How does your workplace you keep track of staff that come & go during the day?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Field staff are assumed to be in the field. Everyone else checks in with the receptionist when they leave or come back. If someone is sick they notify their supervisor who notifies reception.

The receptionist tracks it on a low tech, legal pad.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a big whiteboard calendar for leave and off-site meetings.  Other than that, if you aren’t there, you’re assumed to be (a) working elsewhere or (b) on leave. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

At my company this is the leadership team’s responsibility (I also work in HR). I would work with management on this one, but I think a simple fix is giving access to Outlook and have them use the out of office function when they’re out. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Do the people that come and go know ahead of time what their schedule is going to be? Or is it, like “oh we’re out of printer paper better run to the store” type situations? 

 

We mainly use outlook, I can see everyone’s calendars so if they’ll be out on vacation or tied up in meetings I’ll know about it. For more last minute scenarios, we have an “all office” email address so if someone decides to run out for whatever reason they quickly shoot an email letting us know so we can route calls to someone else, or take down messages.

The other departments in my company use a lot of different systems but all have consistent access to outlook, are they not working on computers/laptops/tablets and that’s why they don’t have access to outlook?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

We use Business Skype and update our status messages when we’re going to be away from our desk for a long period of time. We also use Outlook and are expected to make sure our individual calendars reflect our work schedules accurately (meetings, appointments, time out, lunches, etc.). The secretaries have access to everyone’s calendars and most of us can view each other’s, as well.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’ve used a couple of methods.

We had a whiteboard with everyones names in it – if someone was leaving the office for whatever reason, they needed to write down where they were going.

I’ve used “out of office” on outlook

We also had an IM type system at one company, which was like a little chat screen.  Not sure what that was called but it was really handy as you could “send all” a message saying you were out, thenm change your status.  It was also good because you could ask someone a question without having to get up and physically find them haha 

I do think this is a HR or at least an OHS issue.  If there is a fire or something, you need to have a decent idea of who is and isn’t in the office. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Business Skype.  If you are green, you are presumed at your desk.

My specific department also has a magnetic board in a central area where we mark in/out with a magnet next to our name.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

We use Google Calendar and Hangout at my company. Can be used on the computer or on people’s phones. People fill in their schedule for the week because I also work at a company where people are in and out all day and no one has a set schedule. If you have a question about where someone is, you check the group calendar. If you’re still unsure, you message them on Hangout and ask if they are available or when they will be back in the office. It has worked great for us since we started using it and it’s very easy to keep track of who is where and when.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

At my old company, no phone was allowed to go to voicemail. If anyone left their desk, even to go to the bathroom, you had to foreward your phone to someone, obviously telling them how long you’d be gone.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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Charliejeorge :  That’s too bad you can’t all operate on one emailing system, outlook or gmail works well for communicating/updating calendar info.

The white board idea could work but I think you’d have to get each dept manager on board, you just nagging at people to sign out when they leave may not be enough. Honestly if I had someone telling me to “sign out” when I left and it wasn’t a company policy I wouldn’t do it, but that’s just me. Not trying to knock your idea but some people might not care to go along with it unless it’s a company policy.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Is there a reason people always need to be at their desks? It doesn’t need to be unprofessional for the person answering the phone to simply say “so and so is not in the office right now. Can I take a message?” 

I’ve never worked anywhere in my career where I need to be tethered to a desk and people need to know my whereabouts. Maybe that’s my field (I’m a lawyer) but I’ve always had autonomy over my workday. I personally would find it really insulting if I had to sign in and out every time I went to the bathroom or out for a walk or something. We do use Google calendars so we all know who’s in court and where, but that’s really it.

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