Hubstaff Schedules

Working with schedules in Hubstaff is easy! Read our comprehensive guide to learn more about how the schedules feature works in Hubstaff.

Schedules are available on Premium/Pro plans and up. Please click here to learn more about Hubstaff subscription plans.
Only organization owners and managers are able to create schedules for users on the organization.

Table of contents:

Getting started with Hubstaff schedules

To get started, click on the Calendar > Schedules tab on the left sidebar.

Calendar schedules menu


Schedule filters

Events filter

The Events filter allows you to filter the calendar by holidays, jobs (associated to work orders), scheduled shifts, and time offs.

schedules event filters

Members filter

The Members filter lets you filter the schedules page by teams, or specific team members.

schedules members filter

Month/week/day filter

You can also filter the calendar by month, week, or day, making it more convenient to view the specific schedules you’d like to see displayed on the page.

schedules month week day filter

Calendar filter

You can navigate to previous or future months/weeks/days using the navigation arrows. You can also change the timezone where the schedules are based in by clicking on the timezone dropdown located on the far right side of the date selector.

schedules calendar filter

View filter

The View by filter allows you to choose whether you’d like to view schedules by time (broken down every hour) or by team member.

schedules view by filter

Creating a New Schedule / Shift

To create a new schedule, click on Actions > Create shifts to create a new schedule for a user.

schedules actions add schedule

Next, fill in the details below:

    1. Username
    2. Shift Duration
      1. From Date
      2. Shift Start time
      3. Shift End time
      4. To Date
    3. Timezone
      1. Organization timezone
      2. Member timezone
    4. Minimum Hours – the minimum hours a user is required to work (for example if their shift runs from 9am to 5pm (8 hours) with a 30 minute lunch break, you can place 7.5 minimum hours.
    5. Recurring Shift Options
      1. Never
      2. Weekly
      3. Bi-Weekly
  1. Repeats Until – the last day the recurring shifts are applied.
  2. Days – select the days the shifts will repeat.
  3. Click on Save to save changes.

add schedule

DST changes will depend on the timezone set during schedule creation.


After creating a schedule, you will see the schedule plotted on the Schedules screen:

Month view

schedules month view

Week view

schedules week view

Day view

schedules day view

Deleting Shifts

Once the shifts are deleted they are permanently removed from our server and cannot be recovered.

You can delete a shift two ways:

Delete by clicking on a shift

First, by clicking on the shift, then clicking the Delete button.

schedules delete edit dialog

After clicking on the shift, you will receive a popup window where you can Delete or Edit the schedule. Click on Delete to remove the schedule. You’ll then see the option to either delete that specific shift or all the shifts in the series:

delete shift

Delete via the actions menu

To delete a shift, you can also do so by clicking on Actions > Delete shifts.

schedules actions delete shifts

A dialog box will open where you can choose a specific member (or multiple team members) and:

  1. Delete all future shifts
  2. Specify the date range where you want the action to apply
  3. Delete all future recurring shifts

schedules delete shifts dialog

Press the Delete shifts button to confirm.

Monitoring Schedules

Hubstaff’s attendance scheduling is powerful because it allows you to always know when your employees are working during their shifts or not. You no longer have to chase employees down to find if they were working or not.

Here are the three types of Schedule notifications:

Late Shifts

If the user doesn’t start tracking time within the first 5 minutes (or depending on the grace period setting, can be extended to 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes) of when their shift is scheduled to begin, they will be counted as late and a notification will be sent as soon as our the app uploads data to our server.

You can change the Grace period setting by navigating to Settings & policies > Features > Schedules > Grace period.

settings features schedules grace period


Missed shifts

Each team member will receive a missed shift notification if a team member doesn’t track any time during their shift when their shift ends.

Abandoned Shifts

A team member will receive an abandoned shift notification when they don’t meet the minimum hour requirement set on a shift.

Team members receive notifications when a shift has been updated or added for them. As the organization owner, you will get summary notifications letting you know of all the late, missed, and abandoned shifts as well (similar to the work summary emails).

Work Breaks are not included in schedule computations.
Manual time changes (Add, Edit, Delete) affect the schedule computations and the shift is updated accordingly to the manual time change.

Notification Control

You can control the notifications in your organization settings by clicking on the Settings tab on the left sidebar. Then selecting Features from the drop-down menu. Go to the SCHEDULES tab, and you’ll see the Shift Alerts option on the left-hand menu. You can then enable alerts for users and owners/managers, just users, or never. Like the other Hubstaff settings, you can set this at the organization level or at a user by user basis:

shift alerts2

Calendar type

You can choose whether users are able to view 1) Only their own schedules/time offs, or 2) The entire team schedule and time off entries. To do this, Navigate to Calendar > Schedules > Actions > Schedule Settings.

schedules actions schedules settings

Toggling the setting to Private will let users see their personal schedules, and setting it to Collaborative will let users see the team schedules.

settings calendar type

Team leads can access their assigned team schedules (when allowed).

Sync Hubstaff schedules to iCal

First, we’ll need to copy the calendar feed URL by navigating to Calendar > Schedules.

Calendar schedules menu

Then, click on Actions > Add to my calendar button located above your team schedules.

schedules actions add to my calendar

Next, click the Copy button to get the calendar URL.

add to calendar copy button


Syncing Hubstaff schedules on iCal for OSX

  1. Open the iCal app.
  2. Navigate to File > New calendar subscription or press Option (⌥) + Command (⌘) + S.
  3. Enter the iCal feed URL you copied from the schedules page, then hit Subscribe.


Syncing Hubstaff schedules on iCal for iOS

  1. Open the iCal app.
  2. Tap the Calendars button.
  3. Next, click the Add calendar button.
  4. Choose the Add subscription calendar option.
  5. Enter the URL you copied from the dashboard calendar, then hit Subscribe.
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