Shifts Is A Lovely Cellular Calendar App Designed For Shift Staff
Whereas there’s no scarcity of cellular calendaring purposes on as we speak’s App Retailer, most are designed to serve the wants of workplace staff who have to carve out time for issues like convention calls or conferences. A brand new calendaring app referred to as Shifts, launching immediately on iTunes, is as an alternative targeted on a special demographic: these staff who work in shifts, like nurses, servers, dispatchers, plant staff, and extra.
The app permits customers to extra simply monitor and schedule their shifts, share their schedule with household and pals, and even estimate their month-to-month earnings.
Shifts was constructed by an organization referred to as Snowman, which was co-based in 2012 by Ryan Money and childhood good friend Jordan Rosenberg. Snowman at present has already has a number of profitable apps on the App Retailer together with reminder app Checkmark and a reminiscence recreation referred to as Circles, that was just lately provided as Starbucks’ free app of the week.
The thought for the brand new Shifts app got here from the founders’ pals, who complained about not with the ability to hold monitor of their work schedules utilizing conventional calendars. As a result of they knew Ryan and Jordan constructed apps, they requested them to think about constructing an answer only for them.
Ryan admits the thought “wasn’t all that thrilling” to them at first, however they quickly realized that there was an enormous ache level right here that they might remedy with Shifts.
“…After performing some analysis and speaking to extra individuals, we discovered that – in line with a current research – one in 5 staff within the U.S. works in the course of the night, at night time, or on rotating shifts,” he explains.
“Some research say it may be as excessive as 30% of individuals in North America. I’m positive that knowledge is analogous in different areas of the world too, so it appeared like there was a enterprise case for it.”
The group put aside the work they have been doing on an indie snowboarding recreation referred to as Alto’s Journey for awhile, and developed Shifts as an alternative.
Like the corporate’s different apps, Shifts is nicely-constructed and superbly designed, providing a method for shift staff to simply create their very own customized shift sort, every configured with their very own shade, identify and icon for straightforward identification. As an example, a morning shift could possibly be indicated by a solar, a hospital shift by a pink cross, and so forth.
After creating an inventory of shift varieties, you possibly can then faucet on the calendar so as to add any shift to a given day. You’ll be able to add as much as two shifts per day, and the app helps rotating and recurring shifts as nicely.
The app additionally provides a At present widget for iOS which permits staff to view their present schedule proper from the lock display or pull-down menu, with out having to launch the app instantly. Customers can share their schedule with others by way of the app, even when they’re not signed up to make use of Shifts itself.
Moreover, as a result of you possibly can optionally enter within the cost fee related to any shift you create, the app may also assist you monitor how a lot you’re anticipated to earn that month.
And you may overlay your private calendar on prime of the Shifts calendar proper within the app, permitting you to see different essential occasions and actions, which might help you with planning.
Previous to immediately’s launch, Shifts was examined among the many founders’ associates and others, as a way to iterate on the thought and get suggestions. Now that the app is stay, the staff is considering how they could increase it to work on Apple Watch, probably by way of a widget, sooner or later.
“I think the Watch will play a big position within the medical business, and if there are a variety of medical professionals utilizing it, we need to be there making their lives simpler,” says Money.
Additionally like lots of Snowman’s apps, Shifts is a paid obtain, as the corporate generates income by means of its premium choices. The app is at present out there at launch at a reduced worth of $1.ninety nine, however will usually promote for $four.ninety nine when the promotion interval ends.