Online Rota System
Travel Nation is UK based travel agent which focuses on around the world trips, luxury and budget tours and specialist travel options. Based in Brighton and with an additional office in London, the company has around 60 - 70 employees in total, working across a number of departments including Marketing, Sales and HR. Travel Nation approached Digital Tactics seeking a shift management system for their staff with two primary functions:
- To allow staff members to shift swap (with themselves or another colleague) to maximize flexible working conditions
- To allow staff members to book holiday through the system, to be approved by an admin, and also to see why it may not be possible to book holiday (e.g too many people off on a given day)
Having already looked at a number of out-of-the-box solutions which were not suitable for this function without causing too much of a compromise, Travel Nation brought us in to design and develop a custom site to meet their specific needs. We met with Travel Nation to brainstorm design and function ideas with them, which we then developed internally. We then wrote the specification for the site, which after their sign off we used to guide us through the project.
The feedback from this project has been overwhelmingly positive from Travel Nation. The new system has streamlined their administrative processes, reducing the time spent on rota management by up to 2-3 hours per day, working out around 2 business days per week. This gives the project a great return on investment over a short space of time. The new system is popular with the employees because it is an easy way for them to manage their own flexible working without having to visit the HR department. This has been mentioned in a number of recent staff appraisals. The system also allows the colleagues to plan their shifts further ahead, as well as manage their holiday requests, lieu days and absences effectively from one place. Overall, the new system is a vast improvement on the previous spreadsheet based system, offering greater functionality for the administrators as well as the users, by providing a modern system that will be ready for the future and with the possibility of further development and expansion.
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