I'm looking for a precise title to put on:

A page on which people of a team indicate which days on a week they are present/working in the office.

Looking for different terms, I've several options by non of which I am satisfied:

Schedule: This term suggests a meaningful series of timings or plans to achieve something. Its emphasizes the timing of the jobs not the people. From Merriam Webster's:


especially : a procedural plan that indicates the time and sequence of each operation

//finished on schedule

So, even adding prefixes to this term, can't describe what the document indicates.

Timetable: This one is very precisely on the timing of something specific. As used for timing of trains, I can accept this term to indicate the times that are agreed upon to coordinate daily or weekly events and their times but not people who are participating in them:

2 a : a schedule showing a planned order or sequence

b : PROGRAM sense 3

Time Sheet: This one is precisely a tool to calculate how much time someone has spent on his work. This is specifically a record of past events not a plan for future. From Merriam Webster's:

1 : a sheet for summarizing hours worked by each worker during a pay period

2 : a sheet for recording the time of arrival and departure of workers and for recording the amount of time spent on each job

Calendar: A too generic term which carries no meaning on what it is to show. It suggests something long-term or a plan. This one has a long definition on Merriam Webster's Dictionary: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calendar

Attendance: This one also suggests a record of the past. It has also too much emphasis on attending to something which is not the case in an office because it needs to be an event like a class. From Merriam Webster's:

2 a : the persons or number of persons attending something

Attendance at the soccer games has been increasing.

also : an account of persons attending

The teacher took attendance [=made a record of who was present] before starting class.

There are combination of above words with Sheet and Table and also Work Schedule which is the best one I found but still unsatisfactory.

I'd be more than happy to hear ideas and arguments about the right term.

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Another answer is roster

noun: roster; plural noun: rosters

a list or plan showing turns of duty or leave for individuals or groups 
in an organization.
"next week's duty roster"
"according to the roster, he was due to work today"
a list of members of a team or organization, in particular of sports 
     players available for team selection.
"a cluster of outstanding players on the club's roster"

verb: roster; 3rd person present: rosters; past tense: rostered; past participle: rostered; gerund or present participle: rostering

place on or assign according to a duty roster.
"the locomotive is rostered for service on Sunday"

Rota suggests that staff do a list of tasks on rotation, and both rota and roster suggests that tasks are allocated to people.

Please do not mix the two to make rosta.

For people indicating their future availability, or when they will be in the office, I would use Calendar especially as that's the term usually used for computerised diaries. Please update your calendar to show when you'll be in the office for the next two weeks. In some places people have Office Hours or Office Times when they will be working/available in the office and not out on visits or on leave, etc.


You might be looking for:


a list of things that have to be done and of the people who will do them

Perhaps more suitable as it applies to your situation Shift Rota

  • 2
    Exactly "Intra-partum care was provided by a rota of the seven midwives in the team and continuity of care was maximised where possible".
    – Brad
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 11:09
  • I guess I might invent the term "Presence Rota" to exactly match my purpose of the list.
    – Sheric
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 12:10
  • I like rota as an answer. But I wonder is is less known in American English?
    – MikeRoger
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 6:38

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