Staffjoy V2

Text message based employee scheduling app

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Philip I. Thomas — Co-Founder @ Staffjoy
Staffjoy is back on Product Hunt to launch the V2 of our work schedules application. We stepped back last this year to look at why many businesses still run on pen and paper. We found that offline scheduling was a symptom of deeper communication issues.

Staffjoy V2 is a ground-up rewrite that focuses on sharing work schedules in less time. We do this by sending text messages to workers that tell them their schedules and notify them of changes.

We chose to focus on text messages after doing user studies with restaurants. We found that many workers lacked email addresses, and operated on prepaid phones. Managers would text them photos of the schedule because it was the best way to reach them. To simplify things, we chose to automate this process.

Moving forward, we will focus on improving the core scheduling experience. We plan to use text messages to engage directly with employees and create flexibility. We also have started integrating scheduling with other business tools. To do that, we will announce our first integration partners later this month in order to further our goal of lessening the burden for business owners.

Finally, today we're announcing a $1.2M round of funding led by Caffeinated Capital! More details are available on VentureBeat: http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/1...

If you have any questions, let us know!
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Austin Sandmeyer — Thinker/Student/Rockstar
Awesome work Staffjoy team! @philipithomas & @kootommy! This iteration is really powerful and reaches a segment of the population that doesn't always get to be connected to their work the way many individuals are. Great job! Do you guys ever see yourself building out more into the scheduling ecosystem? Time-Off Requests, Sick Leave, etc.?
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Philip I. Thomas — Co-Founder @ Staffjoy
In the V1 of our app, we started building tools like time-off request, sick leave, clock in/out, etc.. The application started to get bloated, and we didn't do a fantastic job on any single feature. Plus, maintaining rules and features for users in different industries or countries became quite hard.

We realized that, when customers asked for that data, we should integrate rather than build. So - we are already finishing up our first partnership agreements. You will see time-off requests and other data - but we're going to pull it from popular HR management systems and seamlessly show it in the Staffjoy interface with your scheduling data!
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