[thelist] Filling up timesheets - good or bad?

Daniel J. Cody djc at starkmedia.com
Thu Jan 11 08:28:29 CST 2001

FWIW, I've always had to fill out a timesheet ever since my job in 
college.. Both jobs after that have been salarary too..

Once you get people in the habit of doing it, its not that big a deal i 
guess..I find also that I'm doing a million things within an hour at any 
givin point, and at times its difficult to remember what i was doing 
yesterday at 10am, but it can help you say, "Jeez, I spend 3 hours a day 
checking out theonion.com?" :)

I guess its just one of those things.. The best way to deal with it is 
to make the timesheet application itself as easy to use and intuitive as 
possible so its not such a pain in the arse.


Madhu Menon wrote:

> Our company requires that *everyone* fill in daily timesheets on our
> Intranet - right up to the departmental heads 
> Very few people, including entry-level people are actually filling in their
> daily timesheets.Management is wondering how to increase compliance. 
> What do you think of this practice? Are filling timesheets an effective way
> of keeping track of what people are doing? Personally, I find that I'm
> almost always doing several different things at any given time, and it's
> very hard for me to put down any ONE thing as an activity for any given
> hour. I've tried (unsuccessfully) to argue this out.
> I'm interested in hearing other peoples' experiences with timesheets. FYI,
> people are NOT paid by the hour here. Everyone gets salaries. 

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