Improved Work Schedule and 1/4 Hour Increments

Two Big Improvements for the Work Schedule on Timetastic Today

1) More Flexible Work Schedule

The work schedule is now split into 2 shifts; Morning and Afternoon. The gap between being the lunch break, obvious I guess. Seems basic but it's a vast improvement from the previous which had a fixed lunch time of 12pm.

It means you can now specify a more accurate weekly working schedule, and time off will be shown on the wall chart in the correct AM / PM slots.

2) 1/4 Hour Increments

You'll also notice on the work schedule the introduction of quarter past and quarter to the hour. So again, more accuracy in the work schedule.

You can now also book time off in those 1/4 hour increments, to align with your working hours.

Hopefully both improvements will mean your information on Timetastic will now be more closely aligned to your employment contracts.

Privacy Mode

Introducing Privacy Mode, an optional setting that makes your leave information more private.

Privacy is one area that divides opinion in our customer base. We regularly receive requests to hide departments, leave type info, even requests that employees can't see anything but their own calendar. (Although in many respects this latter case negates most of the planning benefits that come from the improved information available via Timetastic - and sharing it).

On the flip side we get just as many people checking that everyone can see everything - they want exactly the opposite of privacy, full open book. Everyone has their own policies and attitude towards privacy in the absence area.

Until today everything was open book, much like the old style wall planner, but we tend to agree that some things could, and maybe should be private. Maybe sickness, doctors appointments, early stage maternity leave for scans.

Maybe it's ok to know the person working next to you is off sick. But someone in a different department, is it right that you can see they are sick, maybe just knowing that they are off work is sufficient?

That's why we're introducing Privacy Mode, so you can choose to make your leave information more private.

With Privacy Mode On, the 'Leave Type' is only viewable by:

  • Your Approver
  • Department Boss
  • Your Timetastic Admin users

Users can see their co-workers are off, but not the reason why they are off. The coloured squares on the Wall Chart and Calendar are replaced by grey. Department Bosses can see the reasons his/her team are off, but not for another department.

Admins - of course, can see everything.

Privacy is a global setting, and can be found in SETTINGS > GENERAL, toggle it on or off as you see fit.

Here's some screen shots:

Without Privacy:

Timetastic Privacy Mode Off

And with Privacy On:

Timetastic Privacy Mode On

We're Hiring

.net Developer

Things are going well in the world of managing absence. More companies than ever signing up, more companies taking advantage of a really simple concept and feeling the benefits.

But we're not one to be complacent, we've got a backlog of tweaks, features, design improvements, usability and hosting enhancements. Tech doesn't stand still and we're not so arrogant as to think our app is perfection, not quite anyway ;)

'Onwards and upwards' as they say!

We're looking for a .net web developer with around 4 years+ experience building web apps in the real world. Ideally you'll have experience with:

  • ASP.NET MVC and Web API
  • C# (the more recent versions a big advantage)
  • Hosting web apps in azure
  • Mobile app development (Cordova, native, all good)
  • SQL Server
  • Javascript (the language, not the latest noun-js framework)
  • ReactJS, and other UI frameworks
  • GulpJS, WebPack, or similar
  • A passion for the web, and for building modern web apps

We're a small team so you'll also be on the front line. Customer service is provided through a help center with ticketing (Zendesk). We all work on this, it's a great way to get close to customers and understand how they use Timetastic and the problems they face. Being on the front line, understanding their pain, answering their questions, helps us all build a better product.

We're all homeworkers at Timetastic, and you will be too. Ideally though, as we like to meet up in Manchester on a regular basis, a reasonable proximity to Manchester is important.

If this sounds like your thing then send us an message and introduce yourself.

New Mobile Apps

Today we're announcing the release of the long overdue updates to iPhone and Android apps.

To be completely level with you, the previous apps were way short on functionality and had numerous bugs, they were out of sync with the web app in their design and usability.

Our only course of action was to start from scratch and build a completely new mobile experience, one that's in line with the web app, one you'll feel instantly at home with.

So after many months of design, code, releasing, then design again, code again, bug fix, test, design, code, test (you get the picture) - we are finally there.

We've no doubt that despite all our testing and tweaking there will be some niggles that arise in the first few weeks, if you spot anything please do let us know.

And otherwise we'd love to hear your feedback :)

Here's the links to Download:

App Store linkGoogle play store link


We've started to keep a full changelog twitter.

You can access it with a simple search for "Timetastic #changelog".

That's all for now :)