Overall Satisfaction with Deputy
We started using Deputy in a single location retail environment and expanded it to a second location after a merger. Prior to Deputy, we used a mix of Excel and paper-based systems to schedule employees, track time-off requests and shift changes. Our business has seasonal fluctuations in employment levels so paper-based is easier when your headcount is low. During the busy season when employment was up, scheduling-related headaches also went up. Deputy was a good way to bring some sanity back to our scheduling.
- Notifying employees (text/email) of a new schedule being posted.
- Analytics around payroll costs for a particular schedule.
- Ability to set up separate areas or locations as needed.
- Ability for employees to request time off or trade shifts.
- Integration with various point of sale systems to pull sales data vs. scheduled and/or worked hours.
- Ability to "re-invite, " change a password or fix an employee-level account if they didn't set things up correctly.
- An easier way of loading all holidays or facility closure dates for the year. e.g. Google reminds you, Are you open for Thanksgiving this year?
- Easily saved us 60-90 minutes of management time per schedule produced.
- Exporting hours worked allowed us to be more accurate on payroll production.
- Reducing manager involvement in shift changes was a big value add, even if not entirely quantifiable.
We did a trial of When I Work prior to implementing Deputy. Although it has been a few years, it didn't seem to have the same features and functionality as Deputy, although our pricing was less with When I Work if I recall. It may have changed since then so they are probably worth a look if you're investigating this sort of solution for your business.
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Pretty straightforward Software as a Service product. Employee setup is easy. Duplicating previous schedules to provide a starting point for the current schedule is great. Time off requests and shift changes seem to work without any difficulties. I would definitely rate it as easy to use.
No particular insights on implementation - we entered our employee data, set up areas and locations, and started scheduling. We didn't really need any technical help to get it up and running for our business. We added the time clock feature after we saw how easy it was to use.
Deputy is a full-featured scheduling solution that's great for any shift-based business with hourly employees. It's probably less useful for a professional environment of mostly exempt employees. In my world, 10 would be "walk on water," I felt very comfortable giving this an 8 and would recommend it to other retail or hospitality businesses due to the convenience and time-saving features for owners or managers. Anything that helps you develop systems to more smoothly run your organization is worth a look and Deputy should be on your shortlist.
1 - Basic web application experience. No particular need for programing or complicated implementation skills.
- Employee Scheduling
- Time Off Request Tracking
- Employee Shift Swapping
- Payroll Data Compilation and Export for Payroll
- To more closely forecast employee hours vs. expected sales/demand
- To better track required break times for non-exempt employees