Holiday/Leave/Block off time - either as PTO, Holiday, or all day task

Flowsana does support skipping weekends but not yet holidays. Support for taking holidays into account is on the product roadmap.

I hadn’t thought about incorporating that into a rule but I suppose once Flowsana has knowledge of a user’s holidays, I could have a rule condition “If this task falls on a holiday”. Good idea, Bastien!

You could take as input an array of dates and let users deal with the holiday list.

It would be REALLY helpful if team members were able to enter their schedules into Asana, so project managers would not schedule tasks for days when team members are out of the office. Is this a possibility in the future? It would save a lot of effort…

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Hi @Erin_Pittman Erin, great ideia!
Currently you can enter a unique away date range in your profile.
There’s a great article that shows this step by step and has others tips for vacation time in the Asana Blog: https://blog.asana.com/2018/07/out-of-office-checklist/

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Hi @Erin_Pittman and @Neyl :wave:t3:

We have a great thread on this topic :point_right:https://forum.asana.com/t/holiday-leave-block-off-time-either-as-pto-holiday-or-all-day-task/20302 so I’ve gone ahead and merged your post with this existing thread to gather all feedback and votes in one thread!

At Asana, to work around this issue we create a project that’s home to Tasks with titles that schedule vacation days (ex: Marie OOO July 1 to 8) to help our Team stay on track. This allows our team to reference who is out of the office and at what times, which we police ourselves. I know it’s not ideal, but you might find it useful to until we come up with a built-in solution! I’ll make sure to keep you all posted here when I have some updates on this topic!

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+1 for this. Particularly when looking at workload in your portfolio.

While you can schedule in a leave day “tasks”, the workload/timeline does not account for this and suggests capacity is exceeded (having still allocated other tasks to the leave day).

Further, some people in my team only work 4 days a week. So their capacity needs to be defined by both days of week + hours per day.

Cheers.

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Feature: Deadlines can’t be made or (at least) a prompt happens on holidays. Ideally these “smart” deadlines" would be roped to the country the assignee is based in, i.e., July 1st is a holiday for Canada, July 4th is a holiday for USA, etc.

Use case: I work on a team that is distributed across two continents and five countries. Additionally, my team works with MANY external collaborators in many more countries. We often set deadlines both internally and externally on days that end up being holidays for our colleagues. This then requires a follow-up as to why all deadlines need to be shifted (usually by the assignee) and then another follow-up by the assigner with the newly proposed deadlines.

Impact: This would substantially reduce the amount of time spent communicating about deadlines and increase the amount of time available to do actual work. Furthermore, it would help us emphasize with our external collaborators, who are in different countries (with different cultures) than us by ensuring that we are at least aware of possible limitations on their time.

An additional (nice-to-have) attribute of this feature would be the ability to turn on and off weekend deadlines for specific assignees. This too should be roped to country as some countries have Saturday-Sunday weekends, some have Friday-Saturday, etc.

Hi @Becca_Robins and thank you so much for sharing this great feedback with us and for taking the time to provide us with some context, we really appreciate it!

There is an existing thread regarding this topic in the Forum so I’ve gone ahead and merged your post with this main thread to consolidate feedback and votes about it!

I would also recommend you to have a look at this guide article which you might find useful: https://blog.asana.com/2018/07/out-of-office-checklist/#close

I hope this helps in the meantime! Have a great weekend!

I agree, we need to have a future holiday indicator which prevents a task from being assigned (customized by each user). Currently, the vacation indicator only shows an alert if that person is currently on vacation, not for future scheduled vacations.

Another vote for this. We work with many people internationally, and it’s impossible remember what all the holidays are. It would be nice to have days be flagged as unavailable when I try to assign a task to somebody on a holiday.