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Automatic Prompting for Condition Codes at Checkout Time

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107756D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a simple method for automated prompting for time-card condition codes. Filling out a time card is one of the tedious, error-prone tasks that most users have to do. Currently, time card information is entered by the office employee when completing the time card. This could be anywhere from one day to many weeks after the events on the time card happened. The employee relies on memory or hand-written notes for accuracy. There currently is not a simple, timely method for recording a person's reasons (i.e., condition codes on a time card) for variations in his work schedule.

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Automatic Prompting for Condition Codes at Checkout Time

       This article describes a simple method for automated
prompting for time-card condition codes.  Filling out a time card is
one of the tedious, error-prone tasks that most users have to do.
Currently, time card information is entered by the office employee
when completing the time card.  This could be anywhere from one day
to many weeks after the events on the time card happened.  The
employee relies on memory or hand-written notes for accuracy.  There
currently is not a simple, timely method for recording a person's
reasons (i.e., condition codes on a time card) for variations in his
work schedule.

      When the office employee checks out using the new office-window
"checkin/checkout" icon, a prompt window that allows the employee to
choose an appropriate condition code may appear.  This window will
appear at check-out time only if the user's schedule differs
significantly from his assigned schedule.

      The properties associated with the "checkin/checkout" icon that
pertain to the prompt window will include the following:
      o    The user's assigned schedule (i.e., normal working hours).
      o    The variance that will trigger the appearance of the
prompt window.

      This window would be in the form of a selection list, with the
most likely conditions (based on hours worked that day) appearing at
the top. For example, if the employee is leaving early after havi...