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Employee Vacation Planner 2021 – Free Excel Template

Employee Vacation Planner

Employee Vacation Planner

This Excel Template is designed to help assess coverage of team members’ availability during a month. As a Team leader or a Manager of a team, it is important to know the staff coverage available every day, especially during the holiday season. This Excel template can be used every month to ensure that you are aware of exact coverage and plan accordingly. It can handle up to 20 employees.

This Excel template is designed for Microsoft Excel, but if you are looking for a Google Sheet template, please visit Employee Vacation Planner in Google Sheets.

Dashboard Summary for Employee Vacation Planner showing daily availability

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This Vacation Plan Excel template is very easy to use. The following are the inputs needed:

Inputs needed for Employee Vacation Planner template


Once the inputs are provided, the template automatically calculates the summary metrics.

Dashboard Summary for Employee Vacation Planner showing daily availability

In addition it also shows the number of employees at work for each of the 31 days. Holidays and Weekends will not display any numbers. Red bars indicate understaffed days (days where number of employees working is less than the number of employees needed).


The template also has a vacation calendar that visually shows the vacation days on a calendar. Let’s take a closer look at the top of the calendar first.

Employee Vacation Planning Template – Calendar View

Each employee is listed on the left. Holidays are shown in Orange and Weekends are also highlighted in gray. Employee’s vacations are shown in Green fill.

The calendar displays for 31 days and 20 employees at a time.

Here’s a look at the entire calendar (vertically).

Employee Vacation Planning Template – Calendar View with Summary and Legend

At the bottom of the calendar, we can see the legend and daily summary metrics. Number of Employees on Vacation and Number of Employees at Work for each day are summarized.

Print or Export to PDF

You can also easily print this employee vacation planner template excel 2020 for use within your office. Or you can export to PDF and share by email.


If you are looking for a longer planning period, with support for more employees and unlimited holidays, check out the Team Vacation Planner template.

Team Vacation Planner – Excel Template – with more features


If you are looking for capacity planning in terms of hours of availability and have varying demand, please visit Resource Capacity Planner Excel Template.

I would love to get your feedback on this template. Do you find this useful? What features should be added to this template? Please share in the comments below.

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