Planday offers the possibility of keeping track of your employees' holidays. It is possible for the employee to request vacation for a specific day or period. As a manager, you will receive a notification about the request and can take action immediately.

Please note, that at this time, if an employee makes a vacation request through the mobile app, a notification may not be triggered.

Employees have the option of sending their requests straight to the management team, by going to Home, then My Vacation. They can choose the date(s) they want to request and send it over to their manager with a message.

In this article, we will exclusively be looking at approving a request made from an Accrued vacation account.

Vacation Overview

Hover over Schedule and go to Vacation and Overtime. This will be the main screen for all your Vacation needs. Here are some tips on how to navigate this page:

  • Create Vacation: Create vacation for an employee that has a Fixed vacation account
  • Create Accrued: Create vacation for an employee that has an Accrued account
  • Vacation Report: Create a report detailing all the Vacation taken within a given period, downloadable in Excel format
  • Overtime Report: Create a report detailing all the Overtime taken within a given period, downloadable in Excel format

Filters

  • Start and End: Choose the date range you wish to show holiday within
  • Department: Filter out which department you would like to see holiday for
  • Employee Group: Filter out vacation requests based on Employee Group
  • Supervisor: Filter out employees based on their Supervisor (This may need to be set up on your portal)
  • Employee Type: Filter out vacation requests based on Employee Type
  • List view: Display your Vacation requests in List Form, listed by earliest date
  • Calendar: See a calendar view of all requests in the system, very useful when considering overlapping holiday in conjunction with Department/Employee Group filters.
  • Filter: Filter by Approved, Denied and Requested vacation requests 

Approving a Vacation Request

You can either find the vacation request in the ‘Pending Approval’ section of the screen, or create the Vacation using the ‘Create Vacation/Accrued’ options at the top of the screen.

In this scenario, our employee ‘Planday Support’ has asked for a week off. When you open the Vacation Request you will see the following:

 

In the request, we see all off the days that have been requested. The cost determines if payment will be made for that day or not. A cost of ‘1’ will be a paid Vacation day, while a cost of ‘0’ is an unpaid day of Vacation. Only days that are paid will be deducted from the Vacation account balance.

The prediction of which days are paid, and which are unpaid, come from two factors within the system: The use of the schedule, and a field in the Employee profile named ‘Hrs per Month’. We use the data from these two areas to predict what a paid, or unpaid day, should be.

 

Account Balance

The account balance is broken into ‘Balance (before request)’ and ‘Balance (after request)’. We use a traffic light system in order to determine whether a Vacation account should be approved or not.

  • Green: The employee has the required amount of days already available in their account
  • Yellow: The employee currently does not have the required amount of days in their balance to cover the cost of the holiday and will be going into a negative. By looking at their previous working patterns, they will be able to accrue this holiday back to a positive before the end of the period.
  • Red: The employee currently does not have the required amount of days in their balance to cover the cost of the holiday and will be going into a negative. By looking at their previous working patterns, they will be unable to accrue back into a positive, so it is therefore advised they spend less days on their holiday.

Once which days will be paid/unpaid, you can put in a message (optional) and choose whether to approve or deny the Vacation request. Regardless of the outcome, this will send a message to the Employee (can be toggled), informing them of your decision.

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