Setup of Absence Types
Setting up each absence type is essentially a two-step process. One step involves defining the type, that is, entering its name, and optionally selecting a category and reasons for it. The other step involves defining an element to associate with the type. This element serves two important purposes:
- It provides a way to maintain a running total of time taken for the absence type. When you record an absence for an employee, the amount of time taken goes as an entry to the input value of the element associated with the absence type.
For example, if you record 8 hours of Compassionate Leave for an employee, the input value of the element for this absence type receives an entry of 8. If a second 4 hour absence of this type occurs the input value gets an entry of 4, which adds in for a total of 12 hours Compassionate Leave taken to date.
- It provides a way to restrict employee eligibility for the absence type. The links you build for the element establish which employees are eligible to use the type.
To hold a single running total of time taken for two or more absence types, you associate all the types with the same absence element. For example, your absence category Personal Leave may include two absence types you need for certain reporting purposes, Compassionate Leave and Personal Business. However, you require just one running total to be kept of employees' time taken for both types of personal leave. In this case you simply associate both absence types with the same absence element.
For example, if the absence type Compassionate Leave is available only to full time employees, you link its element to the employment category Full Time.
Note: If you have a use for absence types for which you do not maintain running totals of time taken or time remaining, and which do not require any eligibility rules, you can define the type with no associated element.
Absence Management Setup Steps