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Creating a Time Report


Users can create a time report in different ways:
The report page for the current working week will open by default. On this page (Fig. 1) you need to:
Fig. 1. Creating a time report
Note that ELMA automatically saves all the changes. Users can go back to the unaccounted time report at any time by opening the report for the required week.
If you need to submit the report for the last week or any other period click Select Week in the toolbar of the page. In the appeared dialog box (Fig. 2) select the day of the required week and click Select.
Fig. 2. Select Week dialog box

Report creation page

By default the time report creation page displays the current week (Fig. 1). All the fields will be minimized, except for the current day form. To expand the form for a particular day, click on its name. You can hide the form in a similar way.
If you filled in the fields for a particular day, then the form header related to this day will be highlighted dark-blue; if the fields are not filled in – the header will be highlighted light-blue.
You can add a time report to a task. Thus, during the task execution, work hours will be automatically added to the report creation page.
You can also add a time report to other objects, such as: calendar events, contractors, meetings and so on. For more information on time report objects, see the respective Help section.
Background colors:
Fig. 3. Report creation page. Background colors
If an activity has already been reported, you will see the button next to the activity name (fig. 10). After clicking this button, you will see a summary table with the time reports on this activity and the table with the complete list of time reports (approved, rejected and pending approval) submitted on this activity.
If your time zone is different from the server time zone, the respective notification will be shown on the time report page (fig. 4).
Fig. 4. Report creation page. Background colors

Adding a time report item

To add a time report item:
1. On the report creation page select the day you want to add the hours to.
2. In the Activity column select the object related to the time report. You can select an activity in different ways:
Fields in the Activity, Activity Type and Time Report columns are required, but can be filled out in any order. The system allows creating a time reports draft, e.g. the number of hours and the description can be specified in the first place, and the activity type can be defined later. If these fields are not filled out, you will not be able to Send this report for approval. The error message will appear under the blank field and the row will be highlighted yellow (Fig. 3).
To delete entered hours you can use the button.
If you need to insert a new time report item to the table, click below the table.

Selecting a time report object

A time report object window contains several tabs.
The Recent Activity tab (Fig. 5) includes three buttons: current weekday, Last Two Weeks and Last Two Months. It displays the list of all the activities the employee worked on (regardless of whether or not they were submitted in the time report). To select an activity object, click on its name. It will be added automatically to the Activity field.
Fig. 6. Report object selection. "Recent Activity – Last Two Weeks" tab
The Recent This Month tab (Fig. 6) shows the list of activities the employee spent the time on and which were submitted in the time report.
Fig. 7. Report object selection. "Recent This Month" tab
The Search tab (Fig. 7) displays all of the objects that are available to the current user. It has both quick and advanced search forms.
Fig. 8. Report object selection. "Search" tab
The Create Task tab (Fig. 8) allows users to create a new task. To save the task, click on one of the following buttons:
Fig. 9. Report object selection. "Create Task" tab
To open an activity page, click the button to the right of the required activity.

Copying time report items

In ELMA, when creating a time report, you can copy items to the current week from previous weeks (up to 10 weeks back). This feature allows saving time on submitting time reports when working with numerous tasks every day.
When you copy items from previous weeks, the following information is added to the report: selected item, activity type, hours worked and description, if specified.
Note, that time report items are copied to the weekdays, corresponding to the ones they are copied from. For example, if you copy items from Monday and Wednesday of the last week, they will be added to Monday and Wednesday on this week. You can copy any time report items, except for the deleted and rejected ones.
To copy time report items from previous weeks, click Copy in the toolbar. A dialog box (fig. 9) for copying time report items will open.
Fig. 9. Dialog box for copying time report items
In the upper right corner you can select a week (last 1-10 weeks). The number of submitted hours is displayed next to each week.
After specifying a week, you can select the time report items to copy. By default, all the items on the week are selected (the Select all the time report items box is checked.  
To select specific days and/or items, uncheck the Select all the time report items box and select the required items (fig. 10).
To complete the procedure, click Copy.
After that, the copied items will be added to the time report page (fig. 10).
Fig. 10. Time report page. Copied items
After copying time report items to the current week, you can change the number of hours and add a description.

Group operations with time reports

On the report creation page you can select several items at a time (Fig. 9) by checking the boxes to the left of the time report items.
Fig. 11. Multiple selection
To quickly select all the items for the current day, check the box in the table header.
After selecting the required items, you can perform various operations. To do this use either the button or one of the toolbar buttons.

Toolbar buttons

Clicking the icon opens a drop-down menu that allows you to:
Send – submit all the time report items.
  • Send Selected Items – submit selected items.
Assign approver – assign one approver for the selected time report items.
Set Activity Type – set one activity type for the selected time report item.
Delete – delete the selected time report item.

Unaccounted time report items

Unaccounted time report items are the work hours that were added but not submitted for approval.
The information on unaccounted time reports will be displayed at the top of the report creation page after the current week ends.
Fig. 12 illustrates the unaccounted time report items notification.
Fig. 12. "Unaccounted time report" block
This unit shows all the unaccounted time report items. Clicking on the week dates will open the report creation page for the selected week.
Clicking the ignore link will delete all the unaccounted work hours.
Clicking on Submit all the unaccounted time report items within the current week will open the report creation page. All the unaccounted work hours will be automatically moved to the current week (to the respective week days).

Submission restrictions

An ELMA administrator can set the following restrictions:
1. Set limits on backdated entries (in days). In case the restriction to submit the data for a past date is set, you will get a warning message: You can not submit time reports more than <number of days> days later. The form will be highlighted red (Fig. 13).
Fig. 13. Report creation page. Submitting a report for a past date
This restriction is configured by the administrator in the system settings.
2. Set limits on daily entries (in hours). In case you try to submit the time exceeding daily hour limit, you will get a warning message You can not submit a time report for a day with total time of more than < number of hours >. Total a day < number of hours entered > and the form will be highlighted red (Fig. 14).
Fig. 14. Report creation page. Exceeding the daily work hour limit
This restriction is configured by the administrator in the system settings.
An administrator can set these restrictions in the ELMA settings. To learn more about time report access settings, see the respective Help section.
3. Process task time report limit (in hours). If a user attempts to submit the number of hours that exceeds the established limit, the error will be displayed Exceeded time report limit. Available: less or equal to <specified hour limit>; the time report will be highlighted in red (fig. 15).
Fig. 15. Report creation page. Exceeded time report limit error
This setting is configured while modeling business processes in ELMA Designer as well as in the system settings in the Web Application.

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