A buddy of mine is in need of a shift scheduler program for his work so I told him I'd run the question by the helpful folks here on ehmac.
He needs a program (windows or mac and freeware if possible, he works at a non-profit organization) that will organize 5 employees to work 3 shifts a day, 21 shifts per week, 3 days on, 2 off, part-time, full-time, etc., etc., etc. It can get really complicated when figuring out exactly what they want.
If anyone has an idea of a physical program or online program that can do this type of thing, we'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks a bunch!
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A lot of templates are for MS Project.I don't know if you have it but some are also for Excel, which you could have.
The templates could be a decent starting point. Choose one that looks quite decent and start from there. That's what I usually do when I can't find what I am looking for but still want to pass for a genius...
Those MSOffice on-line templates require the use of Internet Explorer or Netscape to download. Yeah!
Can't you use iCal? It has good functionality... You could create a separate colour coded calendar for each employee and view only one or two or all at a time. And you could see where the shifts overlap and you can create recurring events, like a monday shift to employee A, from 9 to 5 for a month and a half...