This merger seems like a great idea. It shouldn't be a wasted opportunity that gets fouled up by poor shift planning. My county currently uses shift planning software, which has done away with any shift scheduling problems and conflicts. My county's shift planning software package, EZShift, lets a shift manager input shift requirements (how many employees on duty for a particular shift, how much time needed between when an employee gets off of one shift and begins his next, etc.) and employee characteristics (what an employee's role and level of experience is) and click a button and within minutes it generates an error-free shift schedule that takes into account those requirements and characteristics, as well as the employees' preferences. The package also incorporates a system for shift supervisors and employees to communicate with each other regarding shift preferences, schedules and last-minute changes. Click the link ( http://www.ezshift.com ) to see if shift scheduling software is right for your organization.