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Assign Company-Wide Holidays and Closings in Forecast

Harvest HQ is closed for a holiday nine times in 2015, and we also host two week-long company-wide summits throughout the year. We know that you have your own company-wide holidays, closings, outings, and summits, and we want to make those easier to manage when scheduling your projects.

Now in Harvest Forecast, instead of tediously assigning Time Off for each person individually, we’re introducing a much simpler way to mark these days off for your entire company.

Previously, assigning time off for everyone would mean a separate row for every person, which could fill your entire screen with noise for just one holiday. Now, that time off will be rolled up into just one row.

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Simply select “Everyone” from the “Assign Person to Project…” option on the Time Off project and assign the days as you normally would. As always, you can use the Notes field to explain what the Time Off is for. And this company-wide assignment behaves like any other Time Off assignment, showing up in all project rows to help you avoid scheduling projects on these days off.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at support@forecastapp.com.

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  • Joseph Sircar on February 25, 2015

    This looks great!

  • I audibly exclaimed out in joy. :)

    It’s a good day for PMs everywhere. Thanks Harvest!

  • Awesome! Can I get a zoom mode too please? :D

  • This awesome! We’ve been waiting for this for months!

  • I’m not seeing the option to assign to “everyone”?

  • Great! I have 2 related requests:
    1) the ability to do this with other projects as well (we have a separate project for company wide meetings and conferences, it’s not really time off)
    2) the ability to use time off for less than a full day, like you can with regular projects. Sometimes the entire company is off for just half a day for a company event.

  • Christopher on April 7, 2016

    Half days for time off please!!!!

  • Half days for time off would be fantastic!

  • @Gemma and others that have asked – Partial Time Off is coming this summer!

  • Great that partial time off is available soon! Is there a chance that you would be able to sort people by departments set in Harvest and assign these day-offs by department to the whole team?

    • @Jenny – If you add the department as a tag for each person on the team, you will be able to filter by a specific tag. Learn more here. As for assigning Time Off to a specific tag/department, that is an idea we are considering for Forecast in the future, but have no plans to announce as of yet. For now, you can only assign to Everyone or a specific person. Thanks for letting us know this is something you’d like to see!

  • Tom Woeber on June 28, 2016

    Can you setup one of these holidays (or any day) so it will be automatically scheduled over? In other words, ignored like a weekend day when anyone is scheduling time across that week?

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