Microsoft StaffHub has now globally been released (General Availability). StaffHub is a very simple web and smartphone app based scheduling system, primarily designed for shifts.
It lets admins set and modify member’s shifts, and gives simple day/week/month overviews. I quite like this simplistic approach, sometimes these solutions can be a bit overwhelming when it’s linked to several other Office 365 features that you haven’t used yet.
I was honestly up and running with this in 5 minutes, including the tutorial. I’ve invited other staff members as part of adding them, and both web and smartphone views are clean and easy to read. The product itself doesn’t really do anything else – there’s chat options for the app, and file sharing, but it’s perfect for staff that don’t do much (or any) of their work on computers; or just staff that want to be able to see what shift they’re on quickly.
One point of confusion I noticed, was the invite it sends out to staff you invite only wants them to use the smartphone app, and that link won’t work from a browser. They’ll need to manually go to https://staffhub.office.com for the browser experience.
Microsoft have a great starter page along with video showing how it works. There doesn’t seem to be any integration with other systems – It’d be nice to be able to send shifts as calendar appointments and maybe we’ll see that in the future.
It’s part of the Office 365 suite, so if you already have a license you should be able to go to http://staffhub.ms/ and start playing.