Adding unavailability just got way simpler!

Monic Del Rosario

20 February 2018    |   

The new Tanda Mobile App is really starting to take off with over 5,000 new users in the last month. On the back of some customer feedback, we have added our most requested feature, the option to enter unavailability in the app. Native Mobile Experience for Employees Employees have always been able to enter the times they are unavailable via an online portal, but it was not always easy to get to. Now, a better version of this functionality is available any time through the app – meaning employees have a single location to check their rosters and also let their manager know when they can’t work. Once an employee enters their unavailability, we’ll let their manager know with an email. Filing of unavailability directly within the app Recurring unavailability can be scheduled (e.g. for students with classes) Real-time roster updates whenever an employee adds or changes their unavailability Using Unavailability Knowing the time your employees prefer not to work helps you plan a roster that works better for everyone. Tanda lets you do this in two ways. You can see all unavailability requests via My Tanda under ‘Time Off’ > ‘Unavailability’. You will be notified if you create a shift for someone that clashes with their availability. It doesn’t stop you from rostering the person at that time, it just gives you a heads-up about their schedule. Getting your Employees to install the Tanda Mobile App Encourage your employees to install the app directly from the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Google Play Store (for Android) by searching for ‘Tanda Employee App’. If you have any questions about your employee’s account or how to use the app, visit our Help Centre. You can also send an email to employees@tanda.co and we’d be happy to help.

The new Tanda Mobile App is really starting to take off with over 5,000 new users in the last month. On the back of some customer feedback, we have added our most requested feature, the option to enter unavailability in the app.

Native Mobile Experience for Employees

Employees have always been able to enter the times they are unavailable via an online portal, but it was not always easy to get to. Now, a better version of this functionality is available any time through the app – meaning employees have a single location to check their rosters and also let their manager know when they can’t work. Once an employee enters their unavailability, we’ll let their manager know with an email.

  • Filing of unavailability directly within the app
  • Recurring unavailability can be scheduled (e.g. for students with classes)
  • Real-time roster updates whenever an employee adds or changes their unavailability

Using Unavailability

Knowing the time your employees prefer not to work helps you plan a roster that works better for everyone. Tanda lets you do this in two ways.

  1. You can see all unavailability requests via My Tanda under ‘Time Off’ > ‘Unavailability’.
  2. You will be notified if you create a shift for someone that clashes with their availability.

It doesn’t stop you from rostering the person at that time, it just gives you a heads-up about their schedule.

Getting your Employees to install the Tanda Mobile App

Encourage your employees to install the app directly from the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Google Play Store (for Android) by searching for ‘Tanda Employee App’.

If you have any questions about your employee’s account or how to use the app, visit our Help Centre. You can also send an email to employees@tanda.co and we’d be happy to help.

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This week at Tanda, we’ve launched some exciting new features to give businesses a complete visual breakdown on different pay rates that are applying on the roster. This is a game changer in allowing managers to easily build a fully costed, compliant and optimised work roster. Making it easier to understand the cost of a roster Tanda’s always given you the cost of a roster, broken down by each employee and each day. However, even that doesn’t always make it clear why costs blow out sometimes. This is why we built the roster costing chart. Visible on the costs view of their rosters, it shows a breakdown of each hour of the employee’s roster, showing if the time will be ordinary time or overtime and the cost that it’ll be paid at. With lots of staff on a roster, you’ll see a small preview for each person. We call it the candybar because of how datalicious it looks. You can even sort the list of staff based on this candybar – so you can order rosters based on who has the most complex costing which usually comes from having the most different kinds of overtime. Making it easier to give staff the hours they want We’re tackling these problems from both ends to give you more tools to make great rosters. You can now set the preferred hours that someone would like to work on their employee profile. If you roster someone with a lot more, or a lot less, hours than their preference, you’ll see a reminder on your roster. There’s 10% leeway on either side, which means you don’t need to roster everyone with exactly the number of hours they want – just in the general vicinity. This is a great way of giving staff hours they are happy with, while still maintaining the natural flexibility in hours required for casual employment. Did you know? If you roster a casual for the same hours every week, most Modern Awards include a clause where you need to offer them a permanent contract. Fair Work refers to this as “regular and systematic” rostering. Our goal at Tanda is to make it super simple to build a roster that is both compliant and optimised under your relevant Fair Work Award. If you’re interested in finding out some more information about implementing this in your business check out our rostering or award interpretation pages.

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Monic Del Rosario

Monic is Tanda's content curator. She uses her background in Development Studies to create materials that are both business-oriented and human-centric.

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