Eric Hawthorne

Daylight Saving Time, Saving You Time

In the North America, at least, we all lost an hour of sleep this weekend as we started Daylight Saving Time.  Moving those clock hands forward isn’t always the easiest thing to do, and it makes for a difficult Monday morning.  In honor of the lost hour, the development team at Snap Schedule is excited to release a couple of new time-related features in Snap Schedule 365 that are designed… Read More »Daylight Saving Time, Saving You Time

New Year, New Employee Task View

Happy New Year from Snap Schedule!  While everyone else was watching the ball drop in Times Square, the dev team at Snap Schedule was finalizing a new employee feature to celebrate the new year. Employee Remote Access Task View Employees can now see a detailed view of the daily schedule, all the way down to individual tasks.  And this view is not only for their assignments, but for their coworkers… Read More »New Year, New Employee Task View

A-MAZE-ing New Features in Snap Schedule 365

As the leaves from deciduous trees start to turn color and fall away, the spring-planted corn shoots up toward the sky, and with it, the undeniable fun of wandering through a field of corn stalks. In the small town of Snohomish on the east side of Seattle, the development team recently spent a few hours getting lost in a corn maze. That got us thinking: there are lots of places… Read More »A-MAZE-ing New Features in Snap Schedule 365

Snap Schedule 365 Enhancements Eclipse All Other Solutions

Being software development geeks as we are, the development team at Snap Schedule decided to push out an update to Snap Schedule 365 in conjunction with the North American Lunar Eclipse.  Here in Seattle, we’re expecting a 92% moon shadow, which will be very slick.  So, donning our ISO 12312-2 certified solar glasses, we’ll be staring into the sun on Monday, August 21, 2017, and hoping that the Seattle clouds… Read More »Snap Schedule 365 Enhancements Eclipse All Other Solutions

Configurable Choosers

Schedulers need to be able to quickly find information they need to create and maintain employee schedules.  Snap Schedule 365 uses a “chooser” window to allow schedulers to drag and drop the shift, employee, task or position onto the schedule with ease.  With the latest release of the software, those chooser windows have become even more powerful. The chooser window (on the right-hand side) can now be configured to display… Read More »Configurable Choosers

Contact Information for Shifts and Tasks

Snap Schedule 365 has always embraced the concept of both shifts and locations.  Every shift must be anchored to a location so an employee knows where to go for his assignment.  This approach works well for organizations that have very few workplace locations.  For instance, a hospital might have locations defined as: Emergency Department, General Surgery, Labor and Delivery, etc.  In such a case, shifts can be created for each… Read More »Contact Information for Shifts and Tasks

Improved Employee Availability

While the availability of employees is something that is fairly predictable from week to week, there are often times when an employee’s availability changes on specific days.  Historically, in order for the scheduler to ensure an employee was not asked to work during a time when he is not available, the scheduler used specific time off assignments as place-holders.  This, however, can be cumbersome, and a little confusing. With the… Read More »Improved Employee Availability

Schedule Views — Minimum Row Height and Cell Padding

In a recent update to Snap Schedule 365, we made an improvement to the Task View by Employee that reduced the size of task assignments by 10 pixels (5 pixels of padding on both the top and bottom).  We did this to allow the underlying shift assignment to be visible even when the task assignments cover the entire shift.  An example of that extra padding is shown below. We’ve heard… Read More »Schedule Views — Minimum Row Height and Cell Padding

New Skills in Snap Schedule 365

Employees in Snap Schedule 365 have always enjoyed the concept of skills held.  Each skill can be set with an expiration date and a warning period, and if the employee’s skill has expired (or is about to expire), a flag is displayed on the schedule bringing that to your attention.  Skills have also come into play in the Skills Requirements section of the Shift View.  In that view, the number… Read More »New Skills in Snap Schedule 365

A New Task View to Combat June Gloom

The calendar says that Summer starts tomorrow, but here in Seattle, at least, one would never know it by looking outside. The pewter skies and cool temperatures belie the fact of tomorrow’s summer solstice. Rather than lament the bleak vista, the Snap Schedule 365 development team decided to create a whole new view as we look forward to the lazy days of summer. Task View by Task The new view… Read More »A New Task View to Combat June Gloom