Monthly Archives: June 2015

Timesheet Approvals

Standard Time® makes approving timesheets submitted by employees easy! This will make supervisors, managers, engineers, and consultants happy!

First off, submitting timesheets is totally optional… but here’s how it works: Employees click the ‘Submit for Approval’ button at the bottom of their timesheet.  They only do this once for the week (or pay period).  A message is sent to their manager.  The manager sees a list of employees who have submitted their timesheets.  He approves, and a message is sent to his manager.  And that higher-manager approves.  Timesheet approvals are really that simple.

But again, timesheet approvals are optional in the app.  You don’t need to use them unless your company policies demand it.  They can be a really nice way to check up on the status of projects and tasks.  In other words, this aspect of the timesheet becomes a communication tool.

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Happy Timesheet – Standard Time®

Can a timesheet make you happy?  Maybe… if it truly makes your life easier… sure!  This video will show you the many things available in the Standard Time® timesheet.

This timesheet has a lot to make you happy.  That’s why it’s called the ‘Happy Timesheet’.  🙂

Mileage Tracking for Consultants

Traveling consultants can keep track of their mileage easily with Standard Time®. This timesheet records your mileage and vehicle.  Just enter your odometer reading, beginning and end. Tax deduction! Whoohoo, those blood sucking IRS bots won’t know what hit them!

Mileage is recorded just like any other expense.  That means you can get mileage and expense reports along with your time.

Timesheet Pay Periods

Arrange your timesheet pay periods. Either one week, two weeks, a month, or any other date range. Standard Time® helps to eliminate human error.

How does it help eliminate error?  By showing the expected hours for a full pay period.  Employees can quickly see if they have entered those hours.

Let’s say you’re expected to work 180 hours for this pay period, and 188 for the previous one.  You’ll see a line at the bottom of the timesheet to remind you.  You’ll also see how many hours you entered.  A quick comparison helps find errors.  Check out www.stdtime.com for more info.

Email Notifications

Standard Time® makes it easy for management to send out notifications to employees.  Notifications might occur when timesheets are not filled in, or they don’t have enough hours, or tasks are coming up.  Watch the video below.

Email notifications make timesheet management simpler.  The program checks timesheet status and automatically notifies employees when certain conditions are met.  Because it is automatic, you don’t have to babysit the timesheet as much.

Project Portfolios

Group your projects into portfolios and get reports, graphs and metrics.

Grouping projects by portfolio is a simple way to perform operations for like projects.  What does that mean?  It means if you want a report for a certain group of projects, put them in a portfolio and run the report on that portfolio.  Or if you want to see tasks allocated to users on just a certain group of projects, again, put them into a portfolio and view the resource allocation window.  Other such operation might be viewing a project revenue chart, or viewing resource utilization reports for a certain portfolio of projects.

Project portfolio management is built into Standard Time®.  So whenever you need a see a report or chart or graph, look for the option to view only the projects in a chosen portfolio.

Project revenue by portfolio

For instance, project revenue is a great use of portfolios.  Lets say you need to view project revenue estimates for the consulting jobs.  Or a certain manufacturing process.  Or geographical region.  Just put the projects that matter into a portfolio, and your revenue chart shows only them.  Nice!

Project resource allocation by portfolio

Another great application for portfolios is viewing project task allocation by portfolio.  Let’s say you want to see how tasks are assigned to the consulting projects, or by type of project.  Again, portfolios work great.  You see only those tasks assigned to projects in a selected portfolio.  So, group up your projects and give it a try!

 

Engineering director gets a mentor

Why does this engineering director consider changing careers?

Engineering is a hard discipline.  And this engineering director has hit a brick wall.

Enjoy the lighter side of project management!  🙂

This poor guy has hit a brick wall and has turned to an unlikely source for advice.  He learns that Standard Time® is his answer.  Even drug dealers knows that!  But if he can’t make it work, then maybe a change of profession is in his future.

Seriously… Standard Time is a pretty good engineering timesheet.  It’s built with engineering tasks and project tracking in mind.  Project managers can see their project status at a glance.  They see employee task assignments… resource allocation… and employee availability.  Need to find resources based on skill?  Or resources that can fill a certain role?  Easy.  That is why engineering groups prefer Standard Time.

Here’s a great engineering timesheet video.

Customer Login and App

Customers can now see the status of their projects without bugging you! They just log-in to Standard Time® and get an update. Or use Android app called ProjectBot.

Customers want project status.  And they sometimes want it frequently… like every day!

Fortunately, there is a simple solution.  Standard Time has a simple client login page where your customers can log in to get their status.  All their projects are listed.  They can see how many hours were allocated, and how many hours were logged.  Simple.

Android ProjectBot

Plus, there’s even a simpler way.  There’s an Android app called ProjectBot that does the same thing.  Except that it does it automatically.  Every 15 minutes, ProjectBot syncs with the cloud and pulls down all the project information for that client.  The client can simply look at the app for the status.  That makes things pretty simple!