Today, all Co-op Food store colleagues have access to Shifts, a website that allows them to view:
- their past and upcoming shifts
- who’s scheduled to work each shift in their store
- their shift preferences
- their break entitlements
- the payday calendar
Managers can also view their stores productivity and see who’s using Shifts in their team.
We’re working on new features to add to the website too. We’ve found a need for colleagues to be able to:
- check their holiday balance and book holidays
- see new features as they’re added to Shifts
- manage their availability
We’re also planning to add the following features for the management team:
- check colleague shift availability
- approve holidays
- create financial forecasts
So far, so good
We tested the website with colleagues in 140 stores over the last year. Here are some of their thoughts.
Quick history of Shifts
In March 2017, Co-op Digital product lead Anna Goss posted that we’d identified a range of ways we could give time back to Food store colleagues. She described how we chose which 3 discoveries we’d take forward to alpha phase.
By August, we were taking Shifts prototypes (then called My Schedule) into stores and testing our assumptions with colleagues and iterating based on their feedback.
A month later, we’d rolled the website out a little more and were testing it with colleagues in 10 stores. Without us asking them to, they shared the log in page with colleagues from neighbouring stores and by November, 600 people across 140 stores were using the app.
We’d known there was a need for the product and this natural uptake was a good indication that it was meeting needs.
A success story
Shifts’ success is down to the collaborative design process. You can read Chris Ward. workstream lead’s post about Co-designing the Shifts website to find out more.
Co-op Digital team
If you’re a Co-op Food store colleague, you can log into Shifts now.