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Editions of Employee Scheduling Software

Posted by Brandy on April 8, 2014

For over 20 years we’ve been enabling managers to create shift schedules faster and easier than ever before. Our time-saving scheduling tools have been a favorite in the healthcare and law enforcement industries, but also work well in manufacturing, utilities, transportation, and other 24/7 workplaces.


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Twenty years ago we introduced Visual Staff Scheduler Pro (VSS Pro). Since then we’ve also added a Premier edition, as well as an online staff scheduler. All three programs offer the same core functions and benefits:

  1. Produce shift schedules fast
  2. Reduce overtime
  3. Ensure proper staffing levels
  4. Clearly communicate work schedules

With three different, but similar, programs it can be difficult to choose. Two main differences is the way shift assignments are communicated to employees and they way the programs are purchased.

What is the Difference Between Pro and Premier?

VSS Pro has a robust reporting tool. Managers have the flexibility to add as little or as much information to the schedule as they wish. They can use the exact same scheduling information in multiple ways with just a few clicks of the mouse. Printing or emailing reports is an easy and fast way to communicate shift schedules to their staff.

Visual Staff Scheduler Premier (VSS Premier) was created with larger organizations in mind. VSS Premier’s enterprise reporting tool combines information from multiple schedule files into one master report. In addition to daily and weekly schedules, VSS Premier also shows time off, hourly coverage, and estimated cost reports for an entire organization.

Since VSS Pro and VSS Premier are PC-based programs, organizations can simply pay the one-time license cost. The organizations purchasing PC-based software store their own data. VSS Pro starts at $495 for a single-user license and VSS Premier starts at $695.

PC-based Versus Online Employee Scheduling Software

Ten years ago we introduced ScheduleAnywhere, an online employee scheduling program. ScheduleAnywhere is scalable and can easily be used for large organizations, as well as small ones. In addition to assigning shifts and managing work schedules, ScheduleAnywhere gives employees easy access to their schedule from any device with an internet connection and let’s them log in to make time off and scheduling requests. Last week we introduced the first ScheduleAnywhere app for employees, so it’s even more convenient for them to see when they work next.

ScheduleAnywhere is a Software as a Service (SaaS) program, so organizations using ScheduleAnywhere pay a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that is based on the number of employees in the schedule. They do not have to worry about backing up data.

Hopefully this helps explain the difference between VSS Pro and VSS Premier, as well as the differences between PC-based and online employee scheduling software. A great way to see the differences first hand is to try out the software! Download a demo of VSS Pro and sign up for a free 30-day trial of ScheduleAnywhere to see how they could work for your organization. If you have questions, call us at 1-800-874-8801. With 20 years of experience, we’re experts in employee scheduling software!


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