Newsflash: Watu system updates

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We’re constantly working on giving you more, and better, tools within Watu. As a front-end user of Watu, you may sometimes be wondering what we’re working on behind the scenes, so in case this is you, here is a list of recent releases which are visible to to clients*;

*this means you will be able to see the difference. There is plenty that goes on in the background which would only make sense to developers 🙂

Booking Emails are Clearer

This is the latest release and one which many of you have been asking for! Previously, ‘successful booking’ emails listed the shifts with details at the top of the email, followed by exceptions.

This was confusing. For everybody.

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Now, as seen above, it lists each shift with its details, unless all the shifts are exactly the same in which case it lists the detailed information just once.

Introducing Canadian Payroll

For our lovely and loyal Canadian clients, we released a detailed payroll data capture section integrated into Watu, much like we have for the UK, US and Australia. This means that Canadian accounts will now be able to ask staff for their bank account payment details, SIN numbers, and everything else necessary to be able to pay staff.

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And when payroll is being exported, all this information will automatically populate the spreadsheet. Hello, simple payday.

Fixing a calendar glitch

When staff were looking at the calendar to pick a date – like their birthday – the white text would show up against a white background. Oops.

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This has happily been corrected!

Easier profile cancellation for staff

Whilst the system previously had many blocks in place for staff cancelling their profiles with an agency, we eased some of the restrictions so that staff can now cancel even if they had been shortlisted for a job – as long as the job is in the past.

This should mean fewer emails to managers asking to be suspended.

Portfolio background image

Previously, the portfolio background had two black sections on either side to contain the image. We realised that this wasn’t ideal for some agency images, so the image now covers the entire background.

It’s ever-so-slightly sleeker and a slight adjustment to a feature we’re excited to be renovating in the future.

Calendar is also available to the staffers

We’ve recently made some updates to staffers profiles that we hope will help with your job planning.  One of these updates is your very own calendar.  To access it, click on JOBS within your profile and then ‘Calendar’ below it.

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Your bookings with that agency will show in the calendar, past dates in grey, future dates in green.

We realise that you’re probably signed with more than one agency and you’ll be running a regular calendar to keep tabs on the different jobs.  So, to make that easier for you, we’ve given you the option to sync your calendar to your Google Calendar.

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We hope these little updates make your planning easier and your lives happier.

Review your jobs in Calendar View

The focus of calendar view as a feature is to give managers and staffers as much visual aid as possible when it comes to their schedule.  Watu calendar includes the following features:

Manager side 

You can now see all of your business’ jobs in calendar view and immediately see which jobs still have open shifts (red) and those that are fully booked (green):

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By clicking on any one day, you can see the jobs occurring on that day, ordered by urgency, the jobs that have the most unbooked shifts appearing at the top of the list.

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You can also now see calendar view within a particular job.  Click on the calendar icon and you’re there:

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Finally, you’re also able to see a staffers calendar, including all the jobs that they are booked on for your business by typing their name in to the main calendar view.

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So, lots of improvements on the manager front.  Now for the Staffer Side.

Staff can now view their own calendar of work, showing them all of the jobs that they are booked on with the business, jobs in the past appearing in ‘grey’, those in the future, in ‘green’.

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Cooler still, staffers can also add the job to their Google Calendar with our integration tool, enabling them to build out their calendar with all of their different work commitments and ensure that they don’t double book themselves across more than one agency.

On to the next feature update.