Please note: Shifts is a feature within Microsoft Teams. Shifts is currently offered to McMaster staff and faculty after they migrate to McMaster Mail (powered by Microsoft 365).
Shifts in Microsoft Teams is a scheduling management application that allows you to create, update, and manage schedules for your team through McMaster Mail (powered by Microsoft 365). Shifts can be used through a web browser, desktop app, or on mobile.
Team owners can set schedules, leave notes for one person, or message the entire team. You can see weekly and monthly work schedules, manage requests for time off, swap or offer shifts to other team members, while also providing news bulletins and policy documents.
Team members can view their upcoming shifts, see who else is scheduled for the day, request to swap or offer a shift, and request time off.
WHERE TO START
The link below provides an introduction to Shifts and a listed, step-by-step guide to get started:
HOW TO USE SHIFTS (for managers)
This introductory video outlines what Shifts is, how managers and schedulers can use it, and how to leverage features for organized and productive scheduling:
HOW TO USE SHIFTS (for first-line workers)
These LinkedIn Learning training videos are for first-line workers. If you clock in and clock out, you’re a first-line worker and these videos are for you. If you will be making schedules for first-line workers, see the video above for managers and schedulers.
HOW OTHERS USE IT
You’ve seen how it works, but what does Shifts look like in everyday use? Check out how others are leveraging Shifts for efficiency and productivity:
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