Managing time-off requests can be a logistical headache for any business with part-time and seasonal staff.
It’s a delicate balance between ensuring your team’s well-being and maintaining smooth operations.
That’s why at Activity Messenger, we’ve crafted a solution that simplifies this process for both you and your employees. This solution is mostly suitable for organisations that have a high number of part-time or seasonal staff, such as gymnastics clubs, swim schools or summer camps
In this guide, we’ll delve into each component of creating an effective time-off request form.
Note about the Author: Throughout the article, Olivier shares tips and tricks he’s picked up over the last decade running a multi-location children’s activity program managing over 100 part-time employees. Today, he helps hundreds of swim schools, summer camps and gymnastics clubs in Canada and the United States streamline their staff management and onboarding. He also consults with businesses to help them better understand how to recruit and retain Gen Z’s.
User-Friendly Forms: Our form is designed with the end-user in mind—your employees. They can quickly fill out their details, select dates, and share their reasons for time off without any hassle. This simplicity encourages timely and complete submissions, ensuring that you have all the information you need to make a decision.
Digital Signatures for Accountability: By including a digital signature feature, we add a layer of formality and responsibility to the process. Employees acknowledge that their request is subject to review, setting clear expectations from the start.
Click here to see a template of a time-off request form built in Activity Messenger
Every business is unique, and so are its policies. Our interface allows you to customize the form to meet your specific needs. Whether it’s adding a field for emergency contact information or removing unnecessary questions, you have the power to make the form what you want it to be.
Analytics for Informed Decisions: The analytics dashboard provides a visual representation of all time-off requests. This calendar view not only helps you avoid understaffing but also helps you identify patterns, such as peak times for time off, which can inform future staffing decisions.
Centralized responses for quick review: With all requests in one central location, you can review and respond to them efficiently. This eliminates the risk of requests slipping through the cracks and ensures your team receives a timely response. And since all the requests, communication, and approvals are done within the platform, everyone is on the same page.
Visibility and collaboration among administrators: With a team of administrators, it’s important to have a transparent system. Our platform shows who approved or denied a request and when, fostering a collaborative environment and making sure nothing falls through the cracks.