Bugfix: Team Supervisor list not displaying correctly for some customers

This weekend we have addressed an issue with the Supervisors list on the Team Dashboard that was affecting some customers.  This list was not displaying inherited supervisors (ie: supervisors from parent teams) when the team’s “Supervised by” option was set to “Specific supervisors”.

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This issue only impacts customers that have teams set to “Supervised by: Specific supervisors” and where that team was a sub-team of one or more parent teams that had supervisors assigned.

The issue is with the display of the list only and did/does not impact any security privileges.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.  If you need to report a bug at any time, or if you have any other queries or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.

New features available now on Skills Base

In keeping with our relentless pursuit to continuously enhance the user experience and functionality of Skills Base for our highly valued customers, we’re very happy to announce the immediate availability of some new and exciting features.

Report Builder

We heard you loud and clear when you told us you want more control when it comes to reporting.  The new Report Builder provides this by allowing you to build your own reports by selecting the exact combination of filters and fields that you need to get the  information you require.

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These reports can then be viewed directly on screen , or can be exported to a CSV file.

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You can even bookmark reports that you generate if you need to reference them regularly.

The Report Builder is available to Administrators and Supervisors.  Supervisors will be restricted to reporting on their own team(s) only if the “Supervisors: Can view and export details of people they don’t supervise” option is enabled in Admin -> Settings.  If that option is not enabled, Supervisors will be able to report on all people (in line with the behavior of the Heat Matrix Report and data exports).

The Report Builder currently bears the “beta” mark, so feel free to provide any feedback that you might have about it.

People Bulk Edit and Delete

When you are managing large groups of people, it’s sometimes necessary to make a change to all people within that group.  For example, you may wish to move a selection of people into a different team or location, or you may wish to change the skill sets of several people at once.  The Bulk Edit feature allows you to do this with ease by selecting the people you want and clicking “Edit” under “Bulk actions”.

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You can also delete people using this method for instances where there are several people to delete at once.

Bulk Edit and Delete is available to Administrators, and is configurable for Supervisors via Admin -> Settings.

Interest Level Heat Matrix

We’ve extended the Heat Matrix report so that you can now report on interest levels.  The Interest Level Heat Matrix uses a different color scheme to distinguish it from the Skill Level Heat Matrix.

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To access the Interest Level Heat Matrix, click “Reports” on the Reporting menu, followed by “Run report” on the Heat Matrix report item, and when prompted for the Report type choose “Interest Level”.

Team Supervisors

We’ve improved the way that people can be assigned as Supervisors of a team.  Previously, there were two ways to assign Supervisors to a team:

  1. By selecting “Supervised by: All supervisors” when editing the team.  This would cause all Supervisors in the system to become supervisors of that team.
  2. By selecting “Supervised by: Specific supervisors” when editing the team.  This allows Administrators the ability to select specific supervisors for that team.

There is now a third option when editing a team titled “Supervised by: Supervisors within this team”.  Selecting this option causes all people who are direct members of the team, and who have the Security Group “Supervisor”,  to become a supervisor of the team.  Additionally, as teams inherit supervisors from parent teams, these people will also become supervisors of all sub-teams.  This new option makes it much easier to manage supervisors when you have multiple teams.

We hope that you enjoy these new features and that they make it even easier to manage the skills within your organization.  We want to thank all of our customers for your ongoing feedback, and we look forward to receiving more.  As always, if you have a question, comment or suggestion, please feel welcome to contact us.

Enhancements requested by you

We are pleased to announce the release of some enhancements that have been requested over the past months by our customers.

Improvements to skill and category ordering

We have invested some time in improving the way that skills and skill categories are ordered.  In the past, categories were ordered alphabetically in assessments, lists and reports but are now displayed in correct tree order:

 

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We have also introduced the “Manual” sort order option which allows you to take full control of the way that skills and categories are ordered.  You can enable manual sort order in Admin -> Settings -> General settings:

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Once enabled you will be able to drag and drop skills and skill categories into any order you desire:

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Team hierarchy

Teams can now be arranged into a hierarchy via the Team Directory.  Further, you can now view people in their respective teams, as well as drag and drop them into other teams directly within the Team Directory page:

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Any sub-teams will inherit all skill categories assigned to their parent(s).   Additionally, Team Summary page statistics will include all of the team’s sub-teams.

We hope these enhancements assist in your skills management activities.  We thank you for your feedback and look forward to receiving more.

New features – Locations and Custom Fields

We’re pleased to announce the release of two new requested features: Locations and Custom Fields.

Locations

The new Locations feature allows you to associate a physical location with a Person.

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The physical location has also been added as a criteria to the People Finder feature so that you can find skilled people in a specific geographic location.

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To find out more about Locations, visit our Support Wiki.

Custom Fields

This new feature is available to paid license holders and allows the creation of any number of additional fields to be associated with a Person record.  You can add any text-based information you like to these fields.  For example, you could create a Custom Field called “Favorite color” and use it to tack your employee’s favorite colors (Why not? It could come in handy!).

Custom fields are displayed on the new “About” tab located on the Person Summary page.

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Values you enter into custom fields are searchable via the Global Search:

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We’re constantly improving Skills Base based on your feedback, and we’re very grateful for all of your suggestions.  If there’s anything we can do to assist, please feel free to contact us.

New feature – View Settings

We’re pleased to announce the release of a much requested feature – The ability to choose which data is displayed on dashboards and the Heat Matrix report.

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The View Settings feature allows you to change the data that is displayed on dashboards so that you can view just supervisor or self-assessment data, or the traditional average of both.

Simply click the current setting to change it:

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We’ve also added an option to the Heat Matrix report parameters page that allows you to select the data that is displayed in the heat matrix.

We hope this new feature helps you in your skills management endeavors.  Please do keep the suggestions coming and many thanks for all of your support.

New features – Roles and Skill sets

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of some new handy features in Skills Base.

Roles

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This feature has been requested by a number of our customers and is now available.  Roles allow you to specify position titles for people, but become even more powerful when combined with the new Skill sets feature.

For more information about Roles, visit our support site.

Skill sets

skillsetThe new Skill sets feature gives you ultimate control over which skills your employees will be assessed on.  You can define skills for employees by team and role, or you can define specific skills for a particular employee.

For a comprehensive overview of Skill sets, visit our support site.

We hope you enjoy these new features.  We’re committed to making Skills Base the best skills management tool on the Web, and we highly value your feedback.  If you would like to contact us to ask a question or suggest a feature, please visit our web site.

 

Price reduction on all Skills Base licenses

We’ve been working hard to make Skills Base the best skills management tool on the Web. It’s been a great year for us, and as we grow we become more efficient by leveraging economies of scale.

At Skills Base our customers are our number 1 priority, so we are pleased to announce that we are passing the full benefit of those efficiencies to our valued customers through significant price reductions on all licenses.

The new price list is available on the Skills Base website: http://www.skills-base.com/buy.php

Of course, Skills Base remains completely free for up to 10 employees!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, or if there’s anything we can do to help, please feel free to get in touch with us via our website.  All the best in your skills management endeavors through the rest of the year!

New features released in the last quarter

We’ve been working hard to make Skills Base the best Skills Management tool on the web.  Here are some of the new features released in the last quarter.

Rating scheme

skill_ratingsYou can now control in detail how skills and interest levels are scored thanks to the rating scheme editor.  You can fully configure the scoring range based on your preference, from zero to 10, and choose the labels associated with each.

 

Attachments

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 You can upload any number of attachments to be associated with a person.  This can be used to attach resumes, qualification documents, or images.  (Note that adding attachments is only available to paid license holders due to the storage size required).

 

People with similar skills

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The new “People with Similar Skills” list shows you other people within the organization that have close skill matches.  This allows you for example to quickly locate alternative personnel for projects when the primary resource is not available.

 

Skills hierarchy

skills_treeOrganize your skills into a logical hierarchy.  Break categories down into sub categories to allow a more extensive level of skill groupings to aid in assessments and reporting.

 

 

 

 

 

PDF Export

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Export information about people using the new PDF Export feature.  This provides a savable document that can be emailed, printed, or filed for archiving or future reference.

 

 

We hope these new features will make Skills Base an even more useful tool for tracking the skill levels of employees in your organization.  As always, if you have any feedback, please feel free to contact us.

6 ways to find the right people for a task or project using Skills Base

Skills Base is skill inventory management software for organizations looking to track, measure and harness the skills of their employees.

One of the problems that Skills Base solves is task of finding the right people for a task or project that the organization may be planning or about to embark on.

Following are 6 ways to find people for tasks or projects using Skills Base.

Method 1: Find by name

If you have a particular person in mind, you can easily search by their name using the global search feature that is available at the top right hand side of every page:

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Method 2: Find by a particular skill

If there is a particular skill that you need, you can easily use the global search to find the skill by name, and then view the “Most Skilled” list to see the most skilled people:

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Method 3: Find by a set of skills

More often than not you require to find a person based on a range of skills.  This can be achieved via the “People Finder” feature.  Simply enter the required skills and the level of competency for each to seach for matches:

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Method 4: Find by interest level

Sometimes, you might be looking for someone that is passionate about a particular skill area.  Finding people by interest level in a particular skill will allow you to identify people that are highly engaged in the subject matter.  Simply search for the desired skill using global seach and navigate to the “Most interested” box:

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Method 5: Find by visual comparison

Ocassionally, you may wish to find a person based on how they compare agaist other empoyees in certain skill areas.  The Heat Matrix report provides a visual indication of empoyee skills within a given team and allows you to quickly identify areas of strength or weakness across all members and skills:

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Method 6: Find by external means

If you would like to run queries against your data in order to find people by a customised criteria, the data export feature is available and can be used to export your data to a spreadsheet, external database or any other external tool.

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New features available now on Skills Base

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of some exciting new features on Skills Base.

Get even more detail on your employees

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The new “Detail” tab allows you to see more detail about your employees and organization than ever before.  View all ratings from both self-assessments and supervisor assessments.  Graphs shows you the rating for each skill across each of your categories.

 

 

Split view heat matrix

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To help you better manage your reporting, we’ve introduced a new split view heat matrix that gives you the information you need, when you need it.  The new split view makes reporting simple for organizations with many skills.

 

 

Thankyou for your support

Without your support and suggestions Skills Base would not be where it is today.  We hope you enjoy these new features and we always welcome your feedback.