Clearer staff rosters in Ento

June 5, 2015 Uli Aschenbrenner No Comments

At Ento, we’re always looking for ways to improve our platform, making it faster, easier or more powerful. Our most recent changes are subtle, but we think they’ll make a noticeable difference in the way you roster your staff.

Avatars and shift tiles

The main changes you will notice are the default avatar (image) for your staff, and the colours of the shift and leave tiles.

Over the years we’ve had a lot of Excel templates sent to us (we can rebuild them into our staff rostering software for you). One of the most common elements we see is the use of colours to distinguish staff, columns or rows.

While we do come across some impressive excel rostering templates, the unfortunate truth is that most of them make us cringe. Excel templates are hard to navigate, don’t have nearly enough capability, and in almost all cases, are filled with colours that make it feel like you’re staring at toucan. (Sorry to anyone that’s sent us an Excel template, it had to be said).

Despite all of this though, we do recognise the benefit in having colours to help distinguish your staff within your roster, so we’ve decided to replace the ‘mysterious man’ image, for the initials of your staff and allow you to assign one of nine colours available for this avatar to each staff.




tile-initial-blue tile-initial-green

tile-initial-orange tile-initial-pink

We believe this gives you a better overview of your staff, even if you don’t have mugshots of all your staff set up in your account.

Shift tiles

To accommodate more information into your roster builder, we’ve changed the way text appears in your shift tiles, now displaying over two lines, instead of one. The height of the tiles has barely changed but the changes allow you to get key information without further action, helping you to better assess times, names and statuses easily.


employee scheduling


shift-unconfirmed shift-swap-swappee-pending

shift-unassigned-takers shift-drop-pending

In addition to extra text on shift tiles, we have also improved the display of these tiles to instantly show the status of the shift/leave, and if there are any actions to be taken. This helps you to see any warnings or errors at a glance, without having to navigate throughout the software.

If you’d like to know more about our changes, or want more information you can visit our support centre.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and as always, happy rostering!

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