While making a manual schedule (usually in a spreadsheet or on paper) is arduous and time-consuming, employee online scheduling is a huge time-saver.
First, your employees submit their availability online for the coming period (or they may have standing availability). Based on that, you can drag and drop different employees into shifts throughout the week in your employee scheduling calendar. Since it’s fully automated, you can never accidentally schedule someone for a time they’ve blocked off. And if your team has regular hours, you can choose to repeat last week’s schedule to save even more time.
But remember—you usually want to schedule your team at least two weeks in advance. You can find a great blog post about best practices for employee scheduling here.