You can base your schedule availability on the availability of your teams.
Instead of manually setting how many spots are available, Launch27 can set the number of available spots based on the number of teams that are available for any given time slot.
How it Works
If you have 3 teams available at 8:00AM, the schedule will show that 3 spots are available.
If a customer books an appointment for 8:00AM, then the nummber of spots decreases by 1 and there are now 2 spots available.
If you assign 2 teams to that booking, then there will only be one team left, so now only 1 spot is available.
If you assign the 3rd team to that booking, or if another booking is made for 8:00AM, then there will be 0 spots left for that slot.
Note: if you are using the multi-location feature and have a team that belongs to more than one location, then the team will represent 1 spot for each location they belong to (i.e. the locations are independent of one another, and what happens in one location does not affect the availability of another location).
How to enable Schedule Availability based on Team Availability
- Go to Settings > Subdomain tab
- Go to the Schedule Availability Mode section
- Set the Policy to Based on Team Availability
Allowing Teams to Change their Own Availability
Changing a team’s availability directly impacts the number of bookings you’re able to take on. Some businesses prefer to have Staff control this, while others prefer the convenience of having teams do this themselves.
By default, Launch27 will only allow Staff to change a team’s availability once you’ve enabled schedule availability based on team availability.
If you prefer to allow teams to change their own availability, you can change this in your settings:
Have the system Calculate how many Teams are needed per job
You may also let the system determine how many teams are needed per job by setting the Max Amount of Time each team can work per booking.
We recommend setting this value to a number that represents the most amount of time any one team can work on a job. For example, if the biggest job that any one team can do is 8 hours (i.e. you’re open from 9AM – 5PM and one team can do the job alone and finish by 5PM), then set the value to 8 hours.
Here’s an example of why this is useful:
You may receive a booking for a really big job that could take 9 man-hours to finish. The problem is, you may not have enough people to complete the job at that time and may have to ask the customer to reschedule.
Assume that the max amount of time any one team can work on a job is 3 hours. To solve this problem, set a value of 3 hours max time each team can work per booking. This tells the system that a 9 hour job will require at least 3 teams to complete the job (i.e 9 hours / 3 hours per team = 3 teams that are needed). The system will also make sure that the same 3 teams are available for the entire time it will take to complete the job.
Now when the customer tries to book a 9 hour job for 8AM, the system will only show the 8AM spot as available for this job if there are:
- at least 3 teams are available to work at 8AM, and
- all 3 teams are available for the entire time needed for this job.
If only 2 of the 3 teams are available the entire time, then the spot will be unavailable. The customer always has the option to pick a different time when there are enough teams to work, or they can book a smaller job that won’t require as many teams.
Managing Schedule Availability
Once your schedule availability is in Team Availability mode, you can see how many teams are:
- Available: the number of teams that are scheduled to work during that time
- Needed: the number of teams that are needed based on the bookings and teams assigned to those bookings
- Free: the number of Available teams minus the number of Needed teams
If you need to adjust the availability of each team, you can do so by clicking the Available link on the time slot: