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"Paper Timesheets are so 1960s" - A tongue-in-cheek look at an Outdated Practice

It's true there were some cool things to come out of the 1960s like Afros, Barbie, Jimi Hendrix, Bell Bottoms, Lava Lamps, Woodstock and more.

But there were also some less cool business ideas that came to the fore at that time, like the Theory X Management Style and the rise of the paper timesheet.

Are you tired of staff filling out clunky, old-fashioned paper timesheets? Do you find yourself constantly chasing them or struggling to decipher your staff's handwriting? Are you ready to enter the 21st century and embrace new and innovative methods of tracking your employee's time and attendance?

Well, my friend, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we're going to explore just how outdated and ineffective paper timesheets really are, and why it's time to move on to something better.

The Paper Timesheet Problem

Let's face it - paper timesheets are a total pain in the you-know-what. They're cumbersome, time-consuming, and prone to errors. Not to mention the fact that they're easily lost or damaged, leaving you scrambling to recreate the hours and potentially losing valuable time when you should be processing the payroll. Plus, they're just plain boring. Who wants to spend their precious time filling out a bunch of boxes and lines with a pen and paper? Ain't nobody got time for that.

The Rise of Digital Timesheets

Thankfully, we live in an age where technology has made our lives infinitely easier. Enter the digital timesheet. With just a few clicks or taps, your staff can clock in/out or log their hours and you get real-time feedback on employee attendance and productivity. Plus, digital timesheets are much harder to lose or damage, since they're stored securely in the cloud or on a device. And let's not forget the added bonus of being able to access your timesheets from anywhere, at any time. Say goodbye to the days of being chained to your desk deciphering and keying employee time data from a stupid piece of paper.

The Benefits of Digital Timesheets

So, what are the actual benefits of using a digital timesheet? Well, for starters, they're much more accurate than their paper counterparts. Since your staff are logging their time as they go, there's less room for forgetfulness or misremembering. Plus, many digital timesheet apps come equipped with features like automatic breaks, notifications and leave management, making it even harder to miss a punch-in or punch-out or a reason for absence.

Digital timesheets can also save you a ton of time in the long run. No more poring over illegible handwriting or manually calculating your employees' hours. With just a few clicks, you can generate reports, analyse productivity, and even export your timesheets to other programs like payroll and job costing systems. And let's not forget the added bonus of being able to track multiple projects or jobs at once, without having to juggle a bunch of different sheets of paper.

The Environmental Impact (keeping the Greens happy)

Another major benefit of using a digital timesheet is the positive impact it can have on the environment. By eliminating the need for paper timesheets, you're helping to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve natural resources. Think of all the trees you'll be saving! It may seem like a small thing, but every little bit helps. And who doesn't want to feel like they're doing their part to save the planet?

The Future of Timesheets

As we continue to embrace new technologies and ways of working, it's clear that the traditional paper timesheet is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, many companies have already made the switch to digital timesheets, and it's only a matter of time before they become the norm across all industries. So why not get ahead of the curve and start using a digital timesheet today? Your future self (and the planet) will thank you.

The Best Digital Timesheet Apps

If you're ready to make the switch to a digital timesheet, you may be wondering which app to choose. Here are a few of our top reasons you should check out MyTimesheets:

Realtime Employee Time and Attendance Tracking

Clock in/out, enter hours or quantities. Collect absences, expense items and more. Collect entries from individuals or teams in realtime.

Project & Job Codes

Record time against projects, machinery, cost centres, or any other category that is appropriate for your business.

Online or Offline

Use mobile devices to record time even when there is no internet connection. Perfect for horticulture and remote locations.

Approval Process

Automatic or manual approval of selected time entries by managers, team leaders or system administrators.

Reports and Exports

Detailed time and reimbursement reports that include the data that matters most. Export in PDF and Spreadsheet format.


Connect your payroll or accounting software to automatically sync accurate time-tracking data for payroll and invoicing.

The Bottom Line

So, what's the bottom line? Paper timesheets are so 1960s. They're outdated, inefficient, and just plain boring. Digital timesheets, on the other hand, offer a wide range of benefits, from increased accuracy and productivity to environmental sustainability. There's never been a better time to make the switch. So what are you waiting for? It's time to enter the digital age and embrace the future of employee time-tracking.

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  1. Are digital timesheets more secure than paper timesheets?

Yes! Digital timesheets are typically stored securely in the cloud or on your device, making them much harder to lose or damage than paper timesheets.

  1. How do I choose the right digital timesheet app for me?

It depends on your needs and budget. Consider factors like the number of employees or projects you need to track, which features are most important to you (like invoicing or reporting), and how much you're willing to spend.

  1. Can I use a digital timesheet if I work in a location without wifi or cell service?

It depends on the app. Some digital timesheet apps (like MyTimesheets) allow you to log your time offline and sync your data later, while others require a constant internet connection. Make sure to choose an app that works with your specific needs and situation.

  1. Will using a digital timesheet save me time?

Absolutely! Digital timesheets are much faster and more accurate than paper timesheets, and many apps offer features like automatic processing of rules such as overtime, leave management, GPS tracking and more.

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