Microsoft developed StaffHub, a project designed to monitor deskless workers. On January 12, Microsoft has launched a new Office 365 service bound to help workers who do not stay at their computers all day. StaffHub is a tool which allows managers to develop the schedules of deskless workers, like service technicians or retail employees.
This feature permits managers to distribute company resources and set plans for their employees, facilitating their interaction. Employees may use the new tool to change shifts with one another or even to chat. The new device represents Microsoft’s effort to expand the use of Office 365. This service is less utilized by people who do not usually work on editing Word documents or send work-related emails through Outlook every day.
Every person who needs to use StaffHub will need to subscribe to Office 265, the cloud productivity service. If managers want to implement this tool for deskless workers, then the enterprise can purchase the Office 365 plan of Microsoft which implies a monthly fee of $4 per user. Unfortunately, this service does not also allow access to the apps on the Office desktop.
Nevertheless, the new tool is also available through other Microsoft plans such as E5, E3, and E1. The innovative feature fuels the competitive spirit which arises between Microsoft and other enterprises like Zinc. This company is bound to focus on deskless workers such as retail employees and service tech. Zinc also uses the lack of concentration displayed by Microsoft to develop that sector as part of its assessment.
After the tool was launched, it was immediately made available through a web portal together with apps such as iOS and Android. Bryan Goode, the general manager of Office 365, argued that Microsoft has worked with customers for StaffHub. Thus, they decided to launch the tool on those particular platforms. Probably, the new feature may expand in the future to other platforms too.
Managers will have the ability to set schedules for every employee by making use of a graphical interface to block out time whenever they need to swap shifts. The tool is also useful to help managers assign particular employees to each task on a color-coded calendar. After the schedules are finished, they may be sent to employees by using the StaffHub mobile app.
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