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Employment date within Patronum – Google Workspace Account

By Patronum

July 28, 2022

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Within Patronum it’s possible to see the Tenure of a Google Workspace account. By default, this is the day a Google Workspace account was created. However, what if you’ve been with your organisation longer than you’re organisation has had Google Workspace? These small details are essential for organisations that use Patronum to find work colleagues.

Organisational Chart

Organisational Chart

Organisations never keep still, and having an accessible and dynamic organisational chart within a business has many benefits. The chart needs to be a living document which is accessible to all users regardless of level within the business.

Many organisations use Patronum as a Directory look-up service for their employees. Searching for colleagues by location, job title, department or even skills. This helps employees see their role in the context of the entire company. It’s especially helpful for new employees that may not yet have met their entire team, however they are expected to know who is who. Using Patronum search new employees can quickly see, colleagues, managers and others within the company and how they relate to them.

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Patronum – Organisationl Chart view

An Organisational Chart is a Goldmine of Information

Having a visual diagam of the organisation helps employees quickly see each name and job title along with reporting relationships. Alessia can quickly see Sarina heads her team and all the members within her department. It’s also useful to include contact information within the Google Directory. That way, if an employee uses Patronum to learn about the reporting structure, they also have the contact details in order to communicate with the appropriate person.

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You can also customise the layout of the information stored within your Google Directory giving organisations the flexibility to display additional information about their team such as projects, squads, team leaders etc. However one important attribute displayed within Patronum is Tenure, or when an individual started within the organisation.

Start Date

Furthermore, an organisational chart isn’t just for new employees. Patronum can be used to store the start date and possibly the promotion history of employees. This is especially important as employees can see their colleagues progressing in their careers, they will be more likely to believe that they can progress in the organisation too.

When you install Patronum a small number of schema extensions are added to your Google Directory. Start Date being one of them. You can use this value to overwrite the default creation date shown within the Tenure section.

Google Workspace
Patronum – Tenure

This is important for colleagues who have been with the organisation for longer than the Google Workspace system. Simply change the start data attribute to the day, month and year the individual started and it will be reflected within the Patronum user interface.

At Patronum we believe in creating an open system, that’s why we utilise the Google Directory instead of using an internal proprietary database. As such, this attribute is open and available via the Google Directory, which means that it’s possible to update it via the Google Directory API and the Google Workspace Secure LDAP service allowing external applications to manage these attributes.

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