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Tanda & Chris21 integration

Updated over a week ago

Tanda and Chris21 is run through a flat-file integration, where a file will be exported out of Tanda with your Timesheets which you can import into Chris21. This article will take you through any requirements for integration and how to bulk import your staff into Tanda the first time and then options for new staff going forward. 


In Tanda

Add Chris21 to your Tanda account by going to Settings > Integrations > Payroll Integrations:

In the top right corner, click on + New Payroll Integration:

Find the Chris21 logo (you might have to click Show More at the bottom) and click on it:

You can then select in the integration setup, the format for exporting dates. The default is by Shift Date:

You can change it so it consolidates shift by the pay period end date. To do this, check the button and click Save at the bottom.

Importing Staff

In Chris21

You will need to download a "Tanda Approved Report", if you don't have access to it please contact our Support team on the details at or Chris21.

In Tanda

Go to Workforce > Staff:

On the right, click on + Add Staff:

In the pop-up window select Import from > select Chris21

Under Step 2. select the Choose File button to add the file from Chris21:

Next, you'll see a bar loading to show your staff are being imported, depending on the amount of staff you have this can take a few minutes, so just stay in the screen.

Once the import has finished, you'll see a list of your staff that have been imported into Tanda, click Complete and then your staff list will now show under Workforce > Staff

Going forward, when you have a new employee you have the following options:

  • Add the employee under Workforce > Staff > Add Staff > Add Manually or

  • Use Employee Onboarding: this sends the new employee an App to fill in their details and you can then use the data to create a profile in Tanda. 

Exporting from Tanda

Once you've approved all your Timesheets and you're ready to export, go to Timesheets > Weekly/Fortnightly (check you're on the correct pay period) > click the Preview & Export button: 

You'll then go through to the Timesheet Export Preview page. If there are any errors in your Timesheets, this will be flagged so you can fix before exporting. 

When you are ready to export click Export to Payroll Software again within the Preview page:

When you click the button, a file will be downloaded to your computer. The file has the extension.DAT .

Importing into Chris21

When processing your pay run in Chris21, you need to place your downloaded file to your directory location. Use the File Locations (FLC) form in Chris21 to check or specify an alternative directory for the Timesheet Import input file. 

Note the name of the Timesheet Import input file must match the 'File Name' field specified in the Timesheet Import (TCB) form. Once you've placed the file in the correct location with the correct name, go to the Timesheet Import (TCB) form and run the import.

Chris21's import of your attendance data may take some time. When it’s complete, you can fix any errors that may have occured, then continue to process your pay run.

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