If you do an Internet search for the word “timesheet” you’re going to find hundreds of thousands of timesheets. That makes the search essentially useless. If you start looking at what you might need in a timesheet you’re still going to find hundreds of options. Why does the market support so many different timesheets? Are they all the same?
One of the reasons so many timesheet systems survive in the market is that many of them are targeted at specific uses. By far the most popular timesheet type is for time and attendance. This tracks how much time each employee spends at the office and, if they’re absent, why. This allows payroll to be calculated and for the HR department, allows banks of vacation, sick leave and time off to be update.
The next most popular type is almost certainly time and billing. Popular with professionals like accountants, lawyer, engineers and consultants, time and billing timesheets need to track the company name for which work was done, the rate at which time was billed and enough description to justify the invoice later.
Project manager systems also have timesheets, they are designed to update the actual time spent against planned tasks.
And there are other timesheets for other purposes such as government programs that require particular kinds of timesheet reporting to be compliant.
The challenge with so many types of timesheet systems is that different parts of an organization can end up selecting something very different to meet their particular needs. That can result in deploying multiple timesheets in the same place and in a worst-case situation, employees might have to fill in one, two or even more timesheets to complete their week.
We’ve recently updated our webcast and produced both a white paper and presentation on this phenomena and how TimeControl can be used to overcome the multiple timesheet challenge.
You’ll find the webcast at: TimeControl.com/resources/webcasts.
The White paper is at: TimeControl.com/resources/whitepapers.
And the Presentation can be found at: TimeControl.com/resources/presentations.
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