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What is the Difference Between Quick Tasks and the Shift Tasks in the Schedule?
What is the Difference Between Quick Tasks and the Shift Tasks in the Schedule?
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Written by Victoria Levin
Updated over a week ago

Let's begin by understanding that the Quick Tasks belong to the feature by the same name while the Shift Tasks are a capability offered within the Job Scheduler. Both are a good option for managing your tasks but you should choose the right one depending on the task's nature and purpose.

Let's look at this difference together so you can make the right choice in each circumstance!

The Difference Between Shift Tasks and Quick Tasks

Shift Tasks are directly tied to specific shifts and are crucial for the successful completion of a job. These tasks ensure that duties are completed during the assigned shift, making them ideal for roles with repetitive, shift/job-specific responsibilities.

You can also maintain consistency and streamline the shift creation process by setting up a shift with specific tasks to be completed during those hours and saving it as a template for future use. This ensures that the tasks remain associated with the shift, preserving their relevance and specificity.

Quick Tasks, however, provides you with more versatile to-do lists, where independent tasks can be created that are not tied to specific jobs or shifts. Admins can assign these tasks to users, or users can create them for themselves, focusing on the task details necessary for completion. 

Quick Tasks offers additional key benefits, including the ability to create longer, more complex lists with sub-tasks, setting tasks as one-offs or recurring (daily, weekly, or monthly), the ability to create group tasks, and more.

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When Should I Use Shift Tasks

Take the following examples to understand when using Shift Tasks is ideal.

  1. Shift-Specific Instructions or Recurring Job Tasks: For jobs with repetitive tasks that need to be completed every shift, for things like "Supplies check" or "mop the floors" for a cashier role during each shift.

  2. Compliance Tasks: If there are specific tasks required by regulations or company policy that need to be completed during a shift, like "Safety check" or "Complete daily log" for a security guard role during their shift.

When Should I Use Quick Tasks

Take the following examples to understand when using Quick Tasks is ideal.

  1. One-off or Recurring Personal To-Do List: use quick tasks for your personal (or your employee's) to-do list that aren't tied to a specific job or shift. This could include things like "Pick up the dry cleaning" or "Schedule car maintenance", for a one-off task, and "Complete HR form" or "Schedule Monthly Management Meeting" for a recurring task.

  2. Project Management: you can break down larger projects into smaller, manageable sub-tasks and track progress.

  3. Team Reminders: If you need to remind your team (or yourself) about an upcoming deadline or meeting.

  4. Group Tasks: When tasks are shared among groups of employees and they collaborate on their completion. 

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