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MakeShift: People First Scheduling.

Scheduling staff can be one of the hardest parts of running a business. It's tedious, time consuming, costly, and tough to communicate. Whether you have 5, 50, or 500 employees, a poorly planned and communicated schedule leads to staffing shortages and increased overtime premiums. Worse, it can hurt job satisfaction, which means increased absenteeism and higher turnover, putting even more strain on staff and the company.


Cut Absenteeism

Did you know half of all workers admit that they have called in sick at some point without actually being sick? It's not uncommon and the costs add up, especially in the healthcare, security, retail, hospitality, and food service industries. In fact, it has been estimated that the cost of absenteeism is between 7.1% and 8.0% of an employee's annual salary.


Reduce Overtime

Overtime is a very real and very large expense, especially for companies that use shift workers, and a big part of it is just bad scheduling. How bad is it? In 2011 the Vancouver Metro Police spent $1.5 million on overtime. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service spent $5.6 million. Calgary Transit spent a whopping $9.3 million. These numbers don't even account for lost productivity and the potential increase in workplace injuries associated with excess overtime.


Lower Turnover

Losing employees hurts productivity and it hurts morale. Finding new staff costs money, but those direct costs are actually only 10-15% of the total cost of losing an employee. You invest heavily in your staff with training, knowledge, and skills, all of which is lost when they leave. It's estimated that an $8/hour employee has a $3,500 turnover cost and the U.S. government approximated the cost of turnover at about 33% of an employee's annual salary.


Product Tour Video MakeShift Screens

MakeShift: Cloud-Based Workforce Management.

With MakeShift, you can quickly view, create, and modify department schedules, communicate them instantly to your employees and analyze shift data to make smarter scheduling decisions, all from any web browser.


  • Business analytics
  • Messaging
  • Multiple locations
  • Multiple departments
  • Multiple User Roles
  • Simple User Creation
  • Rotations
  • Responsive Design
  • Intuitive Interface
  • Drag and drop scheduling
  • Fill Available shifts
  • See Employee Availability
  • Manage Shift Exchanges
MakeShift Screens

Simplified User Interface

An intuitive and always mobile user interface makes managing schedules an accessible and easy-to-use experience for managers and staff.

Real-Time Notifications

Manage schedules, available shifts, and exchanged shifts and notify employees immediately through an always-on communication channel.

Set Availability

Allow staff to set availability to create effective schedules and fill open shifts fast.

Simplified Scheduling

Create, edit and share up-to-date schedules with employees.

Business Analytics

Review and analyze workforce data and trends through smart, easy to read data tracking and visualization tools.

Shift Exchange

Flexible Shift Exchange enables employees to easily post, share, and exchange shifts.

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MakeShift was conceived and developed by AppColony. We create mobile software by combining technology, strategy and design in a thoughtful way to solve real-world business problems. We believe in the power of mobile and understand that it's radically reshaping how people interact with the world. Our team is small, but experienced, and dedicated to building original, functional and intelligent applications on the latest mobile platforms.

Ted Hellard

Founder & Managing Partner

Ted Hellard is the quintessential business builder. In 1996, he founded Critical Mass and over the course of a decade, built it into one of the world's leading digital marketing agencies, eventually selling a 50% stake to Omnicom Group, while remaining involved as chairman to this day. In 2005, he became the co-owner and president of the Calgary Stampeders football club, building them into Grey Cup hosts and champions before stepping away in 2010.

With AppColony, Ted is getting back to what he does best - creating a company at the forefront of technology and building it into another success story.

Darrell Amatto

SVP Sales

For 25 years Darrell has been leading sales for tech companies at the forefront of the industry, working in enterprise communications, data solutions, cloud computing and now mobile. He's previously held VP roles with Ceridian, Citrix and Avaya, and ran sales teams of more than 100 people. His experience with managing large accounts and overseeing tremendous growth makes him a perfect fit to lead the MakeShift sales group.

And, while his current focus is on MakeShift, as part of AppColony's senior staff, he'll be helping build the sales team for all of our future products.

Darren Delichte

Executive Creative Director

Darren has been devising, developing and designing websites, brand identities and digital campaigns for some of the most desired brands in the world for over 18 years. As one of the founding creative members at Critical Mass, he built, shaped and led one of digital marketing's premier creative teams, delivering results and winning awards for Nike, Dell, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Nissan, Adidas, Budweiser and more.

Now he's building, shaping and leading the AppColony creative team, bringing his passion for design and technology to mobile. A patron of design, architecture and the arts, Darren also sits on the Board of Governors at the Alberta College of Art & Design.

Jeremy Gale

Executive Technology Director

Jeremy's extensive background in software development includes a variety of independent projects, as well as two years as a software engineer and team lead at Google. More recently, he's been working exclusively in mobile, leading development on ResolutionMD Mobile (named by Apple as one of the top medical apps of 2011) and a marketing app with several million downloads. A long-time foodie, he also partnered with food critics across the country to create a number of popular dining apps, including Eat Canada.

As the founding tech director at AppColony, Jeremy is entirely responsible for building our talented team of front- and back-end developers.

Ryan Hellard

SVP Product

Since graduating at the top of his class from the University of Calgary's prestigious Haskayne School of Business, Ryan has been entirely focused on building AppColony, including setting up the company, establishing priorities and goals, creating business plans, and imbuing the organization with the entrepreneurial spirit that drives creativity. In that time, he's also shepherded three products from idea to release, including MakeShift.

When he's not working on AppColony projects, Ryan is an award- winning photographer who has been published in National Geographic Traveler and Photo Life.

Tal Bevan

SVP Strategic Alliances

Tal has built his entire career on surpassing targets, exceeding expectations and driving growth. With an innovative, client-focused approach to doing business, he's managed, coached and mentored teams of up to 900 people for Ceridian, MTS Allstream, Group Telecom/360 Networks, Worldcom Canada, Bell and more.

His background in sales and operations made him the ideal candidate to seek out and secure complementary partners for MakeShift and other AppColony products, helping grow our reach and relationships.