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Monday, August 1, 2011

Tech Tip: Work Schedule as a Wall Calendar? Why Not?!

We love working with our users and learning about how they apply EMS Manager, FIRE Manager, or Zanager to their workplace. 

We know that prior to switching to online employee scheduling, many services and businesses relied on a spreadsheet or giant paper wall calendar and we hear on occasion that some of our users "miss" the giant wall calendar. 

Andrew Blackwood, EMS Sergeant at Queen Anne's County DES EMS in Centreville, Maryland, shared with us that they use an LCD television to display monthly calendar view of the work schedule. 
Brilliant!

We love this idea and thought we'd share it if anyone was looking for some way to display the work schedule on a larger display. Most LCD TVs now come with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 which accommodate even the largest schedules.

The set up here would be to find some sort of spare computer or pick up a little nettop or a small computer to hook up to your TV. Using VGA, DVI, or HDMI (ideally), you can use your TV as a giant monitor. 

If you would like to forgo a mouse and keyboard after initial setup there are a variety of other options available including several FireFox add-ons listed on this page:  http://www.technotraits.com/2009/03/5-tools-that-automatically-reload-web-pages-to-check-updates/ Using tools like these, you can have your work schedule page refreshed every 30 seconds to reflect the most current schedule. 






Don't you just love technology?

4 comments:

  1. I have been doing this for a while now and really like it. Google Chrome has an autorefresh setting that updates it every 30 seconds or whatever you set it at.
    The only caveat is that when you change to a new month it does not automatically go to the next month on the display, we have to go upstairs to the server and click it over to the new month. If this was fixed it would be Perfect!

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  2. Thanks for the feedback! We'll take a look into the month refresh.

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  3. I'm doing the same thing using an add-on in Firefox for the weekly view but it too does not change when the new week starts. Its working out great for me otherwise.

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  4. Thanks for chiming in, Jason! We're happy to hear that more services are displaying their work schedules on large displays.

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