What is Shift Bouncing?
Shift bouncing or shift sensing is used to determine which shift the employee is working on a specified day based on either their first clocking of the day, or the first clocking and the last clocking of the day. Bouncing is commonly used when employees do not work a set pattern or rotation. For example, they could work the day shift, afternoon shift or evening shift but the shift they actually work on a particular day is not pre-determined. A disadvantage of bouncing is that if employees do not have good clocking discipline the system might mis-allocate shifts unless a user intervenes. For example, if a day shift employee forgot to clock in, their out clocking out may be seen by the time and attendance software as the in clocking of a night shift.
How do you setup a Bouncing Shift?
To setup a Bouncing Shift, you will need to create a Day Program for each of the possible shifts that could be worked by an employee. The earliest possible shift will then need to be setup for bouncing and will reference the other Day Programs that have been setup. This Day Program is usually referred to as the controlling Day Program.
To enable Bouncing, these steps will need to be followed:
1) Go to Setup > Day Programs
2) On the earliest shift, in this case it would be Bouncing 0600-1400, select the check box next to Enable Bouncing
Once the Enable Bouncing option has been selected, the tab to configure bouncing will become available.
On this tab the Add Bounce button will need to be clicked to start adding the Day Programs possible as bouncing Day Programs for the shift. Jarrison Time will automatically assign the first bounce that is added as the current Day Program. The possible Day Programs will then need to be added as Bounces and a From time will need to be entered for each Day Program. If the first clocking is between the first bounce time and the second bounce time, Jarrison Time will assign the first bounce. If the first clocking is between the second bounce time and the third bounce time, Jarrison Time will assign the second bounce. If the first clocking is after the third bounce time, Jarrison Time will assign the third bounce.
In a case where you have shifts that have the same or close to the same start time but a later ending time, you will need to use the Last Clocking option.
To enable this option, the Use the ‘Last’ clocking of the day to bounce check box will need to be selected on the bounce that has a similar starting time. From the dropdown list that appears, the Day Program with the later ending time will need to be selected and a time will need to be entered at If the last clocking is after.
If the last clocking of the day if after the time entered, the clocking system will assign the specified Day Program.
If a Day Program needs to be removed from the bouncing arrangement, select it and click Delete Bounce.
It’s recommended to thoroughly test bouncing setups with clockings (manual or actual) to ensure early arrivals and late departures are handled appropriately.