Monday, December 31, 2012

End of the Year Update!

We would like to thank all of you who have made 2012 a tremendous success for Your Next Seven. Thanks to your feedback, Your Next Seven has added a ton of incredible new features over the past 12 months. Our software is even more intuitive now and considered by many to be the best choice for online employee scheduling! We want to thank you for your support by offering you “Grandfathered-in” pricing.

Here’s the deal: As of January 1st, 2013, The standard monthly price for Your Next Seven will increase from $27 per location, per month, to $37 per location*, per month. However, we will continue to honor the $27 pricing for those of you currently using our product and for anyone who signs up before the end of 2012. This means that for thelife of your relationship with us, your price will never go up. It’s our way of thanking you, our founding clients, for believing in us.

If you haven’t made the move to online scheduling yet, give us a call and we will get you set up in minutes. Anyone set up before 1/1/2013 (including trials) will be Grandfathered-in.

*Discount available for multi-location businesses. Call for details.
In case you’re wondering what we’ve been up to, here is a list of some of our new features:

  • Overviewer Account - Allows an administrator to view all data.
  • Added Visual Enhancements - More color and better division between employee grouping. That was the request, and we delivered.
  • Secured File Storage - Gives employers a secure way to keep track of when employees open and read documents.
  • Salaries and Usernames - Grants non-email-using employees access to our software and simplifies the reporting for salaried employees.
     
- Last, but far from least -

We are proud to announce that our new mobile version is launching at the start of the new year as well. From yn7.co, you will be able to send alerts, add/edit/delete shifts and access all of the great features that make Your Next Seven tick from any smartphone.
Mobile Employee Scheduling Preview
See the full overview of what the new mobile version will offer.


John
President / Lead Developer

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Archived Employee Schedules...

Here we are again, always striving to make your employee scheduling easier and more intuitive. Got a call from a manager about an hour ago with the question of viewing archived employees on the schedule still for weeks past. Why didn't we think of that? Typically once an employee is archived, although their cost is still factored in to our reporting, their name is removed from the weekly schedule list, but not any more. If they have hours input for a week in the past the employee will magically show back up where they were positioned and all.

An archived employee will show up faded out so you know they're archived.

Just a quick update for you today as you go about making your employees happy by bringing their schedule online.

John
President / Lead Developer

Monday, December 17, 2012

Goose's Acre Review, The Woodlands, TX

Well, it's been a long time since a review has been written and it's time to get back on the horse, or goose in this case. Located right off of the beautiful waterway in The Woodlands, Goose's Acre holds a very special place in my families heart and stomach. Here's why...

Happy Parents are Happy Customers
looking at the boats passing by Goose's AcreOne thing you might not know from reading this blog is I'm a proud husband and father of 4 little ones 5 and under. Going out to eat is something of an adventure in our family, but we gladly do it every Sunday because of the long booths, huge windows over-looking the water and free kids meals. From what we understand it's 2 kids meals per adult entree, so the numbers work perfect right now, but even without that we'd still frequent this spot as our kiddos love coloring the menus and watching the boats pass by.


The food, oh wow, the food
Seriously, our family has been there countless times and I have tried just about everything on the menu from salads and appetizers to fish-n-chips and burgers. The only thing that ever threw me off slightly was a powdered sugar smothered sandwich of some sort (I can't find it on their menu anymore), but even that was AMAZING once I gave it a shot. Let me talk for a minute about the love of my taste buds though, the burger.

Now, if you've read my previous MooYah review you will remember that I categorize burgers into 2 main groups, Gourmet and Goooood. Here's a quick summary:
  1. Type 1: Gourmet.Usually on some sort of heaven-sent bun without a single pickle out of place, these burgers are stupendous. I typically prefer one of these guys with avocado or possible some finely sliced pineapple. If this burger were a human, it would wear a top hat.
  2. Type 2: Goooood.
    One thing I've found holds true in most food experiences is the messier something is, the better it is. For this burger title to work you would have to say it in the voice of Bruce Almighty, "It's goooood.". These burgers have a ton of amazing toppings that, if not careful, will fall all over your shirt with the slightest movement.
Back to the actual review. Their burgers are great, the meat is always cooked and the lettuce, tomato and pickles are fresh as can be. That, combined with their various toppings (namely the bleu cheese and bacon) make it a fantastic gourmet burger. Now, with my burger classification, what make this a gourmet burger you ask? The bun. The bun that graces either side of this is nothing short of amazing. Fluffy, light and full of flavor. For the love, just go try it. This is what you'll be looking for...

Oh, the fries at Goose's Acre. You've got to be kidding me. They must have fallen from heaven.












 
Wrapping it up
If you haven't been to Gooses, get there. I hear they're having a celebration for their new balcony coming up too! Sadly it was rained out last time we went (yesterday), but I'm sure it'll be nothing but sunshine when you go :)

John
President / Lead Developer

Monday, December 10, 2012

Employee Functionality Update

Calculating Salaries

As you know, we're always wanting to help our managers schedule as easy as possible. We've heard a few talk to us about calculating hours with their salaried employees and we decided to do something about it. Starting today you will be able to enter in a weekly payrate for an employee that is not calculated by the hours you input. These payrates will show in the weekly calculations as a flat rate, not effected by hours. Here's how it works...

When you're adding or editing an employee, change the drop-down next to the Pay Rate to "/wk" instead of "/hr". Shew, that was a long hard explanation (kidding.) Here's a screenshot of the new feature:


The great thing about this is in the reporting. When you're creating your schedule the weekly payrate will show regardless of how many hours that employee is working.

So, lets pretend we have Dave Matthews scheduled to play every Friday-Sunday for $1000.00 (you're lucky by the way), all you have to do is set him up as a salaried employee and you'll be set. Here's what the scheduled calculations will look like when he's on it:


Simple as that! Now, go book Dave Matthews and let me know when he's playing :)


Usernames

In this day and age it's hard to imagine somebody not having an email address, but not everyone is connected all the time. We've seen this problem time and time again with our restaurants and their employees have to do 1 of 2 things... sign up for some random email account that they'll never check or lose the ability to access Your Next Seven's wonderful scheduling features.

As a solution to this problem we've created an alternative "username" field when you register an employee. As a manager scheduling your staff you can now add in an employee by username and assign them a password. The employee will lose the ability to receive email alerts and reset their own password through email, but we felt that was a small price to pay for giving someone access to their account.



Log in to your account to check it out!

John
Your Next Seven - intuitive online employee scheduling
Founder / Lead Developer