In a nutshell, the Calendar is the tool that helps you manage meeting space bookings. You can access it from the Calendars tab, in the top navigation menu. Only products which have been assigned to the reservations product group will be available to book via the calendar.
Finding Available Booking Times
To find available booking times, use the top Availability row to search for the date and the time when you would like to make a booking. The calendar will then highlight the available meeting spaces; giving you the possibility to choose the space you want to book, by simply clicking the calendar slot.
Filtering Calendar Bookings
Use the filters to narrow down your availability search results or simply view the situation of your bookings for a particular location or type of space (for example before doing a bill run).
- Use the Location filter to display bookings in one location. The default setting is All Locations.
- Use the Group filter to display one particular type of space: e.g.: Meeting Rooms and Workspaces.
Turn on the Show Cancellations toggle to show cancelled bookings. The toggle is off by default.
Using the Time Based Calendar Views
The time based calendar views allow you to display your calendar as a timeline, by day, week or month; and as a list of bookings.
To use one of the available views, simply click the corresponding button on the left of the calendar. No matter the view you’re in, use the arrow buttons on the right to go back or forward in time.
By default, the calendar displays the Timeline view, which displays hourly slots for the selected date and the spaces corresponding to the desired location/group (or all spaces if no location/group is selected). Click the Today button to see the timeline corresponding to the current date.
The Day View shows columns for each space (in a specific location if filtered); as well as hourly slots, corresponding to each space.
The Week view displays columns corresponding to days of the week; as well as hourly slots, corresponding to each day. The current date is highlighted in yellow.
The Month View displays columns for each weekday; as well as individual cells for each day of the month. One or more bookings may be grouped within the same cell, depending on how many bookings there are on a specific date. In this view, you can use the Resource filter to see bookings corresponding to specific meeting spaces. If you filter for a Location or Group, the spaces under the Resource list will be restricted to your previous filter criteria.
The List View allows you to see a list of all bookings within the selected period of time. This is the most detailed view, showing you more information about the booking, customer, invoicing status, etc.
Once you create a booking, you have the possibility to select it on your Calendar, which reveals a set of options:
- Edit Booking allows you to make changes to an existing booking.
- Confirm Booking is only displayed for Provisional bookings and lets you confirm that particular booking. It will change the color of your record from blue to green and will. Confirmed bookings are ready to be invoiced.
- Cancel Booking works according to your cancellation policies.
- Delete Booking will remove the calendar record, but will display it if you turn on Show Cancellations.
- Standard will change the booking color to the standard one, meaning green for confirmed and blue for provisional.
- In use is a good way for you to highlight booked spaces that are currently in use. This will change the green color of a confirmed booking to red. You can click the Standard button to remove the 'In Use' highlight once the booking is completed.
- To Be Cleared changes the color of your booking to orange. It's recommended to use it when your room has recently been vacated and needs to be cleared to prepare it for the next booking. This would only occur during clearence time, therefore, once this passes, the status is no longer relevant, since the room has already been occupied again.
- Cleared changes your booking color to a light green and highlights the fact that the room has been cleared and is ready for the next booking.
- Booking Form allows you to generate a form that you can send to your customer, for an existing booking. You can also generate it immediately when creating the record.
- Function Sheet takes you to a printable form which you can use to manage the booking on-site.
- Create Proforma allows you to generate a Proforma Invoice which you can send to your customer.
- Produce Invoice lets you invoice the selected booking right away, then send it to your customer. Using this option means that your Bill Run will not pick up the booking, since it has already been invoiced.
- Add a Note lets you add more information related to the booking, in the form of a note, which will also be displayed on the Booking Form.
Please keep in mind that the options relating to the state of your space (In Use, To Be Cleared and Cleared) are meant to be used temporarily, while a particular booking is ongoing. Once that booking is over, the status becomes irrelevant, therefore it needs to be updated constantly, to correspond to the actual state of the space. It requires a staff member to keep track and make updates, so we recommend using these options only if you have a large team which could benefit from seeing what is happening to a space in real time.