on 13-09-2017 04:50 PM
I have received feedback from a few offices regarding the design and use of Workgroups within the PEXA platform.
They think workgroups are a good idea, however instead of adding individuals to a workgroup, so they can look after the files while another member of staff is away, they would like the option to view different workgroups from the Dashboard. I.e. have a drop down list and the individual user can choose to see "all" (primary default), "property" "family law" "estates" etc.
This would be particularly helpful for practitioners that run different offices under the same registration. I.e. "CBD" "Williamstown" "Mornington". That way if there is no one in one of those offices on any given day, the people in the other office can view those files without being added to the workgroup or having to view all files in the dashboard.
Practitioners would also like the workspaces to automatically list in date order.
on 17-09-2017 01:59 PM
In the current dashboard users can see which workgroup a workspace is allocated to by expanding the row. But unfortunately ‘workgroup’ is not one of the columns and so workspaces can’t be filtered by workgroup. We’ve tried to keep the number of columns under control to prevent dashboard bloating. But if workgroups are a useful differentiator, then we can consider adding it as a column.
In regards to handling the 'covering for a colleague / other office' scenario, your suggestion to be able to access a workgroup that the user isn’t a member of may be a bit trickier. Some subscribers use workgroups not only as a way of allocating work, but also controlling access for certain transactions to certain teams. Applying your idea would reverse this access control mechanism. Although we could, on a subscriber basis via preferences, allow a subscriber to have an 'open access' approach to workgroups that allows all their users to access workgroups they aren’t members of.
Product Owner, Practitioner Service
19-09-2017 05:16 PM - edited 19-09-2017 05:17 PM
Thanks for your feedback!
Ideally, if the practitioners could add their users to any/all applicable workgroups that they need to be in (including any that they may be required to cover for in the future), then it would give the individual user the option to select the workgroup(s) they want to view at any given time.
This would mean the user can view workgroups they have permission for, but not workgroups they are not allocated to. It also means they wouldn't need to see all files for all workgroups at the same time (which is how we currently have it), instead they could see just the files within a single (or multiple) workgroup(s) at any give time.
I imagine it would appear as a small box in the top right corner of the users dashboard, something like:
Workgroups: [ View All ] [ ]
[ Williamstown Workgroup ] [ * ]
[ CBD Workgroup ] [ ]
[ Geelong Workgroup ] [ * ]
So in the above scenario, the user would be able to see all files for Williamstown and Geelong, but wouldn't see the files for the CBD office, making it easier to locate the file they are looking for.
I'm just finding that there is a larger call for this as the use of PEXA expands within firms!
on 20-09-2017 10:24 AM
This is a great idea Megs! I do agree with Marty as we don't want the dashboard banner to be 'bloated' but it would create a better user experience for larger firms to have easier visibility of the workgroups, even if the permission is granted to the administration of manager.
This is is actually similar to the popular conveyancing software programs where one of the search options is to view another group's or colleagues matters.
@Marty could we possibly consider adding it as an option in the search bar?
PEXA Direct Specialist
on 06-05-2018 01:06 PM
Yes, having a away to sort the workspaces in the dash board would be very helpful, not just for larger firms! Sorting via workgroups would be very handy - not just for staff but so I can overview the work my staff are doing, especially in this initial transitions phase while it is new to everyone
on 19-06-2018 04:23 PM
This is a great idea, and one that we would very much appreciate.
We have a number of workgroups with various staff assigned to a variety of workgroup combinations, depending on skillset.
We find that a reasonable number of workspaces auto default to Primary Default Workgroup.
This means all of these workspaces appear, on all staff's workgroup lists, with no workgroup filtering available.
We would love to be able to filter the dashboard for that workgroup, then re-assign those workspaces.
As it is currently presented we need to expand every workspace, to view the workgroup, individually.
Has there been any update on this suggestion?
on 25-06-2018 09:45 AM
Is there a way to filter by workgroups yet? We have multiple workgroups that lawyers are members of (so that they can cover matters when needed etc) but most lawyers will have one or two that they usually operate in. This functionality is really key for us.
on 03-07-2018 04:27 PM
This is a fantastic suggestion and I know that many firms would definitely benefit from this functionality.
Do we have any news regarding this and when we may likely see an update incorporating this function?
on 26-08-2018 01:52 PM
Bump on this request.
This will become more and more useful as an increasing volume of workspaces will lead to some being assigned to different staff members.
It would also be extremely useful to hide development workspaces created by PEXA Projects from cluttering up the list of regular workspaces.