Microsoft is taking another step toward serving workers who aren’t at computers all day, with a new Office 365 service launched Thursday. StaffHub, part of the company’s enterprise productivity offering, allows managers to set schedules for deskless workers like retail employees and service technicians.
The service is designed to let managers set schedules for — and distribute company resources to — employees through a simple interface. Employees can use the service to swap shifts with one another and chat, too.
The new offering is part of Microsoft’s push to expand usage of Office 365. While the cloud productivity service has had a strong following among knowledge workers, it has traditionally held less utility for people who aren’t editing Word documents and sending emails through Outlook all day.