Why Filling Timesheets Is Not That Bad
Ormerod Talent Consultant
Timesheets…. Everyone loves to hate them. Check out the following video with Jennifer Bridges to learn why you’ve got to learn to love them—and get your team to love them too!
There’s a stigma about timesheets. Maybe it’s that they cause employees to feel micromanaged. Maybe they just make the work feel like it’s reduced to “punching the clock”.
Jennifer discussed the definition of timesheets in the project context and why they are essential to the operational success of the entire project. Timesheets help:
Monitor the budget via resource allocation
Manage time on schedule
Measure employee performance
To name but a few reasons. Overall, Jennifer noted, timesheets help you measure your planned project against the actual project in progress.
With the advent of project planning software, the project can be measured effectively when everyone is filling in timesheets. Data is autopopulated, dependencies are tracked, reporting is up-to-date. Keeping timesheets up-to-date is akin to keeping your project visibility in real-time. (To learn how to use online timesheets, check out our support video which breaks down the process in detail.)
Pro-Tip: Explain the value of your tools reporting capabilities to your team. While it won’t motivate every member instantly, it will help to create a cultural buy-in on the importance of team accountability. If one person is consistently neglecting their timesheets, that can impact the entire team’s ability to assess the progress of the project.
We hope you learned a thing or two about the value of timesheets as well as some tricks you can bring back to your team. Thanks for watching!