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Working days are a great way to designate days of the week as non-working to reflect your team's weekly schedule.
Typically working days are Monday through Friday, but you have the ability to set any day of the week as a working day. Working days are set on a project-by-project basis, so different project schedules can have different working days.
Setting Working Days
The easiest way to manage working days within a project is when you create a new project. You'll see the Working Days menu at the bottom of the "New Project" form.
If you're using a Project Template that needs different working days, you can set that here as well.
For existing Projects, you can manage the Working Days by going to Settings within the Project and scrolling to the bottom under "Calendar settings for this project."
Working Days and Duration
Within the Project Gantt Chart Schedule there is a column for Duration in addition to a column for Working Days.
The Working Days column allows you to track how many working days an item spans compared to the Duration column, which displays the total duration including the non-working days.
For instance, if you have a Task or Phase that has a duration of 5 days but is scheduled over the weekend and your working days are Monday-Friday, the Duration is 7 days but the Working Days remain at 5 days. You can also see this by hovering over the Phase or Task within the Gantt Chart.
If you had an existing schedule created prior to the release of this feature on 10/14/22, if you set up working days you won't see a change in your schedule. The Duration will show the full duration of items vs. the actual working days.
In order for the change to take effect and exclude non-working days from your schedule, you need to change the date of that item for it to recognize the working days.
How working days are calculated
Suppose your working days are Monday-Friday and the duration of an item on your Schedule spans a non-working day, like a Saturday or Sunday. In that case, the duration of the working days will automatically adjust to extend into the next week.
In the example below you'll see that the Electrical Task was originally scheduled for 5 days, starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday, but this Task was delayed by 2 days, meaning that it would now end on Sunday.
In this case, the Task is automatically scheduled to keep the duration of 5 working days but is adjusted to end the following Tuesday, since the duration now includes the weekend.
If an item is adjusted and begins on a non-working day, it will automatically start on the next working day.