Resource Calendar is a calendar for managing and planning resources, including both employees and equipment. Resource calendars help organizations in their resource planning.
One of the most important aspects in planning projects is to add time-off days for resources involved in the project. People take time offs for various reasons. Keeping track of non-working time is critical for making sure your project meets its deadline.
Resource Calendars determine the standard non-working time, such as weekends and holidays, for the project.
A Resource Calendar is used to reflect specific working days, vacations, leaves of absence, and non-working days for individual resources. A good resource calendar should also include Organization holidays. Resource calendars provide project managers with an overview of which resources are available and when.
You will need to make sure you record non-working times for resources – record things like vacation time and work off days.
Resource calendars can be used for human resources as well as equipment. Departments within Organizations can also share resource calendars to manage a resource pool.
Resource calendars are an important aspect of workforce planning and are particularly helpful to organizations.
How does a resource calendar benefit your projects?
Project managers can benefit from using a resource calendar in many ways, e.g. by:
- Having a high-level overview of resource availability.
- Plan resources thoughtfully considering holidays and non-working days while scheduling work.
With a resource calendar, you can plan your team’s work more efficiently.
Create a Resource Calendar in Microsoft Excel
2 – Click on the Resources button and Add Resources
3 – Add all holidays and non-working days at the organization level and for individual resources
4 – Add as many tasks as the number of resources and assign one resource to each task.
5 – Your resource calendar should be ready.
- You can hide the columns that are not required like Task Name, Priority, etc… in the Settings window
- You can change the colors of the holidays and non-working days in the Settings window.