Better approval confirmations

Small update when you approve or decline requests 🚦. Now you'll always end up on the Requests page with a confirmation, rather than being bounced straight to the Wallchart 👍.

There's some backend updates and improvements too in this update.

Privacy Update and a bugfix

Fix 

First up we fixed an issue where Slack posts would fail if the public holiday country had multiple public holidays on the same day. 

Improvement 

Second up, big privacy improvement to Timetastic: Following our removal of email trackers a while ago, we've removed Google Analytics from the website, app, blog, help centre and this changelog.

We've moved to a privacy focused analytics app called Plausible.

You can read more about Plausible here: https://plausible.io/ 


Updates and improvements

We've rounded up a few fixes and improvements for this one:

1) Your Timetastic Plan (Business or Pro) now shows on the billing page.

2) When cancelling an account (😢👋) we now email all admins on the account to confirm it.

3) Some security updates and fixes from our recent external Penetration Test


Recent transactions, Login Codes and Burnout Board improvements

A raft of fixes, tweaks and refinements in this release. 

Improvement 

- Magic login links have been replaced with 6 digit login codes. Codes are just as secure but more reliable than placing links in the body of an email.

- The reports page now has a dropdown for selecting your annual summary reports

Pro 

We've tuned the Burnout Board algorithm to exclude anyone that's currently absent. So someone on long term leave e.g. maternity won't show as a burnout risk. 

Fix 

1) We fixed an issue with recent transactions where some history wouldn't show up for bookings created a long time ago but updated recently. 

2) Any integrations you had set up (Slack, Teams) would switch to "all departments" if you deleted the department they were set up against. Now we'll delete those integrations when the department gets deleted too.

3) We fixed an issue with birthday reminders where they wouldn't go out sometimes.

iCal feed improvements 🎆

Those of you with iCal feeds set up for Timetastic (and that's....almost everyone) will know sometimes it just won't update and you'll have no idea why.  Is it Outlook? Timetastic? The Internet? Thanos?

Well it's time we helped with that. So for all of our users we're now reporting iCal feed hits back to Timetastic. This means you now know when your calendar app last checked in and as a result, whether it's up to date.

In your calendar feeds page you'll see the latest fetch time when hovering on the clock (and if we can identify it, the service that checked in): 

Seeing orange icons there means it's been more than 24 hours since the last poll, so your calendar app is having issues contacting us.



As the amount of data we gather from this grows, we're hoping to both improve our iCal update rate and identify problem clients so we can work around specific issues. We're building up a data set using all of our iCal hit data over the next few months so hopefully we can start to identify trends and issues that crop up.

The Fire Wire!

For our Pro users, the Burnout Board is shining a light on those people who aren't taking time off and might be overworking. But leaving it down to ad-hoc logging in and checking is pretty weak.

So, The Fire Wire is your quarterly update from the Burnout Board.

It's sent to both admin users and department bosses (for their department).

If nobody's on your burnout board that's great news, we won't send anything.

The email looks like this: 



Slack app updated

Inline with Slack's new policies and better privacy controls, we've updated the Timetastic Slack app. No new features, but much tighter privacy controls which we're always happy to implement.


For our Pro users, there's also a fix to a bug on the Insights Annual leave chart where some bookings would be allocated to the wrong month.

New card entry form

Hello!

We've seen a gentle upward trend in declined card payments recently - we know it can be frustrating when something should just work but doesn't.

With that in mind, we're now collecting cardholder name and Postcode/ZIP when entering or updating your card details. This should improve the success rate of our collections meaning you can get on with work instead of logging in and updating card details if they fail.

We took the time to make the saved card form a bit nicer too, we can't resist a design tweak 😄


Fixes:

In addition, we've fixed an issue where the "Performing user" on a webhook event was always set to the user who booked the absence, rather than the user who performed the action. Webhook users should see performing user data is correct for all event types now.

Summary emails now state your department

We've improved the summary emails to tell you more about the type of summary you're getting so you'll see the department name.

If you're a pro user you'll see whether the summary is for the whole organisation, or people you manage too.

We've also rounded up some fixes to the allowance setting of a new user and made sending weekly summary emails more reliable in some edge case scenarios.


User preferences page goes SMALL!

Hi there.

We've got big things coming soon for mobile users, but in the meantime we're still updating the existing pages and making everything nicer...

So yeah, the preferences page. You might have noticed that on mobile it didn't look great. We've addressed that and given it some love. It now looks like this:

Which is, I'm sure you'll agree, a big improvement over what we previously had. 

Thanks for reading, have a nice day :)

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