It’s a very simple rule of business. To get paid, agencies have to invoice their clients for the hours they have worked. To know how many hours to invoice, the people doing the work have to enter their hours into some sort of time tracking system. Agency invoices client, client pays invoice, agency has the money to pay their employees. So, knowing this, why is it so hard to get everyone to do their timesheets? I have seen many tactics employed that attempt to get people into the habit of doing them… timesheet entry has been decreed by the almighty maker who will smite you dead if you don’t do them promptly, guilt and shame on you I mean really do you want us to go out of business, if we stress how important this is to our business people will just naturally want to do them, how about we remind you five times daily, ten times on the day they are due, DO YOUR TIMESHEETS!!!!!
Here at Dashboard timesheets are a serious matter and we have devised a creative incentive that really motivates people to do them…
Ha! I can honestly say that I am pretty good at doing my timesheets :-)
The real story is even better. A few of us Dashboardians were at an after work function and while conversing with Barry I mentioned that I was going to get my haircut on the weekend. I said that I would be getting it cut really short on account of I don’t like having to book appointments all the time. Hearing this, Barry made me a proposition. “If you let me shave your head I’ll give you $100″… “Only $100?”… “OK, $500, but the money has to go to charity”. And so we crafted this clever scenario to remind people to do their timesheets. I got a free haircut and the St. Albans Boys and Girls Club received $1000 from Mr. Barry Hillier. $500 for his trouble, and an additional $500 fulfilling a post he put out to increase our twitter following.