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Updated by Mitchell Paul-Soumis
Scheduling addresses allow you to define starting and ending locations for your technicians. Typically, this will be your office or their home, but you can use any address you like.
Creating a Scheduled Address
A Scheduled Address is created in a similar way to serviceable addresses, requiring the street address followed by validation to generate a precise pin.
The difference between Schedule Addresses is the inclusion of the "Type" and "Users" fields.
The "Type" Field contains 3 selections - "Both the start and end point", "The ending point for the day", and "The starting point for the day".
Meanwhile, the "User" field allows you to determine which users the Scheduling Availability will apply to.
Start and End Point Interactions
The Start and End point fields can be used in a variety of ways. In most cases, the start address will typically be your main office - however if your technicians have a work truck and depart from their home address then the starting address for that particular user can be updated to reflect that.
Similarly, the end point on Schedule Addresses is used to identify the travel time required by the technician to end their day. In most cases, the end point is the main office, however this can equally be set to the home address of an individual user.
The start and end point interact directly with the scheduling availabilities, being taken into account for travel time to their first job of the day - as well as from their last job of the day back to the end point.
Configuring a well-defined Scheduling System allows you to define when your individual technicians are available, not only on a daily basis - but on a minute-by-minute basis.This allows you to build multi-layered schedules that support different types of jobs at different times, as well as scheduling vacation times, and other unavailable events on a per day, week, month, or year basis.
Creating an Availability
Creating a Scheduling Availability takes place in two parts:
- Creating the Schedule Container
- Adding Days of the week & Times of the day
Creating the Schedule Container
The purpose of this container is to group together users, job types and geo-fences with the purpose of applying availability or unavailability to these groups.
Below is a summary of each field and its purpose:
- Name - A descriptive name for the container. For example, Residential Installations or Bill's Schedule.
- Users - Which users should have this schedule container applied to them.
- Job Types - Which job types are applied in this schedule container.
- Start - This field determines on which date should this container begin to be applied to the compound schedule.
- Available - If this box is checked, it will add the listed users to the schedule during the days and times set.
- Infinite Repetitions/Repetitions - If infinite repetitions is enabled, this schedule repeats forever. If it is disabled, then this schedule will repeat the number of times defined in Repetitions.
- Weeks - This value defines the frequency of repetition. For example, if weeks is set to 1, this schedule repeats every week. If weeks is set to 2, the schedule repeats every other week. If weeks is set to 4, then the schedule repeats one week out of every four.
Filling the container with days and times
Populating the container is as simple as setting the Days of the week available on the schedule, with optional time specification.
Schedule Blockers are effectively the opposite side of Schedule Availability - determining days and times that individual users are not available.
A Scheduled Blocker is also created in a very similar way - Providing nearly identical fields to the container seen in Schedule Availability. In the case of schedule blockers, no container is created - you're generating exactly what the blocker will be at this stage, and setting the exact values.
Common uses for Schedule Blockers
Schedule blockers are a way for you to define blocks of time on specific days, for specific users, that are blocked from having jobs scheduled in them. While you can define unavailable time in a schedule, this time is rigid and cannot be modified on the fly. Schedule blockers can be moved on a day by day basis.
Schedule Blockers are most commonly used for events that may interrupt the normal flow of the day on a predictable basis. The most common use for this section is to schedule out lunches for your technicians, as pictured below:
Schedule Time off
The Schedule Time off component complements both Schedule Blockers and Schedule Availabilities, designed to fill in the gap for unexpected interruptions. Activities such as vacation time-off, appointments, vehicle issues, or family emergencies would get entered as Schedule time-off to ensure no appointments are being assigned to this technician during a period of time where they're unavailable.