Feature update: Annual Vacation Enhancements

Andgo is excited to announce the release of some exciting new enhancements to our Annual Vacation module. These enhancements will fine-tune functionality and provide enhanced overall usability and navigability. 

New Admin Tools

A key portion of the enhancements we tackled this year focused on providing organizations more autonomy before and during their annual vacation windows. We created new tools that give them new ability to set up vacation process rounds themselves and to create new vacation groups at any point during the vacation booking window.

vacation round blueprints

  • The new Vacation Round BluePrints tool allows customers to create and define their own vacation rounds within the application, rather than the Andgo support team modifying these settings behind the scenes

build vacation group

  • The new Vacation Group Builder tool allows administrators to add additional vacation groups at any point during the vacation booking window, ensuring that new units or those few that were forgotten at the start can still use the Annual Vacation feature.

 

Time Savers

We’ve added a number of new features that save you time by automating historically manual processes. We can now automatically create groups with multiple eligibilities and custom default quotas using a single file upload rather than customers manually merging and setting default quotas for every group. We’ve also improved the approval workflow by automatically processing and closing out rounds for groups with no eligible participants.

 

Streamlined Navigation

After several of our customers went through their 2020 Annual Vacation processes using Andgo’s system, we heard some feedback that some steps required a few too many clicks. We’ve added some new navigational aids that get you where you need to go as quickly as possible, adding extensive hyperlinking and a new consolidated menu for Site Administrators so everything they need is in one place.

  • Additional hyperlinking ensures you only need to use one search form to find what you need quickly.

  • The new consolidated menu in the main navigation bar provides Site Administrators quick access to everything Annual Vacation-related from one place.

 

Increased Auditability

To help our customers troubleshoot and respond to inquiries quicker, we’ve added some additional features that make it easier to audit decisions made through the Annual Vacation module. These include a new historical quota view and the inclusion of approvers on the Annual Vacation Participant search.

  • The new tabbed quota interface lets you check the quota from any round, helping you track changes.

  • Surfacing the approver on the participant search results gives you more info without having to drill down into the details of each request.

 

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More about Andgo

Andgo Smart Absence Management was developed specifically for complex scheduling environments. By working with Andgo, you get the benefits of working with a knowledgeable and experienced team familiar with complex scheduling processes, procedures, and requirements.

Andgo’s Smart Absence Management system has created immense value for each of our clients through the automation of complex scheduling workflows. At Andgo we understand no two organizations are the same. With this in mind, we have designed our system to accommodate the unique requirements and use cases of your organization.

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Andgo is excited to participate in the CTA bicoastal program

Andgo is proud and excited to participate in an amazing global initiative. The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) bi-coastal program is dedicated to the development of high-potential digital health companies. The program has also partnered with industry-leading organizations at the forefront of digital health innovation. Read the full press release here.

Our team is thrilled to be a part of this program and can’t wait to see where it leads. We’re honored to participate as one of 11 digital health companies in this exciting accelerator. We couldn’t have asked for better company:

  • 360Medlink: Clinically-validated patient treatment companion tailored by therapy, language, and cultural preferences.
  • Careteam Technologies: Virtual care collaboration and communication platform that health organizations deploy to support all the needs of patients in one digital location
  • Conquer Experience: Digital simulation platform for surgical training and assessment.
  • HyIvy Health: Intelligent and holistic pelvic rehabilitation device for women.
  • IRegained: Neuro-rehabilitation for stroke patients looking to regain hand function.
  • InVivo AI: Novel algorithms designed specifically for use in drug discovery.
  • ManagingLife: A digital health solution lowering the human and financial cost of chronic pain.
  • OPTT: Clinical trial validated telepsychiatry solution powered by proprietary machine learning algorithms.
  • VoxNeuro: Breakthrough brain assessment measures neuro markers to reliably inform brain health management.
  • Zilia: Quantifying biomarkers in the eye for better clinical outcomes.

We’re looking forward to this journey and can’t wait to share more information throughout.


More about Andgo

Andgo Smart Absence Management was developed specifically for complex scheduling environments. By working with Andgo, you get the benefits of working with a knowledgeable and experienced team familiar with complex scheduling processes, procedures, and requirements.

Andgo’s Smart Absence Management system has created immense value for each of our clients through the automation of complex scheduling workflows. At Andgo we understand no two organizations are the same. With this in mind, we have designed our system to accommodate the unique requirements and use cases of your organization.

Contact us to see how Andgo can help you!

Diversity and Inclusion at Andgo

At Andgo, we’ve been having many conversations around diversity and inclusion. We’ve been discussing ways in which we can promote and hire a diverse and inclusive team and elevate minority groups in our industry. The conversation is still happening, and we’re excited to see where it leads. We want to use this momentum as a catalyst for actionable change.

Identifying areas of improvement is one thing, but now is the time to convert awareness into action. Here are a few of the initiatives we’re working on at Andgo.

Supporting organizations who make a difference

There is an opportunity to improve diversity in the tech world and we want to do our part.  We commit to supporting organizations whose goals are to educate and enable our youth and improve opportunities for BIPOC in our industry and the world. The organizations we’re thrilled to be supporting are Black Girls Code, The Hidden Genius Project, and Indspire.

Black Girls Code is a US-based organization whose mission is to increase the number of women of color in STEM. They hold workshops and after-school camps to provide in-demand skills in technology and computer programming for young women of color. It’s an invaluable organization, educating our next generation of coders.

Another great US-based organization whose mission is to prepare black youth for a future in technology is The Hidden Genius Project. Their goal is to train and mentor black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills. They do this through immersive mentorship programs as well as events and workshops. 

In Canada, Indspire is an amazing organization that invests in education for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. Through the funding they receive, they’re able to provide financial awards, deliver educational programs, and share resources with educators. 

Current Actions

We’ve started open and honest conversations internally about where we’re at, and what we can be doing. This has opened our eyes and created awareness on the issues that exist and how Andgo as a company can help. There is a lot to do. The good news is we’ve identified some areas we can make an impact right away. Initiatives we’ve started include furthering our education, sharing resources, and adding additional educational resources on diversity and inclusion to our company library. Also, we’re reviewing our internal and external documentation and terminology.

Until recently, we have not paid much attention to the deeper meaning or origin of the terminology used in developing software. This out-dated terminology is a perfect example of how deep-rooted these issues run. We’ve found the Google developer documentation style guide to be a helpful resource in this endeavor. We’re still in the first steps of this transition, but we’re happy to be moving in the right direction. We plan to begin updating the language and terms in our documentation to be more inclusive in the very near future.

Future Actions

It doesn’t end here. We are excited about the impact we can make in our organizations and community to improve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. This is an area where we are just getting started and we look forward to sharing our plans with you as we take further action. 

 


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