Online Staff Holiday Planner

Online Staff Holiday Planner First for Holidays

Meet the new way to manage staff holidays and absences - First for Holidays

Online Staff Holiday Planner
Easy to use dashboard and overview page.

Do you still rely on booking staff holidays and absences on paper or through a spreadsheet?

Do you have a current online holiday planner but think it is expensive?

Do you need a better way of organising staff holidays and absences?

EL Direct has developed a simple online staff holiday planner. Allow your staff to book their own absences through their phone or computer and have a manager approve or reject them. You can see at a glance who is off and when, and pull up a report of absences throughout the year.

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Statistics and absences by department
Statistics and absences by department.

Fully Supported

Application is set up within your specification ready to go. The system is fully supported with a dedicated technical team.

Mobile Application

Staff book their own holidays through the mobile application. Managers are notified of the request. Holidays can be approved or declined in one click.

Produce Instant Reports

Full staff overview control panel. Produce instant reports with just a few clicks.

Cloud Based Software

Instant access 24/7 on a computer, phone or tablet. From anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Detailed holiday calender view for each department
Detailed holiday calender view for each department.

How does it work?

  • EL Direct will set the system up with your current staff and this years holidays, it's all included in the price, there are no surprise extras.
  • Managers will be able to accept or decline annual leave and holiday requests online, record other absences and generate absence reports and records for their employees.
  • Managers can able to set policies such as maximum number from a team permitted holiday at one time, prescribed holidays (including bank holidays and shut down periods) and trigger points for sickness absences.

Managers Can:

  • Monitor Staff Absences and Holidays at a glance.
  • Get instant notifications when an employee requests holidays.
  • Approve or decline holidays with one click.
  • Produce monthly and annual reports with the First for Holidays reporting function.
  • Set holiday limits for employees.
  • Set your own time management events i.e. Overtime and assign those to an employee.

Employees Can:

  • Login to the holiday application via any internet enabled pc or tablet.
  • See their own holiday entitlement for the year.
  • Make holiday requests via the application or phone app, 24/7.
  • Receive email notifications holiday request statuses.
  • Instant access their personal calendar.

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I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.