Timesheet & Project Management Blog

The goal of this blog is to provide tips and ideas for improving time tracking and project managment for our customers and other interested people.

Why Use a Timesheet?

You may have landed here after asking yourself, "Why use a timesheet?" Why not just do your job as best you can and not worry about how many hours go toward this thing or that? Does it really help you do your job any better if you enter hours into a timesheet?

The answer may not apply to individual employees. They may not see any benefit to collecting timesheet hours. After all, they have jobs to do, and babysitting a timesheet may not be one of them. In fact, it feels a lot like added administrative work -- work they may see no benefit in. But employees don't run the company. They don't necessarily see the big picture benefit to the organization that employs them.

In the interest of brevity, here is a small list of reasons to use a timesheet. Several of these are covered in the video.

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Why Excel Timesheet templates may not be good for your business

The topics below are the biggest complaints people have against Excel timesheet templates. (We've been in business to hear them all.) Excel timesheets are certainly easy to put together, especially if you find a "good" template with all the totals you want. Just plug in your projects and employees, and you instantly get weekly totals! How can that be bad? Maybe not bad at all... or maybe the worst business decision you've ever made! The biggest issue is the first one below. If that one doesn't bother you, then you probably don't need to read the read. So just read that one and determine if you have anything to worry about.

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Vacation Tracking Software Overview

employee vacation tracking software - reason for time off, annual, comp time, military leave, personal time, sick time, trainingWitness a product that combines a simple employee timesheet with vacation tracking software to meet the need for employee time tracking! Employees simply enter their work hours and vacation time into the timesheet. Managers can approve them both. The image below shows time off policies for vacation tracking and other reasons.

Continue reading to discover the vacation tracking, time off tracking, employee vacation tracking of Standard Time.

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How to Read A Gantt Chart

how to read a gantt chart - a project management gantt chart shows project tasks and timelinesProducts like Microsoft Project and Standard Time® offer Gantt charts to show visual representations of project tasks. Gantt charts are optional, but valuable for project management. This article helps you read and understand them. Your project management knowledge will increase by knowing the anatomy of a Gantt chart. They are very easy to read and understand.

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