Update to Terms

We've updated the terms and conditions today.

Nothing that will affect our contractual relationship. Most changes are to use clearer language.

This is the first step in moving towards terms written in plain English, so expect more updates like this.

We've also removed some of the clauses that made no sense at all:

For example:

  • Clauses that said you can't use Timetastic for sending out spam emails. Believe it or not this happened once or twice. Some spammers used scripts that created Timetastic accounts and sent strange emails to Russian and Chinese people 🤷‍♂️. The point is, spammers didn't care about terms of service, it's no good waving a contract at them. We upgraded our security measures and it's never happened since.
  • Clauses that said you can't try and interrupt the provision of Timetastic. Like the example above, no paying customer is likely involved in hacks or attacks on us. And if they did the remedy is for us to improve security 🔐. We can't imagine holding a hacker to breach of contract will have much impact.

We've also removed some of the preamble and definitions. We had definitions that didn't exist in the main body of the terms.

Thanks, and happy Friday!



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: 



🔒 Two-factor authentication (2FA)

Happy new year, folks! 

We might all be on lockdown (again!) here in the UK, but at Timetastic we're thinking about a different kind of lockdown: how we can help you keep your Timetastic account safe and secure 🔒.

So in today's release we introduce two-factor authentication, using your favourite authenticator app: Google Authenticator, Authy, etc. You're probably already using 2FA with many of your other software apps.

You can set up 2FA on a new page: Sign in & Security, which you can find under your profile menu:

Profile menu -> Sign in & Security

This page now gives you a single location to:

  • Change your password
  • Set up 2FA and manage your recovery codes
  • View your sign in logs


Timetastic Pro

Timetastic Pro users get the additional option to enforce Company-wide 2FA. You'll find this option under SETTINGS > SECURITY:

That's all for now but you can find more detailed information in our Help Centre.


Other changes

Fix The Excel backup report had user allowances misaligned in the columns, that's now fixed

Improvement We've improved the auto column widths in all excel downloads to accomodate the filter checkboxes now.


Stay safe, stay secure everyone.

Sign-in changes

New, nouveau, neu, nuevo - security page and sign-in flow.

Following hot 🔥 on the heels 👠 of last week’s release, today we introduce some changes related to how you sign in to Timetastic. 🔐

You’ll notice, when you’re next prompted to sign in, that we’ve spruced up the look-and-feel of the sign-in process. The changes are not entirely aesthetic though: we’re splitting entry of email address and password in order to pave the way for additional options in future (🤫).

Finally, we’re recording user sign-ins so that we can give your admins the means to view this information for your organisation. They’ll find it on a new Security page, under Settings.

New Reporting page

Say hello 👋 to “Recent Transactions” our new addition to the reporting and backup page. 📊

As an Admin user, you can now see a list of recent leave events (bookings, approvals, cancellations etc.) and download it from the same page you normally get your reports.

To fit recent transactions in, we’ve redesigned the reporting page to make it a bit more organised and clean.

Also we fixed a really edge case bug on rendering public holidays on the Wallchart 🛠

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more!

Another week, another maintenance release

A couple of small improvements today:

  • We’ve tweaked the way we load user profile photos as, in some circumstances, we were inadvertently trying to load non-existent images.
  • We’ve upgraded a client library to ensure that we’re keeping up to date with maintenance releases by our platform providers (ever seen the film “Inception”? 🕶 ).

Design update 🙌

Today we start the long journey to updating the main Timetastic design to be in line with our new branding. You’ve already noticed the website’s been updated so this change is the start of removing all the purple and moving us to the new colour scheme in Timetastic itself.

We’ve outlined the main reasons for these changes in the blog here: https://timetastic.co.uk/blog/a-new-look-for-timetastic/

But to summarise that post, this will make accessibility, contrast and readability better for everyone in the long term.

If you spot some purple somewhere that we’ve missed, drop us a tweetand we’ll fix it in the next update 🙂

New: Opt in to API notifications

Good news for API users, you can opt in to receive email updates for both the API and Webhooks.

Turn the notifications on in SETTINGS > API Webhooks.

What things will I be notified of?

  • Advanced notice of API changes. Giving you time to adapt your integration and work with the changes.
  • Technical upgrades or changes. Think SSL changes, browser support.
  • If we automatically disable Webhooks due to continual failures.

We recommend at least two technical users have this enabled, just so we can keep you up to date with what’s going on - the emails will be very infrequent and you can turn it off at any time.

Deductions on the book form

When booking time off we now show you the deduction that’ll be used from your allowance.

It’s updated in real time as you change dates and takes into account your work schedule and any non working days.

More flexibility in your Work Schedules 📅

Probably our most requested feature, we’re pleased to announce you can now have multiple work schedules set against an employee, with date ranges for each schedule.

So if one of your team goes part time, or works alternating weeks, you can now reflect that accurately in Timetastic.

There’s a walkthrough video from Gary here:

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