Rules let you define some Restrictions against staff members and Minimum / Maximum Group Levels that help to manage leave more effectively.
There are 2 types of Rules - one for Staff and one for Groups.
In a Staff type Rule, you can manage Restrictions between Staff. For Example you might set that Person A cannot be Off when person B is off*. Or you can set a Staff to Group Restriction. For example, Staff Member A cannot be off at the same time as anyone in the Finance Group, whilst also being able to Reverse the rule meaning that Staff Member A also cannot be off when anyone in Finance is off.
In a Group type Rule, you can set Group Minimum or Maximum Levels. For example you might have a group called Operations - and the Minimum Staffing Level is that 5 staff members must be in work on any given day, Or you can set a Group to Staff Restriction. For example, anyone in Finance cannot be off at the same time as Staff Member A.
CREATE A NEW RULE
Dont forget, if you use the GROUP staffing levels, you need to ensure you have set those Leave Types that are to be included in staffing level checks, You also need to choose which Leave Types are included in STAFF Restrictions as well.
This Leave Type will now be included in any checks when leave is booked in case it clashes with any setup Rules.
Min Group Levels are also reflected on the Work Planner when looking at Manning Levels. If you setup a Min. Group Level rule for a particular Group that you need at least 5 people in the office on any given day, it will apply that Rule to Manning Levels on the Work Planner for each day of the week.
Within Rules you can also specify which days of the week the Rules take affect, i.e. You might always need at least 5 Engineers to be at work on a Monday through to Friday but you don't want to include Saturday and Sunday. Additionally to this you can include specific date ranges in the year where the restriction takes place, either setup to Repeat year by year, or be specific for 1 year only.
Posted: Saturday, 22nd Mar 2014
By: Phil Cross
Direct link: http://www.whosoffice.com/support/knowledgebase/rules
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