These are called your office modes and you can have as many as you want, though most businesses have three for each branch office (open, closed, and holiday).
You can have as many schedules as you please. Most businesses have one schedule for each branch office, though some businesses have a second summer schedule with shorter hours. Other businesses have more schedules because departments within an office have different schedules, such as sales following a different schedule than service/support.
This could mean enforcing a delayed opening due to inclement weather, or closing the office early for a Christmas party. This override can be performed on-site through your desk ip phones, remotely via the web, or remotely via any telephone.
Office Modes are at the core of your phone system operation. Generally speaking, whether your office is open or closed will determine if a caller will reach an employee, or if the caller will instead hear an announcement regarding your office hours, and what options they have available to them until you re-open. Specific features offered by Office Modes include:
A business that normally follows an automatic schedule can take advantage of office modes by overriding the schedule during exceptional circumstances.
Every business operates differently. Add as many office modes as your business needs.
Changing your office from open to closed is as easy as pointing and clicking. This can come in handy when dealing with extreme weather events.
Different branch offices, or even different departments within the same office, can have control over their own opening and closing. This is especially helpful for larger organizations.
Set a default destination for an office mode. This default destination will serve as a catch-all for that office mode. This will make sure that as your business grows and you add more telephone numbers to your phone system, no incoming caller is ever greeted with a busy signal or an error message. During the day when your office is in open mode, the default destination could be an Auto-Attendant greeting callers.
The vast majority of businesses utilize schedules and as such we have gone through great lengths to make sure the schedule web page is very simple and usable. The screen shot below displays a business with a standard schedule and several holidays set up. You can see that during office hours the business is set to day office mode, during off hours the business is set to night office mode, and holidays, the business is set to a special holiday office mode.
Different branch offices, or even different departments within the same office, can have their own pre-set schedules. This is especially helpful for larger organizations.
Set up your holidays once and have them auto-updated every year. Some holidays fall on a different day every year. With this update you will not need to log in every year and update your holidays. They will update automatically.
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