Linked Shifts are two or more individual shifts that are joined together. A single staff member must be assigned to all of the linked shifts.
This is perfect for split shifts or staff that work two different roles back to back. Staff will see that the shifts are linked and if they wish to find cover, they must find cover for all of the linked shifts too (by the same staff member). They can be recognised by the link icon ().
Linked shifts are new and can only be created via either a Schedule Template or the new Quick Shift Template.
You are now able to unlink linked shifts once a schedule has been created thus allowing staff to swap part of their allocated shifts.
This allows the initial schedule to be created and shifts allocated based on the links but those linked shifts are removed once it is converted to a real shift. Enable this option under the Advanced options when creating a Preview of the schedule
Schedule Template with Linked Shifts
To add linked shifts to the schedule template, simply use the Linked Shifts icon (). This will duplicate the shift with slightly changed times. The new shift will have a link icon next to the times to indicate the linked part. Navigate via Dashboard > Shifts > Schedule Creation > Manage Scheduling and then click on event/day.
When the preview shifts are created, the system will only allocate the linked shifts to a single staff member.
Quick Shift Templates with Linked Shifts
The quick shift templates can also be configured to create linked shifts. All that is needed is for both of the times to be added to the template and the Linked Shifts option set to Yes.
When choosing the template on the week view will automatically add both of the shifts in the template and link them together.