BusyBeeManager.com is an online schedule generation and management tool. It is specifically designed for business such as fast food restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and other businesses where scheduling of employees is a complex task. The scheduling tools provided by the site are very easy to use. The user first defines employees and roles, and assigns roles to employees. The user then defines the schedule of times to be covered by adding shifts and stating what role is needed to cover the shift. The user can then choose Autoassign, and the scheduling software will fill in the schedule with people for each role in each shift, taking into account that employee’s personal preferences.
This tool turns what used to be a process of juggling Outlook calendars manually into an almost totally automated solution. Once set up, the tool requires little maintenance and can generate schedules far in advance, if desired. The main maintenance tasks that are left are entering changing employee preferences, adjusting to workloads, and managing turnover of employees. Schedules can be saved as templates, so once a schedule is assigned it can be used at a different time in the future -- only the week and dates change. The schedule is published to a unique URL, allowing employees to view their scheduling assignments.
Busybeemanager.com was founded in June 2009 by Rasmu Houlind.
Competition to BusyBeeManager comes from sites such as WhenToWork and ScheduleAnywhere. Both of these sites offer a service similar to BusyBeeManager. However, the Busybeemanager user interface is much more professional and easy to use. BusyBeeManager offers a free plan for smaller businesses, while Whentowork and Schedulanywhere offer a 30-day free trial of their paid plans. In terms of capabilities, all three sites offer similar features.
The BusyBeeManager site has a very clean look and feel. The user interface is intuitive and the site is quite responsive. Schedules display quickly, as do page loads in the management interface. The schedule manager has a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. Tabs on the menu bar include Schedules, Templates, Employees, Settings and Help. The site has a number of video tutorials available for learning to use the application, although use is not that difficult. There is no advertising displayed on the Busybeemanager.com site.
Registration to BusyBeeManager is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for username, password, first and last name, email address, company name, timezone and account address name (which is a subdomain of Busybeemanager). Validation of the email address is not required.
A free plan is limited to 15 employees and 2 job roles. There are two paid plans available at Busybeemanager – Basic and Plus. A Basic plan is limited to 330 employees and 4 job roles, and costs $10 per month. A Plus plan offers unlimited job roles and unlimited employees, and costs $15 per month. Paid plans also include additional advanced scheduling features such as the ability to have departments.
Busybeemanager is recommended to business managers who deal with complex employee scheduling needs. The application is especially suited for businesses such as fast food restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and other businesses that have shifts and part-time personnel. The scheduling tools provided by the site are very easy to use, and the auto assign function takes the headaches out of scheduling around employee preferences.