pascom Cloud Phone System Documentation and Release Notes

Business Hours, Public Holidays and Calendars

How to setup schedules, time checks, calendars and extension switches to manage your business hours, public and company holidays.


As mentioned in the previous section on the concept of actions, how you manage your call flows can be done in a number of ways depending on whether the calls are inbound calls to individual users or to teams. For inbound calls to the central office or to one of your Contact Center extensions, it makes sense to check whether the call is coming in during your business hours or whether the call is being received during a public or company holiday.

For this purpose, we use conditions. Conditions can be applied to each defined action and are used decide whether a particular action is performed or not. There is no global “Day/Night” system for managing calls, meaning you can integrate any number of calendars, time frames and triggers which can be used as conditions with the various objects within your phone system.

The benefit here is that this approach allows you to assign different opening hours, for example, for your central office and your support hotline. You could also use this approach to forward calls at certain times to “On Call” user mobile phones.

Maintaining Rule Sequences

If, for example, you want to check business hours, public holidays and the vacation calendar for calls to the central office queue, be sure to follow the correct order when performing checks. Firstly check the vacations (company holidays) calendar, then check for any public holidays before finally checking the business hours. If otherwise, the following could occur:

If for example, you check for business hours first then the following could happen: a call comes in to the central office during business hours. The IVR system is activated and plays the following message:

“Welcome at ChaosConsulting. Your call will be transferred to the next available agent."

Now, the phone system will perform the calendar checks and may discover that today is actually a holiday and will therefore respond to the caller with the following message:

“Due to the holiday, our company is closed today. Thank you for your call”

and end the call.

Obviously, this is pretty embarrassing and will most not make a good impression on the customer - so make sure your time and calendar checks are set in the correct order.


Managing your Time Checks

To use your timeframes as the basis of a rule set, select “time period” when creating an action condition.

In the pascom web interface, select > and click to create a new condition. You can also select an existing condition and use the function.

When you create the new condition, select as type and enter a title.

Screenshot - manage time schema

The tab Times allows you to define your business hours. You can add any number of variations to build complex schedules. You can then use these settings with your actions as the basis for the conditions.

It is not necessary to create a time schema for outside of business hours; you can simply negate the conditions used in actions. When selecting a condition, you can always choose between “name of condition” and “NOT name of condition”, e.g. “Business hours” and “NOT Business hours”.

Managing your Calendar

Calendar conditions are ideal for managing public and company holiday calendars.

Select > in the pascom web interface and click the button to create a new condition. You can also select an existing condition and click the button.

When adding the condition, select as the type and enter a title.

Using the tab you can select public holidays, vacations etc. You can then use this calendar with your actions.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer calendar days from one year to the next. You will need to newly define the days each year.

Using Extension Switches

Extension switches are a useful tool if there is no specific day or timeframe to use with a condition.

Select > in the pascom web interface and click the button to create a new condition. You can also select an existing condition and click the button.

When adding the condition, select extension switch as the type and enter a title.

Enter an extension number that should be used. The switch will be activated when a call is made to this extension. Another call will deactivate the switch again. The extension switch can be used as a condition for actions. Finally, decide which status the extension switch should have after creation. Switched on or off.

Extension switches can be used if, for example, you want to play a voice prompt such as “All staff members are currently in a meeting” as soon as there is an inbound call to the central office. Another scenario could be that you do not have regular business hours. When the last employee leaves the office, the message could be switched to indicate that the incoming call has been received “outside of business hours”.

Using the extension switch in the pascom client

If you want to provide the extension switch directly to your team as an interactive element in the contact list, you have to set roles for the extension switch. Give some thoughts to which user with the role is allowed to interact with the extension switch.

  1. more information on roles.

  2. use extension switch in the pascom client.

Set up extension switch via line key (BLF)

You can configure your IP telephone so that it indicates an active extension switch with the LED of the key for the specified extension number. A deactivation of the switch will trigger the LED to go out.

In order to be able to use an extension switch on the telephone on a line key, this must be assigned to a user in a user role. The role does not need to contain any authorization.

  1. more information on roles.