Use Your CATS Screens for Shift Information

  • by Deepankar Maitra, Senior Manager, Accenture
  • April 15, 2004
When tracking target hours using the Cross-Application Time Sheet system (CATS), it is impossible to know whether an employee worked a day, evening, night, or holiday shift. This information can be a vital part of determining overtime pay or shift bonuses. The author shares a convention he developed to display shift information by enabling a CATS user exit.

Let’s say you use the Cross-Application Time Sheet system (CATS) to manage employee and contractor time. The transaction you would use to enter time would be CAT2. When you enter time using CAT2, you have a display of target hours planned for the day. Target hours are hours that an employee or contractor is supposed to complete that day.

For example, an employee who works Monday through Friday for eight hours a day will have eight hours as a target for Monday through Friday and zero hours for Saturday and Sunday. This appears as a total number of hours for each day at the top of the entry cells for that day (Figure 1).


Figure 1
Standard CAT2 screen

Deepankar Maitra

Deepankar Maitra has more than 25 years of consulting experience specializing in SAP-based solutions for human resources, supply chain, and reporting in multi-national companies around the world. He has successfully directed large implementation projects as solution architect, delivery manager, global lead, and country lead. His expertise lies in pragmatic harmonization of data and synthesis of processes using tools that improve process execution through quantum leaps in productivity.

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