Otipo is a tool that helps business owners and professionals manage online schedules. The system is primarily intended for online employees. Users can submit their availability to Otipo, which will automatically generate a schedule based on that information. The user can review the generated schedule and make any necessary changes. The user can create a schedule board by defining number of staff members for each position, shift hours, rest hours and rotations between staff for specific shifts. The user can also enter each employee and define their roles or send an invitation to Otipo. The schedule page gives the user an overview of employee availability. This page can also be shared by email, printed or used to generate a summary report. The user can also send SMS messages through the schedule. Otipo also generates reminders to let employees know that they need to add their availability as well as notifications that their shift is approaching.
Otipo was created to help business owners and managers handle schedules in an easy, fun way. The application was constructed around the belief that a happy employee can mean happy customers. The current Otipo team includes Community Lead Adam Koren, Vice President of R&D Golan Derazon, Sales and Customer Relations rep Michal Beraze, Product Manager Michal Shor and CEO Shay Mandel.
There are many scheduling tools available on the web today. Otipo stands out in the convenience it offers. The user can complete their entire schedule through the web. Employees can submit their availability directly to Otipo, which will generate a schedule. The manager or business owner can alter the schedule as necessary and use it as a reference or to generate a schedule summary. Otipo also provides notifications that let the employee know their shift is about to begin, which is another nice touch that makes Otipo an appealing option.
The look of Otipo stays in line with the creator’s focus on making the application lighthearted and fun. A blue and black color scheme is contrasted by hints of orange. Smiling silhouettes of figures in various careers flash on the homepage while the playful alarm clock logo winks knowingly beside the site’s motto: People. Shifts. Together. The actual schedules are very well organized and look much like a calendar with purple, green and blue highlights.
A new user can sign up for Otipo by clicking the orange “Let’s Start” button found along the right hand side in the “Let’s Start” box. The user must first choose the option that best describes their team to begin choosing roles. The user can also choose the last option to set the roles themselves. The registration form requires a business name, first and last name, email address, phone number, time zone and weekend days. A note at the bottom advises the user that by submitting their information they are automatically agreeing to the Otipo terms of service.
Otipo gives users four membership options to choose from. The first is the Spark plan which includes up to 10 employees. This plan is free and also includes reminder notifications, automatic shift scheduling, online schedule publishing and email scheduling sharing. The Base plan costs just under $30 per month and allow up to 20 employees, summary reports and 100 free SMS messages. The Pro membership includes up to 30 employees and costs just over $40 per month. This plan includes 150 free SMS messages. The Gold membership is for users with over 30 employees. This plan also costs just over $40 per month with an additional $1 added per extra employee. Each paid membership comes with a 60 day free trial.
Otipo is ideal for business owners and managers who want a simple, effective way to manage and generate schedules. The system is easy to use and includes a number of helpful extras that both the employer and employee can appreciate.