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Reference date & Start point in Work schedule

Hi All,

Can anyone please explain me the meaning & utility of reference date & start point in work schedule with a live business example.

Explanation on the same would be highly appreciable since i am struggling to get its concept as a whole.



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    Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 09:19 AM

    Hi Priyanka,

    You use ref. date as the date from which the WSR will be used or employee will be assigned to the WSR.

    Once you know the reference date, you try to find the DWS in the PWS pattern from which the employee will work and from that point onwards, his pattern will work out from the PWS.

    Let us say that you created PWS as below:


    Now, you want the pattern as below from 01-Jan-2015


    The pattern continues for remaining days.

    Now if we want our pattern to start such that 01-Jan-2015 is a night shift and there are two more night shifts after 01-Jan-2015 followed by 4 OFFs, in that case, the start point in PWS (which we have created) should be N001 which is at 10th position in the PWS.

    Hence, start point in PWS will be 010.

    This is the logic which should be used in all scenarios and your pattern will always be correct.

    I hope this answers your query.

    Thanks and regards,

    Vivek Barnwal

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  • Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 07:46 AM

    Hi Priyanka,

    Let us assume that, as per your client requirement, work schedule should be effective from 1st January 2015 and it should be valid until 31st December 2015.

    Now you need to know 1st January 2015 falls on which day of the week based on the calendar year. Based on the below screenshot, you come to know that it falls on the 4th day of the week, hence work schedule will be effective from 4th day of week, it also means that generation of work schedules should start from 1st January 2015.To make it very clear, employees can mark his/her attendance/absence starting from 1st January 2015 as this work schedule will be assigned to employee in IT0007.


    You also have configured period work schedules as follows (V_T551A).In the below screen shot, we are instructing the system to consider daily work schedule, i.e.dws1 for Monday i.e. 1st day of the week and DWSO for Sunday, i.e. 7thday of the week. Hence while generating work schedules, system take into account
    of week number i.e. 001 maintained in V_T551A, and understand that work schedule should be generated from 1st week, and it will check v_t508a,and now system understands that work schedule should be generated from the 4th day(004) of 1st week(001) in the year 2015,and accordingly work schedules will be generated.

    As per the below screen shot, it is now clear that, work schedule is generated on the 4th day of the 1st week of the year 2015..

    Hope this clarifies your doubt.

    Thank you


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  • Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 07:22 PM

    Reference date can be used as a starting day for the particular work schedule.

    Let say 01.09.2015 and 002 should be start point since it is falling on Tuesday both can be considered to generate work schedule with exact date and day.

    i.e when we generate work schedule it gets initiated from Tuesday, here we have to consider one point is while defining PWS We start creating entries from 001 to 007 same can be used to identify the exact day wrt date, Accordingly work schedule will get generated in the system.



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    • Former Member Former Member

      Hi Priyanka,

      I think Venkatesh has well defined the concept.

      But i also would like to add some more examples as requested by you. Let me know if it helps you in any ways.

      Reference Date is the DATE on which PWS starts.

      Starting point is POSITION of PWS at which reference date is set.

      These two points are the part of Work Schedule Rule (WSR).

      Below mentioned print screen is for your reference.

      Under WSR when we select particular PWS and select 01012015 as REFERENCE DATE for that PWS and 001 (MONDAY a PWS, here 001-Mon, 002--Tues, etc) as STARTING POINT for the very same PWS

      This particular group of EEs are requested to start their shift/DWS (9X80 in below print screen) on 01012015 which is Monday.

      You may press F1 to read more about Reference date and starting point. There are good examples explained for your knowledge.



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  • Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 01:04 PM

    Hi Priyanka,

    Ping me on Monday in the morning. And I will explain you with live examples.



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