View and analyze the average amount of days taken by employees in a given time frame.


The Average time taken widget helps you quickly spot increases or decreases in time taken per employee. This helps you identify whether, on average, employees are taking too much or too little time off and therefore take action; For example, speak with employees or managers to ensure that  people in your company have a healthy work-life balance.

How to calculate Average time taken

The average time taken is calculated by adding the total number of days taken by employees during a selected time period, divided by the total number of employees:


Note: The calculation includes all employees, even those employees that did not take time off during this period.

Example of how to calculate Average time taken

Let’s say 2 of 10 employees in a team took time off in the last month, where one took 2 days off, the other took 3 days off, and the rest took none; the average time off per employee for this team would be:
(2+3)/10 = 0.5 days per employee.
This is useful information for gauging whether your employees have a healthy work life balance. If your company has a policy of taking 24 days off each year, for instance, then this metric may demonstrate that the team did not take the expected amount of days off in the last month, and they are working too hard. The admin may then speak to the manager of this team, to encourage the team to take more time off.

How to filter Average time taken

The Average time taken widget uses the standard filters found in all Bob dashboards and widgets, see Dashboards and widgets for detailed instructions. 

Note: The widgets for Average time taken and Time Taken are pre-set to be filtered by policy type, for instance Policy type = sick. You can edit the policy type filter and even multi select policy types.

Example of Average time taken results for Holidays and Sick leave

You can filter average time off taken by groups of employees, for certain policy types, and within certain time frames. In this example, filters were set for:

  • Data to look at: Average time taken
  • X-axis: monthly
  • Policy type: Holiday and Sick leave 
  • Group by: Optional, if you want to view the information by site, for example.
  • Chart type: Column



What is the difference between the Total time taken widget and the Average time taken widget?
The Total time taken widget shows accumulated numbers. This metric is affected by the total number of employees, so numbers will grow as the company grows. You can measure company expenses for time off, for instance. Whereas, the Average time taken widget analyzes the numbers per employee, meaning the number is not affected by company growth, and thus can more precisely answer questions about employee’s work life balance.

Congratulations, now you know how to view and analyze the Average time taken widget.