The policy of Unlimited Holiday Allowance is growing in popularity, and it's not without its challenges. But whatever your stance it's pleasing to see people experimenting with different forms of allowance to discover a better work/life balance.

For this post we wanted to look at how this can be managed using Timetastic, because, even if you do provide unlimited allowance you'll still need to organise and plan absences around teammates and company workload, and you'll want to record and track absences to understand and assess the policy's impact.

1. Massive Allowance

The obvious way to manage this is providing users with a massive allowance, maybe as much as 365 days. This is a simple tweak in the USERS screen as you can see below - you just edit the allowances for each user.

Whoop - see you next year!

This requires no other changes so is relatively simple to implement. We'd recommend this if you are trialing with a limited number of employees or a specific department.

2. No Allowance, No Deduction

The other way is suited to companies who've embraced unlimited allowance fully.

  • Change all your default allowances to zero - in SETTINGS > DEPARTMENTS .
  • Change everyone's allowance to zero - in USERS.
  • Finally, head to SETTINGS > LEAVE TYPES and uncheck everything in the 'Deduct from Allowance' column.
Zero allowance for all departments
Absences don't deduct from allowance

What you have now is a mechanism where all the absences in Timetastic bypass the allowance system entirely, nothing deducts and there is no restriction to the number of days/ hours that can be booked.

But, bookings are still made and are recorded accordingly and will appear on all summaries and reports, so you can still analyse and asses the impact and success of the policy.

Hopefully the above gives you everything you need to implement unlimited allowance in Timetastic, any questions then please contact our support team.

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