About Sling

Sling is a staff scheduling and communication software for businesses where employees work in shifts. The software allows managers to assign shifts and tasks to employees across multiple work sites, using a single shared calendar.

Sling is built around four central features: tasks, shifts, messages and newsfeed, and allows managers to coordinate all of their scheduling tasks on one platform. Managers can create shift schedules, manage shift trade and time-off requests; chat with employees and share photos, links and videos; post information and updates to a company newsfeed; and create and assign tasks to employees.

Shift templates can be saved an reused any number of times, saving time for scheduling managers. Within the template, data can be filtered by date, position or department to find out the total number of employees assigned to a particular task or department. Employees can submit time-off and shift trade requests via the employee portal, where they're sent to the location manager for approval and re-assignment to other staff members where necessary.

Users can create to-do lists and tasks, then assign these to a single employee or a group of employees. Users can set task timelines which generate automatic SMS or email reminders a few days before the deadline. Employees can send messages, work files, photos, videos and links to each other via Sling, as well as search for past conversations using keywords. Retail and restaurant outlets that have used Sling include Subway, Aveda, The UPS Store, Applebee’s and Securitas.

Pricing starting from:

US$2,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Sling

Streamline your business:

- Schedule faster and smarter: Build accurate schedules in minutes and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Control labor costs: Stay under budget while controlling overtime and absenteeism.

- Communicate efficiently from a single platform: Send messages in group or private conversations, keep everyone informed, and build a stronger company culture.

- Simplify time tracking: Allow employees to clock in and out right from their phones.

- Make payroll processing easier: Export timesheets for seamless payroll processing.

- Drive operational compliance: Ensure standards are being met to keep your business compliant.

- Enhance employee engagement: Engage employees in achieving business objectives in an easy-to-digest way while making work effortless and expected outcomes clear.

- Schedule with ease: Build your employees' schedules in minutes and manage time off, availability and shift trade requests.

- Eliminate scheduling conflicts: See up-to-date employee availability, time-off requests, and avoid overlapping shifts and double-bookings.

- Democratize scheduling: Let employees sign up for shifts on a first-come, first-served basis, or approve the requests and finalize the schedule.

- Reduce employee absences and late arrivals: Use shift alarms to remind employees of their upcoming shifts and send them notifications when they forget to clock in.

- Optimize labor spending as you schedule: Set wages per employee or position and see how much each shift will cost. Forecast and optimize expenses while scheduling to ensure you stay on budget.

- Manage multiple work locations with ease: Schedule employees across multiple locations on one account and view all schedules in one place.

- Set specific clock-in locations: Use GPS or IP settings to designate where you want employees to clock in.

- Integrate Sling with platforms you already use: Save time and money by integrating your scheduling with your existing platforms.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$2,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Sling

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Features

Total features of Sling: 47

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Availability Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Compliance Management
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Forecasting
  • GPS
  • Leave Tracking
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Onboarding
  • Online Punch Card
  • Online Time Clock
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Punch card
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Salaried Employee Tracking
  • Schedule Distribution
  • Shift Swapping
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,6 /5
(105)
Value for Money
4,7/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
Customer Support
4,5/5

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Anthony M.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for Free Trial
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best scheduling software I've ever used.

Reviewed on 2020/05/05

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution...

This is has been an eye-opening experience. I didn't know such an awesome scheduling solution existed and is perfect for small or large businesses. Everybody with a team should be using Sling.

Pros

It allows for coordination across unlimited business locations and unlimited employees. The ability to offer shifts to employees and allow them to claim or apply for them is incredible. SMS notifications to employees for their shifts, daily email notifications for managers to know who is working where, allowing staff to call out or switch shifts, apply for time off, set availability, and more.

Cons

I don't really have anything negative to say about this software. If I had to find something, it would be that at times, the interface is laid out unusual to our expectations but once you see what it's doing, it makes perfect sense.

Chad H.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

User Friendly

Reviewed on 2021/06/11

I believe Sling has reduced the amount of employees missing work or being late for work. Ability to...

I believe Sling has reduced the amount of employees missing work or being late for work. Ability to make announcements to all of our employees to ensure our message gets out.

Pros

Being able to copy and paste the schedule weekly saves time when making a schedule. In my department alone I have 87 employees. The unavailability feature is great so that as managers we can ensure we are scheduling people when they are available. This reduces the amount of time we would need to make adjustments to schedules if we scheduled someone when they were not available.
The messaging and announcement feature is great so that we can send out a group message to get an announcement out to all associates. Also being able to send private messages to employees is great so we do not have to give our personal phone number out to all employees.

Cons

Not being able to delete private messages. We can archive the messages but cannot delete them. We have to archive each one individually which is time consuming. Also when we want to delete an announcement we have to check two boxes and then hit delete. Would be better if we could just click on the announcement or multiple announcements and hit delete.

Alternatives Considered

Deputy

Reasons for Switching to Sling

When we started the process of opening our store knowing that we would have close to 600 employees throughout multiple departments I knew we would need some sort of scheduling software. Our other location which is much smaller in operation was using Excel for each department. I had roughly 200 associates in my department when we first opened. I searched online for a scheduling software and came across Sling. After using the free version I realized this would be perfect for our store. I brought it to our General Manager and he agreed that we should use this software. We have been using it store wide in all departments now for about a year and a half.
Vanessa V.
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  • Industry: Veterinary
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Sling for Scheduling

Reviewed on 2021/12/06

Overall I am pleased with this software, our employees never have any negative feedback which is...

Overall I am pleased with this software, our employees never have any negative feedback which is always nice.

Pros

I really appreciate that there is an accessible employee database. This feature allows me to not have to add every employee on my personal phone because I can reference the database for needed information. I also quite like the Newsfeed feature. We currently have different categories in which to post pertinent information. It is helpful in sharing information with the team when we are all not present.

Cons

I do not like that when on my desktop, the Newsfeed will alert me about new posts but the alert will not go away after I review the posts.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

Love and Hate Relationship

Reviewed on 2021/10/05

We specifically chose this app because it integrated with Gusto, but the integration does not work...

We specifically chose this app because it integrated with Gusto, but the integration does not work well and the payroll report integration with gusto, does not work at all. Customer service is super hard to get hold of, they don't know what is going on, and it has been 3 months and the issue is still not fixed. It was difficult transferring everything over to sling and now we are stuck with them until we can switch over to a new company. Very disappointed with the integration and the lack of support. They have no phone number to call, it is only through a chat, that they take long to respond.

Pros

Creating, tracking and duplicating shifts works really well

Cons

Integration with Gusto and customer support.

Alternatives Considered

Homebase

Reasons for Choosing Sling

Because Sling integrated with Gusto and Zoho People did not.

Switched From

Zoho People

Reasons for Switching to Sling

It looked more user friendly
Susan H.
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Assisted Living Facility- We Love Sling!

Reviewed on 2021/10/02

The customer service is great, they always reply within 10 mins. I think it's easy to do payroll...

The customer service is great, they always reply within 10 mins. I think it's easy to do payroll with the different colored shifts & it's easy for our staff to use as well.

Pros

I like that the free version does everything we need it to do. Messaging (group/private), several locations/shifts ease of scheduling, opening shifts is easy. I could go on & on.

Cons

I wish they would bring back forever shifts, instead of having every single shift now expire yearly. It is very tasky when I have 30 shifts to schedule on Sling in any given day.

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Sling FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sling.

Sling offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$2,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Sling allows you to schedule and communicate with your employees for free. You can also use advanced features by selecting a plan that works for your needs better.

Sling has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

Sling supports the following languages:

English

Sling supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Sling integrates with the following applications:

Google Calendar, Gusto, Shopify, Shopify POS, Square for Restaurants, Square for Retail, Toast POS

Sling offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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