ShiftHound Online Staff Scheduling Software Announces v3.1 with Features to Track Employee Turnover and Support Affordable Care Act (ACA) Requirements

product_orgchart_longSan Diego, Calif. July 8, 2013 – ShiftHound (http://www.shifthound.com), the leading provider of online Staff Scheduling Software, delivers version 3.1 of its unrivaled web-based Open Shift Management (OSM)and Scheduling solution. The new features allow customers to proactively manage part-time and full-time employees, hours and overages, building on proven functionality that has been in the product for years. Customers now gain the ability to comply with their policies in support of the Affordable Care Act and eliminate additional costs and penalties.

ShiftHound currently provides unparalleled visibility of scheduled and open shifts, easy point and click scheduling, PTO, and shift swapping workflows, as well as calculation of labor costs and overtime all through one browser screen. Important broadcasts and scheduling changes are sent via e-mail and/or cell phone text messages to employees, all cost and time saving tools for managers.

ShiftHound v3.1 release includes:

  • Employee identification as part-time or full-time when creating and managing schedules
  • Real-time overage alerts before a part-time or full-time employee is assigned a shift or an open shift request is approved
  • Overage reporting for part-time and full-time employees

The new release empowers managers to adjust schedules proactively to control hours/costs in accordance with their ACA policies, while facilitating proper staffing levels to ensure quality patient care. Real-time visibility of part-time and full-time employee hours during scheduling enables managers to make informed decisions and prevents part-time employees from unintentionally crossing over into full-time status, thus avoiding costly penalties.

“We have been a long time client and part of the beta testing for ShiftHound v3.1 and the tools provided to support the Affordable Care Act are extremely beneficial,“ stated Dennis Garboden, CEO/President of Ridgeline Management Company, which operates senior care facilities in eight states. “The new features in ShiftHound enhance the controls and audit processes we already have in place to manage our employee mix and hours. We are able to easily look ahead with ShiftHound and adjust as necessary. Aligning our employees to stay on track with our ACA policies is a mandatory objective and one that ShiftHound allows us to do.”

Release v3.1 also includes:

  • Analytics to track employee turnover trends
  • Analytics to reduce costs of staff churn

Dennis continued to say, “Employee turnover is a major issue for many organizations and being able to view turnover trends and reasons is very important to us. The Executive Dashboard now includes graphs on staff churn, as well as cost of replacement. Detailed data reports supplement the graphs allowing for deeper analysis and calculations. The new analytics are tremendously insightful and will help us to reduce turnover and costs moving forward.”

In addition to employee analytics and ACA supporting functionality, ShiftHound v3.1 offers enhanced mobile-friendly views, making it much easier for employees to check schedules and make requests on their smart phones.” said Douglas Bertozzi, Chief Technology Officer for ShiftHound. “And this is just the beginning of the mobile make-over ShiftHound is getting throughout the year.”

ShiftHound v3.1 is easy to learn and use for both managers and employees, and can be up and running in days – not the months or years required by traditional software. The product’s power lies in its ease of use, and the web-based model allows for one low, monthly charge obviating the need for expensive technical staff and maintenance fees. ShiftHound gives its customers painless, free upgrades and they can turn on functionality and modules as or when they are needed, on demand.

About ShiftHound, Inc.

ShiftHound is the leader in web-based staff scheduling and open shift management software. Organizations in any business vertical with shift-based staffing needs use ShiftHound to reduce labor costs by preventing overtime, decreasing employee turnover, and increasing scheduling efficiency, communication, and compliance to right-staffing ratios/PPD. Using ShiftHound, management and employees gain back valuable time to do what they do best – provide quality service. Customers choose ShiftHound because of its extremely simple to use interface, quick implementation time, and proven ability to deliver immediate ROI and better quality of life for their employees.

For more information, please visit http://www.shifthound.com or contact Sales at 1.888.SHIFTRX (744.3879) or sales@shifthound.com

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