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Welcome to absentify, your smart vacation planner!

This startup guide will help you successfully complete the initial setup. By the end, you'll have a good understanding of the basics and be ready to start tracking your team's absences.

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Register your company
Input company details
Set business hours
Select a platform
Add departments
Add public holidays
Customize absences
Add users

Register your company

We're happy you've decided to use absentify for managing your company's leave! To start you'll need to register your company from our website by clicking Sign up.

Since absentify is integrated within Microsoft 365, you'll need a Microsoft e-mail address before moving forward.

Click on Continue with Microsoft.

You'll then be prompted to log in to your microsoft account.

Once you've logged in, you'll be given the option to either register a company or join a company.

Click on Register a new company.

Input your company's details

Start by adding your company details to fill out your profile.

Click on Settings > General.

From this page your can edit the following:

Company name

Default time zone: the time zone from which your company will operate. Please note that if some of your employees work in a different time zone, they have the option to edit this from their profile under My Preferences.

Default date format: preferred date format. Each user can edit this under their own My Preferences if desired.

Default time format: preferred time format. Each user can edit this under their own My Preferences if desired.

Default week start: the first day of the week displayed for your company's users.

Set your business hours

You can easily configure your operating hours under Settings > General > Business hours. These hours will set the basis for the employee's schedules.

Click on View & edit to specify both the day and time window within which you'd like to schedule you employees.

Here you'll have the option to change the start and end of the shift for each weekday as well as if the user's absences should be deducted as either a full or half day.

If you want employees to have the option to book absences for half days, you must select the boxes for both the morning and afternoon shift.

Once you're happy with your selected business hours, click Save to save your changes. Remember, these won't be permanent; adjustments can be made at any time!

By default, the user is assigned the company's working hours, but if the user has a different work schedule, these can easily be customized.

You can edit a separate work schedule for each user under Settings > Users > Schedule.

Click on View and edit under the user's active schedule and make any desired changes including the date when the new schedule should begin. As of that date, the user's calendar will be updated with their new schedule, instead of that from the company.

Select a platform

Once you've registered your company, you can either continue to use absentify from your search engine, or access it through the Teams app.

Download absentify on the Teams app

It's easy to install the absentify app on your Microsoft Teams account! Simply go to Microsoft Teams > Apps > search for absentify > click Add. It will be installed automatically so you can start using absentify from your teams account.

If you are not already logged into your microsoft account, you will be prompted to do so. After which, you will be automatically redirected to the absentify dashboard.

Add departments

By adding departments, you can make sure your employee's time off is organized and easy to track for each individual department. The departments you create should correspond to your real company structure.


Don't forget that for each department you need a manager who will approve the department members' absences.

Start by navigating to Settings > Departments.

You'll be prompted to fill out the following:

Name: name of the department

Manager: until you've invited your users, you can set yourself as the manager and edit this afterwards if need be

Approval process: select the order in which the time off requests will be sent to the managers if the department is to have more than one

Maximum absent: the maximum number of users within the departments that can be absent at once

Allowance (days:) the default vacation allowance for members of the department (this can always be changed later in the user's details)

Once you're happy with your changes, click Save.

To make any changes to a department, go to Settings > Departments and click the pencil icon next to the respective department for "Edit".

From here you can make any changes to the department, including changing the approving manager by selecting a user from those available in the dropdown list.

To learn more about what other department modifications are possible, read our helpdesk article Managing departments!

Add public holidays

Does your team have days off on public holidays? If so, then we can add all these days directly to the calendar and assign them individually to each employee.


Remember that these public holidays will not be deducted from the user's yearly vacation quota.

Navigate to Public holidays

Start by going to Settings > Public holidays > Add public holiday.

Select the country

Name the holiday and choose your desired country from the dropdown menu.

Select the region of said country

After choosing the country, you'll be prompted to select the region.

Click Save to save your changes

Your new public holiday will now appear in the main holiday list.

For more info on public holidays such as how to edit them or assign them to certain users, read our helpdesk article Public holidays to learn more.

Customize absences

Allowances and leave types should be added before inviting your staff so that their yearly quotas are already setup before inviting them to the app.

Create an allowance type

Start by navigating to Settings > Allowances > New allowance.

From here you can customize the allowance type according to the following settings:

Name: Name the allowance type

Allowance in Days or Hours: From the dropdown menu you can select the absence unit of the allowance. The yearly contingent will need to be entered in the form of the unit chosen.

Maximum Carrover: If a user has any leftover allowance at the end of the fiscal year, you can set the maximum that can be carried over into the following fiscal year.

Ignore Limit: Activate this toggle if users are allowed to take more leave than is allocated. By keeping the toggle deactivated, once users hit the set limit, they can no longer request time off for this type.

Default allowance for current and next year: Set how many days each user is to receive as their yearly quota during your organizations current and next fiscal year.

Once you save your new allowance type, you cannot change the number of quota days per year for the company as a whole but rather for each individual employee. Make sure you enter the correct number of days!
The chosen time unit cannot be edited later. Make sure you enter the correct time unit in either days or hours!

Click Save to save your changes.

Setting up a default allowance

absentify also offers admins the option to set up a default allowance per user as well as remove certain allowance from a user's quota.

Read more about default allowances here.

Add a leave type

Now that you've created a new allowance quota, you can easily customize each leave type and select from which allowance quota the time-off should be deducted, or create a new leave type all together.

Go to Settings > Leave Types and select the leave type you'd like to edit by clicking the pencil icon, or click Add a new leave type.

Scroll down to Deduct from allowance and activate this setting by flipping the toggle to On and selecting the desired allowance type.

Please be advised that by selecting an allowance type with a different leave duration unit as the one specified in the leave type, the duration unit will be automatically updated to the corresponding allowance unit.

By selecting an allowance with a duration unit in "Hours", you will have the option to select the desired minimum unit for this absence from the dropdown menu.

For example, by selecting 10 minutes, users cannot request this leave type for 5 minutes, but rather only leave in increments of ten minutes.

Add users

Once you've setup departments, allowances, leave types and public holidays, it's time to start to build your team by registering your employees. First, go to Settings > Users

You'll be given two options on how you'd like to add your users whether it be one at a time or a bulk import by uploading the data from an Excel Spreadsheet.


Click on the plus sign for Invite a new user.

The Invite a new user form will be displayed automatically where you'll be prompted to add the details of the employee. These include:


E-mail: this will need to be a microsoft email address

Departments(s:) select one or more department that they are a member of

Public holidays: select one or more public holidays that will show up on their calendar

Employment start date: specify when the user had/has their first working day

Annual allowance: the annual vacation quota (current year) that you'd like to set for the user

The new user will be automatically set to inactive until you decide to activate them. This is done under Settings > Users > Edit > Activate user. By flipping the toggle ON, absentify will send the user an invitation link via E-Mail. Before activating this feature, make sure the user's profile is completely set up!

via import

If you are going to import your users via an excel export, we recommend first activating the Teams and Entra ID Groups synchronization under Settings > Microsoft. For more info on setting up this feature, visit Teams and Active Directory Groups Synchronization.

Click on Import users.

You'll be prompted to download an Excel template. Click Download.

The spreadsheet has three different sheets where you can fill out the info of your company.

Jump to this article, Add user via import, which goes through filling out this document in more detail.

For more info on the individual permissions per user, read our Permissions per user article.

Start using absentify

Now that your company's absence manager is all set up, read our Quickstart guide for admins and learn how to start using absentify to track and manage staff leave!


Here are some helpful resources for your staff to help them start tracking leave:

Quickstart guide for employees
Quickstart guide for managers

Updated on: 20/06/2024

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