge for countless businesses. Not everybody believes this is a change for the better, and some favor of older methods of scheduling. It is hard to believe, but there are some pervasive myths surrounding online scheduling software that make companies reluctant to upgrade their scheduling systems. Here are 5 myths that keep people from looking at online scheduling solutions for their company.

Online Scheduling Systems Will Cost You An Arm and a Leg

This old chestnut is among the oldest of the myths, and probably because in the pioneering days of the industry online scheduling software was less advanced and more expensive. The truth of the matter is that inefficiencies in older scheduling systems realize much greater costs in terms of loss of manpower due to poor scheduling or man-hours spent on scheduling. There are many features of online scheduling software that will pay for themselves, such as keeping different departments on the same page schedule-wise and alerting managers when there is a scheduling conflict or shortfall.

My Small Business Doesn't Need Complicated Software

Although it is true that big companies do need more resources when it comes to scheduling and smaller to mid-size businesses may feel they have their scheduling under control, online employee scheduling software is scalable to businesses of any size. It reduces the need for paperwork related to scheduling time off or changing work days and hours to meet shifting demands. For companies that rotate shifts or have periodic shift bids, online scheduling software can handle these transitions fairly by keeping all relevant information current and generating new schedules with very little difficulty. 

Online Scheduling Software Isn't User-Friendly

While there is a definite learning curve for any new software, the facts are that online scheduling has become more user-friendly and simple to use rather than more complicated. Advances in user-centered design have enabled programmers to create instantly integrated tutorials that are designed to get a schedule up and running just as soon as the software is installed. The software is designed with the first-time user in mind and made to be used by those who may not have a strong background in other software scheduling suites. You would be surprised how quickly a scheduling department can turn around once they have the right tools at their disposal. 

There Are Too Many Updates and Add-ons

There is some work-centered software providers out there that have a business model that profits from constant updates and intensive salesmanship upselling add-ons every chance they get. However, that is not the model of most online scheduling software providers. In most cases, as long as the software is online any updates that need to be installed are done so automatically and in off-duty hours without any technician needing to be present. The updates are designed to go into effect without disrupting any scheduling work that is in progress and can be ready the next time the screen is turned on.

Scheduling Software Isn't Right For My Industry

It can sometimes be difficult to find software that is geared toward the specific needs of your business sector, and sometimes this can be frustrating. Online scheduling software is used in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and even government. It is flexible and adaptable to the distinct scheduling requirements that you face every day in your organization.

Take a closer look and you will see that these die-hard myths aren't doing anything other than holding your business back from achieving its fullest potential.