According to a recent Replicon study, timesheets are far and away the most disliked time-related activity in an organization. It’s no surprise then, that employees put off filling out their timesheets as long as they possibly can.
There are so many problems with that it’s hard to know where to start, but we’re talking about the lifeblood of the agency here, so it’s mission-critical that we figure this out.
Is it Just Laziness?
Probably not. The truth is, you hired your employees to do a specific job; writing ads, producing TV spots, growing business with clients, etc. You didn’t hire them to fill out timesheets. It’s a critical part of the job - and they most likely understand why it’s important - but it’s just not what they signed up for and as you can see from the chart above, it’s clearly not something they enjoy doing.
George Tannenbaum took a shot at identifying why timesheets are late in his blog entitled “Adaged”. The resulting pie graph is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it gets the point across. Too often employees feel like they don’t have the information they need to fill out their timesheet and/or are suffering from the penalties imposed by the organization for not getting their timesheet submitted on time.
So What’s the Solution?
We’ve thought about this a lot at Advantage, because getting accurate, timely information into our software is critical in generating the accurate reporting and analyses that you need to run your business.
We’re also sensitive to the needs of the employees. We figure that if we can eliminate the barriers to completing their timesheets (like having all the necessary information available and automating as much of the process as possible), we can improve compliance, morale, timeliness and accuracy all at the same time.
Start at the Source & Make it Easy
Employees are generally so busy doing their jobs that they have no time or interest in accessing the timekeeping system to record their time. That's why Advantage includes an option in the timesheet to get data from your calendar.
So with a simple click, the employee can import all those entries from their calendar right into their timesheet. No more wondering what they were working on and no more searching through emails, phone logs, (or worse, straight up making the data up…). It’s all right there in front of them in their timesheet. All they need to do is select the appropriate client and job number for the entry.
Eliminate Late Timesheets Once and For All
If you’re still dealing with the hassle of late timesheets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our time entry system makes timesheets easy, hassle-free and convenient even for the worst procrastinators in your office. Reach out to us today, you’ll be glad you did.