Admin Setup - Time Period Setup

Overview

This screen can be used to create and maintain the set of time periods that will be available in your system.   Once created, a single time period definition is used to generate multiple time periods as users enter new timesheets throughout the year.   Each Timesheet User is associated with a time period.

You can establish a variety of time periods to meet differing needs throughout your organization.  For example, you may choose to have your non-employees associated with a weekly time period, and salaried employees with Semi-Monthly time periods.  Some customers, in an effort to allow for differing business rules, will establish multiple Weekly time periods (i.e. so one group can have End User Adjustments enabled, and the other would not).

Note that using this screen you can also control how far in the future timesheets can be entered for each defined time period, whether each time period allows end user adjustments by default, the number of Work Hours (useful in dilution calculations) and more.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  When first establishing a time period, make sure that you set the begin date to a date less than or equal to the earliest date to which you plan to store time data.  That is, if you're just starting to work with Unanet and it is mid-year, you may want to set your begin date to some date on or before the beginning of the current year to allow for the addition of historical data should you choose to do so.   

Also note that for 'Weekly' & 'Every Two Weeks' time periods, the begin date specified will determine which 'day of the week' your timesheets will begin (e.g. Sun-Sat, Sat-Fri, Mon-Sun, etc.)

Roles

This screen is available to users having the Administrator role.

License

This screen is available with the Project Time, Project Tracking and Project Portfolio family of Unanet licenses.

 

Topics covered on this help page include:


Example Time Period Setup maintenance screen:

Field Descriptions (click on a link below for additional information):

 

 

Note: Once a Time Period has been setup and used on a timesheet, it cannot be deleted from the database.  You can, however, disable a time period definition, which means you can no longer associate it with any new users.


Handling 9/80 (aka 36/44, Flexible Work Schedules)

Unanet has the ability to support what is commonly referred to as a 9/80 work schedule.  In order to accommodate users that take off every other Friday, for whom you would still like to participate in weekly dilution calculations, we have the "Weekly Overlap" type of time period.  
 
This period is a weekly period with the end date of one period and the beginning date of the next period overlapping/occurring on the same day.  By using this type of weekly time period, you could for example run a weekly schedule from Friday noon to Friday noon.  These schemes are sometimes referred to as 9/80 or 36/44 schedules.
 

Your users participating in this type of schedule could record:

 

Week 1 = F-0, M-9, T-9, W-9, T-9, F-4 (first half of Friday)

Week 2 = F-4 (second half of Friday), M-9, T-9, W-9, T-9, F-0

 

In this way, they could record 40 hours per week/timesheet every week rather than 44 hours one week and 36 hours the next.  Having a standard 40 hours per timesheet allows the Unanet dilution to calculate as expected.

Many of the Unanet reports have selection criteria that will allow you to view time by date range, in which case you could see all time charged on a split Friday, or, you could utilize the Time Period date range option if you'd prefer to only view time by specific timesheets (thus having the option to view only half of a split Friday's time).

When working with weekly overlap time periods, you may want to consider enabling the following two properties:  Align Rates to Time Period for Weekly Overlap (unatime.weekly_overlap.rate_align) and Prevent Posting on Weekly Overlap Day (unatime.prevent_post_on_weekly_overlap).

 

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