All Monthly Payroll screens share a common “look and feel” that will be described in this topic. The discussion is broken into sections according to the screens’ layout.
The page header is displayed at the top of every screen in the application. For example:
From left to right, the page header contains: the application title (and system type, if used for testing/training), the role menu, and the SSO functions.
The role menu allows the user to change his/her current role, assuming the user has more than one role to select from. For example:
Changing roles from the role menu puts the user into the selected role and clears any selections made in the previous role.
The SSO Menu function returns the user to the SSO main menu without ending the user’s SSO session. This is useful when switching between applications such as Monthly Payroll, LeaveTraq, and/or HR Connect.
The SSO Logoff function logs the user off of all SSO-related applications.
Each role in Monthly Payroll has its own unique set of functions it is authorized to perform. The top-level functions allowed to a role are displayed in its menu. For example, the department administrator menu set is displayed below:
To switch to another function, simply click the menu again.
Quick Links/Bread Crumbs
The quick links (also known as “bread crumbs”) display helpful links when users may want to navigate to previously viewed screens:
Monthly Payroll frequently provides feedback to the user to ensure that he/she is aware that the application has performed a requested task, etc. In the event that an error occurs, the message area will display this information to the user as well. For example:
The main purposes of the Monthly Payroll application are: to capture data entry, primarily Timesheet data, and to process that data and, for Bi-weekly paid employees, send it to BPP for payment. As such, there are numerous data entry and action commands in the application. These have been standardized into a few standard graphical elements.
|Generic selection button|
|Generic action button|
|Data save button|
|Cancel operation/delete data button|
The text of these elements will change from screen to screen, of course, but the meaning of a given style, such as the green Save action button, is consistent.
Browser “Back” Button
Monthly Payroll permits the use of the browser’s Back button for backwards navigation in most instances.
That said, if a user backs up to a data entry screen that was used to insert new data and clicks a Save button on that screen, he/she will either receive an error indicating that the data item already exists or save a second copy of the data. Which will occur depends on the screen in question.
Another situation in which a user will receive an error by using the Back button occurs when, after changing roles, the user backs up to a screen that was invoked in his/her previous role. Performing any action on such a screen will result in an error that requires the user to re-authenticate with SSO in order to re-establish his/her session.
In general, use of the Back button should be used with care, if at all. While using it can occasionally be helpful, Monthly Payroll provides enough navigational links and buttons that the Back button is never required.