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Centralise holiday and leave booking with one leave management system

Track and manage employee holiday and leave in your organisation with edays’ leading leave management system.

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See why edays is the best value & most recommended leave management software.

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Remove manual errors and increase the visibility of employee leave

Using paper forms and spreadsheets to keep track of holiday entitlement and leave can be tedious, error-prone, and cause confusion amongst employees. With edays, the processes of requesting and approving leave become automated and can be done in just a few quick steps. Plus, group calendars and the ability to see how much leave an employee has taken, or has left to take, give you the visibility your business needs to resource plan and keep operations going when members of the team are away.

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Empower employees to take responsibility

By encouraging employees to take responsibility for their own entitlement, you remove unnecessary manual processes, reducing errors and saving time. Our self-service platform has been built around the users, meaning booking a day off takes less than a minute, and checking holiday entitlement is even quicker. Holiday requests are then automatically sent to managers, who can then authorise it in a single click.

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Everything your organisation needs

Our cloud-based leave management software can be accessed on any device, from anywhere in the world. Making booking and managing holidays easier than ever before whether it’s via a desktop or our mobile app.

Employees can book a holiday, check their holiday entitlement, track overtime, and use TOIL all without the assistance of HR or their manager.

HR is given a clearer picture of employee leave with our enhanced reporting feature. With the ability to create multiple leave types and bespoke reports, HR can really dig down into the data.

Read our guide: What to look for when choosing a leave management system

Choosing the right leave management system for your organisation can be a challenge. We've outlined the key things to consider when choosing leave management software in our latest guide.

Leave management questions


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What is leave management?

Leave management is the process of managing all types of employee leave within an organisation. This is includes annual leave, or holiday entitlement, whereby employees are entitled to take a certain number of days off per year. In the UK, almost all employees are legally entitled to statutory leave which is 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year. This varies in other countries.

In addition to statutory leave, organisations may also choose to offer additional holiday entitlement to employees.

Leave management also refers to managing other types of leave that employees are legally entitled to, which includes maternity leave, paternity leave, and other types of leave.

What types of leave are employees entitled to?

In the UK, there are different types of statutory leave that employees are entitled to, including but not limited to:

-Maternity, paternity, parental, shared parental and adoption leave

-Parental bereavement leave

-Sick leave

-Time off for family and dependants (sometimes offered in the form of ‘compassionate leave’)

Why is leave management important?

Leave management is important in the day-to-day running of an organisation. Employees are entitled to take time off work, and so the processes in place in order for them to do that should be clear and easy for both the employee and their people manager to navigate.

Having a disjointed approach to leave management which involves lots of manual processes can lead to inaccuracy and confusion, be a huge admin burden, harm productivity and have a negative effect on an organisation’s workplace culture.

What is a leave management system?

A leave management system, or leave management software, is a platform that allows employees to view their holiday allowance and request days off, which people managers can then approve as appropriate.

Having one, easy-to-use system like edays for holiday booking provides accuracy and an empowering employee experience.

A holiday management system also provides visibility for who is off and when which helps to anticipate busier times of the year and plan team resources accordingly.

With edays, our company can now easily and effectively manage planned and unplanned absences along with other leave. It’s been working great for us.


Leave management software

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Holiday Booking & Approval

Custom online forms to capture request details for holidays, maternity leave, medical appointments and more. Receive notifications when holiday requests are made, view pending requests, and quickly approve requests in seconds.

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Holiday Entitlement

Easily view holiday entitlement, how much has been used and how much remains. Once holiday leave is approved, edays automatically recalculates the entitlement balance accordingly and updates individual records.

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Personal & Group Calendars

Online calendars provide users with a personal snapshot of all planned and unplanned absences over a 3-year period. edays allows you to define work-groups with sight over each other’s absence calendars, providing visibility across teams and departments.

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Viewing Restrictions

Defined viewing permission allows you to control the visibility of shared calendars, restricting who sees whom in the calendar and which absence types are displayed.

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Calendar Integrations

One-click integration allows you to sync edays calendars with local calendars such as Outlook, and Gmail.

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Holiday Management App

edays mobile app offers a convenient way to submit leave requests, log overtime and manage records on the go.

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Days or Hours

edays provide the flexibility to book time off in hours or days, allowing you to manage staff holiday bookings across different working patterns.

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Holiday Clash Alerts

Absence clash alerts can be used to prevent simultaneous bookings across teams if requests breach self-defined minimum staffing level rules.

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Carryover & Holiday Accrual

Automatic carryover facility, with the ability to limit maximum days allowed, track holiday leave and pro-rate entitlement balances across different calendar years and rota patterns.


Overtime & Time Off in Lieu (TOIL)

Allow employees and/or managers to record overtime and track this against individual user records. Record TOIL earned and used against individual user records and edays displays the remaining balance on user dashboards. If not required, this feature can easily be disabled.

Related features

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Holiday booking

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Sickness tracking

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Overtime & TOIL

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