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I just hate filling in my timesheet thats my gripe! Im always late with them and end up doing them on a Monday morning instead of before I go home on a Friday evening. l; It's not that I'm bad at time management, I just get fed up with the whole timesheets weekly chore, because that's exactly what it is to me.
Surely there must be a better way of recording the way that you spend your time during the working day? Weve got enough other administrative tasks to do without the hassle of timesheets as well. When you work in a multi-client, multi-job environment it gets extremely complicated trying to record everything. This is especially true when some tasks are five minutes here and ten minutes here and each time period is for a different client. Some days I have inserted between twenty and fifty different entries!
Out of all of them, the best was a custom web-based timesheet application...
These days I make it up. Its so much easier than trying to record everything in detail. Far simpler just to have an idea in your head how long you spent on each task and roughly guesstimate it all. Bang in a few lines for each day of the week and there you go. One completed timesheet to keep your manager off your back! So what if its not one hundred percent accurate. Who is going to look at in detail? More to the point, who cares if they do, they cant prove anything one way or another. As long as the figures are about right thats all that matters. Im sure Im not the only employee out there that fiddles the books when it comes to their timesheets, of that I am certain!
For me, one of the things that make timesheets a bit of a chore is the timesheet software itself. Ive worked for loads of companies and used all sorts of software for filling in timesheets. Out of all of them, the best was a web-based timesheet application, custom built in-house by our developers specifically for us. It was easy to use, didnt need installing on all the PCs and it was fast. We were a small company at the time and it suited all our needs. It was easy for the workers to use and the managers were apparently happy with the reports it provided. The company then grew and took on a new sales director, he had a cousin whose software company had a timesheet product that was supposed to be really good; we started using that and it sucked big time.
Anyway, thankfully they made me redundant and I didnt have to put up with that mundane piece of software any longer. The company I work for now isnt really a lot better though. Its big and it uses big tools such as Peoplesoft. Try that for your time recording needs and well take you right back to the Stone Age. It might be web-based, but its still poorly built and very difficult to use.
I still make up the numbers by the way. You should try it, it's so easy!
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Time Sheet Humour - It has come to our attention recently that many of you have been turning in timesheets that specify large amounts of miscellaneous Unproductive Time. As a result we have extended the timesheet codes list to assist with the analysis of unproductive time.