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What Are Leave Requests?

Any time an employee needs to request an absence from their usual work schedule, they make a leave request. Sometimes these are planned in advance, like vacation and PTO (paid time off) requests. Other times, like sick days or unexpected emergencies, happen at the last minute. In both cases, employees need a fast, easy way to submit these requests, hear back, and keep everyone else informed.

Problem: Confusion Around Leave

Taking time off can be confusing. In many organizations, it’s not clear to the employees how much leave they have available to them at any given moment, especially when it’s divided between categories like sick days, personal holidays, and unstructured PTO.
Even if you do know how much leave you’re entitled to, submitting time-off requests typically involves tracking down a manager or HR representative to file a form and then waiting for that information to be processed. This can make it challenging to plan for days off, and is especially stressful in unexpected or emergency situations.
Also, there is often no easy way to keep coworkers informed about your planned leave. This can send other employees scrambling to find a person who is on vacation, or sending them requests because they are unaware, putting both parties in an awkward situation.
I know coworkers who work remotely or in the field really love being able to use the iPhone and the Android app to stay connected and send in requests at any time.

Solution: Digital Leave Requests Inside MangoApps

MangoApps trackers securely store all kinds of important information, and are perfect for helping both leaders and employees see and structure their available time off. Trackers succinctly show each employee their available time off and can even break up availability into different categories like sick days or floating holidays.
MangoApps forms can work in tandem with trackers, giving employees a centralized space to submit requests and saving time otherwise spent sending out emails and trying to find management. This enables leaders to see submitted requests and process them quickly.
Location-based groups have quick updates and instant notifications, allowing employees to inform their coworkers about an emergency situation with ease. Also, MangoApps status updates and the in-built calendar make it easy to be aware of when coworkers are or will be on leave, reducing confusion and stress.

How to Create Trackers and Forms:

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    Trackers and forms save time, simplify data management, and improve overall organization by collecting, storing, and analyzing information. To create a new tracker, first visit the department, group or team area where you want your tracker to be.
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    Be sure that forms and trackers are enabled in the area and then select the Trackers option from the left-hand navigation bar.
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    Next, select ‘New’ to start a new tracker, and choose one of our templates or start from scratch.
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    Add and remove content however you need until you're ready to publish.
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    Once a tracker is published, users can easily input or view data at any time, and submissions are collected and organized all in one place.
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    To create a new form for your tracker, select the associated tracker and then choose the 'Tracker Tools' button.
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    Choose the 'Create New Form' button from the drop down menu. From here you can name your associated form, change details, work from detailed templates, or create something completely new.
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    Whenever your form is filled out and submitted, the results will automatically be sent directly to the associated tracker.

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