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Advice- I am new to consulting/Accenture from industry, I have been asked to charge 40/45 hrs a week but I get all my work done in less than 20 hrs. As a Christian I charged the exact hours worked which is 18hrs but my SM is not happy with that. What am I supposed to do? Any one ever have this issue of finishing tasks in less time?

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OP, I understand your concern. Although the replies on this thread are hilarious and I'm a big fan - I don't want you to feel alienated.

I'm a practicing Muslim myself, and the trickiest part for me has been trying to navigate around industries that would be a moral issue for me - gaming, alcohol, tobacco being some obvious examples. Thankfully I haven't had to turn a role down yet, and I think its fairly manageable if you know how to navigate around the firm and stay chargeable.

On your particular issue - I haven't had the same dilemma. We are salaried employees at the end of the day and over the year I definitely average more than 40 hours a week of work, so that's something I haven't thought about so much but I definitely understand why you might be troubled. I think the best way for is taking on more responsibility, helping out in any other way you can. I've never seen a project that couldn't use an extra pair of hands. Good luck OP!

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For a hopefully helpful response, according to ethics trainings we are required to only enter the hours we work. Yes. Many people fudge that. But if it comes to an audit you can get in serious trouble. I’ve had past coworkers at another large consulting company get in trouble for it despite their managers telling them to do it. I would discuss with your career counselor or someone at HR honestly. I’m a karma person and so I wouldn’t risk it. If your SM is so upset about it he needs to give you more work. Christian or not it’s an ethics thing. Yes many ppl in this industry don’t care and click 8 hours every day no matter what. Up to you but I would personally discuss with HR or your CC or ask your SM for more work. This industry can get shady yes. But it doesn’t have to be. Ask coworkers if you can assist them. That’s what I always do and there always seems to be plenty of extra work.

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I was also told that Christians have an easy way to deal with these things by making a confession every Sunday and start making your sins again on Monday. Nice system!

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Protestants follow the books the apostles and those supported by the apostles wrote. We assume truth comes from Jesus and those Jesus taught directly. If those people didn’t accept certain books as inspired by God, then I’m not going to either.

Next you’ll saying praying to Mary has biblical backing? Protestants follow Jesus. Catholics follow tradition.

Just work slower bro

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This industry is not for you

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Huh? What have they got you doing sc1? Torturing children in the back room with PowerPoint slides?

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I would suggest a career change if you have an issue playing in grey areas. My personal opinion.

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Also depends if it’s fixed fee vs time and materials.

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Jesus can’t save you in our world muuaaahahaaa mmmmuuuaaaaahhhHHhh MMMUUAAHAHHAHAHAH

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It looks like M3 went beyond his linguistic capabilities. Write/speak with simpler words. It's safer for you.

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You are being billed for being on call to do work, not to do work. Charge 45.

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You bill time you work unless the project is fix fee then you bill 💯 as it is hurting you since the client is getting charged it with or with out you hitting the code for 40 hours but you can add more value or reach out to the client if it is fixed or loan staff... this isn’t gray seems like the senior manager may not be educating or is unethical if this is T&M

Charge 40h, take that year end bonus and go to church to confess your sin.

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Forgive me father for I have billed more than I worked.

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Lmaoooooooo

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Oh boy.

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If you did this on my project, I would roll you off the next day

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As a Christian? How is that relevant exactly?

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M3- that is actually a much more specific commandment - don’t lie to other people about your neighbor - which seems more akin to slander/libel - again I’d have to agree with previous commenters that following this commandment is not something that “political” Christians seem to do much.

But going back to the original question, let’s understand what the actual intent is (or should be). The project has budgeted 45-50 hrs of billable time for you per week. If you are getting your assigned work done in less time than that, then you should find other value-add work in support of the project.

Your replies have been very funny, but sincerely educative. I feel much better to be able to bill 45 hrs as I can look at it like I am being on call. Initially it just did not feel right morally and spiritually, and being told off made it worse. Thanks everyone 🙏

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Surprise surprise I’m not on your project!! And I am a manager leading technical delivery. Get off your high horse.

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Find other work or firm initiative to fill the time. You are new so you should be talking to your senior and manager for more work. It's not a good look to charge less than 40 hrs except you are part time.
Low utilization will bite you in the butt at year end.

Side note: it has nothing to do with Christianity. I'm a Christian as well.

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Have you asked your SM for more work? Either you are really efficient or your work was scoped poorly, so expand your area of responsibility. This is a good thing, not a crisis.

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Agree with this. As a Christian too (and regardless of faith or not), I agree that it’s great that you’re honest about your billed hours. Everyone should be. And I agree with the posts on this chain. Ask for additional work but if your manager doesn’t assign you additional work, brainstorm things you can do to help your client and do that. If you can’t think of anything, then learn a new skill or get a cert that ultimately can be used to help your client work.

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Lol this will be a popcorn thread for sure

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Yea brah, just shoot me your project WBS. I’ll take care of it from there big homie

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Find more work to do for same client

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💯 agree

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Consider it like they’re paying for 40-45hrs of dedication. A rate. You got things done in 18 this time, excellent. Charge that 40 🙏🏾

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All the snark aside, you are allowed and expected to bill the 40 hours. It is also expected that you let your manager / supervisor know you have available cycles and can help with other work, in BD, or anything the client team needs.

There will be times in the future when you can't get your work done in 45 hours but be asked to only record 40 or 45.

This is simply how this industry works.

Welcome aboard.

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Your supervisor's job is to prioritize your work load. Don't worry about this, do your best. Ask questions, and ask for feedback.

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