Efficiency. Reduction of time needed to keep up with paper forms. The wall chart allows for all employees to see who is off and when.
Very, very easy to use. The app is easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Our employees who are not as computer literate have no problem using this app.
There are no cons at this time. This app truly fits our need. In fact when we first started we needed an earlier start time to the day (since we are a school, we start at 7:30) to make the hours work for us well and Bindle's customer service was quick to meet our need by adding the earlier start time.
Hi Janet - Glad to hear things are going so well and that we were able to accommodate your earlier start times. Terrific!
- Reduced emails to manage leave
- Ability to import existing data (leave hours/days)
- Ability to import leave dates into Microsoft Outlook calendar (we love this feature!)
- Accessible information to all staff
When we were searching for a Leave Mgt Tool, we had straightforward needs and didn't need the bells and whistles that other Payroll/HR systems offer. We trialled Bindle and quickly realised how clean the user interface was and how simple Bindle was to use. The team didn't need training to use it! We love that it can import into Microsoft Outlook so management can easily view who is on leave etc. In addition, Bindle is flexible enough to handle both contractors and salaried employees leave.
The only small thing was that the software wasn't set up a year or two in advance which lead to some confusion when applying for leave. Eg. NSW holidays wasn't set up yet for 2018. This was only a small issue and quickly rectified by the Bindle team :)
Thanks for the great review, you magical mystery reviewer! We really do have wonderful users.
Bindle is great - it has freed up a lot of my time and made managing staff leave much easier (and reduced paperwork significantly). Damian has been of great assistance getting me set up and assisting with items that weren't so straightforward. Thanks Bindle!!!! I can highly recommend :)
Easy - love the email system
The fact that leave can only be taken in half day blocks. Would be great if you could nominate hours/minutes of leave.
Thanks so much Jo for your kind words. We're glad that we're helping reduce your paperwork a bit. Makes us quite happy actually!
Edit: 15th March 2017 - We're listening! We've now released the ability to book just a few hours off.
Easy to use. Simple for staff to request time. Quick in and out don't need a ton of extra steps. Visibility into who else has time of to ensure you're not stretched to thin staffing wise.
Easy to use and see who all has requested time off on the same day as the current request. Makes it simple to manage multiple employee's PTO requests. If you don't have the PTO management baked into your payroll or HR system I'd highly recommend this tool
To approve the PTO request you have to log into the system rather than just replying to the request email with your approval or disapproval. Also doesn't allow you to manage different accrual rates for staff so we had to manage that separately.
Hi Allen - Thanks for the great review. Glad to hear that Bindle is something you'd highly recommend and that it's simple for staff to use.
Bindle is really good at maintaining different accrual rates for staff, so we'll follow up to find out why you are managing that separately.
Thanks again Allen!
The program is easy to use and encompasses a number of features that we wanted. We like the ability of recording half days, a feature a process not easily accomplished in our old program.
I would like only the current years requests and time off to show in the program. I would also like to be able to customize our Holiday schedule without having to contact customer support.
Hi Joseph - Thanks for your glowing review of Bindle. It means a great deal to us.
It sounds like you like lots of things about Bindle, without seeing too many negatives.
We're always improving Bindle and we are taking steps to really simplify the process of updating your company calendars.
We'll keep you informed. Thanks again Joseph!
The online portal has a nice clean design, that is easy to navigate and use. The functionality is very good without being over complicated at all. Very user friendly.
User friendly, not over complicated options. Clean page design, not overly busy pages that overwhelm.
Only minor things:
1) the balance check could be a bit better if it let you select both the month and the year before it refreshed.
2) the wallchart would look better if it look like a normal calendar rather than a list of dates. You'd be able to see more on one page.
Hi Rosie - Thanks for taking the time to review Bindle! You've given us some great feedback here. We've made a note of your comments about the balance check and the Wallchart. Stay tuned!
This is a great little program for very small businesses representing good value for money but I have noticed that all my colleagues (I am an employee) can see my leave and I can see theirs. I would have thought it obvious that the functionality of the program should prevent this kind of breach of privacy. This issue needs to be addressed for the program to be taken more seriously.
Hi Andrew. Damien here from Bindle. Thanks for your review!
We take your privacy very seriously.
Within Bindle, the ability to see when colleagues are taking time off occurs very much by design. It allows you to plan your requests for time off a whole lot better.
We're careful not to show your colleagues anything (like private messages between you and your manager) that we consider to be a breach of privacy.
I'd like to reach out to you personally to talk through your concerns and how we can address them by better matching your expectations.
Again, thanks Andrew for taking the time to share your thoughts!
Efficient time off management for team of about 15 people in a busy office.
Having a centralised place for all staff leave requests which is more efficient, reduces human error, saves paper and time. Clear summary on Wallchart which can be viewed in Outlook alongside other calendars.
Hours can't be customised as required. Need 15 minute intervals, eg. to show that a staff member is out of office for the day on personal or annual leave, but does 45 minutes work from home.
Hi Heather - Thanks for taking the time to review Bindle! Sounds like using Bindle is making quite a positive difference at Gresely Abas. We're looking at making time-off intervals more granular. We'll keep you informed.
I find it easy to use and understand. This is significant as I am not particularly a 'techie' type. I particularly like being able to see the organization's calendar before I approve a vacation, which helps in making a decision.
It would be great to have this interface with Outlook calendar. When I approved vacation time it would be nice to have this show up on Outlook. I still have to do this manually in order to keep track of when people in my department will be gone.
Hi Martha - Thanks for the 5 star review!
So it turns out you can already see Bindle bookings in Outlook!
All you need to do is log in to Bindle, go to the Wallchart, and click on the link at the very bottom called "View the Wallchart in your own calendar". Presto! Now Outlook will automatically contain all your Bindle bookings. Here's a blog article all about it.... https://www.bindle.io/blog/calendar-feed
It works. I found this when searching for a solution for tracking PTO for my management team. There are a lot of solutions out there, but some are really cumbersome or have more features that anyone would ever need. This is a solid, cheap and cheerful solution.
I do wish they allowed editing for holidays within the app. The support team is very helpful if you send them what you need, but wish I didn't have to ask.
Would like to be able to view more of the calendar at once. i.e change to a monthly view or yearly for a quick over view.
Hi Sharron - Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. Great feedback.
We'll be looking into perhaps introducing an infinite scroll and a quick overview to the Wallchart calendar some point soon.
In the meantime, the Bindle Wallchart can be viewed in the calendar software you probably already use (e.g. Google Calendar, Outlook, or Apple Calendar).
I think this will give you the exact views you're after.
All you need to do is click the link at the bottom of the Wallchart page in Bindle. If you need assistance, just email us at [email protected] We're really happy to help.
Once again, thanks so much for taking the time to review Bindle! - Damien
I really like that the paid time off dates automatically appear on my Outlook calendar. I also like the ability to leave a note or reason with my determination. I also like that multiple requests are shown as a group and letting each employee know their PTO balance.
Hi Roger - Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to review Bindle. We really appreciate it!
We don't have to track the time off of employees. The software does it for us.
Bindle is easy to use and the customer support is great. We liked the features and functionality of the application.
Hi Sastry - Thanks so much for your great review of Bindle. We take a lot of pride in our customer support so it's great to hear of your good experience with it. Looking forward to working with you and Xtal BioStructures for a long time to come.
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Thanks Daniel for your glowing review! As for all the pros you mention, ummmm.... thanks? Not really sure what's going on there!?
I don't have to track my employees on a spreadsheet anymore - takes a lot less time to approve & keep track of when people are away.
Its focused on doing one thing really well. Thats all we needed. Whenever we have small product questions or feedback, the team responds very quickly.
Thanks for the great review! Really appreciated.
Glad you find our support team so responsive. It means a lot to us!
A quicker process for staff to apply for and get approval for their leave, less errors in their applications and staff know very quickly where they stand as to what leave they have available to them.
The ease of use for staff to see what leave they have, apply for leave and for managers to approve. The ability for reception to easily see who is on leave.
The clear and simple format makes for ease of use.
For payroll it is easy to know what leave has been taken to facilitate processing.
Bindle has been very responsive with queries .
Our staff have responded favourably to the product
From the wallchart it is not easy to see why people are away, every type of leave shows up with the same colour.
Hi Suzanne - Thanks a lot for the terrific review! It really means a lot to us.
P.S. It looks like you didn't know that you can now change the color of the different types of time off if you're a Bindle Admin!
Simple and intuitive. Easy to use and to customise. Linking to calendar is great. I don't have anything more to say but there is a minimum character limit which is really annoying.
Lacking tricky things like accommodating part-time hours etc - but Bindle guys are working on these improvements anyway.
Hi Tanya. Thanks for the great review. Glad to hear leave tracking is a little simpler now you're using Bindle... and yeah, some changes to allow even more granular work schedules are coming soon.
helps track PTO which is exactly what i needed it to do.
i've reached out to customer support twice and received thorough, quick feedback. very responsive and that is much appreciated.
i wish the calendar functionality had an actual calendar so you could see the date on a month view.
Hi Kelly - Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bindle!
Glad to hear the customer support you've received has been up to scratch.
We're working on some little improvements to the calendar functionality to make it quite a bit better. We'll keep you informed.
My name is Julia I use Bindle regularly to communicate with my manager Sarah - it is so great for us as we don¿t get much time to speak face to face and she has so much paperwork piled up on her desk bindle is the perfect solution I always get a response as my requests pop straight up in her email and are dealt with a lot faster then the old manual way. Thanks again great service :)
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The Wall chart is great to enable us to see leave in advance and also the ease of applying for leave works well.
The leave balances aren't always correct, it's hard to adjust when someone is only taking 2 hours instead of half a day, etc
Hi Lisa. Thanks so much for your review.
Hmm. Not sure what you mean about adjusting the length of time taken. Using Bindle you're able to book 2 hours off. You're also able to amend any booking in Bindle if you need to take more or less time. If you're a Bindle admin you can also manually adjust people's balances by any amount.
We'll follow up separately to go through all this with you.
Very easy to use and customise. Love the way it syncs with our shared calendar and takes care of public holidays.
Needs a better solution for casual / ppt staff and would be great if it integrated with programs such as MYOB and Xero
Hi David - Thanks so much for the great review of Bindle. We really love getting this feedback.
We hear you loud and clear regarding improved support for casual / part-time staff. We're putting the finishing touches on a much more intuitive way of setting up these types of people.
We'll keep you informed.
Bindle solves the issue of manually tracking of leave bookings! Team members would email request off and they would get lost. We never had visibility of balances and who else is off at the same time.
Bindle solves this!
- Easy to use UI
- The wall chart is a great way to see who is off when processing a request
- Reminders for when I forget to approve a request
- Great for visibility of who has what leave accrued
- My team members actually use it!
- It would be good to have extra workflow steps after approval of requests
Tracking of employees out of the office as well as my own vac. time used.
It is a very easy to use program. I also like the dashboard so you can see who is out that day and who is not to plan accordingly for the day.
No enough info to chose from - need work from home options. It would be nice to show who is working from home and when as well as have it approved by management.
Hi Angela - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your views. Interestingly, you can configure Bindle to track work from home time. It's simply a matter of creating a new type for those requests in the Admin section. Simple! Bindle! Yay!
The app is extremely convenient,
There are so many offerings in this same space, but probably Bindle is the most simplistic of them.
I'd highly recommend them to any SMB-Mid Market company, hell, enterprise could use this software.
I cant think of anything from a user perspective, and i havent been exposed to the administrative side so i'm not really qualified to talk about that either.
Hi Morgan - Thanks for the great review! We're glad you'd highly recommend us to businesses of all sizes. Getting feedback like this really inspires us to keep making Bindle better.
Huge time saver, we were able to get off a paper based, manual system. Employees love it.
Easy to set up and use; the customer service is extremely responsive and helpful; and our employees love it!
Hi Debbie - Thanks for the glowing review! We really love hearing that we're doing things right!